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Dharmender Singh Phangurha was a prospective Labour MEP whose promising political career was cut tragically short in a Taliban suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul. Del Singh, as he was better known, was one of two Britons killed along with 19 others, including senior UN officials, US workers, eight Afghan dignitaries and members of staff of the popular restaurant, La Taverna du Liban, in what was described as the "deadliest violence against foreign civilians" in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

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Members of the Loya Jirga, grand council, leave on the last day of the Loya Jirga in Kabul

Hamid Karzai overrules Afghanistan's Loya Jirga by refusing to sign US security deal until 2014

President Hamid Karzai has said that he will not sign a security deal with the US until next April’s elections, ignoring a recommendation by the Loya Jirga of elders that he do so this year.

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Around 2,500 Afghan leaders gather yesterday in Kabul for the first day of the Loya Jirga to debate the bilateral security deal

President Hamid Karzai urges Afghanistan's tribal elders
to let foreign troops stay

Decision by Afghan leader to defer signing of the deal is likely to anger Washington

British Army soldiers in Basra, southern Iraq, 2004

Code of conduct could improve armed forces’ links with politicians after dysfunctional relationship resulted in Iraq War blunder

Systemic failure across government led to thousands of British soldiers being killed or wounded, says report

Afghanistan suicide car bomb kills ten near Kabul compound

More than 20 were also injured after a bomb attack in the Afghan capital

Zabulon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, at his cafe in Kabul

The precarious life of Zabulon Simintov, the last Jew in Afghanistan

Despite becoming something of a celebrity over the years, the Kabul kebab shop owner faces a daily struggle to make ends meet

Nasiruddin Haqqani was said to be the main financier of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network militant group

Nasiruddin Haqqani: Senior leader of Taliban-linked militant group 'shot dead' in Pakistan

Elder brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani acted as a conduit for the group to elements within al-Qa’ida

The Duke of York laying a wreath as he joined soldiers in Camp Bastion; Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha leave Downing Street; Queen Elizabeth II pays her respects at the Cenotaph in central London

Remembrance Sunday: Veterans mark the day as services take place across the country

The Queen led proceedings at the Cenotaph as 10,000 armed forces veterans and civilians gathered in Whitehall

Tom Cruise with his daughter Suri

Tom Cruise lawyer says words were 'distorted' over comparison between career and soldier at war

Tom Cruise's lawyer has defended his client over allegations that the film star considers aspects of his career as gruelling as fighting in Afghanistan.

Footage shown to the court from a helmet camera of a Marine during a patrol in Afghanistan in which an insurgent was killed

Ex-general calls for leniency towards Royal Marine who killed Afghan fighter

One of Britain's most distinguished Royal Marines has called for leniency to be shown towards marine who shot injured Taliban fighter

Killing by Royal Marine came as Britain tired of its long war in Afghanistan

Transition was the watchword in Helmand in the summer and autumn of 2011. The West’s exit strategy was under way, the political appetite for investing more “blood and treasure” in the long war had waned. I witnessed the handing over of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, to Afghan control, and it seemed a landmark.

Royal Marine found guilty of murder for battlefield execution of injured Taliban fighter

Sergeant shot prisoner as fellow soldier filmed killing on helmet camera

Royal Marine found guilty of murder for battlefield execution of injured Afghan insurgent

Court martial board found commando guilty of murdering man in Helmand Province

Campaigners ramp up pressure for minimum army recruitment age of 18

Campaigners and religious groups are increasing pressure on the Ministry of Defence to raise the recruitment age from 16 to 18

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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