Barge Matal: ‘It’s a place we never want to go back to’

The battle of Barge Matal, in which hundreds of insurgents and foreign fighters tried to seize a remote and insignificant village, was ferocious. It w…

Pakistan starts offensive in South Waziristan

Author: By Munir Ahmad, Associated Press The ground offensive comes on the heels of months of airstrikes that have softened up militant defences and s…

UN reports sharp fall in Afghan opium production

Author: By Douglas Birch, AP A key finding of the 2009 Afghan Opium Survey, released today, was that cultivation in Helmand province, a Taliban strong…

West ‘is failing Afghanistan’ says Nato commander

Author: By Kim Sengupta General McChrystal, who was sent to turn the tide of war in Afghanistan, stressed that protecting the population must be the t…

US general calls for new strategy against Taliban

Author: AP Increasing U.S. forces is a hot-button issue that could ignite furious debate in Washington on the U.S. military’s future in an incre…

Now brutal warlord holds key to Afghan poll

Author: By Jerome Starkey in Kabul and Kim Sengupta in Nad-e-Ali, Helmand The Taliban warned that anyone whose fingers were stained with indelible ink…

Afghan bomb blast kills 12

Author: Associated Press The bomb blast occurred in the city of Herat. Ten civilians and two police officers were killed, said Noor Khan Nekzad, a spo…

Afghanistan’s bravest woman brings her message to UK

Author: By Glyn Strong Having survived five assassination attempts, if there is one thing the Afghan woman is, it is brave. Her story is inextricably …