UK Afghanistan

WATCH: Head-Cam Captures Heroics Of Soldier Awarded Medal of Honor

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Retired US Army Captain William Swenson was awarded his country's Medal of Honor this week for heroically rescuing wounded colleagues while under fire...

She Is Afghanistan's First Street Artist, and She Might Actually Change Our Views

Erik B. Duckert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Erik B. Duckert

Shamsia Hassani: a young woman and the first street artist ever to emerge from the exhausted streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Only 25 years old and teaches drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, her story just might challenge your views on graffiti - and on Afghan women.

LOOK: British Journalist Sits Down With Taliban Chief

Posted 04.10.2013 | UK

A British journalist has sat down for a terrifying interview with a Taliban chief, who vowed to take back Afghanistan once British forces leave. Mi...

'British Troops At Risk Of Psychosis'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is putting soldiers’ mental health at risk by prescribing a drug linked to string of suicides and murders among troops...

The Women in Afghanistan: In the News for the Wrong Reasons

Kate Allen | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

Imagine you woke up tomorrow and heard on the news that a prominent woman MP here in Britain had been kidnapped along with her two daughters. It would be utterly shocking. Now imagine it's a few weeks later and you hear that another female parliamentarian, a member of the House of Lords for example, has narrowly escaped an attack in which her daughter was killed. But this is exactly what's happened in Afghanistan this summer.

'I Honour This Country, It Has Given Me So Much'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK

An Afghan teenager whose father and brother were murdered by the Taliban has won his right to stay in the UK. Aspiring teacher Najibullah Hashimi w...

Arms Dealers Making a Killing at DSEI in London

Paul Mills | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Mills

An arms dealer suited and booted in formal black tie walked side-by-side with an injured serviceman on crutches as they entered East London's Troxy Hall for a large charity dinner. It was a curious sight; I couldn't help but wonder whether the two exchanged small talk before being seated. "Shrapnel from a cluster bomb? Decent weapon that one!"...

The Message That Warned of 9/11 And Still Matters

Simon J Clark | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK
Simon J Clark

Because of the Pakistani man's explanation of the message, for me the terrible events of September 11, 2001 came to testify to the need for the American government to understand the sometimes hidden negative impact of its actions, for America's own wellbeing.

LOOK: Double Amputee Soldier Completes Spartan Race

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

A soldier who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan has become the first British double amputee to complete a gruelling Spartan Race obsta...

Dangerous Travel

Tony Wheeler | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Wheeler

"So what's the most dangerous thing that's ever happened to you?" It's a standard question. The only one that's even more regular, and I dislike even more, is "what's your favourite place?" I guess it's a legitimate question, if you write a book called Bad Lands, travelling along George W Bush's Axis of Evil - the Iran, Iraq, North Korea trio.

We Must Measure the Consequences of Intervening in Syria

Paul Flynn | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Flynn

We are all angry and upset at the terrible pictures of the atrocity in Syria. Poison gas is a cowardly and inhumane weapon. Its use against civilians is especially despicable. Instinctively we all want to punish the perpetrators and ensure there will be no repeat of this mass slaughter. That's the emotional reaction. The rational one is to measure the consequences of our using force in the Syrian Civil War.

Open Letter to David Cameron

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

Dear David, I am writing to you in the wake of the ongoing dilemma called Syria and hoping you will heed to some of the advice you will find in the following paragraphs. I am cognisant of your heavy workload, so brevity will be my keyword.

Uncle slams Bradley Manning jail sentence

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

The shell-shocked uncle of jailed US soldier Bradley Manning has insisted his nephew is a hero and should not have been locked up in the first place. ...

Jessica Elgot

'We Can't Turn Our Backs On Afghan Interpreters,' Says Murphy | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Britain is turning its back on Afghan translators who put their lives on the line, shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said, as a petition of tens of...

A Million Miles Away...

Alex Ford | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Alex Ford

For me it sums up my tour in Afghanistan. In the picture I am hot, sweaty; covered from head to foot in protective gear; helmet, glasses, body armour, blast pants, gloves, boots... carrying my rifle, ammunition, equipment, food, water.

General Sir David Richards' leadership will be missed on both sides of the Atlantic

Luke Coffey | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

Many in the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces found his level of ambition to be intimidating. For others, his leadership style was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale department. Nevertheless it was this ambition, and his leadership abilities, that brought him to the very top of his profession.

WATCH: Soldier Shocks Family With Secret Homecoming

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK

Captain Hyrum Bronson's family thought he wasn't due back from Afghanistan for three weeks - so when he rose up from the sea in full uniform you can i...

Jessica Elgot

Suicide Kills More British Soldiers Than Battle | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK

The grim reality of adjusting to life after war has been laid bare by shocking new report, revealing more British soldiers and veterans committed suic...

Helmand's Top Female Police Officer Shot Dead

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

Gunmen have shot dead Afghanistan's top female police officer. Lieutenant Islam Bibi was targeted as she was being driven to work by her son on Th...

Awarding Musical Visionaries

Cathy Graham | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cathy Graham

It was enormously rewarding to be able to bring the British Council to work in partnership with the Society to bring the honoured Awardees to London to share their experiences with the UK and receive their awards. The British Council's mission is to build trust and understanding between the UK and the rest of the world through the sharing of knowledge, creativity and art.

PICTURED: Afghan Soldier Defuses Bomb While It Is Still Strapped To Suicide Attacker

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

This is the moment a member of the Afghan bomb disposal unit approached a suicide attacker to defuse his vest of explosives – while he was still we...

'Bankers' Libor Fines To Pay For Afghan Memorial'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Politics

Prime Minister David Cameron has visited troops on the front line in Afghanistan as a senior British commander claimed talks with the Taliban should h...

As Syrian Intervention Looms, Can We Trust David Cameron on Foreign Policy?

James Elliott | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

One question that has consistently been ducked by the warmongering interventionists, who range from encouraging arms sales to jihadis to openly calling for the abandonment of all negotiations, is this: Can we trust David Cameron when it comes to foreign policy?

Afghan Prisoners Held By British Troops Want Transfer To Local Jails

PA | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK

Afghan detainees captured by British forces are "clamouring" to be transferred to the Afghan authorities, a High Court judge was told, as he agreed th...

Atrocity in Public Relations

Julian Stallabrass | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Julian Stallabrass

The Vietnam War is, of course, in retrospect seen as a PR disaster for US power: the spectacle that eventually emerged of the world's greatest military force applying its full weight and technological prowess against peasants and the very land on which they lived was an ugly one.