"To see young lads — much younger than me — wrapped in plastic and missing limbs.......was something I never prepared myself for."
The animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross has been awarded to a labrador called Sasha who was killed serving in Afghanistan in 2008.
An exhibition of photographs of Afghanistan by acclaimed photojournalist Steve McCurry opens in London this week.
Hundreds of Taliban fighters have launched an offensive in Logar Province, near the Afghan capital Kabul, Reuters have reported.
Five Red Cross workers were kidnapped by an armed group in Afghanistan two days ago, the organisation said.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokesperson Marek Resich said: "The incident happened when the team was traveling by road in Herat province on August 14."
He added the organisation was working on multiple levels to secure the safe return of the Afghan nationals.
The highest-ranked American soldier to be killed in the war in Afghanistan has been identified.
Major General Harold Greene was killed after a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire at a military base in Kabul.
The 34-year veteran was involved in preparing Afghan forces for when American troops leave at the end of this year.
At least 15 soldiers - including British personnel - were wounded in the attack.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a number of UK personnel have been injured after a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at a military base in Kabul.
– Ministry of Defence
We can confirm that a small number of UK personnel were involved in an incident at the Afghan National Defense University site today in Kabul. The incident is currently under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment on the details at this time or on issues relating to personnel from other ISAF nations.
– Ministry of Defence
Even in the final stages of the mission UK and ISAF personnel will never be without risk. These sorts of incidents, whilst infrequent, are tragic events and we and our ISAF and Afghan partners take them extremely seriously.
ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore has tweeted:
Pentagon confirms a US General was killed, the highest-ranking casualty of the Afghan war. No name provided until "family notification."
President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the attack on Afghan and foreign military trainers in Afghanistan's National Military Academy.
Early reports by the Ministry of Defense indicate that a man dressed in military uniform opened fire this noon at Afghan military personnel and their foreign colleagues leaving at least one foreign officer dead and a number of others including both Afghan and foreign officers wounded.
President Karzai also offered his condolences to the families of the Afghan and foreign military members killed and wounded in 'cowardly' the shooting.
One high-ranking military official was killed by an Afghan soldier in an attack at a Kabul camp, US Defense and Military officials have confirmed.
According to the officials, US and Afghan military officials were meeting at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul when suddenly a gunman wearing an Afghan military uniform sprayed the gathering with automatic weapons fire.
Unconfirmed reports say that as many as two Afghan military officials were also killed. Given the severity of the wounds, US officials say the overall death toll could rise.
A man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at a military base, killing at least one NATO soldier and wounding 15.
The wounded included a German brigadier general was receiving medical treatment and was "not in a life-threatening condition." and "about a dozen" Americans who were shot at Camp Qargha, west of the capital, Kabul, according to German military.
General Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Ministry, said a "terrorist in an army uniform" opened fire on both local and international troops before the gunman was killed, Associated Press reported.
Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has confirmed an incident took place earlier involving a "local Afghan and ISAF troops" at Camp Qargha in Kabul City.
– ISAF spokesperson
We can confirm that an incident occurred involving local Afghan and ISAF troops at Camp Qargha (pronounced “Kar-ga”) today in Kabul City, Afghanistan. The Camp, also known as the Kabul ANA Officer Academy, is an Afghan National Security Forces facility. We are in the process of assessing the situation. More information will be released as we sort out the facts.