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

The three things that always accompany occupation

‘Men of violence’ have been transformed into ‘delegates’ who would chat amiably with their former antagonists. It happened with the Vietcong, Kenyatta and Begin and now the Taliban appear to be heading the same way

US to join direct peace talks with Taliban over Afghanistan

So after invading the country, killing many thousands in the process and getting bogged down in a war it couldn’t win, the U.S. is now looking for a way out without losing face. Just as it did in Vietnam and then Iraq

How MI6, CIA spend tax money on propping up drug production

By 2001 the ruling Taliban had all but shut down Afghanistan’s drugs trade. That was before the U.S. led invasion. Thanks to that the country’s drugs trade is now booming. Financed, in part, by Western taxes

Afghanistan: UK's best armoured vehicle overcome by Taliban for first time

Afghanistan: UK’s best armoured vehicle overcome by Taliban for first time

A massive mine blast has killed 3 British soldiers and wounded six more while they were on patrol in a 23 tonne armoured patrol vehicle

Drone Missions In Afghanistan Now Flown From British Soil, Ministry Of Defence Confirms

From the safety of their control centre at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, drone pilots rain down death and destruction on the other side of the world

Afghanistan: high expectations of record opium crop

In reporting expectations of a record opium crop the Guardian makes one crucial ommission

Poppy fields in Helmand Province. In 2000 the ruling Taliban outlawed the cultivation of poppies. By June 2001 Afghanistan's drug production had all but ended. Western forces invaded the country in November and the drug trade was quickly re-established. Was this the REAL reason for the U.S. led invasion?  Click to enlarge

At Heroin’s Source, Taliban Do What ‘Just Say No’ Could Not

Flashback to nearly 12-years-ago: a reminder of exactly why we are in Afghanistan

MoD admits campaign in Afghanistan is ‘an unwinnable war’

After a decade of fighting and thousands of dead, Britain’s Ministry of Defence finally acknowledges what was obvious to some from the outset

New Lows in Afghan-U.S. Relations

New U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first trip to Afghanistan coincides with new insider attacks and accusations from President Karzai that America is colluding with the Taliban

Afghan Taliban, U.S. revive reconciliation talks in Qatar – Karzai

Afghan president says the U.S. and the Taliban are holding secret talks in the Gulf state of Qatar

Kabul Orders US Special Forces Out of Afghan Province

President Karzai has demanded U.S. Special Forces leave two provinces in central Afghanistan, accusing them of creating “insecurity and instability”

Britain Lost Hundreds of Military Drones in Iraq, Afghanistan

Savings on drones relatively ‘low cost’ undercut by how many are just abandoned

UK deploys toy-sized spy drones in Afghanistan

UK deploys toy-sized spy drones in Afghanistan

The tiny aircraft is agile enough to fly inside compounds, and is quiet enough not to attract unwanted attention.

Afghan bombs kill 23 policemen in 24 hours

Suicide bombers and roadside blasts claim the lives of 23 Afghan policemen

British Forces to be Issued with New Sidearm

Seen as an answer to the rising tide of ‘Green-on-blue’ attacks in Afghanistan

Afghan policeman at a security checkpoint in Kabul. Click to enlarge

Afghan policewoman shoots dead foreign adviser

In the latest incident of its kind, an Afghan policewoman has shot dead a foreign adviser inside Kabul police headquarters. Meanwhile, in a seperate incident an Afghan police officer is reported to have killed five fellow officers in northern Afghanistan

Soviet-style disintegration awaits US: Gorbachev

From the man who presided over the disintegration and collapse of the Soviet Union

Western forces kill 16 civilians in Afghanistan – Kabul govt

In March this year 16 Afghan civilians were shot dead early one Sunday morning, many were children. Initial reports and eyewitnesses reported multiple shooters but only one man, Staff Sgt Robert Bales is on trial

Commander Blames NATO for Increased Drug Production in Afghanistan

The fact is that this was the real reason for the invasion and the toppling of the Taliban

Two British Gurkhas shot dead by insurgent wearing Afghan police uniform in Helmand

Two Gurkhas killed in the latest ‘green-on-blue’ attack – when Afghan forces turn on NATO troops – bringing the total number killed in such attacks this year to 56