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post 09 September 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Resurgent Taliban threaten US exit strategy for Afghanistan

A New York Times article at the weekend suggests the Afghan police and army, whose efficiency was used to justify the US and British exit, are not up to the job.

post 01 September 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Will the 'Afghan spring' disintegrate into a cold winter?

Afghanistan's leading presidential candidates have disputed the election results since the first round of voting in April. The potential for political implosion is very real now.

article 23 August 2014 UK, Afghanistan
Two lorry drivers are remanded in custody after appearing in court charged in connection with the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury docks.
Lorry drivers remanded over Tilbury container death

Two lorry drivers are remanded in custody after appearing in court charged in connection with the discovery of a dead man in a container at Tilbury docks.

article 18 August 2014 UK, Afghanistan
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Afghan Sikhs claim asylum in Britain

The 34 Afghan Sikhs discovered in a shipping container in Tilbury are claiming asylum in the UK - and a test case will decide on how the government deals with claims from this minority group.

post 08 August 2014
Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog 'Today America is coming to help'

US President Barack Obama authorizes targeted air strikes in Iraq to prevent an 'act of genocide' against some 40,000 religious minorities trapped in a remote mountain area.

post 15 July 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Don't bet the farm on peace in Afghanistan

This is precisely the kind of act guaranteed to wipe the gloss of the weekend euphoria as US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Kabul to broker a deal between arch-rivals.

post 11 July 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog In Afghanistan, the insurgents are resurgent

A 24 per cent spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2014 suggests the Taliban and other insurgent groups are on the march again.

post 08 July 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Does civil war loom after Afghanistan elections?

We were supposed to leave Afghanistan with some kind of credible military forces to stop all this from happening. That does not look very credible.

video 05 July 2014 World, Afghanistan

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Afghan Taliban torches hundreds of oil tankers - video

The Afghanistan Taliban claims responsibility for setting fire to 200 oil tankers - which it says were delivering fuel to Nato forces - near Kabul.

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