War in Afghanistan

'Bulk' Of British Forces To Be Out Of Afghanistan By October

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

The "bulk" of British forces in Afghanistan will be pulled out by the end of October if the country's disputed presidential election is not resolved a...

An Army Marches On Its Stomach: And This Is What Is In Those Stomachs (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

"An army marches on its stomach", declared French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte back in 1800s, and indeed it still does. Though the armies of yestery...

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?

Sergeant Blackman's Heart of Darkness

Matt Carr | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Matt Carr

Human kind/ cannot bear very much reality, observed TS Eliot, and societies that send young men to kill and die on their behalf are particularly unwilling to bear the often brutish reality of the wars they fight...

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.

Talking to the Taliban in Afghanistan Doesn't Betray the Dead - It Honours Them

Alex Ford | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Soldiers may fight wars, but it is politicians who not only start them, the politicians getting around a table and talking also finish them. In a dirty and nasty war which has cost over 35,000 people's lives, the only real way to come out with a solution to the annual cycle of fighting is to discuss it.

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.

Isn't It Nice to Know That Prince Harry Is a Killer?

John Wight | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK
John Wight

Who's to say that one of the bullets fired by the prince did not find its way into the body of an Afghan civilian, perhaps an old man, woman, or child? Of course such subtleties are lost amid the eruption of patriotic fervour over the prince's exploits of military derring-do.

Do We Really Need to Know What Harry Did in Afghanistan?

Alex Ford | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Soldiers are required to do just one thing. Kill the enemy. It's their job. Everyone knows it's their job. It's obvious it's what they do. But when you are a member of the Royal Family... should you actually say that you have?

Why I Won't Wear A Poppy

Assed Baig | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Assed Baig

Rather than wearing a poppy, if we really want to remember the dead, then why don't we stop engaging in new wars? Why don't we stop occupying other countries? Why don't we stop bombing and killing children?

'Fiercely Loyal, Calm, Caring'

PA | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

Two British soldiers shot dead by a man wearing Afghan police uniform were named today as Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhan...

Anti-War Activists To Hold 'Naming The Dead' Ceremony

PA | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK

Anti war activists will hold a "naming the dead" ceremony on Sunday as part of their campaign to bring British troops home from Afghanistan. Brit...

Why Did MoD Keep 30 Dead Soldiers' Body Parts Without Permission?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK

The Ministry of Defence has apologised after it was revealed that the remains of 30 soldiers killed on duty in Afghanistan were retained, unbeknown to...

'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...

'Stop Fighting And Start Talking', Cameron Tells Taliban

Posted 28.05.2012 | UK

David Cameron has reaffirmed plans to withdraw British troops from Afghanistan amid fresh warnings the country could re-emerge as a terrorist haven on...

Pulitzer Prize 2012: Winner Massoud Hossaini's Image Of Weeping Girl After Suicide Bomb In Kabul

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.06.2012 | Home

AFP photographer Massoud Hossaini has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his heartbreaking image of a girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber...

Hague Condemns Kabul Attacks

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK

William Hague has condemned Taliban attacks on diplomatic targets in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul including the British embassy. After multiple...

British Embassy In Kabul Targeted As Part Of Taliban Offensive

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress and Paul Vale | Posted 15.06.2012 | Home

A series of explosions and gunfire rocked the Afghan capital on Sunday as the Taliban launched a coordinated attack on Western embassies, the Afghan p...

First Impressions of Kabul

Deborah Smith | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK
Deborah Smith

After all the build up, uncertainty, and fear, I finally arrive at my destination. I'm so relieved to be travelling with Matt, Teresa and Jakob. They ...

US Soldiers Travel In Ryanair-Style Comfort (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK

There are very few who sign up to join the armed forces for the comfort, the laid back lifestyle and the ample personal space and privacy. Incredib...

'Major Offensive' By UK Troops In Afghanistan Underway

PA | Posted 17.05.2012 | UK

A major offensive on Taliban strongholds has been launched by Afghan security forces, supported by British troops. Among those overseeing the Afgha...

War In Afghanistan 'Unwinnable'

PA | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK

Nearly three-quarters of the public believe that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable. The figure has grown from 60% in June last year to 73%, whil...

Afghan Civilian Shootings 'Nothing To Do With NATO'

PA | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK

The apparent killing of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier came "out of the blue" and had nothing to do with Nato operations, the UK ambassador in th...

Families Of Killed Soldiers Speak Of Anguish

PA | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK

The heartbroken families of six soldiers killed in the deadliest single attack on British forces in Afghanistan since 2001 have spoken of their anguis...

Commanding Officer Pays Tribute To Afghanistan Six

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.03.2012 | UK

The commanding officer of the unit hit hardest by the Afghanistan blast paid a moving tribute to them today, saying: "Six of our brothers have fallen....