UK Afghanistan

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.

Afghan Atheist Granted UK Asylum On The Grounds His Lack Of Religion Could Result In A Death Sentence

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An Afghan citizen has been granted UK asylum on religious grounds – in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. The man fled Kabul alo...

Afghan Girl 'Suicide Bomber' Refuses To Return To Family

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A 10-year-old girl trussed up in explosives and sent to blow-up a checkpoint has told Afghan police she will not return to her "abusive" family. Th...

WATCH: These British Soldiers Dancing To Pharrell Williams Make Us Very Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Ladies and gentlemen of the Highlanders, 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland serving in Afghanistan - we salute you. Not just for your incre...

'Ten-Year-Old' Girl Wearing Suicide Vest Detained

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A young Afghan girl has been detained wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, officials say. The girl, reported to be as young as eight and...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gideon's 'Year Of Hard Truths'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 6 January 2013... 1) GIDEON'S 'YEAR OF HARD TRUTHS' The chancellor has a big speech later to...

It's Time to Sort Fact From Fiction on Drones

Philip Dunne | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Philip Dunne

One of the most common myths I want to debunk is that UAS are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan. Let me be clear, the majority of civilian deaths in Afghanistan are caused by insurgents, not UAS. In over 50,000 Reaper flying hours, there has only been one single operation that resulted in the deaths of civilians.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Do Half Of All Peers 'Clock In' And 'Clock Out'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 17 December 2013... 1) DO HALF OF ALL PEERS 'CLOCK IN' AND 'CLOCK OUT'? A superb investigation and ...

Ned Simons

David Cameron Claims 'Mission Accomplished' In Afghanistan | Ned Simons | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has claimed British troops have achieved their mission in Afghanistan, more than 10 years after they were first deployed. The prime m...

Jessica Elgot

'Drones Make A Difference' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Jane Marriott’s living room is one of the most dangerous places in the world. The UK’s new ambassador to Yemen, living in a tight cluster of me...

Marine A-Style Killings Have Always Been a Feature of Britain's Dirty Wars - Ever Heard of Batang Kali?

Joe Glenton | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Last week, a Royal Marine was given a life sentence for murder. Such killings are framed as exceptions which do not reflect the "values and standards" of military service. In truth, war crimes carried out by British soldiers are not unusual.

Royal Marine Who Murdered Afghan Insurgent, 'Devastated' At Sentence

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK

An experienced Royal Marine says he is "devastated" at being handed a life sentence for executing in cold blood an injured Taliban fighter. Sergean...

Royal Marine Who Murdered Afghan Insurgent Sentenced To Life

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, a "hugely experienced" sergeant filmed executing an injured Taliban insurgent in cold blood, has been jailed for life...

Royal Marine Convicted Of Murder Is Named

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Alexander Wayne Blackman, a "hugely experienced" sergeant, has been named as the Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured insurgent in Afghanis...

Illegal Dog Fights In Afghanistan (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Storm clouds may be gathering above, but they're no deterrent to the hundreds of men who have gathered to watch secret, illegal dog fights take place ...

Lessons to Be Learnt From the Iran Nuclear Deal

Tony Clarke | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Clarke

The real test of the Geneva agreement will be whether it does mark a move away from the old failed model of military conflict and towards building long-term peace instead. Ultimately, though, this requires full transparency of all nuclear programmes by all countries, full international cooperation for the immediate elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and an end to future reliance on nuclear energy. Only then can we be sure that our hopes of a secure deal for the planet will be realized.