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Authorities say the gunman rode on a motorbike and shot the group of men

Fusilier Samuel Flint, Private Robert Murray Hetherington and Corporal William Thomas Savage

MoD names three soldiers killed in Afghanistan IED blast as Government says it will ask questions about Mastiff armoured vehicle in Helmand

Troops are first to die in vehicle brought in to protect against  IEDs in Afghanistan

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UK has 'paid a very high price' in Afghanistan, says David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron said today that the UK had paid a "a very high price" for the work it was doing in Afghanistan after three soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has admitted that his national security team has been receiving payments from the US government for the past 10 years

Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits to millions of dollars of US payments to national security

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his national security team has been receiving payments from the US government for the past 10 years.

Kazakhstan and founders mull bid for Central Asian miner ENRC

Shares in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) jumped by  26 per cent yesterday after a consortium of key shareholders in the Kazakh miner announced they were considering an offer for the company.

Soviet soldier tells why he defected to Afghanistan

A former Soviet soldier presumed dead for 33 years has spoken of how he embraced Islam and turned his gun on his countrymen after he was shot, left for dead by his unit, and nursed back to health in a remote Afghan village.

Militants killed seven in Iraq on deadliest day for the US in eight months

Militants killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat, and an Afghan doctor in a pair of attacks in Afghanistan yesterday in the deadliest day for the US in the war in eight months.

The body of Sgt Michael Cable, 26, returning home from Afghanistan

US soldier 'stabbed to death by Afghan teen'

The Pentagon had initially given a different version of events

Afghan recruits are leaving the national army at a rate of 5,000 every month

Nato alarm over Afghan army crisis: loss of recruits threatens security as handover looms

Thousands of recruits are quitting the newly formed Afghan police and armed forces every month, raising fears over their ability to protect the emerging democracy when coalition troops leave the country in less than two years' time. For every 10 new soldiers recruited to the Afghan National Army (ANA), at least three are lost because they have been sacked, captured or killed in action, new figures have revealed. British officials admit that current "attrition rates", with more than 5,000 soldiers quitting every month, threaten the force's long-term effectiveness.

A US helicopter flies over Afghanistan

Nato forces 'kill two children in Afghanistan'

The latest in a string of civilian deaths causing friction with the Afghan leadership

Afghan soldiers roll out a red carpet before a ceremony to hand over Bagram prison to Afghanistan

US army hands over Bagram air base to Afghan control

The United States today handed over the once notorious prison at Bagram air base in Afghanistan to full Afghan control in a symbolic recognition of national sovereignty long demanded by Hamid Karzai, the country’s president.

Afghan policeman kills five colleagues

A member of Afghanistan's government-backed militia programme has shot and killed five of his colleagues, an official said today.

US troops forced out of Afghan province by abuse claims

US special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts will withdraw from a strategic eastern province after complaints that they were involved in human rights abuses.

British soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting an 'unwinnable' war

MoD admits campaign in Afghanistan is 'an unwinnable war'

British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan are part of a campaign that attempted to “impose an ideology foreign to the Afghan people” and was “unwinnable in military terms”, according to a damning report by the Ministry of Defence.

Five US troops die in Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan

A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said today.

Afghan policeman kills two US troops in firefight in Wardak province

A police officer opened fire on US and Afghan forces at a police headquarters, leading to a firefight that killed two US troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shoot-out.

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