UK Afghanistan

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.

Brooks: Sun Was Wrong To Attack Brown Over Soldier Letter

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK Politics

Rebekah Brooks has admitted it was a mistake for The Sun newspaper to attack Gordon Brown for misspelling a soldier's name in a handwritten note sent ...

A War That Only Women Can Win

Tehmina Kazi | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK
Tehmina Kazi

As NATO troops prepare to withdraw, we must recognise that the real work in Afghanistan and Pakistan has just begun.

Former Barnado's Chief: Asian Men 'Over-Represented' In Some Abuse Cases

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK

The former head of Barnardo's has called for an investigation into the apparent "over-representation" of Asian men in grooming and sexual abuse cases....

May Chicago NATO Summit - What About Giving Floor to Afghani Women?

Paulo Casaca | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

In the last few years the Western political establishment together with Afghan authorities and its neighbouring powers has been busy making the case for engaging the Taliban, the Pakistani based terrorist outfit, and the Hezb-i-Islami, the most fanatic group in the pre-Taliban Afghanistan political scene with strong links to Iran.

Life and Death for Afghanistan's Children

Justin Byworth | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK
Justin Byworth

As the world focuses on Afghanistan today; President Obama's historic visit and discussions about the future of the country, the scene that we witnessed unfolding inside the little neonatal unit at the provincial hospital this morning runs in freeze frame through my head.

Bin Laden Day

Matt Carr | Posted 01.07.2012 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Obama has an election to win and he needs to spin the Afghan war as victory and also to take credit for it... and the idea that Bin Laden's execution has paved the way for the defeat of al Qaeda is false for various reasons.

The Muslim Vote Should Not Be Underestimated

Reyhana Patel | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK Politics
Reyhana Patel

Political parties who are aiming for strongholds in constituencies where the Muslim vote can be crucial must now work extra hard to engage with Muslim communities and address the issues which are on the top of their agenda.

Loving the Challenge

Deborah Smith | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK
Deborah Smith

Strangely enough I felt on a real high from the moment I landed on the tarmac. I thoroughly enjoyed being in Afghanistan. I loved the heady difference, the gripping change of scenery, the break from five years of deep emotional wrangling within the wider family dynamic, the food, the work, the appreciation of your efforts from Afghan colleagues.

British Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Named

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK

A British soldier shot dead in Afghanistan has been named as Michael Roland, a father of twins from Worthing, Sussex. He had been in Afghanistan fo...

Diary from Kabul - The Commoditisation of Women

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Middlebrook

My westernised nephew said this to his father recently. "Men rule the world dad, but women control men, so really women rule the world". Very smart and intuitive, and quite possibly true in some households. But in Afghanistan women are the missing and beaten half of humanity.