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West is losing control in the Middle East

01 July 2014
With Israel lashing out at the Palestinians and the prospect of more lethal air strikes over Gaza, the Middle East is again engulfed in conflict.

The US imperialist project failed in Afghanistan

03 June 2014
What happened to the “war on terror”? 

The bitter legacy of Western intervention in Afghanistan

08 April 2014
As Nato’s occupation comes to an end, Guy Smallman speaks to Afghans about its legacy of deep poverty and corruption

Kabul restaurant attack is fresh blow for Nato

21 January 2014
A Taliban attack killed 21 people in the well-protected district of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul where most foreigners live and work last week.

Jeremy Scahill talks about his film Dirty Wars: finding the names and faces of the West's victims

03 December 2013
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill set out to put names, faces and stories to the victims of the Western military in his new film Dirty Wars. He spoke to Judith Orr about his journey to expose the slaughter of the “war on terror”

Afghan prime minister Hamid Karzai delays US occupation plans

26 November 2013
Afghan prime minister Hamid Karzai has delayed signing a deal allowing the US to keep 15,000 occupying troops in Afghanistan for another decade.

Marine guilty of murder - but army let off lightly

12 November 2013
A sergeant in the Royal Marines was convicted of murder last week after footage of him shooting an unarmed injured Afghan prisoner was shown in court.

Joe Glenton - an anti-war soldier the army couldn't keep a lid on

06 August 2013
Joe Glenton’s book Soldier Box is a riveting read about the reality of life in Britain’s imperialist wars—and the brave fight to expose it, says Judith Orr

Bitter defeat of the West's bloody war in Afghanistan

25 June 2013
The West has finally admitted it lost the war in Afghanistan. A coalition led by the world’s greatest superpower is scuttling out of the country. To do so it agreed to talks with the Taliban—the enemy the warmongers said they went in to defeat.

Secret prison shows up Britain's dirty role in war

04 June 2013
The government claims that the military is in Afghanistan to uphold the law. But Ken Olende shows the brutal reality behind Britain’s ‘war on terror’

Bradley Manning - a soldier's leaks exposed US 'bloodlust'

04 June 2013
As Bradley Manning faces court martial for leaking military files to Wikileaks, Judith Orr says he is standing firm despite the threat of a lifetime in jail

The Texan firm behind Camp Bastion

04 June 2013
Camp Bastion is the main British base in Afghanistan. It is four miles long and accommodates 28,000 people. It was built in 2006 and is the largest British base built abroad since the Second World War. 

The wars that fuel the rage behind Woolwich attack

28 May 2013
Some commentators claim the attack on a soldier in Woolwich has nothing to do with the “war on terror”. Ken Olende explains how the brutality of Western imperialism feeds bitterness, resentment and violence

Troops face longer tours in Afghanistan

14 May 2013
Tours of duty for British troops in Afghanistan are set to be extended from six to nine months. The shift will affect 3,500 soldiers. 

US leaders backed cruel treatment

23 April 2013
It is “indisputable” that the US government used torture after 11 September 2001—and top officials are ultimately to blame.

Stop the War marks anniversary of Afghanistan invasion

09 October 2012
The Stop the War Coalition held a "Naming of the Dead" ceremony in Trafalgar Square last Sunday. It was to mark the 11th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.

International round-up

02 October 2012
2,000th US death in Afghanistan A grim landmark was reached last Saturday when the 2,000th US soldier was killed since the US invasion in 2001.

The US army is weak and afraid

25 September 2012
Last week Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Afghanistan, was a guest on a US public radio programme. He said the occupation had to stay to help the Afghan security forces grow strong enough to stop Al Qaida coming back.

New Afghanistan deaths expose a country in chaos

18 September 2012
The crisis in occupied Afghanistan has deepened after Afghan personnel killed six troops from the US-led coalition last weekend.

No action against US troops who urinated on dead Afghans

28 August 2012
Three US marines who were videoed in Afghanistan urinating on the bodies of dead Afghans will not face criminal charges, the US military has announced.

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