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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.

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.

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One policeman killed after Taliban militant attack on Kabul police headquarters

At least one policeman was killed today when Taliban militants detonated a car bomb at the gates of the Kabul traffic police headquarters and then stormed the compound, setting off a six-hour gun battle with security forces, authorities said.

Afghan policewoman kills US aide in Kabul

An Afghan policewoman shot and killed an American adviser outside the police headquarters in Kabul today, the latest in a rising tide of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies, senior Afghan officials said.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks with Army Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, (R) and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, (L) during a visit to Kandahar Airfield

Suicide attack at site of Panetta visit

An American service member was killed and three others were wounded Thursday afternoon when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a heavily armored military vehicle just outside a base where US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta had been visiting troops earlier in the day.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai: Promises elections in 2014

US finds Afghan anti-corruption efforts 'deeply troubling'

Two small machines sit on a shelf in a closet at Kabul International Airport, surrounded by cardboard boxes and idle desk fans.

How to spot an extramarital affair: Those close to Petraeus saw the early signs

In the wake of David Petraeus's resignation as head of the CIA over revelations of an extramarital affair, John Barry in The Daily Beast says the signs of Petraeus's infidelity were there for all to see.

Afghan militant rocket damages US joint chief of staff's plane

Militants have fired rockets into an American base in Afghanistan, damaging the US joint chief of staff's plane while he was on a visit, a military official said today.

UK returns stolen artefacts to Afghanistan

The British armed forces have returned historical artefacts dating back as far as the Bronze Age to Afghan museums, after they were stolen and smuggled abroad, it was announced today.

Looted treasures returned to Afghanistan by British Museum

The British Museum, aided by British police and the UK Border Force, has helped return to Afghanistan hundreds of looted antiquities seized from smugglers, The Independent can reveal.

Afghanistan: Rogue soldier to be hanged for French killings

A rogue Afghan soldier has been sentenced to death for killing four French soldiers during a training operation.

Afghan soldier sentenced to death for killing four French troops

An Afghan soldier has been sentenced to death for killing four French soldiers during a joint training and operation in eastern Afghanistan.

Leading article: A sobering reminder of the truth about our Afghan 'legacy'

The video of the Taliban executing a woman in the street, only miles from Kabul, is a sobering reminder of dismally disappointing legacy of foreign intervention in that hopelessly divided country from which Western countries are now hurrying to disengage themselves.

Video footage shows a crowd of about 150 men cheering as the woman is killed

Taliban execute woman to send Afghans a grim warning of life without the West

Video of brutal killing is released on same day as donors promise £10bn of aid after troop withdrawal in 2014

Helen Johnston was held captive in an Afghan cave complex

Kidnappers were ready to execute a hostage, telephone calls revealed

Taliban plans forced SAS to bring forward daring rescue mission

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