The death of 15 British soldiers in just over a week has sparked calls for an end to the UK's involvement in the war in Afghanistan. A poll shows that the majority of the British public want troops withdrawn by the end of the year.
Today is the UK's first Armed Forces Day. It is a thinly veiled attempt to deflect scrutiny of politicians who have made disastrous decisions about war, says Symon Hill. But sentiment is no substitute for accountability.
A woman working with a UK-registered Christian relief group has been killed in Kabul by Taliban militants, who accused her of spreading Christianity among Afghans while helping people with disabilities and training local aid workers.