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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.

Dateline Doha: At last it’s time for America to talk to the men from the Taliban

Discussions over an Afghan peace deal look set to begin

Kabul bomb leaves three civilians dead as Afghan forces take over security from Nato

Roadside blast targets convoy of politician Mohammed Mohaqiq

Bradley Manning at the courthouse at Fort Meade, Maryland

Bradley Manning court-martial hears 'evidence of online chats' with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

A computer crimes investigator says he saw evidence on a laptop of chats between former military intelligence analyst Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, the founder of the anti-secrecy web site WikiLeaks.

Afghan policemen around the wreckage of a vehicle which was used in the suicide attack near Kabul's top court

Kabul suicide bomber kills 17 outside Afghanistan's Supreme Court

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the killings of 'ruthless prosecutors'

The UK armed forces deserve our respect and admiration - but they don't deserve anonymity

The case of two soldiers who admitted the sexual and racial abuse of Afghan citizens reveals an unhelpful double standard in the military

The move to transfer detainees comes after allegations that up to 90 Afghans were being held 'illegally' at Camp Bastion

British forces to hand detainees back to Afghanistan authorities

Decision follows claims last week that up to 90 Afghans were being held 'illegally' at Camp Bastion

World War II Veteran, Vic Mackenzie, pictured at his home in Epping, Essex (Picture: Jason Alden)

Normandy veterans speak: Vic Mackenzie - ‘It seems unreal now. Did we really do those things?’

Private Vic Mackenzie, 89, from North Weald, Essex, was a driver with the Royal Army Service Corps, attached to 7th Armoured Division. Mr Mackenzie came ashore at Arromanches, on Gold Beach, on  on 8 June 1944 (“D-Day +2”). His unit was one of the first to stumble on to the Belsen concentration camp in  the spring of 1945

American soldier Robert Bales admits murdering 16 Afghans to avoid death penalty

The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during night-time raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Two British soldiers admit sexual and racial abuse of Afghan citizens

Two British servicemen were disciplined and fined today for carrying out, respectively, a sexual offence on a young boy and being engaged in racist insults while serving in Afghanistan. 

Afghan interpreters for British Army given UK rights

Up to 600 Afghans who worked as interpreters or in other dangerous roles supporting British and allied forces in Helmand will be eligible to resettle in the UK, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Troops at Camp Bastion in 2005. Eight years on, the outcome is unclear

The Afghan war – a total waste. Unless...

A new book paints a grim picture of the UK's role in taking on the Taliban in 2001. But it is not too late to make some amends

Local community representatives and faith leaders lay flowers near the scene of the killing of Lee Rigby's murder

Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain

Family statement: 'Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others'

David Cameron at Camp Bastion last year.

Camp Bastion another black mark on Britain's war in Afghanistan

The idea that our forces would act as a break on American excesses was a pipe dream

Investment in Blood: New book claims that Afghan war has cost UK families £2,000 each

A new book released today argues that every family in the UK will have paid £2,000 towards the conflict in Afghanistan, in a war that will cost the nation up to £40 billion by 2020.

The news is a blow to the incoming government of Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Taliban withdraw peace offer after death of deputy leader in drone strike as Khan Said is appointed the new No 2

A spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban said the group was withdrawing its offer of peace talks following the drone strike that killed the group's deputy leader.

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