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Britain’s war in Afghanistan is over as Union Flag is lowered for the final time

Britain’s war in Afghanistan is over as Union Flag is lowered for the final time

A small ceremony marked the end of the 13-year campaign in Afghanistan Read more

War hero who survived three tours of Afghanistan loses leg while helping car crash victims

War hero who survived three tours of Afghanistan loses leg while helping car crash victims

Lee Spencer says he doesn’t regret helping those in need despite losing a limb in the accident. Read more

Five British military personnel killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Five British military personnel killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

MoD investigation underway after five British service personnel die in helicopter crash in Afghanistan Read more

Soldier adopts hero military dog that ‘saved her life’ in Afghanistan

Soldier adopts hero military dog that ‘saved her life’ in Afghanistan

Army medic Angie McDonnell and her four legged friend were based in Afghanistan together, and immediately became best buddies. Read more

‘I sold my sister to fund drug addiction’: The awful cost of heroin dependence in Afghanistan

‘I sold my sister to fund drug addiction’: The awful cost of heroin dependence in Afghanistan

Addicts in the world’s most drug-affected Afghan region are feeding their own children opium to keep them quiet, and selling relatives to fund their own heroin habits, Metro has learned. Read more

The Afghanistan caves haunted by the Taliban

The Afghanistan caves haunted by the Taliban

Bamyan may be one of Afghanistan’s safest, if neglected, regions – yet its inhabitants live in fear of a Taliban return. Read more

Soldier returning home from Afghanistan gets amazing surprise

Soldier returning home from Afghanistan gets amazing surprise

A photo of an adorable baby waiting to meet her soldier father for the first time has racked up more than 1.5million ‘likes’ on Facebook. Read more

Dad returning from Afghanistan hides in giant box to surprise daughter on her third birthday

Dad returning from Afghanistan hides in giant box to surprise daughter on her third birthday

It’s raining outside (probably), there are about a million days left to Christmas and whatever time of the day it is, it’s probably dragging on a bit. In conclusion, we could all do with cheering up, which is what this video is for. Read more

Tom Cruise denies comparing his work as an actor to a soldier serving in Afghanistan

Tom Cruise denies comparing his work as an actor to a soldier serving in Afghanistan

Tom Cruise has dismissed claims that he said being an actor is as hard as being a soldier in Afghanistan. Cruise is currently in the middle of a lawsuit accusing Life and Style and In Touch magazines for claiming that he abandoned his daughter Suri. The New York Daily News reports that the actor was […] Read more

British soldiers pictured giving Nazi salutes in Afghanistan

British soldiers pictured giving Nazi salutes in Afghanistan

Two British soldiers have been investigated by the Ministry of Defence after a photograph emerged of them performing a Nazi salute in front of the Union Flag. Read more

Barack Obama on Syria military action: This is not Iraq… this is not Afghanistan

Barack Obama on Syria military action: This is not Iraq… this is not Afghanistan

Barack Obama has insisted in a message to US politicians that any military action against Syria will not involve any boots on the ground.
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Help me bring Taliban to talks with Afghanistan government, Hamid Karzai asks Nawaz Sharif

Help me bring Taliban to talks with Afghanistan government, Hamid Karzai asks Nawaz Sharif

The first steps towards a negotiated peace settlement between Afghanistan and the Taliban have been taken – but success could be several years away. Read more

Soldier returns from Afghanistan to discover his dog may have been sold on Craigslist

Soldier returns from Afghanistan to discover his dog may have been sold on Craigslist

A soldier was left scratching his head after he returned home from a nine-month tour of Afghanistan to find his beloved pet dog was missing and had possibly been sold on Craigslist. Read more

Soldier returning from Afghanistan surprises family in heart-warming reunion – video

Soldier returning from Afghanistan surprises family in heart-warming reunion – video

This is the heart-warming moment a US soldier, who had been serving in Afghanistan for six months, returned home to surprise his wife and children during a day out at the beach.

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Brave Afghanistan soldier risks life to defuse suicide bomber’s vest

Brave Afghanistan soldier risks life to defuse suicide bomber’s vest

This is the heart-stopping moment a brave Afghanistan soldier risks his life to defuse an alleged terrorist attacker’s suicide vest. Read more

David Cameron visits troops in Afghanistan on Armed Forces Day

David Cameron visits troops in Afghanistan on Armed Forces Day

David Cameron has visited British troops in Afghanistan in an unannounced trip to coincide with Armed Forces Day. Read more

Afghanistan: Taliban militants attack presidential palace in Kabul

Afghanistan: Taliban militants attack presidential palace in Kabul

Taliban militants have launched an assault on Afghanistan’s presidential palace after infiltrating one of the most secure areas of the capital Kabul.

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Soldier tells of carrying injured colleague through hail of bullets in Afghanistan

Soldier tells of carrying injured colleague through hail of bullets in Afghanistan

A soldier told an inquest how he tried to save his dying colleague in Afghanistan as they came under fire from enemy troops. Read more

Why Do We Think Small When It Comes to Women

We think small when it comes to women. Micro, to be exact.
When I first started reporting on women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones in 2005, nearly everyone, from IMF officials in their offices to development workers in the field, told me the only women I would find would be “selling cheese by the side of the road.” Women, I was told again and again, did not own the kind of growing businesses that created jobs and economic growth. This, it seemed, was strictly the purview of men. One customs official even joked that they were not sure why I had taken a week-long trip to Afghanistan to interview businesswomen when surely my interviews would all fit into the space of a single afternoon.
What I found when I began reporting, however, was that even in the poorest and most traditional countries, women owned businesses that went well beyond the micro Read more

Taliban and Karzai Regime Undermine Pashtun Tribal Code

For centuries the inner-cohesion and tribal balance of the Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s ethnic majority, has been maintained by an ancient tribal code of honor called Pashtunwali, or “way of the Pashtuns”. This value system has been decimated after three decades of war, corruption, dislocation and religious fundamentalism — the offspring of incessant foreign meddling, both direct and via proxy.
Today, the Afghan government and the Taliban have made a conscious effort to devitalize Pashtunwali in their respective quests to control the population. Although it’s been dramatically weakened over the years, the tribal code still represents the prevailing norms that regulate Pashtun behavior, at both the individual and societal levels, and is still the tribe’s “center of gravity”.
The core tenets of Pashtunwali are based on self-respect, justice, hospitality, love, forgiveness, tolerance, loyalty, equality and independence Read more

Can Christians Support UN Intervention In Libya

As United States involvement in Libya continues, I find myself at odds with some on the left opposed to the United Nation’s intervention to prevent the slaughter of civilians.
As I wrote on my blog over the weekend, like many, I’m wary of U.S. military intervention in other nations. I opposed the war in Afghanistan early because, along with the church I served at the time, I felt that U.S. intervention there would be harmful to the civilian population and that the United States would leave Afghanistan in a position similar to that of the Soviet withdrawal, weakened and humbled, without achieving our legitimate goal of defeating the terrorists who attacked the U.S Read more

The GOPs Foreign Policy At Odds with Reality

After a 2010 Congressional election completely absent foreign policy debates, the irony is lost on no one that events around the world now completely dominate recent headlines. At first glance, it would be easy to see the Republican Party as divided from within as it tries to figure out how America should engage the world. On the one hand, the Tea Party is looking to slash America’s foreign policy budget down to the bone. One the other hand, we have Republican presidential hopefuls calling on the U.S Read more

Century Foundation Calls for Real Political Talks Now to End the Afghanistan War

A new report put out today by The Century Foundation urges the start of serious peace talks among the parties to the Afghanistan War. The report warns that even with the massive influx of U.S. troops over the past year, the war has settled into a stalemate in which neither side has a credible potential to eliminate the other on the battlefield. As such, the only credible path to an end to the Afghanistan conflict is through serious negotiations, which must begin now.
The Century Foundation’s call for serious negotiations to end the war reinforces the message pushed by the Rethink Afghanistan campaign for months, specifically that the only feasible way to end the war is through a political settlement, and the longer we wait, the less acceptable the settlement is likely to be Read more

Obamas Stupid Reckless War

As the bombing of Libya escalates, those who supported the attacks might want to ask themselves the following questions: What is next?
The death toll will mount and so will the structural damage to the country. Regardless of the hatred for Gaddafi, there will be inevitable resentment from Libyans upset at seeing the invaders of Iraq and Afghanistan target another Arab country. If the bombing does not work and Gaddafi continues to wage war against the rest of his country, will our intervention have helped or made the already bad situation worse? Do we then ‘stay the course’ to ensure freedom for the Libyan people?
These are questions that have yet to be answered by the authors of this new war, echoing the moral certainty of Bush and Blair and the disregard for public opposition.
Obama’s decision to involve the U.S. smacks of a cynical attempt to boost his popularity at home by appearing tough — an age-old trick used when the economy is in the doldrums and nothing appears to be working politically Read more