There is more to life – and Government – than just Europe

16 February 2016 14:02

There was a commotion by the back gate. I grabbed my rifle and headed over. The week beforehand I was…

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Iran has been at war with Britain for some time – it’s time that we took notice

4 January 2016 6:46

When British troops were on patrol in Iraq and Afghanistan, we faced many enemies, from jihadis to press-ganged civilians. But…

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If the Taleban takes Helmand, then Afghanistan could go the way of Syria

21 December 2015 9:39

Even by Afghan standards, it is an unorthodox cry for help. The governor of Helmand province, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, has posted…

Is Ron Burgundy on the kill list?

A British ‘kill list’ does exist. We used it in Afghanistan

9 September 2015 14:12

The following article is by an ex-serviceman who served in Afghanistan. They’re making a list, they’re checking it twice – and…

In the fight against Islamic State, could the Taliban become a useful ally? (Photo: Saeed Khan/Getty)

Could the Taliban become a useful ally against Islamic State?

22 July 2015 10:05

For the better part of a decade, Nato forces fought a bitter war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, which claimed…

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When will George Osborne commission a war memorial for soldiers?

5 July 2015 15:58

We learn today that George Osborne will say in his Budget that he’s using the fines he’s collected from bankers…


Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…


What Afghan soldiers really think – the same as us

19 May 2015 11:36

‘The NATO Commander in Eastern Afghanistan has said that this year 54 foreign bases have already been closed…’ Last December…

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The last thing Yemen needs is more war. But that is what it’s getting

1 April 2015 17:36

After years of hearing how terrible Western interventions are in the Middle East (Exhibits A, B and C the fiascos…

A group of Afghan mujahideen, 1989 (Photo: Joel Robine/AFP/Getty)

Adam Curtis’s Bitter Lake, review: a Carry On Up the Khyber view of Afghanistan

30 January 2015 15:56

We all need stories ‘to help us make sense of the complexity of reality’, intones the sensible sounding voice of…

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This is how you can fight the Taleban

17 December 2014 18:26

The murder of over a hundred children by the Taleban in Peshawar left people furious but also frustrated. What can we…

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Ministers plan informal review of lessons learned from Afghanistan

10 December 2014 16:10

British troops have now left Afghanistan, but the debate about the conflict itself and what happens next rumbles on. There…

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MPs to discuss legacy of Afghan conflict this week

25 November 2014 14:37

Yesterday the final UK personnel left Kandahar airfield, with just a few hundred British defence workers left in Afghanistan to…


Kajaki review: never have I seen a more gruesome depiction of war

19 November 2014 11:07

On September 6th, 2006, a mortar unit from 3rd Battalion, 3 Para, defending the Kajaki dam over the Helmand River…

A British soldier (left) takes a smoke break on base in Sangin valley in Afghanistan's Helmand province, May 2007 (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan

30 October 2014 12:51

Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out…

An Afghan soldier mans the machine gun on a helicopter ferrying troops from Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Kandahar military base. October 12, 2009. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them.…

Cameron and Warsi

Baroness Warsi was over-promoted, incapable and incompetent

5 August 2014 11:57

Farewell then Sayeeda, Baroness Warsi. The most over-promoted, incapable and incompetent minister of recent times has finally done the nation…


In memory of my friend Alexandros Petersen – a victim of the Taliban

20 January 2014 18:23

On Friday a Taliban suicide bomber detonated in downtown Kabul in the doorway of a Lebanese restaurant which was popular…

Islamic Jihad is experiencing a revival (Photo: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty)

Thanks to Syria, global jihad is experiencing a revival

20 January 2014 12:30

The arrest of two men last week on terrorism charges relating to Syria reveals just how serious the issue of…

David Cameron says that it's 'mission accomplished' in Afghanistan, but which mission? (LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron rebrands failure in Afghanistan as victory

16 December 2013 20:35

If you can’t win then you have to redefine what winning means. That is what David Cameron has tried to…

David Cameron meeting troops in Camp Bastion. Picture: Getty

‘Mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan?

16 December 2013 16:55

If a Prime Minister uses a phrase as historically loaded as ‘mission accomplished’ to describe the situation in a country,…

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

The Malala phenomenon – as seen from Pakistan

23 November 2013 9:30

Mixed emotions stirred here in Pakistan when Malala Yousafzai came within kissing distance of the Nobel Prize. The reaction was…


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

13 November 2013 11:16

Pakistan’s Army chief general, Ashfaq Kayani, has announced that he will retire on 29 November. In doing so, he put…

British Troops Use Desert Bases To Suppress Taliban Insurgents

War from the ground up and the limits of modern government?

14 August 2013 10:23

Emile Simpson’s War from the Ground Up, hailed by no less an authority than Michael Howard (the historian, not the politician) as…

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Cutting and running from Afghanistan

10 April 2013 12:29

MPs on the Defence Select Committee made a similar warning this morning about the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan as Con…