Afghanistan War

Our Dysfunctional World of War and Poverty

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. Our social development however is still almost at Stone Age level.

Afghanistan Has Turned a Corner

Duncan Anderson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Duncan Anderson

When one considers the security situation, the threats made by the Taliban, and the miserable weather, the election result has been quite phenomenal. There is something immensely humbling to see groups of people holding up their dyed fingers, as much as to say 'Suck to you, Taliban!'

Film Review - Lone Survivor

Mark Varley | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

Set during the war in Afghanistan, Lone Survivor charts the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings. Four Navy Seals are sent on a covert mission to neutralise a high ranking Taliban operative.

Afghanistan After 2014: It Won't Be Perfect, but It Will Be Good Enough

Luke Coffey | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

As Britain approaches the end of its combat operations in Afghanistan, the usual fanfare associated with victory in war will be notably absent. No triumphal parades, no formal surrender ceremony, and no heroic march into an enemy's capital. As Churchill wrote in 1897, "the victory must be looked for in the results."

A New Idea of War, And I Like It

Francisca Stewart | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

(Photo: Reuters) Emile Simpson, a genuine war veteran with 3 tours in Southern Afghanistan under his belt, stands before us at University College Lon...

In 2014 - Can We Stop Blaming Everything on Muslims?

Alastair Sloan | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Before we blame radical Islam for terrorism and loss of freedom - consider that our Security Services blame our foreign policy, not any religion, for acts of terrorism. Radical Islam is a bastardisation of true, peaceful Islam. And the effect on our social fabric of continually scapegoating Muslims for our own aggression abroad is painful, and breeds yet more jihadists.

'Mission Accomplished', Says Dave

Dan Holliday | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

After over a decade of futile bloodshed, David Cameron has declared ''mission accomplished'' in regards to the war in Afghanistan. It's hard not to wonder just how firm his grasp on reality is.

Samuel Luckhurst

England Vs Afghanistan Football Match At Wembley Is A Tawdry Idea | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport

Once a red, now very much a blue, Michael Owen could be the punch-line for the current coalition government's legacy when the public vote for change i...

Marine A: Cold-blooded Murder Is Never Heroic

Steve Rose | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

Sergeant Blackman's conviction was an accident of justice since his crime was only uncovered when civilian police discovered the infamous video on a serviceman's laptop. However, he will now serve life with a minimum parole tariff of 10 years.

Lest We Forget, on Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, Mandela Was a Radical

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Rather than remember and mourn for Nelson Mandela only as a saint, we should remember and celebrate him as a radical. To do otherwise is to do a disservice to his struggle for freedom and justice beyond South Africa's borders.

Afghanistan Could Bring Back Stoning For Adulterers

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

Public stoning, once held up as the pinnacle of Taliban atrocity, could be reintroduced to punish adultery in Afghanistan, appearing a new draft of th...

Our Modern Remembrance Is All About Forgetting

Django Wylie | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Django Wylie

The worthy practice of donating first-hand, with its inherent 'nothing in return' aspect, has been replaced with the more morally ambiguous purchasing of an mp3. When you put pennies in the Chelsea Pensioner's box and collect your poppy, you are forced, however momentarily, to individually reflect on the meaning of the paper token you've acquired.

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future for Women in Afghanistan

Samira Hamidi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Samira Hamidi

While there is still a long way to go, Afghan women have actually achieved so much in recent years. Millions of girls are now in school and you will find women working in a whole range of different professions. The fact that I am writing this now, having just completed a Masters in the UK, says a lot on its own.

Jessica Elgot

'We Can't Turn Our Backs On Afghan Interpreters,' Says Murphy | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Britain is turning its back on Afghan translators who put their lives on the line, shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said, as a petition of tens of...

A Million Miles Away...

Alex Ford | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Alex Ford

For me it sums up my tour in Afghanistan. In the picture I am hot, sweaty; covered from head to foot in protective gear; helmet, glasses, body armour, blast pants, gloves, boots... carrying my rifle, ammunition, equipment, food, water.

General Sir David Richards' leadership will be missed on both sides of the Atlantic

Luke Coffey | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

Many in the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces found his level of ambition to be intimidating. For others, his leadership style was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale department. Nevertheless it was this ambition, and his leadership abilities, that brought him to the very top of his profession.

Never Negotiate With the Taliban

James Snell | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

What an incredible act of disrespect to the soldiers who died bravely to battle for Afghan freedom. What a betrayal of the poor downtrodden Afghans, promised an end to theocratic tyranny in 2001. Are we to simply leave, triumphantly, with a treaty or two, and expect everything to be fine?

Talking to the Taliban in Afghanistan Doesn't Betray the Dead - It Honours Them

Alex Ford | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Soldiers may fight wars, but it is politicians who not only start them, the politicians getting around a table and talking also finish them. In a dirty and nasty war which has cost over 35,000 people's lives, the only real way to come out with a solution to the annual cycle of fighting is to discuss it.

Soldier Fined For Abusing Afghan Civilians

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

Two British soldiers were today sentenced for abusing civilians, including children, during the war in Afghanistan. A 22-year-old former serviceman...

The Government's Extremism Taskforce Must Address Foreign Policy for It to Have Any Chance of Success

Reyhana Patel | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Politics
Reyhana Patel

We need an open discussion on foreign policy where no one should be silenced for disagreeing or agreeing with mainstream political views. Will Afghans be better off when the troops withdraw? Was going into Iraq a mistake? Who is being held accountable for the killing of civilians? The majority of Muslims want answers to these questions.

People of Woolwich Will Defy the Far-Right and Come Together Over Killing of a Soldier Son

Martin Newman | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Martin Newman

The people of Woolwich and nearby Plumstead have a strong bond with the army, one forged as much from living cheek to jowl as through mutual suffering... The EDL and its rally last night in the town centre will hold no sway over the response of the community in dealing with this horrific crime.

Now Afghan Interpreters CAN Come To Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK

Around 600 Afghan interpreters are to be offered the chance to settle in Britain after an apparent coalition rethink. About half the staff working ...

How Bismarck - Like Liberal Arts - Can Teach Us How To Think

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Think of Bismarck and you probably think of authority and discipline, hierarchy and order. The name conjures up images of the generously moustached, r...

The Mastiff Isn't Unsafe - What Are the Real Question That the Media Should Be Asking?

Alex Ford | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Let's be clear on something here. The Mastiff is STILL the safest form of transport. The news should not be about the failure of the Mastiff to protect the troops travelling inside, but more about the fact that the insurgents had built a massive bomb capable of beating the armour of a Mastiff.

'I Have Lost The Love Of My Life And The Father Of Our Son'

PA | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK

Three British soldiers killed when an explosion hit their armoured vehicle in Afghanistan have been named. They were Corporal William Savage and Fu...