UK Afghanistan

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...

Zero Dark Thirty: A Film Review in Two Halves

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

What's the message (presuming films have 'messages')? Is it that torture works? Seemingly, yes. That allowing detainees lawyers only gets in the way? Seemingly, yes. That you need to be able to round-up and question detainees in secret to get results? Again, seemingly yes.

Not the Academic Type

PA | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry is the first to admit he is not the academic type. Exams at school were a "nightmare" and he could have hit the books a lot harder dur...

'If There's A Story, I Want To Know What's Being Said' (VIDEO)

PA | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry revealed a wounded relationship with the media during frank interviews in Afghanistan. Press access to the royal was strictly controll...

From A Flowerpot Photo Bombing To Pimms: 8 Odd Things To Learn From Prince Harry’s Official Army Photos

Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Comedy

Prince Harry is due back on British soil after fighting in Afghanistan. A selection of formally approved photos of Harry at his base have been rele...

'It Is A Pain In The A*** Being Stuck In Bastion'

PA | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Being "stuck in Bastion" was a common complaint for Prince Harry during his second deployment to Afghanistan. The 28-year-old royal, who spent 20 w...