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Operation Omari: The Taliban & Afghanistan's Vicious Cycle of Violence

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

The Afghan Taliban just announced the launch of a spring offensive against the National Unity Government. This spring offensive, dubbed "Operation Omari," is named to honor the late Taliban leader Mullah Omar who died in 2013, but whose death was kept a secret until last year.

Afghans Searching for a Leader

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.

Ashraf Ghani's 1st Year As Afghan President

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

It has almost been a year since Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah have been in power. Contrary to the rosy pictures painted at the time, progress on many fronts has been dismal at best.

China, Other Nations Commit To Achieving Gender Equality By 2030

The Associated Press | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- World leaders pledged money and political clout to achieve equality for women by 2030 at a U.N. meeting Sunday co-chaired by Ch...

Afghan Chief Executive Says Relations With U.S. Most Positive In Years

The Huffington Post | Peter Mellgard | Posted 09.26.2015 | World

Relations between Afghanistan and the U.S. are better than ever, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said Friday at the Council on Foreign Relati...

Administration Should Speed, Not Slow, Military Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Roughly half of the 10,600 American troops were supposed to leave by the end of the year, with the rest scheduled to depart in 2016. But the administration has cancelled this year's withdrawal. Carter said he wanted to "make sure this progress sticks."

The Blood Sacrifice of Sergeant Bergdahl

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

As President Ghani arrived with his hand out in Washington, the quid pro quo of course being the propping up of his regime for the propping up of the Lie of the Goodness of the Afghan War, Sergeant Bergdahl was tossed to the crowd.

New Afghan Government Can Change the Fate of Country's Most Vulnerable

Sultana Hakimi | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Sultana Hakimi

Programs and services to care for and educate vulnerable children need the unanimous support of a government that understands the long-term benefits of doing so.

Afghan Presidential Rivals Finally Make A Deal

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

(Adds detail on results dispute, quotes, background) By Kay Johnson and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The r...

Afghanistan's Election Becomes a Farce -- And a US Policy Disaster

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when Afghanistan's presidential election became a complete absurdity.

Where Are the Afghan Women?

Mahbouba Seraj | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Mahbouba Seraj

Now, nearing the end of the fourth month of the slow-rolling wreck of this "democratic" Afghan presidential election, we Afghan women have lost our ability to speak. This is not what we women have worked for or voted for or dreamed of, and if we could raise our voices once again, we would not call this "democracy."

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

William Bradley | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics?

Electing Afghanistan's New President

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

It is 2014 and it is election time in Afghanistan once again. Karzai cannot be a candidate again under the constitutional provisions. The contest now largely hinges between Abdullah Abdullah and Abdul Ghani, both of whom are well-known in Afghanistan.

Afghan Presidential Election Takes Dangerous Turn

Sam Schneider | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Sam Schneider

Afghanistan's presidential election has taken a turn for the worst. Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced his decision to boycott the national election commission and demand the vote-counting process be brought to a grinding halt.

David McCabe

Afghan Presidential Candidate Has Concerns About Bowe Bergdahl Swap

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the men vying to become Afghanistan's next president said Thursday he was worried that the five Taliban detainees swapped for U.S...

Fact Checking the Bergdahl Affair

Janet Ritz | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Janet Ritz

It's a terrible precedent for Bergdahl's family to receive threats. Why hasn't the noise machine that put out those false translations been forced to issue a retraction?

Success of Afghan Election Hinges on Credibility Among Afghans

Sam Schneider | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Sam Schneider

The candidates must accept the final results of the runoff, and remain open to working together in the next government. If the loser feeds a frenzy of public opposition, it could lay the groundwork for something like the civil war that tore the country apart and opened the door to Taliban rule in the 1990s.

Is This Afghanistan's Next President?

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

KABUL, April 20 (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest...

General Elections in Afghanistan - Possible Portents

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

Unless something really untoward happens, the recent election will be the precursor of a peaceful transfer of power in modern Afghan history, which has had its share of coups and assassinations.

Time to Leave Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai Gives Washington a Welcome Shove

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans have been fighting in Afghanistan for longer than the Civil War, World War I, and World War II combined. America has overstayed its welcome. It's time to go home.

Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won't Work

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

What's needed is an inclusive, political settlement -- with all stakeholders included -- that ends the fighting and stops the region from meddling, something we missed the mark on years ago. Until we do that, any Afghan security deal will remain elusive.

No Immunity for US Troops: Why Hamid Karzai Punted to Loya Jirga

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Immunity for U.S. troops post-2014 isn't going to happen. It's a political non-starter. No Afghan presidential candidate, queuing for the April 2014 elections, can support it, nor do the Afghan people want immunity for foreign troops.

In Afghanistan, Between Plague and Cholera, There's Dr. Abdullah

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.13.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Admit that Afghanistan cannot be reduced to a desperate confrontation between the Taliban and Karzai's regime. The democratic opposition to both of them -- Abdullah Abdullah -- who, during the blatantly fraudulent elections of 2009, managed nonetheless to garner over 30% of the ballots cast.

Kamikaze Karzai

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Hamid Karzai is alienating the very international community on which he is so dependent. To push the historical analogies to the extreme, Karzai seems to be fiddling while Kabul is burning.

After the Afghan Summit: Five Key Things To Know About Obama's Problematic Plans

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The bottom line in Afghanistan is that clearly, some major elements of the Obama strategy are not adding up. And some things that are working may simply be unsustainable.