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PM's £160m pledge to protect forces from roadside bombs

The Ministry of Defence is to spend £160m on combating the roadside bombs and mines which have claimed the lives of hundreds of British and American servicemen in the Afghan war.

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"They shoot Russians," the young paratrooper told me. It was cold. We had come across his unit, the Soviet 105th Airborne Division, near Charikar, north of Kabul, and he was holding out a bandaged hand. Blood seeped through, staining the sleeve of his battledress. He was just a teenager with fair hair and blue eyes. Beside us a Soviet transport lorry, its rear section blown to pieces by a mine – yes, an "improvised explosive device", though we didn't call it that yet – lay upended in a ditch. In pain, the young man raised his hand to the mountain-tops where a Soviet helicopter was circling. Could I ever have imagined that Messers Bush and Blair would have landed us in the same sepulchre of armies almost three decades later? Or that a young black American president would do exactly what the Russians did all those years ago?

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A question mark has hung over the safety of the RAF's ageing Nimrod fleet since one of the spy planes came down over Afghanistan three years ago.

Brown makes kit pledge over extra troops

Gordon Brown today gave the go ahead "in principle" for the deployment of an additional 500 British troops to Afghanistan, taking the total UK force in the country to 9,500.

Robert Fisk’s World: Everyone seems to be agreeing with Bin Laden these days

Only Obama, it seems, fails to get the message that we’re losing Afghanistan

Threat to Afghan presidential ballot

A power struggle at the top of Afghanistan's election commission is threatening to sway the outcome of the country's presidential ballot, as officials argue over how many votes to discard because of fraud.

Taliban denies reponsibility for Afghan blast

The Taliban denied responsibility today for a massive attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed and wounded dozens of Afghan civilians the previous day.

Afghan election heads for deadlock

Car bombs cast pall over vote count

Afghan challenger accuses Karzai of vote-rigging

The chief challenger in the Afghan presidential elections has accused incumbent Hamid Karzai of being personally responsible for vote-rigging, in the most direct attack so far against his former boss.

Spectre of unrest looms after Afghan polls marred by fraud

Allegations of intimidation, ballot-box stuffing and miscounting threaten the country's fragile democracy. Kim Sengupta reports from Nad-e-Ali, Helmand

Taliban cut off voters' fingers

An Afghan vote monitoring group said Taliban militants in Afghanistan's south cut off the fingers of two voters, carrying out a gruesome pre-election threat.

Afghans turn out to vote despite sporadic violence

Millions of Afghans went to the polls today in defiance of Taliban threats of violence and sporadic attacks across the country to choose a president in the midst of a worsening war.



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