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Confirmed: Five Dead In Afghanistan Chopper Crash Were British

PA | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK

Five military personnel killed when their Lynx helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan were UK service members, the Ministry of Defence confirmed. ...

Five Killed In Afghan Air Crash, Thought To Be Brits

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK

Five service personnel have been killed in a UK helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, but the MoD could not confirm the nationalities of the decea...

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Needs Remain Great

Sir John Holmes | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Afghanistan is entering a new phase after the Afghan people went to the polls with so much enthusiasm a few days ago. Whatever the result of the election, with NATO troops continuing their withdrawal, it is clear that the burden of responsibility for the country now rests with the Afghans themselves. However, it is vital that the international community do not lose interest, and that western governments in particular do not now consider their responsibility to the Afghan people to be over.

Afghanistan Has Turned a Corner

Duncan Anderson | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Duncan Anderson

When one considers the security situation, the threats made by the Taliban, and the miserable weather, the election result has been quite phenomenal. There is something immensely humbling to see groups of people holding up their dyed fingers, as much as to say 'Suck to you, Taliban!'

These Pictures Of Afghans Queuing To Vote Proved The Pessimists Wrong

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK

The run-up to the Afghan elections was marred by violence, the killing of two Western journalists, threats against voters and fears of low turnout. ...

Veteran Journalist Shot Dead By Afghan Police Officer

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

Two Associated Press journalists have been shot by a police commander in Afghanistan, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured. German phot...

Paul Vale

David Miliband Has 'Self-Denying Ordinance' Over Ed Miliband Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- David Miliband has a "self-denying ordinance" to questions of British politics, the Labour Party or his brother, Labour leader Ed Miliband...

Britain Withdraws From Helmand, But What Will Our Legacy Be In Afghanistan?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

When the British war in Afghanistan becomes just a paragraph in a War Studies textbook, the effects of decades of conflict, tribal and religious divis...

A Ray of God, a Ray of Hope for Afghanistan

Farzana Balooch | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Farzana Balooch

In spite of the uncertainty we currently face, the endurance of my people throughout conflict, and in particular the resilience of women, gives me hope for Afghanistan's future. I pray that they have learned from this last decade and can use that learning to build a better future for us all.

Don't Abandon Afghanistan Again - Its Poorest People Need and Deserve Our Support

Jehangir Malik | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

We need to focus as never before on the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the country, investing above all in the infrastructure of basic health and education services that will help lift people out of poverty. Afghanistan needs more schools, more health clinics and more trained teachers and health professionals to staff them.

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...

The Operation Was Successful, But the Patient Died

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

For those who do manage to reach health facilities, actual care often remains elusive because of cost. In Khost, in the east of the country, and in the capital, Kabul, roughly half the people surveyed by MSF borrowed money or sold what they could to pay for medicines or doctors' fees during a recent illness. Several sought care in neighbouring Pakistan.

Afghanistan: Rebuilding Girls' Education After Decades of Conflict

Manos Antoninis | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

For Nahida, education is not something to be viewed as a problem, but as part of the solution for breaking the cycle of conflict: "Educated people don't take guns," she said. "They don't destroy their country and their schools."

Is the F-Word No Longer a Dirty Word?

Karla McLaren | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karla McLaren

Feminism (and a concerted backlash against it) is all over the internet, all over the media and all over student campuses. Feminism is, like, "cool"...at last! Maybe it's not surprising then that in January Cameron said the UK should "lead the charge on women's equality worldwide". For a prime minister who isn't sure whether he's a feminist or not, that's quite a commitment.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ukip's 'Backwards Looking Bile'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 9 March 2014... 1) UKIP'S 'BACKWARDS LOOKING BILE' Nick Clegg isn't pulling any punches ahea...

A Time to Reflect

Wing Commander Rachael Caston | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Wing Commander Rachael Caston

I'm still driven by the same instincts to be better and to help develop others, but success is not defined in terms of survival anymore. It's not defined by a badge, a rank or a medal; it's about something so much more important than that, something more personal, something intangible.

Safeguarding Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Fiona O’Donnell | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Politics
Fiona O’Donnell

While there is still work to do here too, I easily count myself lucky to be a woman in the UK. I have three grandsons and I hope that my next grandchild will be a girl. If I was a woman in Afghanistan, I would want all my grandchildren to be boys. On International Women's Day let our mantra be that if it isn't good enough for women here then it isn't good enough for women anywhere.

Jihad, Then and Now - Bin Laden's Comrade in Arms Warns Foreign Fighters to Stay Out of Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists who have travelled to the war-torn country to take part in the fighting...

Taliban Capture High Ranking British Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

The Taliban have captured a British colonel. Looking mournful, and dragged around by a lead, the militant group's captive is likely to tug heartst...

Afghanistan, K2K and I

Nancy Atkinson-Turner | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Nancy Atkinson-Turner

With an election fast approaching in Afghanistan the presence of the country in our news is stronger than ever. We see it on our TV's everyday and read about it in our newspapers.  But what do we actually know about the country? Behind the bombs?

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gove Under Fire

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 2 February 2014... 1) GOVE UNDER FIRE The education secretary is under fire - from the schoo...

Faces Of War: 21 Haunting Portraits Of Afghanistan's Refugee Children Living In The Slums Of Islamabad (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

These beautiful images show the faces of refugee Afghan children living in slums on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Huddled in threadbare he...

Afghanistan After 2014: It Won't Be Perfect, but It Will Be Good Enough

Luke Coffey | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

As Britain approaches the end of its combat operations in Afghanistan, the usual fanfare associated with victory in war will be notably absent. No triumphal parades, no formal surrender ceremony, and no heroic march into an enemy's capital. As Churchill wrote in 1897, "the victory must be looked for in the results."

Two Britons Among 21 'Indiscriminately Killed' In 'Horrific' Kabul Attack

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Two Britons have been confirmed dead after a devastating suicide attack which has killed at least 21 people in Kabul. Wabel Abdallah, the head of t...

Bombs, Bullets and Burkas? It's the Bravery and Boldness of Afghan Women We Must Support

Karla McLaren | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Karla McLaren

What fragile progress on women's rights there has been in recent years is down to the work of Afghan women activists, and it will be down to them to ensure that progress is protected and bettered in the months and years ahead. But their ability to do so will be seriously undermined if their security cannot be assured.