Taliban

Marine A: the shambles that shamed us

30 March 2017 9:28

Like it or not, and many in high places will loathe it, what we may now call The Blackman Affair…

The Lahore attacks are just the latest atrocity in a war on Christians

28 March 2016 10:18

Imagine if correspondents in late 1944 had reported the Battle of the Bulge, but without explaining that it was a…

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…

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…

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…

From Sydney to Peshawar – Islamic extremists are civilisation’s common enemy

16 December 2014 12:08

Yesterday it was Sydney. Today it is Peshawar. Yesterday a coffee shop. Today a school. Yesterday a lone gunman. Today a…

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.…

Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

18 June 2014 14:30

Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets…

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…

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…

Malala – the girl who hates Britain

25 October 2013 10:38

Before a mob turns up at my house and someone starts dragging up that unfortunate picture of my grandfather 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…

What the Taliban want

2 March 2012 9:04

How go those talks with the Taliban in Doha? Quietly, that’s how — although there’s a report in yesterday’s The…

Today’s NATO leak highlights the need for more realism over Afghanistan

1 February 2012 17:12

Today’s leaked NATO report on ‘the state of the Taliban’ has generated the predictable responses: excessive attempts by the media…

The Taliban’s peace offering

3 January 2012 17:53

‘Taliban’ and ‘peace mission’ — the words sure don’t fit very well together. But they’re the words that you’ll see…

A day in NATO’s wars

30 August 2011 14:46

It was a classic gaffe. Andrew Mitchell’s briefing notes have been photographed outside Downing Street and, according to Sky, they…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Bin Laden strikes from beyond the grave

13 May 2011 9:09

And so it starts. The news that suicide bombers have attacked the military base at Shabqadar, northern Pakistan, sounds a…

Should the West negotiate with Gaddafi?

16 April 2011 15:56

This week, former Foreign Secretary David Miliband gave a speech in the United States about Afghanistan, proposing the hand over…