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Time to Get It Right: Revising Priorities in Afghanistan

Nigel Jenkins | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK
Nigel Jenkins

The UN mission in Afghanistan says 2011 was the deadliest year for civilians in the past decade, with 3,021 deaths. That's a 25% increase in two years. These are the figures that are most telling about the human security crisis in Afghanistan.

£10.3bn Of Aid Pledged To Afghanistan

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK

Britain has pledged to maintain aid funding levels to Afghanistan until 2017 and agreed to host a ministerial meeting in London in two years' time to ...

Three British Soldiers Shot Dead By Gunman In Afghan Police Uniform

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK

Three British soldiers were shot at point blank range by a man wearing a Afghan police uniform at a checkpoint in Helmand Province, the Ministry of De...

Diary From Kabul - Airline Food

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Middlebrook

I have, this past few years spent quite a lot of time scratching my testicles at 38,000 feet - what else to do. There is an acquired rhythm to these things, long haul air travel has fleshed out the perfect deal between airline and passenger, and in the most part it works.

David Cameron Praises Armed Forces Day

PA | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK

Communities across the UK will make a show of support for servicemen and women today as the country celebrates Armed Forces Day. More than 100 even...

Ministry Of Defence Wasting Billions On Excess Stock

PA | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK

The Ministry of Defence is wasting billions of pounds of taxpayers' money on military supplies it does not need, according to a public spending watchd...

'Kind, Happy And Full Of Life': Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Named

PA | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK

A British soldier killed during an operation targeting insurgents in Afghanistan yesterday has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Alex ...

The Dictators' Club: Why Democracy May Be More Fragile Than We Think

Chris Morgan Jones | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK
Chris Morgan Jones

My next book will be set, in part, in Georgia, and before going there I've been spending a few days reading about the place and its rich, painful history.

Listening, Giving, and Having Compassion

Deborah Smith | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK
Deborah Smith

I'd been in Kabul four weeks and still couldn't decide if I was completely mad. It was certainly a captivating environment to work in, so incredibly different, such an insight into a torn and troubled country.

Diary from Kabul - Doctor Doctor!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

There is one area of frequent enquiry that streams my way, where I feel that I am not ideally qualified to comment. Doctors in Afghanistan are at best soothsayers, at worse fraudsters.

'He was My Soulmate': Tribute To Fallen Soldier

Posted 04.08.2012 | UK

A British soldier killed in Afghanistan during a mission to rescue a kidnapped policeman was named today as Private Gregg Thomas Stone. The 20-year...

Diary from Kabul - Being English!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 04.08.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

All of my friends here come from far-flung places, a broader horizon that dispenses the notion that your own place of birth is best. Each fizzes your blood with unique cultural facets, we are simply part of something bigger.

Soldier Killed During Daring Rescue Mission

PA | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK

A British soldier killed on Sunday in Afghanistan died taking part in a daring rescue mission. The soldier, who has not yet been named but was from...

Should We Rebuild the Buddhas of Bamiyan?

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK
Llewelyn Morgan

What good will it do to resurrect one of the Buddhas of Bamiyan if Chehel Burj is allowed to melt away? That's not symbolism but tokenism, the guilty parting gesture of Western powers that know they haven't really done the job.

Cameron Hails 'Extraordinarily Brave' Soldiers

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.08.2012 | UK Politics

Prime Minister David Cameron today hailed the soldiers who rescued a kidnapped British aid worker in Afghanistan in an "extraordinarily brave, breath-...

Cameron Praises Taliban Hostage Rescue

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2012 | UK

The rescue of a British aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan last month was an "extraordinarily brave, breath-taking" operation, Prime Minister David C...

Afghanistan: It is and Always Will be a Failed State

Robert Simpson | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK Politics
Robert Simpson

As the 2014 withdrawal date for American and British combat troops creeps ever closer the rhetoric coming from leading politicians about the great strides that have been made by Afghan forces has increased significantly.

PHOTOS: Ed Miliband Looks Awkward In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Comedy

Gawd bless Ed Miliband. Even when he's being serious, he can't help but make us smile. Take these latest photos of him visiting troops in Afghanis...

Why We Need More Legal Protection for our Forces

Jim Murphy MP | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Politics
Jim Murphy MP

While in Afghanistan with Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander I heard first hand some of our Forces' worries. All of this should be unacceptable to every British person, family and community. Those who risk all in the dangers of Helmand Province and beyond should do so with the peace of mind about support back home.

Diary from Kabul - PTSD and Perms

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 27.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

I think I may have been living in a war zone for too long, and it is taking its toll. Before Christmas I was talking with a friend who had been working in regions of conflict exclusively for 10 years and he described that there are something like 59 symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he exhibited 43 of them.

Nato Air Strike 'Kills Family Of Eight' In Afghanistan

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK

Eight civilians, including a woman and six children, have been killed by an Nato airstrike in the Paktia province of Afghanistan, local officials have...

British Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Blast

PA | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said. The soldier was from the 1st Battalion, The Royal W...

Miliband Warns Afghanistan Could Fail On Visit

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Politics

The international community must "up its game" on political progress in Afghanistan or risk wasting a decade of sacrifice by British soldiers, Labour ...

Afghan Schoolgirls Poisoned In Their Classrooms

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK

More than 70 girls and their teachers have been poisoned at a school in Afghanistan, the BBC has reported. A toxic powder was released in their cla...

Are Afghan's Women About to be Sacrificed to the Taliban?

Kate Allen | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

At a women's shelter I saw some of the consequences of Afghanistan's ingrained patriarchy. I talked to a teenage girl married off to a 70-year-old man who then suffered sustained beatings at the hands of the man's family. I also heard from a young widow who explained how she'd escaped her father-in-law who wanted to force her into marriage after her first husband had died.