A military court has sentenced a former solider, Joe Glenton, to nine months imprisonment for refusing to participate in military action in Afghanistan after he developed a conscientious opposition to the war.
The Prime Minister has admitted that Britain’s participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost UK taxpayers over £18billion. He told the Iraq Inquiry that invading Iraq was “the right decision and made for the right reasons".
'Surge, attack, negotiations' is a cycle of action that has a ring of familiarity - and not just in Afghanistan, says Gene Stoltzfus. But not everyone is confident that aggression will bring a just peace.
The Royal Navy’s most senior chaplain has triggered controversy by appearing to ask clergy not to criticise the war in Afghanistan or government military policy. He said that critical comments from the pulpit could damage morale.
The government is facing criticism for the narrow range of its Defence Review, which was presented in a Green Paper in the House of Commons yesterday. Campaigners say that it ignores fundamental questions about security and conflict.
The attempt to draw members of the Taliban into the political process in Afghanistan is a welcome step, but long overdue, the international development agency Christian Aid says. Popular participation is also needed.