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.
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Tuesday 29 May 2012
Television histories don't usually spend a lot of time establishing their presenter's credentials. Unless they've really gone populist and handed the job over to Richard Hammond, we're supposed to take it for granted that the person on screen actually knows what he or she is talking about.
Saturday 26 May 2012
The French president François Hollande continued his whirlwind introduction to office yesterday with a snap visit to Afghanistan to defend his early withdrawal of French troops.
Monday 21 May 2012
Revised deadline from new French regime does not mean 'rush for exits', says Secretary General
Tuesday 08 May 2012
Standing next to India's foreign minister, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed neighbouring Pakistan today to do more to stamp out homegrown terrorism, in comments likely to please the Indian government but annoy Pakistani leaders.
Thursday 03 May 2012
Seven die in Kabul attack as US President says he will not keep American troops 'in harm's way'
Saturday 21 April 2012
Afghan security forces have arrested five militants with 10 tons of explosives that they had brought from Pakistan to use to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, as well as another three planning an assassination attempt against the vice president.
Monday 16 April 2012
A militant arrested in the attacks on the Afghan capital and three other cities has confessed that the 18-hour assault was carried out by the Haqqani network, a lethal group of fighters with ties to the Taliban and al-Qa'ida, a top Afghan security official said today.
Sunday 15 April 2012
The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on as many as seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting Nato bases, the parliament and Western embassies. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.
Friday 30 March 2012
A plot to assassinate the former British ambassador to Afghanistan was foiled, the UK's current representative in Kabul has said.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Two dead after assassin tricks his way into heavily armed compound and then opens fire
Friday 16 March 2012
Twelve people died today when a Turkish helicopter crashed into a house near the Afghan capital Kabul.
Wednesday 14 March 2012
Afghanistan is on fire and the leaders of the two largest Nato powers fighting there, Barack Obama and David Cameron, were headed for a college basketball game in Ohio. Popcorn and hotdogs were on the agenda.
Thursday 23 February 2012
Seven people were killed in clashes between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against the burning of Korans by foreign soldiers at a Nato base near Kabul.
Wednesday 22 February 2012
Seven people were killed today in clashes between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against the burning of Muslim holy books at a Nato military base.
Wednesday 22 February 2012
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