UK Afghanistan

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.

'Stop Fighting And Start Talking', Cameron Tells Taliban

Posted 28.05.2012 | UK

David Cameron has reaffirmed plans to withdraw British troops from Afghanistan amid fresh warnings the country could re-emerge as a terrorist haven on...

'One Way Or Another Our Troops Will Be Home By 2014'

PA | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK

David Cameron today insisted Afghan forces will be able to prevent their country again becoming a haven for terrorists after international forces pull...

British Forces Could Remain In Afghanistan After 2014

PA | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK

Small numbers of British troops could remain in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the main force in 2014 to combat international terrorism. As in...

How Surgeons' Hall Museum Scored Author Sandy Gall for Museums at Night

Emma Black | Posted 17.07.2012 | Home
Emma Black

I have been working on the Museum's public engagement since 2009; we now offer a diverse range of activities and in two years our visitor figures have doubled and we have built a database of loyal supporters who regularly attend our events.

Two British Soldiers Shot Dead By Members Of Afghan Police Force

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

The two British servicemen shot dead by members of the Afghan Police Force have been named as Corporal Brent McCarthy and Lance Corporal Lee Davies. ...

Diary from Kabul - One in the Chamber!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

My name is Martin Middlebrook. The 12 of you who read this regularly know this of course, but by other countries other conventions apply. So depending upon relative status or affection, my moniker here is either Kaakaa Martin, Mr Martin, or Martin Jan.

This Sceptred Isle

Graham Sheffield | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

There is nothing 'soft' about the UK's arts and creative industries, two of our biggest economic assets. Neither is there anything soft about our continuing work through the recent unrest in the Arab world and the British Council remaining on the ground during the last decade in Burma, Iraq and Afghanistan.