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Administration Should Speed, Not Slow, Military Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.05.2015 | 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."

Suicide Bombers Attack Buses Carrying Afghan Army Troops, Killing 7

Posted 10.01.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers in the Afghan capital targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops on Wednesday, killing seven and w...

NATO Airstrike Kills 5 Afghan Soldiers: Officials

AP | KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 03.06.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An early morning NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday, the coali...

This 20 Minute Film Could Change Your Mind About Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts

“They have gardens everywhere,” says filmmaker Brenda Dorne. She’s enthusing about an unlikely subject: the Afghan National Army, soon to be the...

Afghan Forces Not Worried About U.S. Departure

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

In traditional insurgent hotbeds such as Zormat, dominated by the fiercely independent Mansur tribe and flooded with insurgents from Pakistan, this means that Afghan government forces have to adopt flexible strategies in dealing with the enemy if they are to channel their resources.

Afghanistan - Diplomatic Resuscitation Followed by A Large Dose of Medicinal Political Union...

Michael Kay | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Kay

Twelve years later, the mission is very different in Afghanistan, and the threats have metastasized like a cancer.

How to Win in Afghanistan: Part 2 -- Adequately Train the Afghan Security Forces

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Matt Zeller

Without strong and effective Afghan security forces, the Karzai government will not stand a chance against a resurgent Taliban.

Hundreds Of Afghan Soldiers Detained, Fired

Reuters | Mirwais Harooni | Posted 11.04.2012 | World

(Adds comments by Allen, phone call by Rasmussen) * Kabul acts on evidence or suspicion of links to militants * Afghan t...

Joshua Hersh

Ryan Crocker: Cases Of Afghans Killing NATO Military Counterparts Can Be 'Personal' | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.25.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker confirmed that he would be stepping down from his post at some po...

Afghan Commanders Show New Defiance When Dealing With Americans

Posted 07.11.2012 | World

KABUL --Afghan commanders have refused more than a dozen times within the past two months to act on U.S. intelligence regarding high-level insurgents,...

Man In Afghan Uniform Kills NATO Service Member

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 06.26.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier fatally shot an American service member and a local interpreter in southern Afghanistan, officials said T...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan Green-On-Blue Attacks: Minister Of Defense Announces New Measures | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.12.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The government of Afghanistan has begun to take a series of enhanced measures to prevent the killing of NATO soldiers by Afghan forces, ...

Building Bridges by Breaking Bread in Afghanistan

David R. Kuhn | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
David R. Kuhn

Real progress is intangible. Break bread. Encourage. Share a kebab. Hold the line in battle. Build bridges, and truly believe that it leads us to more security. One day, U.S. soldiers may be able to come home for good, leaving a more stable Afghanistan behind.

NATO Supply Convoy Ambushed In Western Afghanistan

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 03.29.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Insurgents ambushed a NATO coalition supply convoy in a mountainous area of western Afghanistan, sparking a three-hour firefight...

Green on Blue

Ann Jones | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Ann Jones

As things stand today, as International Women's Day is celebrated around the world, women in Afghanistan contemplate the withdrawal of some American and NATO troops with both relief and fear.

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.

Dancing With the Taliban

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 03.25.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

In a tightening presidential contest, will President Sarkozy be forced to also pledge to bring French troops home this year to blunt his opponent's growing appeal?

Ambassador To Afghanistan Tries To Quell Fears About U.S. Withdrawal

AP | By DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 09.24.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- America's new top diplomat in Afghanistan sought Monday to allay the fears of the Afghan people who worry the U.S. is aband...

Afghanistan's Army In Danger Of Taliban Infiltration

The New York Times | Posted 08.28.2011 | World

For someone who had once joined an insurgent group, and whose family was tied to a top Taliban commander, Akmal had a strikingly easy path into the Af...

U.S. Pulling Back In 'Vital' Afghan Valley

The New York Times | C.J. Chivers, Alissa J. Rubin and Wesley Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- After years of fighting for control of a prominent valley in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the United States mili...

Amanda Terkel

Afghan Army Growth Hampered By Staffing Shortages | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Afghan National Army (ANA) is growing, and getting it fully staffed and trained is key to the pace of U.S. withdrawal. The internati...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Considering Major Boost To Afghan Security Forces, Armed Services Chairman Says | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is currently considering a proposal to significantly increase Afghanistan's national security forces beyond their...

Congresswoman Harman's Afghan Delusions

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Jane Harman should be ashamed that she has voted to send U.S. troops to risk their last full measure of devotion on behalf of a corrupt, illegitimate, lawless Afghan government for reasons a schoolchild could discern are fatuous.

Helicopter Crash Kills 9 NATO Service Members In Afghanistan

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A helicopter carrying international troops crashed in a rugged section of southern Afghanistan, killing nine service member...

Security in Afghanistan Crumbles as Counterinsurgency Fails

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

As President Obama's strategy review for Afghanistan commences, let's hope he's balancing the information coming to him from his happy-talking generals with some independent news reading of his own.