Marine listening to music before withdrawal from Camp Bastion in Helmand province at the weekend.  The last US  marines unit and British combat troops in Afghanistan have officially ended their operations. Photograph:  Omar Sobhani

Combat operations in the province of Helmand officially ended yesterday for US marines and British troops stationed there, bringing an end to a decade(...)

 A handout image made available by the British defence ministry shows a British (L) and Afghan soldier embracing each other during the handover ceremony of the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck military camp complex in Afghanistan today. Photograph: EPA/MOD

The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations today as they packed up to leave the countr(...)

A British Ministry of Defence photograph of a  Lynx Mk9A helicopter  on operations over Helmand, Afghanistan.

An investigation is under way to determine why a Lynx helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing five British service personnel. (...)

People stand at the damaged area following a suicide bomb attack in Kabul today. Two Afghan military officers and two civilians were killed and 22 others injured, officials said. Photograph: EPA

A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul today, killing four people and wounding up to 22, police said, the latest incident in a worrying(...)

An Afghan army soldier walks through a poppy field  in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Files/Reuters.

Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces prepare to leave the country, the United Nations said today, with concern that (...)

A British soldier in Afghanistan. A British royal marine was convicted of murder today following the execution of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan.  Photograph: PA Wire

A British royal marine was convicted of murder today following the execution of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan. A court martial board found the (...)

Relatives and police women sit in  the back of an ambulance transporting the body of a senior female police officer for burial in Helmand province. Photograph: Abdul Malik/Reuters

Southern Afghanistan’s top policewoman has died after being shot in an ambush, months after her predecessor was murdered.Her death, one of the latest (...)

Prime minister Kevin Rudd, campaigning for elections on September 7th, said he would allow the investigation to run its course and that he had full confidence in the military. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Australia’s military is investigating a unit of special forces soldiers accused of cutting the hands from corpses of one or more insurgents killed dur(...)

Afghan security officials attend a handover ceremony at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo/

Following an official announcement by President Hamid Karzai, yesterday Nato forces in Afghanistan officially ‘transitioned’ security responsibilit(...)

Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army’s 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Photograph: British Ministry of Defence

A postmortem on the body of murdered British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, has established the cause of death was “multiple incised wounds”, Scotland (...)