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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.

Nine killed in suicide bomb attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan

Many of those killed were children during a botched attack on the Indian consulate in an eastern Afghan city

Nato helicopter kills police at Afghan checkpoint

A Nato helicopter called in to support Afghan police at a highway checkpoint opened fire and mistakenly killed five Afghan officers, officials have said.

Nato airstrike kills five Afghan policemen in overnight 'friendly fire' incident

The aircraft, believed to be a US helicopter, also injured two other special forces servicemen and destroyed part of a police checkpoint

'The bravest of soldiers, the best of men': Victoria Cross soldier James Ashworth was killed by his own grenade

A soldier who posthumously received one of only two Victoria Crosses awarded for exceptional bravery in Afghanistan was killed by his own grenade, an inquest heard.

Brecon Beacons deaths: Army names third soldier who died after SAS selection exercise

A third soldier who died from injuries sustained in SAS selection training in mid-Wales last month, was today named as Corporal James Dunsby.

Pink Mist, By Owen Sheers. Faber & Faber, £12.99

Pink mist curls through this hugely atmospheric and affecting verse-drama as a haunting symbol of the gulf between being and nothingness. How to cope when a loved one dies: goes "from being there to not", vanishes into "a fine spray of pink, a delicate mist"?

About 80 British soldiers travelled to Sangin to fight Taliban insurgents with the Afghan National Army (ANA), just months before it takes full control of security in the country.

British troops return to Sangin after request from Afghan army

The mission required special permission from Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

Kazakh President welcomed David Cameron to Astana earlier this month

Kazakh dictator renews friendship with David Cameron

The authoritarian leader of Kazakhstan visited David Cameron in Downing Street while he was on a private trip to London with his family this week, it has emerged.

MoD awards £45m battlefield radios contract

A new multimillion-pound contract for the maintenance of British troops' battlefield radios will secure hundreds of defence jobs across the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced.

Eight Afghan labourers killed on way to US base

Attacks come as Taliban steps up intimidation campaign in Ramadan

MoD confirms more British soldiers commit suicide than are killed in battle

Panorama discover that at least 50 serving and veteran soldiers took their own lives in 2012.

A missing-persons poster shows nine men, who, their relatives say, were last seen being arrested by US special forces in Wardak province

Afghans arrest US interpreter accused of murdering civilians

Zakaria Kandahari ‘fled American base’ in January after his arrest was ordered

Helmand’s top female police officer shot is dead

Incident marks a continued escalation of violence as Nato forces withdraw from Afghanistan

 

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Snowden's case shows it's not easy to gain refugee status

If you read the tabloids you might think the UK is full of asylum seekers lazing about in Hampstead council mansions

Danny Nightingale leaving his court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire

SAS in a corner: did it operate lax procedures over illegal arms?

Soldiers from most elite regiment called to give evidence at court martial of Danny Nightingale

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