Helmand

The Light Garden of the Angel King

Catriona Luke | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Catriona Luke

In Kabul, there were bullets in the squash court, three in the bedroom, three near my bed, three in our bathroom, one missing the minister by six inches. The gardener has continued to drive his two donkeys about our garden with complete unconcern, but the day has come when only one donkey is left.

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...

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."

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...

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.

Securing the Future of Afghanistan

James Arbuthnot | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
James Arbuthnot

In our report published today, we concluded that, at the end of UK operations in Afghanistan in 2014, the best the UK will be able to do is to withdraw in good order and engage with external partners to improve Afghanistan's future prospects.

Beyond the Soldier Myth - Drones Strikes, Night Raids and Taliban Ambushes

Joe Glenton | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

The hero-soldier brand is undeniably potent. The increased presence of soldiers at sports events - be it at Premier League games or the Olympics - is a shrewd move by the PR-savvy Ministry of Defence. The idea of a wholesome, dutiful hero is very appealing and is very much a feature of British identity, intertwined as it is with our military history and our imperial present.

Speaking Up for the Interpreters of Afghanistan

Alex Ford | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

After the pull out of Iraq, the British gave - en masse - asylum to the interpreters that had helped us in that conflict, but the 'terps in Afghanistan are going to have to apply for the same asylum on a 'case-by-case' basis.

Hamid Karzai Is Only Saying What Soldiers Have Known for Years

Joe Glenton | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Karzai's argument that the UK troop increase in Helmand in 2006 created today's insecurity will sting politicians, but what he says is true. I remember the events clearly; I was in Afghanistan at the time.

Two Gurkhas Shot Dead In Afghanistan

PA | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK

Two Gurkhas have been killed in Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform, in what appears to be the latest "green-on-blue" attack on Brit...

Five Royal Marines Charged With Murder

PA | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK

Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder in relation to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today. Seven...

British Soldier 'Unaware Of Pregnancy' Gives Birth At Camp Bastion

PA/Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK

A British servicewoman has given birth to a baby boy while serving in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence said the soldier - who is understood to ...

British Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Named

PA | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK

A soldier killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb has been named as Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson of The Light Dragoons. The 32-year-old from Doncast...

British Soldier Dies From Wounds Inflicted In Afghanistan

PA | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK

A soldier has died after being wounded in Afghanistan last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The serviceman, from 1st Battalion Grenadier ...

US Troops Punished For Quran Burnings, Urinating On Corpses (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK

Nine American soldiers have escaped criminal prosecution over two separate incidents of burning Qurans and urinating on the corpses of insurgents in A...

Tributes Paid To 'Bright, Committed' Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, Killed In Afghanistan

PA | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK

A soldier shot dead as he defended a checkpoint in Afghanistan was today named as Guardsman Jamie Shadrake of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. T...

'He was My Soulmate': Tribute To Fallen Soldier

Posted 04.08.2012 | UK

A British soldier killed in Afghanistan during a mission to rescue a kidnapped policeman was named today as Private Gregg Thomas Stone. The 20-year...

Nato Air Strike 'Kills Family Of Eight' In Afghanistan

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK

Eight civilians, including a woman and six children, have been killed by an Nato airstrike in the Paktia province of Afghanistan, local officials have...

Diary From Kabul - The Secret War

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 20.06.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

Since my brush with death at the Ashura bombing in Kabul, and my crack on the head, I have developed a disturbing ability. In the same way that bats can locate moths by echolocation, I have discovered that I can locate furniture with my shins. We never stop learning it seems. It started in Dubai when I jammed my foot into a table and sliced my toe open.

British Troops Killed By Gunman At Afghan Nato Base

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK

A gunman dressed in an Afghan army uniform shot two British soldiers in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond confi...

Honeymoon In Helmand?

PA | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK

A newlywed couple are enjoying a novel start to married life - with a honeymoon in Helmand. Squadron Leader Rachel and Lieutenant Commander Gareth ...

Diary From Kabul - Children of War

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 25.04.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

Next to my tent in Camp Bastion is the Vigil Ceremony Parade Ground, where those killed in action are remembered. Inscribed on the monument are the names of all the soldiers that have given their lives in Helmand. Carved into stone are these words: "When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today."

Diary from Kabul - To Helmand and Back!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 18.04.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

We patrolled for six hours, a wearing journey I can assure you, and whilst never blasé, you can also become a little un-attentive after a while. 50 yards behind me a soldier lost his legs a couple of weeks back, 600 yards to my left is a sniper, to the front is a compound with insurgents, we can see them watching us, and the same to our right, a compound chock full of people who rightly or wrongly wish us ill.

Diary from Kabul - Getting Naked in Helmand!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

I am going to tell you something that you can read, but if you do, you must accept that you have the following choices. You will either have to eat your computer after reading, or face a firing squad, 'ready, shoot, aim'!

Diary From Kabul - Off to Helmand!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 28.03.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

When I first heard that I was going to Helmand, well I was thrilled. Mayonnaise is my favourite condiment by a country mile, and to be spending two weeks at the home of Mayonnaise was a career high. And then I realised that I was going to Helmand, not Hellman as I had thought and I was crestfallen.