Afghanistan

Bomb blast near the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office

22 July 2011 15:22

  A reportedly enormous bomb blast has shaken the PM’s office and the oil ministry in Oslo, the Norwegian police confirm.…

Missing the target

18 July 2011 9:04

It has been a mixed week for Parliamentary Select Committees: they have regained some of their bite, but recent events…

Making the peace is a risky business

16 July 2011 12:18

The UN has lifted sanctions on 14 Taliban leaders, the strongest indication yet that the international community is opening a…

It was the Times wot won it

14 July 2011 14:37

The latest issue of the Spectator features an article in qualified defence of Rupert Murdoch by William Shawcross, author of…

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…

Where next for the US and Pakistan?

12 July 2011 8:58

The US-Pakistani relationship is fast deteriorating. In May, I argued that unless President Asif Ali Zardari took decisive action against…

The Afghan conflict creates other conflicts for Cameron

5 July 2011 9:00

Another day, yesterday, to remind us of the precariousness of everything in Afghanistan. With David Cameron in the country, it…

What will emerge from the ashes in Afghanistan?

29 June 2011 9:03

On Monday, James drew attention to Dexter Filkins’ stark assessment of the situation in Afghanstan and of the strength of…

Afghanistan: The worries mount as the West prepares to drawdown

27 June 2011 18:00

Dexter Filkins is one of the great war correspondents of the post 9/11 world. So it is particularly sobering to…

Whitehall’s monolith faces reform

27 June 2011 9:05

The Ministry of Defence is one of Whitehall’s largest and most dysfunctional departments; and it has long resisted effective reform.…

In the firing line

26 June 2011 13:12

Talk about an own goal. Whatever Air Chief Marshall Sir Simon Bryant thought he was achieving when he told MPs…

Abusing Winston

23 June 2011 17:00

Whenever an American conservative uses Winston Churchill to make a cheap political point you can be sure there’s nincompoopery on…

Obama draws down his forces

23 June 2011 9:05

It is as Matt Cavanagh predicted in his article for Coffee House, a few weeks ago. Barack Obama has decided…

Miliband’s myopia

22 June 2011 14:46

The Prime Minister declared war at PMQs today. Not once but twice in the same sentence. ‘We’re at war in…

How the IMF might save Afghanistan from its leaders

19 June 2011 19:10

The International Monetary Fund used to be hated, blamed for the privatisation programmes it imposed across the world in exchange…

Will Pakistan’s politics help al-Qaeda’s new leader?

16 June 2011 15:32

Just as any major employer would, al-Qaeda released a statement earlier to confirm the identity of its new boss. “Sheikh…

Mars and Venus Revisited

16 June 2011 2:37

Bruce Bartlett offers this chart (via Andrew) demonstrating that the United States is the only NATO country basically to have…

Gates’ flawed valedictory

12 June 2011 18:24

Robert Gates may be one of the best defence secretaries the United States has had in modern times. But in…

Retreating from Kabul

8 June 2011 10:41

Britain’s former envoy to Kabul, Sherard Cowper-Coles, has written an op-ed aboutNATO’s coming withdrawal from Afghanistan in this morning’s Times…

Preparing for a post-Gaddafi Libya

7 June 2011 9:00

The Libya intervention has been in operation for a few months and the rebels have been making gains, most recently…

Where we are in Afghanistan

2 June 2011 17:54

I wrote back in November that as we approached the July deadline when President Obama promised to start drawing down…

The coalition’s 2015 problem

31 May 2011 16:10

The generals and the politicians are at odds with each other. This much has been clear since the run-up to…

A good day for Cameron

25 May 2011 11:51

Today is one of those days when David Cameron gets full political benefit from being Prime Minister. He is basking…

An especially businesslike relationship

24 May 2011 13:08

The ash cloud nearly claimed its first victim last night: Barack Obama had to leave Ireland early in order to…

The ISI chief must be sacked

16 May 2011 9:07

The US-Pakistani relationship has always been fraught, but it is particularly fractious right now. It is highly likely that the…