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Baroness Warsi was over-promoted, incapable and incompetent

5 August 2014 11:57
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Farewell then Sayeeda, Baroness Warsi. The most over-promoted, incapable and incompetent minister of recent times has finally done the nation one service and resigned. This morning she announced on Twitter that… Continue reading

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Thanks to Syria, global jihad is experiencing a revival

20 January 2014 12:30
Islamic Jihad is experiencing a revival (Photo: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty)

The arrest of two men last week on terrorism charges relating to Syria reveals just how serious the issue of foreign fighters has become. Estimates suggest that up to 366… Continue reading

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David Cameron rebrands failure in Afghanistan as victory

16 December 2013 20:35
David Cameron says that it's 'mission accomplished' in Afghanistan, but which mission? (LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

If you can’t win then you have to redefine what winning means. That is what David Cameron has tried to do with his statement about Afghanistan: ‘mission accomplished’. As Isabel… Continue reading

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‘Mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan?

16 December 2013 16:55
David Cameron meeting troops in Camp Bastion. Picture: Getty

If a Prime Minister uses a phrase as historically loaded as ‘mission accomplished’ to describe the situation in a country, it suggests that he’s pretty confident that things are –… Continue reading

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The Malala phenomenon – as seen from Pakistan

23 November 2013 9:30
David Cameron meets Saudi Arabia's Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, who is no liberal. (FAHAD SHADEED/AFP/Getty Images)

Mixed emotions stirred here in Pakistan when Malala Yousafzai came within kissing distance of the Nobel Prize. The reaction was reminiscent of how we felt when Sharmeen Chinoy’s Saving Face was up… Continue reading

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General Kayani leaves a gulf at the head of the Pakistan army – and Pakistan

13 November 2013 11:16
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Pakistan’s Army chief general, Ashfaq Kayani, has announced that he will retire on 29 November. In doing so, he put an end to the rumours running from D.C. to Delhi… Continue reading

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Cutting and running from Afghanistan

10 April 2013 12:29
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MPs on the Defence Select Committee made a similar warning this morning about the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan as Con Coughlin made in The Spectator last month. He wrote that… Continue reading

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The View from 22 — Leaving Afghanistan and Fraser Nelson vs. John Rentoul

14 March 2013 9:01
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Is the British Army enjoying a straightforward and safe withdrawal from Afghanistan? No, according to this week’s Spectator. The Daily Telegraph’s Con Coughlin writes the withdrawal is one of the… Continue reading

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William Hague: Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan is where the threat to the British homeland is coming from

3 February 2013 12:29
William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

On the Sunday Politics, William Hague confirmed that the greatest terrorist threat to the British homeland come from Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But he argued that without intervention, the Sahel… Continue reading

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Mali is a British concern because it is a European concern

24 January 2013 12:11
A woman on a cart passes a sugar cane field burning in preparation for the sugar cane harvest near Niono, Mali. Picture: Getty

Aaron Ellis makes a good point: the comparison between Mali and Afghanistan is flawed. But I disagree with him as to why. Afghanistan was a failed state long before al-Qaeda… Continue reading

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Mali is not another Afghanistan

24 January 2013 11:52
Malian soldiers patrol in a street of Diabaly. Picture: Getty

Why should we worry if jihadists control a poor, landlocked country thousands of miles away? As the French push on with the ‘reconquest’ of Mali, there’s a feeling here that… Continue reading

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Lord Ashdown: Get out of Afghanistan quickly

16 November 2012 9:56
Afghanistan is not worth another life, says Lord Ashdown, except if that life is sacrificed in securing withdrawal.

The headline on Lord Ashdown’s piece on Afghanistan in today’s Times (£) will please Lib Dem strategists. ‘This awful mistake mustn’t claim more lives.’ It allows the Lib Dems to… Continue reading

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David Petraeus quits as CIA director over affair

10 November 2012 8:45
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Few people have been more important in America’s recent wars than David Petraeus. Petraeus led the surge of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and redefined the US approach to… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Afghan letter from America

13 October 2012 10:50
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George Osborne is a keen observer of American politics, so perhaps it is little surprise to read in the Telegraph that the chancellor is arguing for faster withdrawal from Afghanistan.… Continue reading

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How should we mark the Great War’s centenary?

11 October 2012 11:34
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It seems strange now to recall that, it was not so many years ago, around the time of the millennium, that some in Whitehall were talking about how to scale… Continue reading

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Afghanistan’s triumph: the return of cricket and other ‘frivolities’

21 September 2012 21:43
Afghan batsman Gulbodin Naib plays a shot during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match between England and Afghanistan. Picture: Getty.

England have just beaten Afghanistan in the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup currently being held in Sri Lanka. In the end, it was a comprehensive victory for Stuart Broad’s men but… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond’s tarnished relations with military top brass fly into the open

18 September 2012 17:55
Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Talking to diplomatic sources this evening, there’s a depressed recognition that the Taliban and its allies have scored a major victory in forcing Nato to scale back joint patrols with… Continue reading

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Green on blue is a problem for both green and blue

16 September 2012 15:33
Green-on-blue attacks have increased this year. Image: Getty.

The enormous naval deployment in the Persian Gulf, coupled with the deluge of leaks and rumours about a pre-emptive strike by Israeli forces on Iran, has perhaps diverted attention from… Continue reading

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Cameron intervenes on disabled troops

18 July 2012 19:15
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David Cameron made a surprise visit to Camp Bastion this afternoon. After a lunch of German sausage and potato with the troops, the Prime Minister made one announcement that may… Continue reading

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Foxhound arrives in Afghanistan – five years too late

18 June 2012 18:15
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron

There was welcome news yesterday for our forces in Afghanistan, and for those who want to see them supplied with the best equipment, with pictures of the first ‘Foxhound’ patrol… Continue reading

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The politics of international rescue

2 June 2012 19:15
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A visibly relieved David Cameron gave a statement outside No. 10 earlier today about the successful rescue of four aid workers from a cave on the Afghan/Tajikistan border, including a Northern… Continue reading

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Obama’s words meet with the Taliban’s bombs

2 May 2012 10:34

Political theatre, that’s what Barack Obama delivered in Afghanistan last night. A year on from the death of Osama Bin Laden, and with the US elections fast approaching, here was… Continue reading

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A quiet PMQs, ahead of today’s main event

21 March 2012 16:45
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It started like a bit of good old political knockabout. PMQs opened with a planted question from Mark Menzies (Con, Fylde) asking the PM about Britain’s sick-note culture. Cameron, looking… Continue reading

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Afghanistan overshadows Cameron’s America trip

14 March 2012 17:23
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Afghanistan, what now? After a week of death and retaliation in the country, it appears that a car bomb has been detonated on the runway at Camp Bastion — probably… Continue reading

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Cameron and Obama, sans yellow mustard

14 March 2012 7:57

Above is what they call the ‘raw video’ of David Cameron’s and Barack Obama’s trip to a basketball game last night. It’s the unrefined version of what Downing St hopes… Continue reading

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