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British troops will be stuck in Afghanistan for up to five years after Nato’s “final” withdrawal from the war-torn country by the end of 2014.

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US soldier to plead guilty to Afghanistan killings

The American soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, as they slept in villages adjacent to an army outpost in Kandahar province early last year is to plead guilty at a hearing next week in an attempt to stave off the death penalty, his lawyer said.

Secret detention row forces UK to hand over suspects to Afghans

Defence Secretary admits Britain holding dozens of suspected insurgents without trial in Helmand

Three staff at the Royal Armouries in Leeds received pay rises that ‘broke Treasury guidelines’

Museum boss suspended for ‘unsupported’ staff pay rises

Retired army officer was forced out for awarding Royal Armouries workers thousands of pounds

Nato denies Taliban involvement as cargo plane crashes after take-off from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan killing all seven crew members

A civilian cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from the sprawling US Bagram airbase in Afghanistan with the Taliban claiming responsibility for “shooting down” the jet.

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A major operation to airlift thousands of tonnes of military equipment from Afghanistan has begun as troops prepare to leave the country

Afghan military equipment is airlifted back to Britain

A huge airlift to bring thousands of tons of military equipment back from Afghanistan to the UK has begun, ahead of the full withdrawal of British troops by the end of next year.

Afghan recruits are leaving the national army at a rate of 5,000 every month

Nato alarm over Afghan army crisis: loss of recruits threatens security as handover looms

Thousands of recruits are quitting the newly formed Afghan police and armed forces every month, raising fears over their ability to protect the emerging democracy when coalition troops leave the country in less than two years' time. For every 10 new soldiers recruited to the Afghan National Army (ANA), at least three are lost because they have been sacked, captured or killed in action, new figures have revealed. British officials admit that current "attrition rates", with more than 5,000 soldiers quitting every month, threaten the force's long-term effectiveness.

A US helicopter flies over Afghanistan

Nato forces 'kill two children in Afghanistan'

The latest in a string of civilian deaths causing friction with the Afghan leadership

British soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting an 'unwinnable' war

MoD admits campaign in Afghanistan is 'an unwinnable war'

British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan are part of a campaign that attempted to “impose an ideology foreign to the Afghan people” and was “unwinnable in military terms”, according to a damning report by the Ministry of Defence.

Bicycle suicide bomber kills nine Afghans in Kabul during Hagel visit

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Defence Ministry gate in Kabul today, killing nine civilians during a visit to Afghanistan by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, underlining the insurgent threat as NATO troops prepare to leave.

Afghan officials have said Australian soldiers killed two children who were tending cattle

Australian soldiers 'kill Afghan children', aged seven and eight

Deaths came during fight with insurgents in Uruzgan province

Nato may keep 12,000 troops in Afghanistan

Nato countries are considering keeping up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, the date when foreign combat forces were due to leave the war-torn country.

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