Afghanistan

After 911 it marked the first phase of the War on Terror. But history may be repeating itself: first a British army was defeated here at the height of Empire, then the Soviets were forced to withdraw, now Coalition forces are facing increasing resistance

Karzai accuses US over massacre investigation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has publicly questioned whether more than one US soldier was involved in the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians

15 killed in US-led chopper crash in Afghanistan: Police

The dead include at least twelve US-led Turkish troops

Taliban talks off; Karzai tells NATO to pull back

The decade old campaign in jeopardy as Afghan president urges Coalition forces to pull back to their bases and the Taliban cancels further talks

Panetta escapes assassination attempt

An Afghan dies during an assassination attempt that had it succeeded would have taken the life of U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

A villager points to where his family were shot in their own home. Click to enlarge

‘Several drunk troops behind bloodbath, laughed on shooting-spree, burned corpses’

Reiterating other reports that the shooting of 16 Afghan civilians was not the work of a ‘lone gunmen’

Taliban Fire on Afghan Officials at Attack Site

Taliban insurgents opened fire on senior officials, including two brothers of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as they were leaving a memorial service at a village mosque for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier

Body of child killed in the shooting. Click to enlarge

US soldiers kill 16 civilians in Afghanistan: Kabul government

In contrast to the western media, which has claimed a rogue U.S. soldier was responsible, Afghan witnesses say the shooting of sixteen civilians on Sunday was carried out by a GROUP of U.S. soldiers

Two U.S. soldiers “killed by Afghan soldier, civilian”

In what is becoming a recurrent feature of the war, an Afghan soldier aided by a civilian shot dead two U.S. soldiers Thursday

Entrance to the Interior Ministry compound in Kabul.

U.S. Advisors Killed in “Execution-Style” Shooting

More details emerge about the killing of two U.S. advisors as violent protests over the burning Qurans coninue in Afgahnistan

2 Americans Killed as Afghan Unrest Enters Fifth Day

The two Americans killed – both serving officers – were shot dead inside Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry

Death Toll Rises to 23 from Afghan anti-U.S. Protests

Protests over Koran burning continues for a fourth day as demonstrators try to storm U.S. Consulate

Afghanistan erupts over Koran ‘burning’

Thousands of enraged protestors besiege the largest US base in Afghanistan

An Afghan farmer collects raw opium from poppies in Balkh province, Afghanistan. Heroin production in the country has increased significantly in recent years. Click to enlarge

Blair said smashing opium trade was a major reason to invade: he lied

The invasion was meant to revive the drugs trade, after the Taliban outlawed the production of opium; which is why in the last 10 years heroin production is up from 185 tons a year to 5,800

The Lord High Almighty Pooh-Bah of threats. The Grand Ayatollah of nuclear menace.

William Blum’s entertaining commentary on Iran, Afghanistan and die-hard 60′s radicals

Secret files reveal Taliban will retake control of Afghanistan when NATO troops withdraw

Why has it taken so long to realise this? No one since Alexander the Great has succesfully subjugated Afghanistan. Why didn’t NATO heed history’s lessons?

4 French troops killed by Afghan soldier in eastern Afghanistan

In the latest incident of its kind, an Afghan soldier has turned his weapon on Coalition forces killing 4 French troops. Prompting President Sarkozy to threaten an early withdrawal of French forces from Afghanistan

IRGC begins military drills in Iran’s Khaf

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commence military exercises close to the Afghan border

US unveils new helicopter-like surveillance drone

US unveils new helicopter-like surveillance drone

To be deployed in Afghanistan initially but we suspect that it wont be long before it’s flying over the U.S. too

Afghan soldier kills French troops

An increasingly familiar report indicative of growing Taliban infiltration of Afghan security forces

Gunman opens fire on NATO troops in Afghanistan

If the gunman is confirmed an Afghan soldier, the shooting would be the latest in a series of attacks by Afghans against coalition partners