Afghanistan

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 preparing for war, the Tories differ from Labour in one respect – they would be prepared

8 January 2010 9:06

In today’s Times, and on the occasion of George Osborne and William Hague’s visit to Helmand, the Tories are publishing…

Cancel the London Afghanistan Conference

7 January 2010 17:14

In a few weeks time, a slew of foreign ministers will descend on London to attend a conference on Afghanistan.…

The “sleeper issue” of 2010: Yemen

31 December 2009 14:37

As Melanie Phillips says in her article for this week’s issue of the magazine, the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab…

2010: my predictions and yours

30 December 2009 14:15

It’s that time of year – TV and radio are packed with special editions of Dr Who, news reviews and…

Pre-empting Chilcot

17 December 2009 13:35

Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry has begun honing in on failures of US and British post-conflict planning. As General Sir…

The Chopper Wars

16 December 2009 12:47

CHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: A soldier of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh waits for a Chinook to land during…

Christopher Walken Explains Afghanistan

10 December 2009 23:45

As David Betz says, we are “working furiously on tactical solutions to a strategic problem. It’s the second mouse strategy.”…

Has Labour u-turned on protecting defence spending?

9 December 2009 19:33

Back in July, Lord Mandelson added defence to health and education as an area of spending that Labour would protect…

The Lib Dems’ hunt for an issue may lead them to an Afghan pull-out

7 December 2009 15:29

As Anthony Wells says over at his UK Polling Report, there are plenty of reasons to doubt whether Labour could…

Obama’s War: Same as the Old War

2 December 2009 14:16

President Barack Obama speaks in Eisenhower Hall at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Photo: Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty…

Welcome to Obamastan

2 December 2009 13:13

After months of deliberation, endless consultation and reams of paper, President Obama came to the same conclusion that he himself…

The Afghan Conundrum

1 December 2009 16:20

Like Yglesias, I guess one ought to have an official “What I Think About Obama’s Escalation in Afghanistan post”. And…

There are troops – and there are troops

1 December 2009 10:45

The waiting will soon be over. Later today, the President Obama is expected to order around 34,000 troops into battle,…

The doubts that remain after Brown’s Afghanistan statement

30 November 2009 17:39

So there we have it.  Gordon Brown has confirmed what we all expected: that 500 more British troops will be…

The Iraq inquiry we should be having

29 November 2009 10:58

Do we still have the will to win in Afghanistan? If so, the question the Iraq inquiry should be asking…

At last

25 November 2009 19:09

President Obama will announce his new Afghan policy on Tuesday night at 8pm eastern time, the early hours of Wednesday…

With friends like these

25 November 2009 8:59

Bob Ainsworth has publicly criticised President Obama’s slothful deliberation on an Afghan troop surge. The Defence Secretary said: ‘We have…

Carry on Karzai

24 November 2009 15:46

The New York Times reports that 15 Afghan ministers, past and present, are under investigation on suspicion of corruption. Obama’s…

The case for 40,000

23 November 2009 18:42

As President Obama continues to consider his options on Afghanistan, The New York Times has a good primer on what…