Tag Archives: Afghanistan

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 […]

Murky death of MI6 ally who paid Linda Norgrove’s abductor

The Sunday Times The burly figure of Sabar Lal, a 49-year-old gem dealer with a salt and pepper beard, loomed in the arched doorway of his home. Facing him in the garden, a team of US special forces and Afghan commandos levelled their assault rifles. As helicopters buzzed overhead, five bullets fired from one of […]

Pakistani mortars ‘trigger deadly air strike’

The Sunday Times The US has expressed regret and offered its “deepest condolences” after 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed in cross-border Nato air strikes were buried on Sunday, calling the attacks a “tragic unintended incident”. Pakistani troops fired mortars at American ground soldiers patrolling the Afghan border, triggering Nato air strikes, according to Afghan […]

Britain falls into step as US accelerates Afghanistan exit

The Sunday Times Britain is drawing up plans to pull its forces out of Afghanistan much sooner than had been intended after high-level indications from Washington that American troops may leave early. Sources in London and Kabul suggested last week that President Barack Obama was considering accelerating the withdrawal from Afghanistan in the run-up to […]