Afghan security

A black anniversary

19 August 2011 8:57

Even after 10 years, Afghanistan still has the capacity to shock. Details of the attack on Kabul are vague, but…

Karzai’s brother shot dead

12 July 2011 13:09

The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has just been murdered outside his fortified compound in Kandahar. Ahmed Wali Karzai…

The search for peace leads Britain to pay a Taliban impostor

26 November 2010 13:50

That the British government paid a substantial sums of money and attention to someone who they thought was Mullah Akhtar…

Cameron’s close shave

27 August 2010 13:03

As Paul Goodman notes, being Prime Minister means taking risks. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to read in the…

Strategic differences

16 August 2010 13:49

When President Obama asked General Petraeus to take over the Afghan command after General McChrystal’s Rolling Stone implosion, there was…

Unwinnable war?

26 June 2010 11:26

Today is Armed Forces Day, and I don’t recall seeing such collective negativity from newspapers and broadcasters on the Afghan…

Talking to the Taliban is key – but no magic formula

25 June 2010 13:07

The proverbial shoe is dropping. Following General Stanley McChrystal’s forced retirement, a consensus is forming that President Obama’s Afghan strategy…

Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate

27 January 2010 18:34

Whitehall has turned into the lobby of the UN General Assembly, as dignitaries gather to give NATO’s Afghan campaign renewed…

Poor communication is damaging the Afghan mission

21 January 2010 13:15

He may be a chateau-bottled shyster, but there is no better communicator of policy than Alastair Campbell. He has penned…

Deadly attack in Kabul = Taliban on the defensive

19 January 2010 10:34

Many will claim that the Taliban’s recent attack in Kabul shows how powerful the insurgency has become. No doubt the…

The growing threat of a military coup in Iraq

14 January 2010 17:15

Predictably, insurgency in Iraq has intensified as the March elections near; its scale and frequency was not predicted. Alastair Campbell…

In Afghanistan, more of the same won’t do

6 November 2009 18:54

Gordon Brown says Britain must not walk away from NATO’s Afghan mission. Yet 73 percent of Britons told YouGov that…

Fifth columnists

5 November 2009 9:02

The Afghan police were supposed to be layabout drug addicts and petty crooks, but that the force has been infiltrated…

Must-have-elements under Karzai III: an Afghan Army Corps of Engineers

3 November 2009 15:51

Whatever happens in Kabul now, the next couple of months will be hard going. Hamid Karzai will form a new…

Kabul’s Catch 22

2 November 2009 11:47

Sky News reports that the Afghan run-off will be cancelled after Dr Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of the vote. It’s…

Decision time for Obama

21 September 2009 11:17

Bob Woodward has the scoop that General McChrystal’s review of Afghan strategy calls for more troops. McChrystal is direct, stating…

Can the Afghan police be trusted?

11 August 2009 18:28

Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4’s Helmand correspondent asked local Police Chief, Colonel Asadullah Shirzard, if the police were sufficiently free from…