Afghanistan War

I Served in Afghanistan And Learned I'm Not A Cold-Blooded Killer

William Shield | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK
William Shield

I adopted the kneeling position for accuracy, slowed down my breathing, did a quick estimate of distance, the wind, and adjusted my rifle aim accordingly. I then put a small amount of pressure on the trigger

Medicating The Man

William Shield | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

bmm banner.jpg My definition of what it is to be a man no longer contains the words warrior, veteran, or survivor. For me, becoming a man again was about accepting that I was in danger. In danger of drowning in my own darkness.

Sending Refugees Back To A Conflict Zone Should Not Be Up For Sale

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Whittall

Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.

The Confession: The Untold Story Of The "War On Terror"

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

The narrative of the "War on Terror" was crafted through the stories of self, of us and of now, creating a sense of urgency after a crisis, which in our case is the atrocity of 9/11 and provoking us to take action manifested in the "War on terror" by capitalising on our emotions of anger, frustration and despair.

Why There Is No PTSD in Afghanistan

Mark de Rond | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK
Mark de Rond

Seeing the impact of violence first-hand on that 2011 embedded tour to Camp Bastion - the mutilated bodies of children and the countless amputations - I returned to Afghanistan in December to better understand how that country's epidemic of violence is impacting on the psyche of its citizens.

Articulating My War

William Shield | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
William Shield

I've come to realise that Afghanistan has forever changed me. It has ruined me, destroyed part of me. It has left an intangible impression upon me. At the same time, it has made me, matured me, grown me, expanded my potential as a human being, taught me the importance of life, love and the little things.

US Admits It May Have Killed Aid Workers After Afghanistan Hospital Bombed

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 03.10.2015 | UK

The US has admitted that it may have killed workers from aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders) in an ...

Afghan Interpreter Who Saved The Lives Of British Soldiers Is Stranded In Calais

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

An ex-soldier has set up a Crowdfunder campaign to raise money for an Afghan interpreter he served with in Helmand, who is currently stuck in Calais t...

The Full Impact of Afghanistan Is Yet to Be Seen

Air Vice Marshal David Murray | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Air Vice Marshal David Murray

As we attempt to slowly understand the full impact of the Afghanistan campaign and stay abreast of the huge changes afoot to the structure of our Armed Forces, SSAFA will continue to review and meet the changing needs of the military community. But we cannot do it alone.

Incredible Pictures Show Osama Bin Laden Relaxing In Tora Bora hideout

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK

Newly resurfaced photographs give an incredible insight into the world of Osama Bin Laden before he became the world's most wanted man. The former ...

The Nutrition of a Soldier - Combat

William Shield | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Fist fighting is the least productive hobby on earth; broken noses, cauliflower ears, black eyes, the list never ends. It isn't worth the energy. I'm here today to talk about real fighting, the fighting that men do; I'm here to talk about war.

Articulating the Impossible

William Shield | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
William Shield

You're locked in a forever war the moment you first witness it, the moment you pull the trigger, hear the sounds, and witness the chaos. You're forever in conflict, the saddest part is the enemy is the only enemy you can't defeat - yourself.

First Post

William Shield | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Now. What to talk about? There's a lot going on up there in the messy closet of my mind. Should I be bitter? Should I be kind? Should I talk about war, love, life, and people? I want to express myself in the most inappropriate and offensive way, because now, I can.

Peshawar School Attack - Violence Breeds Violence

Dilly Hussain | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Whilst there is absolutely no justification for the killing of women and children in Islam, Muslim leaders have made the all-too-common mistake of apologising and condemning a crime which was not carried out in the name of religion. Rather, the unfortunate event that occurred was as a result of an ongoing cycle of violence that began in 2001.

Pakistan's Tragedy, and Why 'Homeland' Is More Informative Than the News

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

After the terrible massacre yesterday at Peshawar's Army Public School a three-day nationwide mourning begins in Pakistan. At least 132 children and 9...

How BBC3 Changed the Future of War Reporting

Christian Hill | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Christian Hill

As the world becomes an increasingly dangerous place for foreign correspondents, the MoD is rebooting its relationship with the media, drawing upon the skills of the servicemen and women already out on the ground. Who needs reporters, when you can do it all by yourself?

15 Pictures Of Devastation As British Citizen Is Killed In Attack On Embassy

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

Warning: Graphic Images A British citizen is among those killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan after an Embassy vehicle was attacked in the co...

Poppy Hijab - Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Dilly Hussain | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The poppy hijab is a counterproductive and patronising campaign, which singles out Muslims as being a suspect community whose allegiance lies elsewhere. Many British Muslims do put their religion before their nationality but that doesn't make them any less integrated.

Farewell Afghanistan... Where to Next, Mr Cameron?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

British soldiers have died, arguably in vain, as the Taliban are stronger now than ever before, and remains a de-facto government in many provinces. Furthermore, the world has become a more dangerous place as a result of Tony Blair and George Bush's war on terror.

The Face Of Every Briton Killed In Our Afghanistan War

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK

A total of 453 British soldiers did not live to see the formal end to Britain's 13-year war in Afghanistan on Sunday, when the Union Jack was lowered ...

'We Failed In Afghanistan'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK

Anti-war campaigners said the UK's mission in Afghanistan had failed and had left a legacy of tens of thousands of civilian deaths as well as a series...

Union Jack Is Lowered For Last Time In Helmand

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK

British troops have handed Camp Bastion over to Afghan forces - bringing to an end their bloody campaign in Helmand province - by lowering the Union J...

Drone Strikes in Afghanistan Are Killing Civilians: They Must Not Remain Secret

Jack Serle | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Jack Serle

Conventional operations are starting to wind down in Afghanistan - we are months away from the international troops leaving. But drone strikes are likely to continue. Drones are widely assumed to be a clean, remote way of pursuing western counter-terrorism objectives there. Yet in its work on Pakistan, the Bureau has shown on countless occasions that drones are not as surgical as claimed.

Not Just a Statistic: Remembering Our Friend and Afghanistan Veteran Jacob George

Adam Jung | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Adam Jung

I didn't know Jacob nearly as well as many others and yet I've still been walking around in a fog since I heard Jacob took his life.The energy and passion Jacob lived by made it difficutl not to feel connected to him within minutes of meeting him. Twenty two veterans killing themselves a day is an abstract statistic. Until it's not, and you've lost a friend.

Things We Can All Be Doing to Support Women Survivors of War

Juliet Aubrey | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Juliet Aubrey

It is now more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in modern conflict... Throughout history, the abuse of women has been seen as an inevitable by-product of conflict and it wasn't until the late 90s when the international community recognised the use of sexual violence as a crime of war and against humanity.