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PM will be questioned by MPs and peers over UK relationship with US following the intelligence revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden

Nato backs McChrystal in snub to Biden plan

Nato defence ministers signalled their backing for the Afghan strategy put forward by the American commander General Stanley McChrystal yesterday in an implicit rejection of the alternative plan proposed by US Vice-President Joe Biden.

Taliban university bomb kills six

Islamabad suicide attack comes as Pakistan army faces fierce resistance

BAE accused of improper conduct in US

Defence company attacked by Congressmen for lobbying politicians after loss of £1.8bn contract

Kim Sengupta: What now for Afghanistan? Obama's options

The bombing in Kabul yesterday underlined the grip of the Afghan insurgency and came at a politically treacherous time for Barack Obama as he decides how to turn the tide of the war. A flurry of consultations and discussions on Afghanistan is under way in Washington as a prelude to a strategy decision. The President yesterday talked by phone with Gordon Brown about the situation, and today there will be further debate with his national security team.

Obama defence chief's rebuke on Afghan war

Military advisers should keep private their misgivings about conflict, warns Gates

Defiant Iran responds to West with missiles as sanctions loom

Regime claims 'fabricated clamour' would cast cloud over talks in Geneva

Rupert Cornwell: Has America reached the turning point in Afghanistan?

Barack Obama has committed America to the long haul in Afghanistan – but heavy losses and mounting dissent are forcing him to consider turning the strategy on its head

David Richards: Every army is struggling with the pace of technological change

Successful armed forces adapt and transform at a pace faster than their potential enemies. Cromwell, as an example, unlocked the synergy of discipline, training, new equipment and new tactics in a manner that left the Royalists looking like barely gifted amateurs. This process can be found throughout history although rarely is it accelerated with the vision and drive of a Cromwell.

Bin Laden dismisses Obama as 'powerless'

In a tape released by al-Qa'ida's media wing, terrorist leader Osama bin Laden said President Barack Obama is "powerless" to stop the war in Afghanistan.

Alarm at Washington Coast Guard exercise

The US Coast Guard today confronted a boat in the Potomac River near the Pentagon in Washington D.C. But the Coast Guard said it was a training exercise conducted moments before the Obama motorcade crossed a nearby bridge.

Rift with Karzai worsens as 95 perish in Nato air strike

Deadly attack undermines politicians’ attempts to convince public that Afghan war is worth fighting

Leading Article: A drive for Middle East peace that must not be written off

The US President's patience and determination deserve a response

US tells Israel to back down on settlements

The Obama administration is dispatching four of its most senior foreign policy and security figures to Israel this coming week with the same message on two open questions causing friction between the close allies: Don't do it.

Leading article: Our military must be fit for the 21st century battlefield

It is not only helicopters we should be concerned about

Bloody reality of Afghan war hits home

As British forces suffer a sharp rise in casualties, the new Defence Secretary is forced to acknowledge 'gloom and worry'
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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

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Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

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In grandfather's footsteps

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Martha Stewart has flying robot

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