UK Afghanistan

Watch Bowe Bergdahl Being Released After Five Years With Taliban (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK

The Taliban has published this video of Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army sergeant they captured in 2009 and held for five years, being released, after a dea...

Bowe Bergdahl's Release Not Welcomed By Everyone In US

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK

NEW YORK -- On Saturday, American soldier Bowe Berghdahl was released by the Taliban after spending almost five years in captivity in Afghanistan. Cau...

A Female Perspective - Mentoring PTIs at the ANA Officer Academy

Kate Lord | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Kate Lord

Prior to Real Madrid's 4-0 thumping of Osasuna last month, Sergio Ramos had netted just 1 goal in 43 appearances in all competitions this season. Fast-forward to the present day and the defender has 5 in his last 6, including a brace against Bayern to cement Los Blancos' place in the Champions League final.

It's a Man's World - Mentoring In Qargha

Kate Lord | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Kate Lord

A year ago I was offered a chance to deploy to Afghanistan as a mentor at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy located in Qargha, out to the west of the capital city of Kabul. My job here is to mentor the Afghan female PTIs who will deliver the physical training syllabus to the female officer cadets...

Is This Picture Of British Soldiers Showing 'Understandable Joy'?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

A top British army commander has reacted to disturbing pictures which appear to show at least one UK serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter. ...

British Serviceman 'Pictured Giving Thumbs-Up' Over Dead Taliban Fighter

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK

Pictures purportedly showing a British serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter have emerged via the website Live Leak. The images were taken in ...

'UFO' Attacks Taliban Camp = Aliens Join Fight Against Terror (VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Footage purporting to show an unidentified flying object attacking a Taliban camp has been made available online. It was published to YouTube on 5...

'Robinson Crusoe' Migrant Rescued From Makeshift Raft In English Channel

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK

A young Afghan migrant, desperately attempting to reach Britain, attempted to sail across the channel on Robinson Crusoe-like raft of wooden planks, a...

GRAPHIC: Parents Take Ultimate Revenge On Cleric Who Sexually Assaulted Their Daughter

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW: The parents of a teenage girl have been arrested after they attacked a religious cleric and cut off his nose and ears ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Has Nigel Bottled It?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 30 April 2014... 1) HAS NIGEL BOTTLED IT? It's the question that'll be asked across Westm...

Afghanistan Helicopter Crash Victims Named

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK

Five British servicemen killed when the Lynx helicopter they were travelling in crashed in southern Afghanistan have been named by the Ministry of Def...

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.