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Akbar Shahid Ahmed

The $60 Billion Question: Can Afghanistan Take The Taliban And ISIS On Its Own? | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- American taxpayers have spent $62.5 billion on Afghanistan's military and police forces since the U.S. invaded that country in 2001. It ...

NATO: Afghan Security Forces Dying In Record Numbers

AP | Lynne O'Donnell | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — The head of NATO said Friday that Afghan security forces are dying in record numbers because they have assumed a leading r...

Ali Watkins

Why The U.S. Can't Be Done With Afghanistan Yet | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the United States accelerating its withdrawal from Afghanistan after helping to establish a new unity government there, a congressi...

Without U.S. Assistance, Afghan Army's Death Rate Soars

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 10.03.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan army desperate for more advanced military equipment is suffering death rates 30 percent higher in the 2014 fight...

Afghan Security Forces Suffer 'Unsustainable' Death Toll Rates

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.02.2013 | World

The NATO commander in Afghanistan has warned that the current casualty rates suffered by the Afghan army and police force are "unsustainable", in an i...

Nearly 300 Afghan Security Forces Killed In A Month

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 08.31.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul early Tuesday and attacked guards with small-a...

NATO Coalition Transfers Security Responsibilities To Afghans

AP | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country's armed forces are taking over the lead for security around the country from the ...

David Wood

'We're Not Gonna Walk Backward': Panetta On Our Future In Afghanistan | David Wood | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Starting Sunday, tens of thousands of troops from the 10th Mountain, 101st Airborne and the 1st Armored Divisions will begin boarding ai...

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.

Vice Presidential Debate Highlights Why Paul Ryan Is Clueless On The Afghan War and Foreign Policy

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.12.2012 | DC
Matt Zeller

After last night's debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan has a lot to learn when it comes to foreign policy. As an Afghan War Veteran, I can unequivocally say that he hasn't a clue as to what is going on in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Avoiding a Bad Marriage

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Do we have national interest in the region? Well, yes, but that means Pakistan, not Afghanistan. There is no evidence that squatting in Afghanistan is doing anything for safeguarding Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

The Afghanistan War: Grim Milestones and Ominous Trends

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

Milestones are significant events in our personal lives, in projects and in war and peace. Generally we celebrate those milestones but sometimes they...


Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.30.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In reality, the American mission in Afghanistan failed years ago. It's as if we refused to notice, but the Afghans we were training did. Now, they are sending a message that couldn't be blunter or grimmer from that endlessly war-torn land.

Taliban Attack At Kabul Hotel Ends

Reuters | Mirwais Harooni and Samar Zwak | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

By Mirwais Harooni and Samar Zwak KABUL, June 22 (Reuters) - Elite Afghan police backed by NATO forces ended a 12-hour siege on Frida...

Taliban Website Hacked For 3rd Time In A Year

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2012 | Technology

By Rob Taylor KABUL, April 27 (Reuters) - Hackers have for the third time in less than a year crippled the main website of the Afghan ...

David Wood

Winning Or Losing In Afghanistan? Overheated Rhetoric, But Few Facts | David Wood | Posted 02.08.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- After 10 years of fighting in Afghanistan, the American public has no way to know if the United States is winning the war or not. Unl...

Afghans To Take Charge Of Security In 17 Provinces

AP | AMIR SHAH and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 12.26.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan forces could soon start taking charge of security in a wide swath of northern and western Afghanistan, but only a fe...

Taliban Declares Start Of Spring Offensive In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2011 | World

April 30, 2011 5:32:21 AM KABUL, April 30 (Reuters) - The Taliban declared the start of a spring offensive on Saturday, warning they planned to...

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

Watchdog: U.S. Risks Wasting Billions In Afghan Security Aid Given 'Inadequate Planning' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United States is at risk of wasting roughly $11.4 billion unless it comes up with a plan for constructing and maintaining nearly 900...

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...

Obama May Expand Afghan Security Forces By 70,000: US Senator

Yahoo! News | – | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama may soon announce plans to expand Afghan security forces by roughly 70,000 over current targets by year's...

Senior U.S. Commander Offers Dim Timeline For Afghan Withdrawal

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. commander on Monday wouldn't predict when Afghanistan might take control of its own security and warned that NATO nee...

Obama's Nobel Lecture: Speaking Truth From Power?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama's Nobel lecture might have showed us that the US has reached a turning point: either the national security monster we've created is going to eat us alive by bankrupting the country or we're going to have to shift course.

General David Petraeus Warns Of $10 Billion Per Year Afghan Security Cost | MARK LANDLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- America's involvement in Afghanistan could stretch on for years and cost upward of $10 billion annually just to finance an adequate Afgh...