British soldiers watching the after effects of a 500lb bomb dropped on an enemy position in Musa Qala

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War in Afghanistan

Britain's latest war in Afghanistan began in the wake of the '9/11' terrorist attacks on the United States. It continued for 13 years with the last combat troops leaving the country on 26 October 2014.

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Gurkhas at Peiwar Kotal, 1878

The Gurkhas

Nepalese soldiers known as Gurkhas have fought for Britain since 1816. Here we explore their history and find out why they have long been regarded among the finest and fiercest soldiers.

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British soldiers watching the bombing of an enemy position in Musa Qala, 2006

War in Afghanistan

Britain's latest war in Afghanistan began in the wake of the '9/11' terrorist attacks on the United States. It continued for 13 years with the last combat troops leaving the country on 26 October 2014.

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Book launch: Why We Fight
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6 June 2018, 6.30pm

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Book launch: Why We Fight

Former British Army officer Dr Mike Martin launches his book, 'Why We Fight'.

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