News Afghan children play cricket on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, near to Alinghar, Laghman where the cricket players were shot by a gunman.

Authorities say the gunman rode on a motorbike and shot the group of men

General John Allen chooses retirement over top Nato job

US General John Allen, who oversaw the Nato war effort in Afghanistan until earlier this month, has decided to retire instead of pursuing his nomination as head of the military alliance.

Nato airstrike on house kills nine Afghan civilians

A Nato airstrike has killed as many as nine Afghan civilians in an eastern province near the Pakistani border.

10 killed in roadside blast in Afghanistan

A police truck packed with officers and detainees struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan's largest city, killing 10 of those aboard, officials said today.

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.

Editorial: Some welcome signs of a speedier Afghan exit

The rising tide of troops killed or wounded is becoming harder to justify
Afghanistan: Green on blue attacks may have personal motives

US military blames many Afghan insider attacks on personal causes

The Taliban has billed a rash of insider attacks targeting international troops in Afghanistan as an effective battlefield strategy, but detailed data disclosed recently by the US military suggest that the largest percentage of such incidents probably stemmed from personal motives rather than enemy infiltration.

The creator of hit TV drama Homeland Gideon Raff has condemns MoD for running a 'crude animal laboratory'

Homeland creator urges MoD to stop shooting live pigs

The creator of hit TV drama Homeland has condemned the Ministry of Defence for running a "crude animal laboratory" in which live pigs are shot with high-powered rifles so army medics can practise surgery on them.

Participants pose for a group picture during a meeting to form a new Syrian opposition group called the National Coalition of Forces of the the Syrian Revolution and Opposition

US and Europe accelerate plans for Syrian transition

The United States and like-minded governments are rushing to fund and legitimize a newly-formed Syrian opposition group amid fear that plans for a political transition are being outpaced by rebel military gains, US and European officials said.

Serbia's Nato envoy Branislav Milinkovic leaps to his death at Brussels airport

Diplomats said they knew of no circumstances - private or professional - that would have prompted him to take his own life

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford

Marine General Dunford confirmed as Commander of Afghan War

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, tapped by President Barack Obama to become his fifth commander of the war in Afghanistan, will take charge in Kabul early next year, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

Nato ready to deploy Patriot missiles on border with Syria

Nato is due today to authorise the deployment of Patriot missile batteries to the Syrian border amid apprehension that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad may launch attacks using its stock of chemical weapons.

Lt Gen Nick Carter, is said to have declared that soldiers may have to die rather than defend themselves against the enemy

'British Army chief risked soldiers' lives,' says US colonel

Senior American officer in Afghanistan makes astonishing claim about deputy Isaf commander over his advice to soldiers

Jill Kelley has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base

New twist in Petraeus sex scandal as General John Allen investigated for 'inappropriate communications' to Jill Kelley

The top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the centre of the sex scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior US defence official said today.

Attacker in Afghan army uniform kills Nato soldier

An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform has killed a member of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the south of Afghanistan, the force said.

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Salmond embraces Nato in SNP's 'Clause 4 moment'

Alex Salmond celebrates after members vote to drop opposition to military alliance

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