Category Afghanistan

‘They have condemned me to death’ (Afghan interpreter’s letter to David Cameron)

Dear Sir David Cameron, I have served in the British army and the British foreign office as an interpreter for five and half years. As a result, I have received death threats from the Taliban. My brother was nearly assassinated and the Taliban fired a rocket at my house as a warning. Many times insurgents […]

Please, Mr Cameron, help me escape death

The Sunday Times AN AFGHAN interpreter who faces the threat of being killed by the Taliban after being dismissed from his job with British forces has written to David Cameron, urging the prime minister to help him “escape the death” that awaits him and his young family. Wahidullah Noori, 25, who served British soldiers and […]

UK is leaving us to die, say Afghan interpreters

The Sunday Times WAHIDULLAH NOORI has tied tourniquets to the limbs of wounded British soldiers and watched friends and colleagues die in front of him. He has met insurgent leaders in secret UK negotiations with the Taliban and has toiled alongside British special forces. As a result of Noori’s work for the British, the Taliban […]

Lash and burn: Taliban vice squads return

The Sunday Times THE Taliban fighter, wearing a black balaclava, dark glasses and black clothes, raised a long, thin cane above his head before bringing it down on the villager’s bare back with a deft flick of his wrist. The villager, identified only as Amanullah, 28, writhed on the grass with his hands tied behind […]

SAS night march to free hostages

The Sunday Times By David Leppard and Miles Amoore THE SAS made a daring night-time march across the mountains in Afghanistan in a “breathtaking” operation to free the British aid worker Helen Johnston and three other hostages, David Cameron revealed yesterday. Johnston, a 28-year old nutritionist who lived in Stoke Newington, north London, while studying […]

Afghan troops and Taliban in pact to loot Nato convoys

Sunday Times By Miles Amoore and Christina Lamb THE two men should be sworn enemies. One is a Taliban commander waging what he says is a holy war against foreign soldiers in Afghanistan. The other is an Afghan army officer trained and paid by Nato to fight the Taliban. Yet rather than do battle, the […]

From poppies to pips

The Sunday Times For the grey-bearded Afghan opium farmer, the sight of a large, red-headed white man running through his poppy field in traditional Afghan clothes was one of the strangest things he’d seen. For James Brett, a British entrepreneur with a penchant for adventure and an obsession with pomegranates, running into a field of […]