"Peace and reconciliation" is the phrase routinely trotted out by almost all actors in Afghanistan when asked what the end
The Taliban will not be defeated militarily. This is an unfortunate reality, but a reality it is. It does not mean that Afghanistan is 'lost'. It means that 'winning the war' can no longer be the guiding principle for policymakers. The collective commitment must now be 'winning the peace'.
As we attempt to slowly understand the full impact of the Afghanistan campaign and stay abreast of the huge changes afoot to the structure of our Armed Forces, SSAFA will continue to review and meet the changing needs of the military community. But we cannot do it alone.
Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.
In the same week that the Obama administration took another step towards another Middle Eastern 'quagmire', the US government quietly announced that it would begin negotiations with the Taliban. Well sort of.
A plane crash in southern Afghanistan has killed four members of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force. The
Despite opposition to the Afghanistan mission, the public holds their Armed Forces in high esteem and understands what is potentially at stake in the campaign. We can therefore be fairly confident that on this Remembrance Sunday, the efforts of the UK's Armed Forces troops, and those we have lost, will continue to be warmly remembered, and appreciated, by the British public.
Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star turned politician, has caused outrage by claiming that the Taliban are fighting a
Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder in relation to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the Ministry of Defence
Afghan nationales have played a crucial role assisting ISAF forces in the long-running war Hottak served as an interpreter