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Anand Gopal
Anand Gopal, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of the just-published No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes (Metropolitan Books). He reported on the Afghan War for the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor and is now a fellow of the New America Foundation.

Entries by Anand Gopal

The Real Afghan War

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM

How an American Fantasy Conflict Created Disaster in Afghanistan

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[This essay is taken from chapter five of Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes and appears at with the kind...

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How the U.S. Created the Afghan War -- and Then Lost It

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:30 AM

The Unreported Story of How the Haqqani Network Became America's Greatest Enemy

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It was a typical Kabul morning. Malik Ashgar Square was already bumper-to-bumper with Corolla taxis, green police jeeps, honking minivans, and angry motorcyclists. There were boys selling phone cards and men...

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Obama's Secret Prisons: Night Raids, Hidden Detention Centers, the "Black Jail," and the Dogs of War in Afghanistan

(16) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 12:19 PM

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One quiet, wintry night last year in the eastern Afghan town of Khost, a young government employee named Ismatullah simply vanished.  He had last been seen in the town’s bazaar with a group of friends. Family members scoured Khost’s dust-doused streets for days. Village...

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What You Should Know About Women's Rights in Afghanistan

(87) Comments | Posted April 13, 2009 | 1:08 PM

Just as the world's eyes are turning towards Afghanistan once again, a few conservative Afghan lawmakers are trying to pass a law that would, amongst other things, legalize marital rape, prohibit women from leaving the home without permission, deny them the right of inheritance, force a woman to "preen for...

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Who Are the Taliban?

(18) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 6:05 PM

This piece is a joint project of and the Nation Magazine, where a shorter version appears in print.

If there is an exact location marking the West's failures in Afghanistan, it is the modest police checkpoint that sits on the main highway 20 minutes south of Kabul....

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