Turkey awards deal for defence system to Chinese firm sanctioned by US

Turkey has deployed Patriot missiles like this one near the Syrian border. Photo: Xinhua

Nato member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defence firm that has been sanctioned by Washington to co-produce a US$4 billion long-range air and missile defence system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, US and European firms.

Friday, 27 September, 2013, 3:03pm

Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

British soldiers attend a Remembrance Day ceremony at the British cemetery in Kabul. Photo: Reuters

Three Nato troops killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan were British, officials said on Wednesday.

The three soldiers from the Royal Highland Fusiliers died on Tuesday when their vehicle was hit on a routine patrol in the district of Nahr-e Saraj, part of the southern province Helmand.

1 May 2013 - 3:12pm

Talking points

Public consultation on government plans to increase the number of operators in the Hong Kong mobile phone market comes to an end.

Public consultation on government plans to increase the number of operators in the Hong Kong mobile phone market comes to an end.

11 Apr 2013 - 6:07am

Taliban kill 44 in attack on Afghanistan courthouse

An injured Afghan National Army soldier is taken off from a military vehicle outside the local hospital in Farah. Photo: AP

Taliban militants stormed an Afghan court on Wednesday, killing at least 44 people in a bid to free insurgents standing trial, officials said, in the deadliest attack for more than a year.

4 Apr 2013 - 4:48am

US nominates Breedlove as top Nato commander

General Philip Breedlove. Photo: EPA

President Barack Obama nominated US Air Force General Philip Breedlove on Thursday to become Nato's top military commander, a key role as Nato aims to wind down an 11-year-old combat mission in Afghanistan that has tested the resolve of allies.

30 Mar 2013 - 3:21am

Five Nato troops die in Afghan helicopter crash

US troops on patrol in Afghanistan. Five Nato troops have died in a helicopter crash in the troubled region. Photo: AP

Five members of the Nato-led international force fighting in Afghanistan were killed in a helicopter crash in the south of the country, the coalition said in a statement on Tuesday.

12 Mar 2013 - 1:10pm

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai says US, Taliban are colluding

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at a gathering of women to mark International Women's Day, in Kabul. Photo: AFP

He accused the Taliban and the US of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:05pm

Nato apologises for accidental killing of two Afghan boys

Two children, aged seven and eight, were shot dead on Thursday as they tended cattle in southern Uruzgan province, in an incident which could inflame tensions over the conduct of foreign soldiers in Afghanistan.

3 Mar 2013 - 12:06pm

Afghan president to ban requests for foreign air strikes

President Karzai says Afghans don't need foreign troops for security. Photo: EPA

If he issues the decree as promised, the move would pose a significant new challenge to government troops who have relied heavily on foreign air power to give them an advantage against insurgents.

17 Feb 2013 - 11:33am

Dunford takes charge of Nato in Afghanistan

 US General Joseph Dunford (right) shakes hand with former Nato commander US General John Allen during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul. Photo: AFP

US General Joseph Dunford assumed command of Nato forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of its combat troops by next year.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taliban likens US Afghan role to Vietnam war

Afghan special forces trained by US soldiers demonstrate a raid for rescuing a hostage at the commando training centre in Kabul. Photo: AP

The Taliban on Wednesday likened the planned withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan to America’s pullout from Vietnam, calling it a “declare victory and run” strategy.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:53pm

Desertions from Afghanistan's army pose security risk ahead of Nato exit

Graduate soldiers of the Afghan National Army stand in line during their graduation ceremony at the training centre in Kabul. Photo: AFP

Far from home, poorly paid and discriminated against, Mushtaq and Sefadullah are among thousands of Afghans deserting the army in a worrying trend two years before Nato troops leave.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

Landmine blast kills 10 Afghan girls

Afghan volunteers carry the body of one of the girls killed when a landmine exploded while they were collecting firewood to a vehicle in Jalalabad on Monday. Photo: AFP

Ten young girls were killed when a landmine exploded on Monday while they were collecting firewood in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, officials said.

The girls, aged between nine and 11, died when one of them accidentally struck the mine with an axe, Chaparhar district governor Mohammad Sediq Dawlatzai told reporters.

17 Dec 2012 - 3:49pm

Last French fighters out of Afghanistan

France has removed its last combat troops from Afghanistan, two years before the 100,000-strong Nato mission led by the US is due to pull out.

About 200 soldiers of the 25th Belfort infantry regiment, responsible for overseeing the hastened French exit from the 11-year war, took off on Saturday.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Kidnapped doctor rescued by US troops in Afghanistan

US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan yesterday.

The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", Nato's International Security Assistance Force said.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am