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

Jack Serle | Posted 15.10.2014 | 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.

Mehdi Hasan

'As A General, I Could Literally Change The Fortunes Of A Nation'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Politics

"If western boots were on the ground," David Richards, the former head of the British armed forces tells me, "if western armies were to be app...

Bombing Iraq Ignores The Real Problem

Scott Dickson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Scott Dickson

As one "War on Terror," draws to an end, so starts another. The upcoming withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan should force our politicians to reflect, largely on the utter futility of combating societal and religious problems with bombs. Old habits die hard. Not having learnt that virtually every Western intrusion into the Middle East ends in disaster, parliament's acquiescence to David Cameron's demand that Britain join the fight against ISIS proves our foreign policy is created in a historical vacuum.

Taliban Official 'Accidentally Geotags Secret Location'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK

A senior Taliban spokesman, who is meant to be in hiding, has denied mistakenly geotagging his location. Zabihullah Mujahid insisted the geotag, wh...

13 Years Later... And We've 'Nearly' Met Our Aims In Afghanistan

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's armed forces have paid a "very high price" for their involvement in Afghanistan, David Cameron acknowledged, as he flew in for talks with th...

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

Adam Jung | Posted 01.10.2014 | 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.

Rachel Moss

How Women In Afghanistan And Egypt Are Using Video To Give Themselves A Voice

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the last month, two incredible short films have found their way onto our radars (and our Twitter feeds) - This is Kabul and Creepers on the Bridge....

Don't Be So Harsh On Tony Blair, Says His Former Aide

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK

Public opinion of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq has overshadowed Tony Blair's achievements for peace in Northern Ireland, his former chief-of-...

The Forgotten Victims of Terror

John Denham | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Denham

Ethnic and religious minorities have faced appalling violence from ISIL forces in Iraq and Syria. But another community has suffered at the hands of very similar ideologues for far too long. Decisions at this weekend's NATO conference may help determine their future too...

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

'Desperate' Tilbury Docks Migrants Now Claiming Asylum, As Dead Man Named

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

Migrants found banging and screaming inside a cargo container are now in the process of claiming asylum in Britain, as police named the men found dead...

Aid Workers Could Secure Better Protection Under the Protection of Civilians Mandate

Camilla Barker | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Barker

When two aid workers were shot dead in Afghanistan last month, the world's media focused its attention on the dangers of 21st century humanitarianism and the challenges that assistance agencies face in protecting their personnel.

Immigrants Rescued From Container Are 'Afghan Sikhs'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK

The immigrants rescued from a shipping container yesterday are Sikhs who are understood to be from Afghanistan, it has emerged. The 35-strong group...

The Need for an Afghan Voice in Reform

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The Western World is aware that international assistance is required to help rebuild less developed countries... Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness of what it takes to make these systems work in the different cultural settings. This is especially the case with Afghanistan, which is years behind in progress due to 35 years of conflict.

America's Identity Crisis

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the global landscape rapidly changes Americans are re-examining their role in the world... America and its people may be battle weary of shouldering the cost and the burden of "keeping" or as some may say "disrupting" world peace - it is after all a weighty responsibility to be so engaged.

Book Review: "To The Front and Back, Please", by Carsten Stormer

Musa Okwonga | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

Carsten Stormer, a war photographer, was a man born out of place, and has spent most of his life rushing between peace and peril, trying to find out where he should be: hence the title of his memoir...

Britons Injured In 'Insider Attack' In Afghanistan, Two-Star US General Killed

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK

A soldier has been killed and a number of Britons injured in a suspected "insider attack" at a military academy in Afghanistan. The incident happened ...

7 Images Of Planes Over Conflict Zones (And Why They Aren't As Bad As They Look)

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech

Something curious has happened on the Apple App Store: the no. 1 paid app is Flightradar24 Pro, a plane-tracking app. It's undeniably neat: the app...

'A Fantastic Foreign Secretary'? William Hague Leaves Office

Ian Sinclair | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

You'll have heard, of course, of the maxim "Don't speak ill of the dead". However, you are probably less familiar with the media's recent modification to this: "Don't speak ill of the recently departed Foreign Secretary".

Obama's Diplomatic Coalition of the Willing - Or Else!

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

An all out war in the Middle-East, creating more failed states, will not only effect the US economy, it is also likely to pose a real safety risk to US citizens both here and abroad as terrorists entities like ISIS pledge to annihilate those who do not follow their path to salvation.

'Bulk' Of British Forces To Be Out Of Afghanistan By October

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

The "bulk" of British forces in Afghanistan will be pulled out by the end of October if the country's disputed presidential election is not resolved a...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Up To 20 'Establishment' Paedophiles? Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 8 July 2014... 1) UP TO 20 'ESTABLISHMENT' PAEDOPHILES? REALLY? From the Daily Mail: "Failure to ...

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Especially If You're The Taliban

Piers Secunda | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Piers Secunda

In the early summer of 2010 I sent an email to the owner of an Afghan press agency called "Kabul Pressistan" expecting no response. The email was t...

RAF Doubles Number Of Reaper Drones In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Five new Reaper drones, the most recent addition to the RAF’s arsenal, have started combat operations in Afghanistan, according to the Ministry of D...

'They Were Lucky' - Afghan Immigrants Rescued From Dinghy

PA | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK

Nine suspected illegal immigrants had to be rescued when they became stranded on a small power boat in the English Channel. Their rigid inflatable ...