Afghanistan

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…

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…

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…

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

14 March 2013 9:01

Is the British Army enjoying a straightforward and safe withdrawal from Afghanistan? No, according to this week’s Spectator. The Daily…

William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

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

3 February 2013 12:29

On the Sunday Politics, William Hague confirmed that the greatest terrorist threat to the British homeland come from Somalia, Pakistan…

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

Mali is a British concern because it is a European concern

24 January 2013 12:11

Aaron Ellis makes a good point: the comparison between Mali and Afghanistan is flawed. But I disagree with him as…

Malian soldiers patrol in a street of Diabaly. Picture: Getty

Mali is not another Afghanistan

24 January 2013 11:52

Why should we worry if jihadists control a poor, landlocked country thousands of miles away? As the French push on…

If Barack Obama is an isolationist then isolationism no longer has any meaning - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 18:18

Con Coughlin suggests Barack Obama has “given up” fighting al-Qaeda which, frankly, is a curious assessment given the ongoing drone…

Lord Ashdown: Get out of Afghanistan quickly

16 November 2012 9:56

The headline on Lord Ashdown’s piece on Afghanistan in today’s Times (£) will please Lib Dem strategists. ‘This awful mistake…

David Petraeus quits as CIA director over affair

10 November 2012 8:45

Few people have been more important in America’s recent wars than David Petraeus. Petraeus led the surge of US forces…

George Osborne’s Afghan letter from America

13 October 2012 10:50

George Osborne is a keen observer of American politics, so perhaps it is little surprise to read in the Telegraph…

How should we mark the Great War’s centenary?

11 October 2012 11:34

It seems strange now to recall that, it was not so many years ago, around the time of the millennium,…

Interview – Patrick Hennessey, Kandak: Fighting with the Afghans

28 September 2012 11:35

“It always struck me that it was a much easier war to support the closer you got to it,” says…

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

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

21 September 2012 21:43

England have just beaten Afghanistan in the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup currently being held in Sri Lanka. In the end,…

Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

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

18 September 2012 17:55

Talking to diplomatic sources this evening, there’s a depressed recognition that the Taliban and its allies have scored a major…

Green on blue is a problem for both green and blue

16 September 2012 15:33

The enormous naval deployment in the Persian Gulf, coupled with the deluge of leaks and rumours about a pre-emptive strike…

Cameron intervenes on disabled troops

18 July 2012 19:15

David Cameron made a surprise visit to Camp Bastion this afternoon. After a lunch of German sausage and potato with…

Foxhound arrives in Afghanistan – five years too late

18 June 2012 18:15

There was welcome news yesterday for our forces in Afghanistan, and for those who want to see them supplied with…

The politics of international rescue

2 June 2012 19:15

A visibly relieved David Cameron gave a statement outside No. 10 earlier today about the successful rescue of four aid workers…

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…

War is War: Horrid But Not Shocking

18 April 2012 18:32

Commenting on the publication of photographs of American soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the severed limbs of their dead Afghan…

Hitchens vs Galloway

30 March 2012 15:35

Since he has previously been elected in Glasgow and London, I don’t know if it is so astonishing that George…

A quiet PMQs, ahead of today’s main event

21 March 2012 16:45

It started like a bit of good old political knockabout. PMQs opened with a planted question from Mark Menzies (Con,…

Afghanistan overshadows Cameron’s America trip

14 March 2012 17:23

Afghanistan, what now? After a week of death and retaliation in the country, it appears that a car bomb has…