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On the road to defeat in Afghanistan

13 July 2010
Britain’s role in the Afghan war is in crisis. Commanders are planning to pull troops out of Sangin in Helmand province.

Pakistan: ‘Ordinary people in the cities have not been drawn into sectarian violence’

13 July 2010
The Attempt by US generals in Afghanistan to negotiate some sort of power-sharing arrangement with the Taliban is leading various ethnic groups to jockey for position in a new government – creating an atmosphere of tension and bitter rivalry.

Anti-war soldier Joe Glenton is released from military prison

13 July 2010
Joe Glenton, the British soldier who refused to fight in Afghanistan, was released from military prison on Monday after serving four months for going absent without leave (Awol).

Exclusive: the story of the British soldier jailed for turning against the Iraq war

06 July 2010
"I think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wrong. These wars are illegal and we shouldn’t be out there," says Ross.

Veteran's story - 'We come home and are thrown on the scrapheap'

06 July 2010
"When I was in Colchester at military prison I shared a cell with Joe Glenton," says Ross. "Joe was jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan."

Tories dragging their heels on Afghan withdrawal

06 July 2010
The Tory government says it has set a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan—but then said it hadn’t.

McChrystal sacking won’t solve US war crisis

29 June 2010
In April 1951 US president Harry Truman sacked general of the army Douglas MacArthur, commander of the United Nations (UN) forces in Korea.

Afghanistan is a bloody, costly war without end

22 June 2010
The death of the 300th British soldier in Afghanistan this week marks yet another milestone in a bloody pointless war that has killed thousands of Afghan civilians.

Eamonn McCann: David Cameron's stomach-churning hypocrisy

22 June 2010
If David Cameron seriously believed that slaughtering unarmed civilians is wrong, he would cancel the imminent deployment of the Parachute Regiment to Afghanistan, where in the past year, around 2,000 civilians have been killed by US and British troops.

US and Nato humiliated as Afghan offensive postponed

15 June 2010
Fears of an insurgent attack meant that David Cameron had to call off a planned appearance at a military base on his first trip to Afghanistan last week.

Tories will send kids to Kabul

08 June 2010
The Tories are planning to deport hundreds of unaccompanied Afghan children to Kabul.

Unite conference: Afghanistan, pensions and global organising

02 June 2010
Afghanistan Delegates at the Unite union conference have called on the British government to withdraw British troops from Afghanistan.

Crisis in Afghanistan escalates as US deaths pass 1,000

25 May 2010
A grim milestone was reached on 18 May—1,000 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan.

Cutting through the election fraud

04 May 2010
The general election campaign has been a fraud. The major contenders – all three of them – failed to talk honestly about the cuts, engage with the horror in Afghanistan, or admit how hard life is for the majority of people.

Examples of the US ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan

23 April 2010
In our contemporary world where the visual message trumps the written word, photos of those killed or wounded by US/NATO actions rarely are published. They generate too much discomfort. But reports by journalists like Lynsey Addario and Alex Linschoten show the reality of what has been happening

Women in Afghanistan face oppression not liberation

23 April 2010
In 2001 the US and its allies cited the liberation of women as one of the justifications for the invasion in Afghanistan. However, almost a decade later the war rages on and the protection and promotion of women’s rights continue to be neglected. Historically war erodes the rights of women and girls and in a state which has a socio-cultural history of considering women to be subordinate to men, the war in Afghanistan has further exasperated the ill treatment of women. Sonali Kolhatkar co-director of the Afghan women’s mission stated that: "waging war does not lead to the liberation of women anywhere. Women always disproportionately suffer the effects of war, and to think that women’

Stop the War: Debating the Afghanistan ‘war on terror’

20 April 2010
Campaigners came together at a meeting called by the Stop the War Coalition on Wednesday of last week to debate the what should be a central issue of the general election – the war in Afghanistan.

Leon Kuhn: All Quiet on the Afghan Front

13 April 2010

Labour’s empty phrases can’t hide the horror of war

13 April 2010
Labour’s manifesto begins, "This General Election is fought as our troops are bravely fighting to defend the safety of the British people and the security of the world in Afghanistan.

How Nato troops hid evidence of murder in Afghanistan

06 April 2010
Nato has at last admitted shooting dead five Afghan civilians—having spent a month trying to cover up the murders.

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