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Afghanistan


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. 

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’

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.

News round-up

14 August 2012
UK faces court over kill list Britain’s role in supplying information to the US for their "kill list" is going to be challenged in court. An Afghan man who lost five of his relatives in a targeted missile strike has started proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Drones: Waging war on civilians with a click of a mouse

26 June 2012
Drones, or unmanned aircraft, have become a defining feature of the seemingly endless "war on terror". The missile-loaded planes have been tested and used by the US since before 9/11.

Global protests planned as Nato meets in Chicago

16 May 2012
Nato leaders are preparing to gather in Chicago on Sunday for a two day conference on the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

Afghan guns turn against occupiers

15 May 2012
Almost one in seven Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan are shot by the Afghan personnel they are meant to be training to "take over security" when the occupiers leave.

Taliban springs attacks

17 April 2012
Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has been hit by a series of brazen attacks by the Taliban rebel group. The attacks have exposed the weaknesses of Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government.

US blood money in Afghanistan

27 March 2012
The US has had to pay compensation for the people killed and injured when US troops murdered 17 civilians earlier this month.

Afghanistan: Doubts cast on US massacre account

20 March 2012
An Afghan parliamentary investigation team has challenged US claims that a single rogue soldier was responsible for the massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar province.

Afghan slaughter shows the brutal truth of ‘humanitarian’ war

13 March 2012
Tensions in Afghanistan were already running high before the massacre of 16 Afghans, mostly women and children, as they slept in their beds last week.

Afghanistan’s Bloody Sunday

13 March 2012
Protests have erupted in Afghanistan in outrage at the news of the killing of 16 civilians in the villages of Alkozai and Najeeban in the south of the country.

Guy Smallman's photos of Afghanistan - a country devastated by war

28 February 2012
Refugees collect prescriptions in a tent field hospital run by a German NGO. As landless people they are not eligible for treatment in government hospitals, no matter how desperate their condition. 

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