UK Afghanistan

All Quiet on the Western Front: The Christmas Truce

Tony Mckenna | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

Like smoke drifting across no man's land as the sound of the guns and the mortar finally fell quiet, the Christmas truce of 1914 has been shrouded by the mists of time. A historical event which occurred early in the First World War and one many of us are familiar with; yet it has the feel and texture of legend as much as fact.

Bill For David Cameron's Foreign Trips Is Published

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK

David Cameron's foreign trips cost taxpayers more than £530,000 last summer. The prime minister, who is currently in India on a trade visit, visit...

Think Paddy Ashdown Knows Something About Drones? Think Again

Luke Massey | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

Ashdown appears unbridled by, or wilfully ignorant of, the fundamental issues which make a mockery of his analysis. While he is right to point out that some of the issues which concern people about the growing use of drone warfare are reflected in extant military practices, his conclusions are baffling and misplaced.

The Guantánamo Frame-Up: 11 Years and Counting

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

What we also know about Shaker Aamer, though, is that he was officially "cleared for transfer" out of the camp several years go. He is one of 55 prisoners so categorised by the joint-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force set up by Obama in the wake of his famous (and long-since broken) promise to close Guantánamo within a year of taking office.

War and Football: The Story of Football's Development in War-Torn Afghanistan

Bhargab Sarmah | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Sport
Bhargab Sarmah

A beautiful country, geographically sandwiched between Pakistan and Iran, Afghanistan's history is blotted with devastating wars. Over the decades, peace has continuously eluded this scenic Asian nation, which has ensured that football, and all other sports, takes a backseat.

Speaking Up for the Interpreters of Afghanistan

Alex Ford | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

After the pull out of Iraq, the British gave - en masse - asylum to the interpreters that had helped us in that conflict, but the 'terps in Afghanistan are going to have to apply for the same asylum on a 'case-by-case' basis.

Military Equipment May Not Return From Afghanistan

Posted 09.04.2013 | UK

More than 40% of Britain's Afghan military equipment may not return to the UK, according to Government exit strategy plans. Millions of pounds wort...

Hamid Karzai Is Only Saying What Soldiers Have Known for Years

Joe Glenton | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Karzai's argument that the UK troop increase in Helmand in 2006 created today's insecurity will sting politicians, but what he says is true. I remember the events clearly; I was in Afghanistan at the time.

Was the Iraq War Worth It? Ask the Public

Des Freedman | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics
Des Freedman

Ten years on, we meet to ask 'was it worth it?' Presumably not for the many hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in the conflict. The figures may vary (Iraq Body Count put the number at around 120,000 while the Lancet counted upwards of 600,000) but the story is one of devastation nonetheless.

Child Stowaways Found Locked In Refrigerated Lorry On Way To UK

PA | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

Four children endured several hours locked in a refrigerated lorry in a failed attempt to smuggle them into Britain, the UK Border Force said. The ...

Karzai Defends Harry Over Taliban Comments

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has defended Prince Harry over his comments that he killed Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan, saying: "Young...

Cameron In Peace Talks Appeal To Taliban

PA | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron issued a direct appeal to the Taliban to enter peaceful talks on the future of Afghanistan after hosting talks at Chequers with Afghan p...

'Helmand Was More Peaceful Before Western Troops Arrived'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has suggested Western forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan because "they feel they were fighting in the wrong place" ...

Fight Against Terror Could Last 'Generations', Blair Warns

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK

The West's fight against al Qaida is like the battle against revolutionary communism, former prime minister Tony Blair has said as he warned it could ...

Just Another Night on Channel 4 News

Adrian Millar | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Millar

Call me an idealist, but people need to reflect upon their motivation, on where they get their kicks, on what is really driving them in conflict before they embark on violence with all its negative consequences for themselves and others.

Pictures Of The Week From The Huffington Post Picture Desk

Elliot Wagland, Tahira Mirza, Matthew Tucker | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK

The week kicked off with the downcast #BlueMonday, but millions in America were too busy to feel the January blues as they celebrated the inauguration...

Hammond Admits Afghanistan 'Messy' After Pullout

PA | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

Afghanistan is likely to be "messy" after western troops pull out in 2014, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond admitted today. Mr Hammond said there w...

Killing Taliban 'A Job', Says Prince Harry

Posted 24.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry said killing the Taliban is a job "you would expect to do" as a soldier as he arrived back in the UK after his 20-week tour of duty to Af...

'In 2013 I Want To Do More Royal Stuff'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan and says in 2013 he wants to do "more Royal stuff." The 28-year-old A...

Prince Harry Returns To UK From Afghanistan

PA | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner has been on post-deployment "...

Isn't It Nice to Know That Prince Harry Is a Killer?

John Wight | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK
John Wight

Who's to say that one of the bullets fired by the prince did not find its way into the body of an Afghan civilian, perhaps an old man, woman, or child? Of course such subtleties are lost amid the eruption of patriotic fervour over the prince's exploits of military derring-do.

Harry: Prince of Propaganda

Mark Borkowski | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Borkowski

From Las Vegas to Camp Bastion, Harry's headlines - both good and bad - build a modern heroic monomyth around him. He may be a professional soldier - but am I alone in preferring to read about his rock 'n' roll hedonism rather than this latest "I killed in Afghanistan" meme?

The World's Largest Opium Supplier, and the Truth Behind Drug Trafficking Death Sentences

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Those in favour of capital punishment point out that if it's so obvious it's worse than life imprisonment, then this harsher consequence should logically be a stronger deterrent to criminals. This is a major justification for the death penalty.

Do We Really Need to Know What Harry Did in Afghanistan?

Alex Ford | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Soldiers are required to do just one thing. Kill the enemy. It's their job. Everyone knows it's their job. It's obvious it's what they do. But when you are a member of the Royal Family... should you actually say that you have?

Should Prince Harry Have 'Boasted' About Taliban Killing?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK

Is Prince Harry a hero, desperate to do his duty, or a privileged young man boasting about slaying Taliban fighters like video game villains? The p...