News Liam Culverhouse has been jailed for six years for causing the death of his 20 month old daughter

A soldier left traumatised after being severely wounded during a surprise attack in Afghanistan and witnessing the deaths of five of his colleagues was jailed for six years yesterday for killing his 20-month old daughter.

Afghan insurgents hang boy, aged 8

Insurgents in southern Afghanistan hanged an 8-year-old boy six days after abducting him, the Afghan government has said.

Five children hurt in UK air strike

Five Afghan children have been injured in a strike by a British Apache helicopter, the Ministry of Defence said.

Britons captured in Afghanistan may have targeted UK troops

Two Britons believed to be of Pakistani origin were being questioned in Helmand last night after being captured by the SAS in a raid in western Afghanistan. It is claimed that the two – a man and a woman – may have arrived in the country to carry out attacks against British targets on behalf of the Taliban.

Britons held in Afghan terror raid

UK forces have arrested two Britons in Afghanistan amid fears they may have been planning an attack on British troops in the country.

After five years, UK troops return control of Helmand capital

Kim Sengupta witnesses a key step in transition as Lashkar Gah is handed over

UK troops make key Afghan handover

British troops handed responsibility for security in the capital of war-torn Helmand Province to Afghan forces today.

The Helmand handover begins – and with it comes a leap into the unknown

Kim Sengupta finds fear among Afghan forces as they prepare to take control of security in Lashkar Gar

Afghan soldier suspected of killing Briton

A British soldier has been shot and killed in southern Afghanistan in what appears to be the latest instance of an Afghan soldier turning on his foreign trainers, and a further illustration of the problems facing the national army and police as they take charge of the country's security.

Speeding up the Afghan pull-out 'risks UK lives'

Commons committee report says that troop withdrawal must chime with local conditions, not rigid timetable

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Soldier died helping wounded comrade

A coroner praised the devotion to duty of paratroopers serving in Afghanistan after hearing how three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) went off in succession.

Soldier killed in Helmand may have been stripped naked

The British soldier who went missing from a base in Helmand may have been stripped naked before his death. His body, which was found in a river, was badly bruised and there were gunshot wounds to the head.

500 British troops to return from Afghanistan

A further 500 British troops are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan next year, David Cameron confirmed today.

Navy medic jailed for refusing rifle training

A Royal Navy medic who refused rifle training before he was due to deploy to Afghanistan because of a "moral objection" to bearing arms was sentenced to seven months' detention yesterday.

Kim Sengupta: Withdrawing British forces sends the wrong message

The capture and killing of the British soldier in Helmand, on the day David Cameron arrived in Afghanistan to announce a reduction in troop numbers, has attracted huge publicity.

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