UK to send more troops to Afghanistan
The UK has announced that it will send 440 more troops to serve in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of its troops there to more than a thousand. The government made the announcement ahead of discussion at NATO about its military deployments in Afghanistan, which continues to be plagued by Taliban attacks. The extra troops…
Marine A: missed warnings and a lack of leadership – the untold story of Sgt Blackman’s unit
Sergeant Blackman’s former commanding officer reveals to Channel 4 News the untold story of warnings issued about the disgraced marine’s unit, a lack of leadership and how “more could have been done in advance to avoid” the tragic outcome.
It’s two years since the British army officially ended combat operations in Afghanistan. Since then large areas formerly controlled by coalition troops have fallen to a resurgent Taliban.
Afghanistan to Europe: a journey of no hope?
Forty per cent of Afghan civilians say they’d leave the country if they could – fleeing persecution, war and deprivation in greater numbers now than at any time since the Taliban were ousted. But, unlike Syrians and Iraqis, the European Union classes most as economic migrants. Our Asia Correspondent, Jonathan Miller, has been to Herat…
Afghanistan: Our war may be over, but theirs isn’t
More civilians have been killed or injured in Afghanistan last year than ever before, yet the EU is seeking to repatriate up to 80,000 refugees.
On patrol with the Scots Guards
Does counter-insurgency work? The British in southern Afghanistan have four more years to prove it one way or another. Lindsey Hilsum writes from Afghanistan.
300th soldier's death is tragic, but what about the Afghans?
Tragic though the 300th British dead soldier/marine is, it is the Afghan people for whom we are fighting we are told, and the Afghan people who remain resolutely ignored, writes Alex Thomson
Ready to edit our day with the bomb disposal team for TV
“I have the impression that we are the first TV team to be allowed out with the people who deal with the IED roadside bombs, the key insurgent weapon in Helmand,” writes Alex Thomson.
Hot, tense and painstaking hours with a bomb disposal unit
Alex Thomson joins a bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan on a mission to clear just three IEDs from a main road.
Air of familiarity about Brits moving on from Helmand
Expect Britain to fairly soon slowly sidestep away from Helmand into Kandahar, but it will be no comparative picnic writes Asia correspondent Nick Paton Walsh.
Afghanistan: getting a meeting organised is some feat
Alex Thomson on the problems of meetings in Afghanistan and talks between the district governor and the British army.
Stopped by an IED in the road in Afghanistan
Alex Thomson is stopped by an IED in the road ahead in Afghanistan.