UK Afghanistan

Peshawar School Attack - Violence Breeds Violence

Dilly Hussain | Posted 19.12.2014 | 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 17.12.2014 | 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...

This Bullet Can Change Direction

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Tech

The US military is working on an advanced .50 calibre sniper bullet that can change direction after being fired. Called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked...

The CIA Torture Scandal

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The release of this report teaches us an important lesson; that it is easy for the rule of law and our own civility to be lost in a climate of fear, where pressing concerns are focused on finding ways to protect ourselves from dangerous and evil forces like Al Qaeda or ISIS. Behaviour that compromises such principles, however, will invariably fail to keep us safe.

CIA Torture Report: The Lid Lifted?

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Is the long-awaited report into CIA torture during the so-called "war on terror" an exercise on transparency or something rather less than that? Seems to me it's clearly the latter...

How BBC3 Changed the Future of War Reporting

Christian Hill | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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?

We Cannot Abandon Afghanistan

Laurie Lee | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
Laurie Lee

Today's London Conference on Afghanistan arrives at a critical juncture for Afghanistan, with violent conflict increasing in many parts of the country and aid fatigue creating cuts in food rations for one million Afghans it is a vital moment to remind the world not to abandon Afghanistan.

What Will the Future Hold for Sakina?

Jodie Whittaker | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jodie Whittaker

Thursday sees ministers from all over the world gather in the UK for the London Conference on Afghanistan to talk about the country's future development. This is a very critical time, international troops are mostly withdrawing and the world will be watching to see how this will affect the country's security and development.

Afghan Mother 'Kills 25 Taliban Fighters' In Revenge For Murdering Her Son

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

An Afghan woman is reported to have killed 25 Taliban fighters after witnessing her son being murdered in an ambush. Reza Gul’s son was a police...

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...

The Number One News Formula: Sport and More Sport

Neil Durkin | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's surely something ... amiss here. With all due respect to Mr Hamilton and his super-fast Mercedes, I don't think winning a car racing tournament is the most important thing that happened yesterday. Or indeed, any day.

Women Don't Have 'Warrior Ethos' To Serve On Frontline, Says (Male) Ex-Commander

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

Many women lack the "killer instinct" needed to fight in wars and allowing them to serve on the frontline would harm the Army's "warrior ethos", a for...

A Look at Digital Afghanistan

Anjali Ramachandran | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Anjali Ramachandran

Social media is a great leveller. It has enabled revolutions, breaks news regularly, and amongst other things empowers the disenfranchised. There are parts of the world that do not have unfettered access to social media; you instinctively feel sorry for the curtailing of their freedom.

The Light Garden of the Angel King

Catriona Luke | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Catriona Luke

In Kabul, there were bullets in the squash court, three in the bedroom, three near my bed, three in our bathroom, one missing the minister by six inches. The gardener has continued to drive his two donkeys about our garden with complete unconcern, but the day has come when only one donkey is left.

'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...

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.

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 05.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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.

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 04.11.2014 | 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 22.10.2014 | 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.