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The governor of Okinawa has approved controversial plans to relocate a US Marine base to a less populous area – but said he would keep pressing to move the base off the of the Japanese island altogether.

Terri Judd: Sand and emotion

I had tears streaming down my face as I left the US Marines’ forward base of Combat Operating Post Sharp. Not due to emotion but sand.

On Helmand's frontline with the US marines

The heat, the sweat, the fear and the firefights: Terri Judd joins the 2nd Platoon as it clashes with the Taliban, dodging bullets and tangling with IEDs

Terri Judd: 'Armed social work': the Marines' new brief

Our writer watches the American soldiers in Helmand wage their peaceful war for hearts and minds

Terri Judd: 'Armed social workers' in Helmand

In possibly the remotest NATO position in Helmand, the US Marines are trying to make friends and influence people amongst villages that were long held in the strangle hold of the Taliban.

'We pity the Brits': the view from the Marines

US troops in Afghanistan are shocked by the standard of equipment their British counterparts have to use.

Roddick shines on NY's 'crazy' nights

Home hero secures win at 1am after close call for injury-hit Venus Williams

In the field with the troops in Helmand

The shadows moved fleetingly in the alley. Then came the shots, staccato bursts from Kalashnikovs forcing us to dive behind a wall. The Taliban would not give up their stronghold without a fight ...

US Marines 'frustrated' by British jet

The British jet called in by the US Marines had the Taliban position in sight, but the pilot refused to fire, a decision that frustrated Marines on the ground but one in line with new orders by the top US commander to protect civilians.

Secret deal to keep Karzai in power

Afghan President's alliance with rival designed to prevent civil war after election

21 killed as bomb hits Afghan wedding party

A roadside bomb struck a tractor carrying people to a wedding in southern Afghanistan, killing 21 civilians in one of the deadliest strikes in weeks, Afghan officials said today.

Panther's Claw: victory is declared – but at a price

Six-week battle for a chunk of Helmand the size of the Isle of Wight saw the most intense fighting of UK's Afghan mission

Paddy Ashdown: What we must do to win this war in Afghanistan

In this important and timely essay, Lord Ashdown argues that the history of the Afghan war is one of continuous mistakes, and outlines the key factors which can transform defeat into success

Leading article: Caught in the act

Oh dear. Robert Capa's famous Spanish Civil War photo of a militiaman falling at the very moment of his death is probably a fake. It's been uncovered that there was no military action that day in the place where it was taken.

Six killed as NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

A NATO-contracted helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan today killing six civilians on board and an Afghan child on the ground. Two US Marines and an Italian soldier died in other violence.

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