September 17, 2019

Pocket Drones issued to UK Soldiers

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued with tiny surveillance drones that can fit into the palm of a hand. The Black Hornet Nano is designed in Norway and weighs around 16 grams. The 10-centimetre long helicopter is fitted with a tiny camera which relays video and still images to a remote … [Read more...]

Bomb blast kills children in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in Western Afghanistan has exploded as a bus drove killing at least 16 people, including 11 children. The bus was carrying a group back from an engagement party in Herat province. Four women and the driver were also killed, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the … [Read more...]

al-Qaeda leader Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed in Pakistan

A senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, has been killed, say senior US officials. There has been no independent confirmation of the death, which officials said happened in the Waziristan tribal region. The US frequently carries out drone air strikes against suspected … [Read more...]

NATO admits killing BBC journalist in Afghanistan

The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan has admitted it killed BBC reporter Ahmed Omed Khpulwak in July. Isaf said a US soldier mistook the BBC Pashto service journalist for an insurgent when troops responded to a militant attack in the town of Tarin Kowt in … [Read more...]

Prince Harry splits with Florence Brundell-Bruce

Prince Harry has reportedly split with girlfriend Florence Brudenell-Bruce to concentrate on his helicopter pilot training. That famous fountain of all knowledge 'Unnamed Source' has told British newspaper The Mirror, that the 25 year-old seriously rich, underwear model is surplus to requirements … [Read more...]

Taliban storm Parwan governors compound – 19 dead

Taliban insurgents have stormed the provincial governor's compound in Parwan killing at least 19 people. Powerful explosions followed by bursts of gunfire were heard in the provincial capital, Charikar, which is only an hours drive north of Kabul. The governor, Abdul Basir Salangi, said that … [Read more...]

Wali Karzai assassinated by security chief

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been assassinated at his home in Kandahar by his security chief. Ahmed Wali Karzai was a leading power broker in Southern Afghanistan, was shot dead at his house by his long-time head of security, Sardar Mohammed, who was … [Read more...]

US suspends military aid package to Pakistan

The US says it is withholding $800 million in military aid to Pakistan as both countries struggle to adjust to their new post-Osama Bin Laden era. White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley has told ABC television that Pakistan had "taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the … [Read more...]

Australian soldier shot dead in Southern Afghanistan

General David Hurley, the Chief of the Australian Defence Force has announced that an "experienced and decorated" Australian soldier has been killed and another seriously injured in a firefight with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan. Sergeant Todd Langley, 35, from the 2nd Commando … [Read more...]

Gunmen and suicide bombers attack top Kabul hotel

The Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul has come under attack from gunmen and suicide bombers. The police report that seven gunmen got inside the hotel and a firefight was ongoing. All the attackers have been killed along with two security personnel and nine others - … [Read more...]

Duchess of Cambridge visits Irish Guards

Prince William became Colonel of the Irish Guards in February and today he and wife Catherine took the opportunity to welcome the 1st Battalion Irish Guards back from Afghanistan. The six month tour of duty took in 22 different locations around picturesque Helamnd Province, assisting the Afghan … [Read more...]

US Special Forces shoot rogue soldier who killed Aussie army cook

US Special Forces in Afghanistan have shot and killed the Afghan soldier who killed Australian army cook Lance-Corporal Andrew Jones in May. Lance-Corporal Jones, 25, was shot on May 30 in Afghanistan by Shafied Ullah, a member of the Afghan army who was in a watchtower on sentry duty. He shot … [Read more...]

John McCain accuses GOP nomination hopefuls of “isolationism”

Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, has accused the contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination of "isolationism." "We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s, when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world," McCain said in … [Read more...]

Afghans shun car owners with 39 on number plates

Afghanistan's growing car sales industry has been hit by a sudden rejection by Afghans of vehicle number plates which include the number 39. In the space of a few weeks, 39, has become a mark of shame, especially in Kabul. Owners of plates that include 39 are mocked as pips and drug … [Read more...]

Returning US soldiers charged $2800 bag fee by airline

Delta Airlines has been forced to change their excess baggage policy after two US soldiers went online and complained about their unit being charged $2800 in bag fees by Delta upon returning from Afghanistan. Delta now say that US military personnel traveling on orders can check in more bags for no … [Read more...]