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Pieces of Afghan Peace

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Contrary to the principle of reconciliation, during the last decade the government's efforts have not resembled negotiations, but an offer of surrender and the Taliban declared that they will not give up, surrender, and accept imprisonment - rather, they will continue their resistance.

Taliban Announce Their Spring Offensive In Afghanistan

AP | LYNNE O'DONNELL | Posted 04.22.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said Wednesday their spring offensive in Afghanistan will begin this week, the first time the insurgents' annu...

Pakistan's Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

Aparna Pande | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation.

Afghan Officials: ISIS Operating In South

AP | LYNNE O'DONNELL | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials confirmed for the first time Monday that the extremist Islamic State group is active in the south...

Five Middle East Predictions for 2015

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Only a fool offers longer term predictions about the Middle East. I offer the following shorter term predictions about the Middle East for 2015.

Uh-oh in Afghanistan

David Wood | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
David Wood

Apparently it wasn't Napoleon who said an army travels on its stomach. But surely the necessity of providing appropriate gear, food, water and other basics to troops was clear after his troops, freezing and dropping from starvation, staggered in retreat after the disastrous 1812 invasion of Russia. Of the 680,000 men Bonaparte took with him, fewer than 100,000 returned. Perhaps nothing that dramatic is about to happen in Afghanistan. But the warning signs of impending trouble are clear: the $57 billion U.S. investment in Afghanistan's security forces is at risk because the Afghans cannot supply, or resupply their troops, can't prevent their weapons and vehicles from breaking down and can't fix them when they do.

Angry Afghan President Vows Security Shake-Up After Taliban Attacks Surge

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

By Frank Jack Daniel and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani vowed to shake up security i...

A Look at the Essential Navy SEAL Books of the Global War on Terrorism

Scott DiMarco | Posted 02.08.2015 | Books
Scott DiMarco

With the latest news about controversies of Navy SEAL Mark Owen writing a book about killing Osama bin Laden, and the naming of former SEALs involved in the mission, SEALs are on everyone's mind.

Taliban Raid Foreign Aid Workers' Compound In Kabul, 2 Dead

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 01.29.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban attackers armed with suicide bomb vests and assault rifles killed two people, one a foreigner, during a raid on a ...

Taliban Militants Set 200 Oil Tankers Ablaze In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

KABUL, July 5 (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just ou...

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.

The Taliban Revival

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Believing that they are actually winning the battle against the United States and regional governments, the Taliban want to be recognized as a legitimate political entity.

Attack on Karachi Airport by Violent Extremists

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

One of the unpleasant byproducts of the so-called War on Terror launched by the Bush Administration in October 2001 following 9/11 to root out al-Qaed...

Worst Effect of U.S. Afghan War

Ivan Eland | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Much of what U.S. service personnel died or were wounded for will have been lost. Although extremely tragic, however, this bad outcome may not be the worst effect of the war. That would be the destabilization of nearby Pakistan, which has 100-200 nuclear weapons and an insurgency trying to overthrow the Pakistani government.

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.

Boko Haram's Ideology Key to Violence

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Their brazen assault could act as a springboard for international engagement, not only aimed at curbing the violence, but also directed at the ideology that Boko Haram and other groups use to recruit followers, emulate each other and legitimize brutality.

What Afghanistan's Relatively Peaceful Election Tells Us About the Taliban

Michael Kugelman | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Michael Kugelman

It was a very pleasant and peaceful surprise. After weeks of relentless attacks by the Taliban many feared that Saturday's Afghan election would be a very bloody one. But did the Taliban hold back so as not to delegitimize itself?

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.

The US Is Failing Its Friends and Allies

Matt Zeller | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Matt Zeller

I was a guest in their country and they took incredible care of me. And this is how we repay them -- with continuous bureaucratic ineptitude.

Americans Souring On Obama's Afghanistan Plan

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, i...

Girls' Schools in Afghanistan Wonder 'What Tomorrow Brings'

Beth Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Beth Murphy

Their desire for education is palpable. The support from parents -- mothers and fathers --to educate their daughters is real. And the learning that is happening? That is the greatest hope for the future of all.

The Afghan Revolution You Never Heard About

Mo Scarpelli | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Mo Scarpelli

Call it a photojournalism revolution: in the last twelve years, Afghans have been able to show the unseen stories of their home country through photography unlike ever before. Frame by frame, they're working towards Afghanistan's first free press.

Official: 5 Kids Killed While Playing With Roadside Bomb

AP | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed five children and a woman after it went off as they were playing with it inside a Tali...

Afghan Soldier Opens Fire On NATO Troops

AP | MIRWAIS KHAN and DAVID RISING | Posted 09.08.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb struck a motorcycle-drawn cart carrying women and children between two villages Tuesday in western Afghanis...


AP | KATHY GANNON and KAY JOHNSON | Posted 08.19.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their m...