An emotional scene at the airport is not uncommon – but one Russian pilot had an extra special reason to celebrate. Pavel Petrenko was finally reunited with his family after returning home from Afghanistan, where he spent 19 months as a Taliban captive.
A US drone strike in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan on Thursday killed at least seven militants, including Abdullah Haqqani, a top commander for the Haqqani Network, an Islamist insurgent group allied with the Afghan Taliban.
British veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are deprived of long-term help, particularly with mental health problems, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), and war pensions and compensation payments, a cross-party group of MPs warn.
The new NATO chief says the alliance’s goal to prevent Afghanistan from being a safe haven for terrorists has been accomplished. But Afghanistan has never been a terrorist hub argues defense consultant Moeen Raoof in his comments to RT.
As Britain’s last remaining troops depart from Afghanistan, a poll indicates 68 percent of Britons think the UK’s military campaign there was not “worthwhile.” A further 42 percent of those surveyed believe Britain is “less safe” as a result of the war.
As British military forces finally leave Afghanistan after 13 years of conflict, which left 453 British troops dead and 3,000 wounded, the curtain comes down on one of the most futile, incompetent, and inglorious conflicts fought in recent history.
The US’ and Britain’s military involvement in Afghanistan came to a symbolic end on Sunday. Operations in the country were officially ended, as they prepare to depart and handed over military bases to Afghan forces.
British military chiefs admitted the ill-planned military campaign in Afghanistan created the “perfect storm” for stretched British troops while they were fighting two wars simultaneously, putting them at risk of being “massacred.”
The Obama administration has blocked the public release of disturbing torture photos out of concern they would endanger US troops. Now, a federal judge is giving the government until December to justify its actions.