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Afghanistan Has Turned a Corner

Duncan Anderson | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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!'

The Bizarre Spectacle of the Pakistan's Negotiations with the Taliban

Murtaza Hussain | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics
Murtaza Hussain

Perhaps the greatest folly of all is the belief that negotiations can actually lead to a durable and lasting peace with the Taliban. Past agreements have quickly collapsed due to the organization's military expansionism and desire to expand their writ all over Pakistan; something they make no secret of even today.

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 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."

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.

'Bomb Hero' Schoolboy To Have School & Stadium Named After Him

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

An heroic teenager who sacrificed his life to save his classmates from a suicide bomber will have his school and a stadium named after him, officials ...

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...

'Mission Accomplished', Says Dave

Dan Holliday | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

After over a decade of futile bloodshed, David Cameron has declared ''mission accomplished'' in regards to the war in Afghanistan. It's hard not to wonder just how firm his grasp on reality is.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, Who Executed Taliban Fighter, Not A Murderer, Says Wife

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Royal Marine imprisoned for executing a Taliban fighter in cold blood is not a murderer, his wife has said. Sergeant Alexander Blackman received a 1...

Marine A: Cold-blooded Murder Is Never Heroic

Steve Rose | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

Sergeant Blackman's conviction was an accident of justice since his crime was only uncovered when civilian police discovered the infamous video on a serviceman's laptop. However, he will now serve life with a minimum parole tariff of 10 years.

Silencing Malala Yousafzai and the Brown Man's "Honor Complex"

Meriam Sabih | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Meriam Sabih

Those who want to paint Malala as an easily influenced "tool" and not as a strong young woman driving an inspirational campaign have failed to really listen to her message.

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 ...

Taliban Tell Pakistanis To Stop Celebrating Tendulkar's Career

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Sport

The Pakistan Taliban have demanded people in the country stop celebrating the career of former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar. One of the greatest ...

Not Quite the Right Story

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ragnar Weilandt

There is no justification for what the Taliban did to Malala. Her standing up to them is admirable, her fame well deserved and her activism for education and women's rights worth all the support it can get. But Malala's story represents only a part of the region's long tale of woe.

Drones: Life-Savers or Life-Takers?

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

To brand the entire technology as 'immoral' is unfair. The drone debate must be approached with reason, not hijacked by the same type of short-sighted, hysterical activists whose blind, misguided ideology focuses more banning every type of human development which, with refinements, could actually aid some of their own overarching aims. Most people partner drones with the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, but the technology actually dates back to 1917 when the Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane made its maiden flight in the United States.

Jessica Elgot

Why Was This Grandmother Targeted By A Drone Strike? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

When Mamana Bibi was hit by a drone strike, her grandchildren had no body to bury. They had to "collect" bits of her, scattered across the field where...

A Reply to Sadiq Khan

Robin Simcox | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

I have read Sadiq Khan MP's article from last week several times and am still dumbfounded by it. His criticism of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan's extradition to the U.S. to face terror charges is wildly misguided.

'If We Get The Chance Again We Will Definitely Try To Kill Her'

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

A year after Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for promoting education for girls in Pakistan, a spokesman for the Taliban has threatened her life ...

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...

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.

Malala Addresses Crowd As 'Fellow Brummies'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has paid tribute to the power of books as she opened a£188 million civi...

Can the West Finally Turn Off Its Tolerance for the Saudis?

Benjamin Lazarus | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Benjamin Lazarus

For decades, the West has tolerated Saudi Arabia because of their oil supply. A blind eye has been turned as the country continually abused religious and political minorities, apostates, homosexuals, and women.

Why Is Cable The 'King Of Inflammatory Rhetoric'?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Politics

Vince Cable’s attack on the Bank of England’s ‘capital Taliban’ hampering the banks’ ability to lend to small businesses has drawn mixed rea...

Taliban Take Heed: Pakistan's 'Burka Avenger' Is Fighting For The Right To Education

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

Armed with pens and books and draped in a flowing black burka, this is Pakistan's first female superhero. The Burka Avenger is the star of an upco...

Is 'Taliban' Now The New 'Nazi'?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics

There was a time when being accused of being a Nazi was the ultimate in insults. But now there's a new kid on the political points scoring block. ...