British troops pull-back call

A North MP last night called for British troops in Afghanistan to be withdrawn to barracks until a clear political strategy is agreed.

Ambushed in country's most dangerous spot

Private Damien Jackson is the fifth soldier to be killed at an embattled base in Afghanistan where the Army has repeatedly failed in its efforts to send reinforcements.

Father's anger as soldier son killed

A greiving father whose teenage son was killed when his army unit was ambushed last night attacked the Government's policy on Afghanistan.

North firms help Afghan children

Two North businesses are helping a Full Monty star and the creator of Miss Piggy to bring life-saving messages to the children of Afghanistan.

Deaths spark troops review

Armed Forces chiefs are carrying out a review of the British task force in Afghanistan following the deaths of two more soldiers over the weekend, it was disclosed yesterday.

`Taliban will kill more UK troops'

Top soldier in grim warning after deaths

Soldier dies in Afghan conflict

A british soldier has been killed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said last night.

Forty immigrants killed

A truck carrying illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Bangladesh crashed into a parked transport truck in Turkey yesterday, leaving at least 40 people dead and seven injured.

Defence chief dismisses `targets' jibe over Afghanistan

The benefits of deploying 3,300 British troops to southern Afghanistan will "far outweigh the dangers", Defence Secretary John Reid said yesterday.

UK troops for Afghanistan

Thousands of British troops are likely to be deployed to fight terrorists and drug barons in the volatile south of Afghanistan next year, Defence Secretary John Reid said yesterday on a whirlwind tour to the country.

World cup insurance scrapped

Insurance giants Axa are to scrap their agreement covering FIFA for next year's World Cup in Japan and South Korea as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks and subsequent bombing of Afghanistan.


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