UK Afghanistan

Britain's Highest Award For Soldier Killed In Helmand

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

A British soldier who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Lance Corporal James Ashwo...

Who Is to Blame for Violent Ex-Servicemen?

Alex Ford | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

This story is about young men (and yes, it is mostly men) who leave the forces early, rather than those who have undertaken multiple tours and spent a decent amount of time in the services. It's about those young men who already have a propensity for violence and who can't handle the discipline of the army. It's about how they are discharged and then booted out into society.

Military Men Much More Likely To Commit Violent Crimes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK

Young men who have served in the military are much more likely to commit violent crimes than those who haven't, a study has shown. Men who had seen...

Push for Change on Women's Rights

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

Bringing about change is a long-term task, in which girls' education, economic opportunities and women's representation and rights are all key. This is why the UK's programmes and the benefits they bring to Afghan women and girls will continue long after British troops come home in 2014.

Why Alan Duncan Makes More Sense Than Captain Raveman on Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Neil Durkin | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I still find myself largely in sympathy with Alan Duncan on aid and in particular on women's rights in Afghanistan. You don't have to be a cheerleader for military intervention in Afghanistan (I certainly wasn't) to take this view.

Insurgents Launch Rocket Attack On Camp Bastion

PA | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK

Insurgents launched a rocket attack on Camp Bastion, the military base in Afghanistan which houses British troops. The heavily fortified base, wher...

The Iraq War - An Interview With the Show's Creator

Michael Spicer | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Michael Spicer

Tony Blair is in reflective mood as he leans over his grande cappuccino, contemplating another sip. It's been ten years since he and co-creator George W. Bush took the world by storm with their hit show The Iraq War and, as is often the case when an enduring series reaches a milestone anniversary, fans are debating the possibility of a reunion.

Afghan Woman Mutilated By Taliban Urges Abused Women 'Never Give Up' (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

An Afghan woman whose nose and ears were hacked off after she fled a forced marriage is urging abused women to “never give up and don’t lose hope...

Even After Ten Years, Afghan Women Still Do Not Have Basic Human Rights

Sara Basharmal | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Basharmal

There are many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Afghanistan that are trying their level best to help the women gain back their rights, however, the level of achievement that is being made is slow.

The Rise of the Neo-Chickenhawks

Joe Glenton | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Sorely under-used today, chickenhawk was a popular expression during Vietnam. It describes an individual, often a politician, who clamours for war while avoiding military service. George W. Bush is a prime example.

Wicked Jihad

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Like every anti-establishment movement before it, the al-Qaeda has become cool and recruiters know that and take care to cultivate this image. In our work, we found one terrorist recruiter who urged young male Muslims to join global jihad for "the adventure - it's better than a holiday"

Beyond the Soldier Myth - Drones Strikes, Night Raids and Taliban Ambushes

Joe Glenton | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

The hero-soldier brand is undeniably potent. The increased presence of soldiers at sports events - be it at Premier League games or the Olympics - is a shrewd move by the PR-savvy Ministry of Defence. The idea of a wholesome, dutiful hero is very appealing and is very much a feature of British identity, intertwined as it is with our military history and our imperial present.

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" ...