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Afghanistan 2015: The Future of the Taliban

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

If the United States and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, it is very likely that Russia will return to its traditional role as the Afghan government's principal sponsor. Already, the Kabul government has asked Moscow for additional military aid and Moscow has agreed to sell Afghanistan an unknown number of Mi-35 attack helicopters.

Afghanistan 2015: The View From Kabul

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

This stark imagery of war notwithstanding, there is actually very little conflict that takes place in Kabul. Some nights might be interrupted by the muffled sound of a small explosion occurring somewhere in the city or the odd exchange of gunfire, but for the most part, the city is mostly free of any actual violence.

Slinking Out of Afghanistan? No Sir!

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

While about 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan to support such a non-combat "train, advise, and assist mission," approximately 24,000 troops will be going home under President Obama's "drawdown plan" before the end of the year.

Afghan Taliban Capture Coalition Military Dog

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

When it comes to military working dogs, these magnificent creatures perform heroic acts, are honored for them and receive awards and decorations, are given "military ranks" and eventually retire from their faithful service.

U.S. Forces Accidentally Kill Afghan Boy

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

KABUL, Jan 10 (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot dead a four year old boy, Afghan officials said on Friday, the latest vi...

Afghan Car Bomb Kills 3 Coalition Troops

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 07.13.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A truck bombing Monday killed three coalition service members in southern Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement. A local of...

U.S. Cargo Plane Crash Kills 7 In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

KABUL, April 29 (Reuters) - Seven crew members of a U.S.-run cargo plane were killed on Monday when their plane crashed shortly after take off from Ba...

Pentagon Identifies 4 U.S. Victims In Afghanistan Aircraft Crash

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - The Pentagon identified four U.S. victims in Saturday's crash of a surveillance aircraft in southern Afghanistan and ...

NATO Helicopter Crashes In Afghanistan

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 06.09.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO helicopter crashed Tuesday in Afghanistan, killing two American service members. The deaths raised to nine the numb...

NATO Helicopter Crashes In Afghanistan

AP | Posted 04.09.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A NATO helicopter crashed Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, but no crew members were seriously injured, officials said. Taliban ...

'Fighting Joe' To Take Over In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2013 | World

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, who takes over as head of international forces i...

Suicide Bomber Attacks Afghan-U.S. Base

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2012 | World

KHOST, Afghanistan, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a joint Afghan-U.S. base in the country's east on We...

Joshua Hersh

In Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties Lost In Transition | Joshua Hersh | Posted 07.17.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- In May, after an errant NATO airstrike on a remote village in eastern Afghanistan killed a family of eight civilians in their ho...

Max J. Rosenthal

British Lawmaker Warns Afghanistan Could 'Explode' | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.17.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- With early troop removals by key contributors to the war in Afghanistan, military factors have dominated war news over the past few week...

Afghanistan: Time To End This War

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

There must be an Afghan political solution. The U.S. must assist the Afghans in stabilization the country instead of turning it into a martial state.

Dozens Wounded In Afghan Demonstrations Over Quran-Burning

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2012 | World

By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Four people were shot dead and dozens wounded in protests in Afghanista...

Can the Tribes of NATO help the Tribes of Afghanistan?

Lisa Schirch | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

Like dumping toxic chemicals into the ocean in hopes of breaking up an oil spill, the international community's solutions to the problems of Afghanistan have made the problem worse.

Multiple Policemen Killed, 2 People Beheaded In Afghan Violence

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2011 | World

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, July 18 (Reuters) - Seven Afghan policemen were killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the southern city of Lashkar Gah ...

The Last Fighting Season

Global Post | Charles M. Sennott | Posted 06.27.2011 | World

KABUL -- The snows of the Hindu Kush have melted and the poppy harvest is winding down. That means Afghanistan's "fighting season" is about to begi...

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what NATO forces repeatedly denied: U.S. an...

Afghanistan Rights Monitor Slams Washington Spin About "Progress" in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If you can't protect the population generally, from the perspective of COIN doctrine, you lose. If you lack a legitimate host nation government as a partner, you lose. And guess what? According to that doctrine the United States is losing. Badly.

What Your Mainstream Media Isn't Telling You About Afghanistan

Colleen Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Colleen Turner

I believe we would be taking a giant step forward if our media made a greater effort to tell us about what is actually working in Afghanistan (and Iraq) rather than telling us about so much that is not.

Afghan Translators Risk Lives To Deliver Voice Of America

GlobalPost | Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WILSON, Afghanistan -- Hamayon, a 24-year-old Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan's dangerous south, worries le...

ISAF, NATO Launch War goes mainstream on the Internet, Facebook and Twitter

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NATO announced a new website complete with links to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. In an eerie flashback to the Vietnam War when the public watched th...

US Unlikely To Request More NATO Troops

McClatchy Washington Bureau | Jonathan S. Landay and Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With America's allies likely to rebuff requests to send more combat troops to Afghanistan, many Pentagon officials want President Barack Obama to alte...