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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.

Bomber kills shopkeeper and child in Afghanistan

Two people were killed today when a bomb hidden in a scrap metal shop blew up in a market in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

In the line of fire: The young Afghans reporting on corruption, crime and drug trafficking

In a spartan office in central Helmand, a group of young men sits hunched over keyboards. Despite their courteous demeanour and bookish appearance, they have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Officer killed by Taliban bomb

A young British officer was killed by a Taliban bomb just yards outside the gate of his base in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: British soldier killed on foot patrol

A British soldier has been killed by an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The birth of hope for Afghanistan's mothers

The number of women dying in childbirth every year is 10 times higher than the civilians killed in the conflict. But a new clinic is offering a brighter future

Afghanistan explosives haul hailed

British troops in Afghanistan have seized explosives which would have made 300 bombs over the past four months, the military's top officer in the country said today.

Afghans remain sceptical that they will see peace in their time

"I was born into war. I sometimes curse my parents. Why did they have children in war?" asked Faiz, an earnest young man from Kabul working as an interpreter in Helmand.

Afghanistan: 'We can't allow this helicopter tragedy to stop military operations'

Senior military figures reacting to the US casualties last night said the incident marked a moment to take stock of the coalition's presence in Afghanistan.

US special forces die after Taliban shoot down helicopter

Most deadly incident for the coalition in the decade-long war will apply further pressure for rapid withdrawal of troops

Marine killed by Afghanistan checkpoint grenade

A Royal Marine was killed in Afghanistan after a grenade was thrown into his patrol's checkpoint, the Ministry of Defence said.

A picture of peace in Afghanistan – but have the Taliban gone for good?

As the transition process gathers pace, Kim Sengupta reports from Nad-e Ali, Helmand

Two weeks after the troops left, suicide bomb kills 11 in Helmand

Taliban's summer offensive continues

Soldiers in Afghanistan face one-year tours of duty

The length of tours for key units of the British military serving in Afghanistan is likely to be doubled to a year for the crucial drawdown period leading to the end of combat operations there in 2014.

Leading article: Giving ground to the Taliban

When British troops pulled out of the capital of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on 20 July, they did so with dignity. Afghans lined the streets of Lashkar Gah to present bouquets while the province's governor delivered a speech recalling how he had told the mother of a British soldier who was killed there that his death had not been vain.

Bombs kill 19 civilians in Afghanistan

Two roadside bombs killed 19 civilians yesterday in southern Afghanistan, as growing numbers of non-combatants fall victim to the fighting between Taliban insurgents and the US-led coalition. A bomb also killed two Nato service members, the alliance said.

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