UK Afghanistan

A Soldier's Account Of His Afghan Deployment Set To "Mad World" Is Haunting

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK

Video of an American battalion's deployment in Afghanistan set to the Gary Jules' and Michael Andrews' version of the classic ballad "Mad World" has r...

I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable

Lajos Zoltan Jecs | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Lajos Zoltan Jecs

What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this.

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...

My Experience in Calais' Refugee Camp - The Jungle

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jaz O'Hara

I've been thinking all day about how I can find the words for what we experienced last week. An hours drive from my house, then half an hour on the Eurotunnel, and we were in the world's worst refugee camp in terms of resources and conditions, yet we were welcomed with open arms. It's amazing how only the people who have nothing really know how to share.

20 Dead After Suicide Bomber Hits Police Academy In Kabul

AP | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has struck outside the gates of a police academy in Kabul, killing at least 20 recruits. A police officer, who g...

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar 'Died In Hospital Two Years Ago'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK

Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in a Pakistan hospital over two years ago, according to security officials. Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, the spokesman for...

Nigeria's Leader Can Change World's Approach to Insurgencies and What Drives Them

General Sir Nick Parker | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
General Sir Nick Parker

The measure of success in Northern Nigeria is whether civilians feel free from fear. Nigeria's sovereign government, with international partners lending their expertise, should be able not simply to clear the battlefield, but to satisfy the reasonable aspirations of the people to a secure and prosperous future. That could be a lesson for the rest of the world to learn.

Providing Refugees With a Second Chance at Life

Freshta Sharif | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Freshta Sharif

I want my government to remember the numerous times the UK has displayed compassion and commitment to human life and dignity by providing refuge for those facing persecution. During the Second World War they helped the Kindertransport children, in the 1980s they took in refugees from Vietnam, and in the 1990s they helped those fleeing from war in Bosnia and Kosovo. Sadly, the lack of support they are currently offering refugees will definitely be a stain on their history.

With Prince Harry Retiring, the Army Has Lost One of Its Best Young Leaders

James Wharton | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK
James Wharton

The most important moment I will remember personally, the time the Prince stepped in and told a group of very unhappy soldiers to 'back the f**k off' and leave me alone. The morning Harry had to come to my rescue, word had got round among the other regiment about what had happened between me and one of their own, and a group of angry sergeants wanted my blood - because to them, I was obviously to blame. Harry caught wind of the situation and confronted the older non-commissioned officers, and made, quite clear, that they would be for the high jump if they gave me another second's hassle over the issue - my sexuality.

A Tribute To Prince Harry's 10-Year Army Service

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

Prince Harry is today leaving the British Army after more than a decade of service. The Royal, who is fifth in line to the throne, has served two ...

Ross Kemp On Thanet

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics

Ross Kemp, the actor turned bold investigative reporter renowned for fronting fearless documentaries from global hotspots, has undertaken his most dar...

Questions of War

William Shield | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
William Shield

In 2009 I did my first tour of Afghanistan. I was based out of Kandahar airfield as part as RBGS (regional battle group south). This meant, that for the southern region we were available to anyone that needed help on an operation...

How Was a Violent Criminal with Prior Convictions in South Korea Able to Get So Close to US Ambassador?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Even as the massive joint military exercise by South Korea and the US is set to begin on March 28, the protestors of the drill have already perpetrated one violent assault and multiple verbal attacks on it.

Decades Of 'Unintended Consequences': USA Fuelling Its Own Enemies

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

You would expect that thousands of American citizens would demonstrate against this act of self-destruction, with a leading role for veterans and their families, but we hardly see any signs of protest.

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 ...

This Afghanistan Soldier Basically Just Got A Medal For Feminism

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK

A female army officer has been given a medal for challenging the "highly misogynistic" views of Afghan soldiers. Staff Sergeant Kate Lord, 32, rece...

Hero Para Becomes First Living VC Recipient From Afghan War

PA | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

A Para has won the Victoria Cross almost 70 years after another member of his family was awarded the same honour. Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, 27,...

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.

My Trauma - Their War

William Shield | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Trauma is not as black and white as people think. I will fight to the death against being categorised or labelled, I am suffering from something. Whatever it is it's greyer than a British summer, there is no black and white.

Soldier's Liverpool FC Tattoo Reads 'You'll Never Walk' After Leg Amputation

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK

A Liverpool fan and Royal Marine's "You'll Never Walk Alone" tattoo was unfortunately altered after he had his leg amputated. Andy Grant's limb wa...

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.

Sorcerers, Apprentices, Broomsticks: The US Has Not Done Enough to Support Democracy in Pakistan, Peace With India

Catriona Luke | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Catriona Luke

The issue, after 60 years, might be whether this is once again in response to the shifting geo-political alliances of the region, or whether Obama has his head screwed on the right way and might actually move US policy in favour of peace between India and Pakistan. That would be a first.