UK Afghanistan

Supporting Smallholders in Securing Global Food Security

Jeremy Lefroy | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Politics
Jeremy Lefroy

I look forward to the UK using its presidency of the G8 to championing the role of smallholder farmers globally and ensuring that their voice is heard and their contribution recognised.

Who Is On The Secret 'Kill List'?

PA | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK

Defence chiefs are facing a legal challenge to provide details of Britain's role in supplying information to an American military "kill list" in Afgha...

Dead Soldiers' Body Parts Kept Without Permission From Families, MoD Admits

PA | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK

The body parts and tissue of soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept by the Ministry of Defence without the permission of their families, offici...

One Arena Where Britain Won't Be Winning Gold

Julie Tomlin | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK
Julie Tomlin

In general the mainstream media presents Britain as the world's good guys, but our policies are so often out of sync with the rhetoric that it should not be a surprise that others around the world charge our leaders with hypocrisy.

Extraordinary Muslim Women at the Olympics - Past to Present

Shaista Gohir | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Sport
Shaista Gohir

Their biggest hurdle preventing girls from taking up sports is religious extremism, particularly for those living in conservative Muslim countries. Although there is nothing in the Quran forbidding women and girls from exercising and playing sports, religious scholars are making Islam more restrictive than it should be through misinterpretations.

Sanctions: A 'Necessary Evil' Iranian Women Don't Buy

Julie Tomlin | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Politics
Julie Tomlin

If we care about women's rights and don't want our government to get away with hypocritical claims that they do too, isn't it time we make sure their opinions are heeded?

British Intervention In Syria 'Increasingly Likely'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK

It will be difficult for Britain to avoid intervening in Syria, a former Army commander has warned Colonel Richard Kemp, who led UK forces in Afgha...

Mission Motorsport

Nancy Atkinson-Turner | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nancy Atkinson-Turner

Every so often in life you come across someone so inspiring that it stops you in your tracks. Their passion, enthusiasm and selflessness is impossible to resist and you realise you have to be involved with them, whether it be at work, in love or as in my case, volunteering.

Cameron Enjoys Bangers And Mash In Helmand (PICTURES)

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron shared a lunch of German sausage and potato with British troops as he questioned them about the capabilities of their Afghan counterpart...

David Cameron Visits British Troops In Afghanistan

PA | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron insisted today that he was "confident" he could meet his promise to bring British troops back from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 as he ...

Now We Can Spot Them: Snow Leopards Tracked By Satellite In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK

Two snow leopards have been captured, fitted with satellite collars and released for the first time in Afghanistan – and one of them was tracked ven...

Exact Timing Of Afghanistan Withdrawal 'Undecided', Says No.10

PA | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Politics

No decisions have yet been taken on the exact timing of withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan after the end of this year, prime minister David...

The Arms Trade is a Feminist Issue

Julie Tomlin | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK
Julie Tomlin

When Egyptian activist Salma Said was asked at a discussion in London on women and the Arab Spring about what people in the West could do to help, her answer was immediate and direct: "You could stop your politicians selling arms to the people who are shooting us." Said spoke from experience: she was hospitalised after being shot during protests that followed the Port Said football stadium tragedy that left at least 74 people dead.

Afghan MP Among 20 Dead At Wedding Bomb Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2012 | UK

Prominent Afghan MP Ahmad Khan Samangani was killed in a suicide bombing at his daughter's wedding on Saturday, along with 20 others. Samangani was...

We Must not Abandon our Commitment to Afghan Women

Nicola Blackwood MP | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics
Nicola Blackwood MP

The state of women's rights in Afghanistan is now at a critical crossroads. Surveys show there is widespread fear among Afghan women that their government and its international partners will trade away their rights in a cynical attempt to barter some kind of political settlement with insurgent groups ahead of the international military pull-out in 2014.

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.