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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.

Mullah Fazlullah: The hardliner elected as Pakistan Taliban’s new leader

They call him ‘Mullah Radio’ and his message is clear: there will be no more talk with the regime

'I'll put one in his head, if you want': Military court releases audio of moment Afghan is shot by marine

Recording is released as board retires to consider its verdict over three marines charged over murder

Afghanistan: British soldier killed in Helmand by suicide blast

A British soldier has been killed in a suicide blast while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud was captured last weekend

US capture of Taliban leader 'violates Afghan sovereignty'

Talks to decide the future of US involvement in Afghanistan continued last night, amid tensions over a "military operation" in which American forces "forcibly removed" a senior Taliban commander from an Afghan government convoy.

Senior Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud seized by US forces in Afghanistan

American troops have captured senior Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud, but several conflicting accounts mean the exact details remain unclear.

Cookie Monster appears on Newsnight

Blue biscuit-based star joined programme from Westminster to promote new show

British military chiefs demand review into continued use of Lariam

Some of Britain’s most respected military commanders are calling on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to review its continued use of an antimalarial drug recently banned by the US Army due to its dangerous side-effects.

Head of Pakistan army Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to stand down in shock decision

In a surprise to many observers, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said he would not be seeking to extend his role as head of the military when his term expires next month

Gunman shoots dead Nato service member before being killed

A gunman has shot dead a member of the US-led international coalition in southern Afghanistan on Saturday before being killed, Nato has said in a statement.

Camp Bastion attack was a coup for the Taliban that need not have happened

The breach was due to the haste with which the US and UK began to cut and run

Footage released by the Taliban appears to show the aftermath of the Camp Bastion attack

Taliban inflicted biggest loss of US aircraft since Vietnam at Camp Bastion

By the time 15 heavily armed Taliban fighters were spotted on the airfield at Camp Bastion at around 10pm, it was too late to prevent an attack that struck at the heart of Britain’s main base in Afghanistan.

Afghan cricket fans celebrate runs by their team as they watch the Afghanistan and Kenya match on a screen at the International Cricket Stadium in Kabul

Afghanistan cricket team beat Kenya to reach country’s first World Cup

The Afghan cricket team has united the war-town country behind its sporting success

Taliban militants hand over their weapons after joining the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration program

We will unite all Afghans, says Taliban chief

A Taliban chief has told a British newspaper that the fundamentalist group is preparing to run Afghanistan when Nato forces leave.

Conservative Party conference: Scotland should stick with UK and reject independence, says David Cameron

There is an “unanswerable case” for Scottish voters to reject independence in next year's referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

US generals forced to retire early over Taliban attack

The decision follows an investigation into the circumstances of an attack on Camp Bastion, in south western Afghanistan which killed two Marines

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