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String Of Bombings Kills 21 As Afghanistan Casualties Hit High In May

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 08.11.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — May was the deadliest month for Afghan civilians since the United Nations started tracking deaths in 2007, according to a r...

Crossing Bones at Zero Line

Paul Fitzgerald | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald

The stakes are perhaps as high as they have ever been for the post-Cold War United States as Senator John Kerry wades through the Central Asian quagmire in Islamabad. Ironies abound.

Pakistan Parliament Slams U.S. For Bin Laden Raid

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 07.13.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Members of Pakistan's Parliament slammed the United States on Saturday for the raid that killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden on th...

Analysts: Afghan Taliban, Al Qaeda May Rethink Ties

AP | By DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 07.04.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, some analysts are speculating that al-Qaeda and its Afghan Taliban allies could go their separ...

Gauging U.S.-Taliban Talks: An Interview With Steve Coll

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has emphasized the need for reconciliation with Taliban leaders who broke ties with al-Qaeda. But what potential problems could we see going forward?

Dienbienphu, Afghanistan

Stanley Kober | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stanley Kober

The eternal debate about Afghanistan has focused entirely on American strategy, with little interest in discussing what the Taliban strategy might be. This is a mistake.

Fear Extreme Islamists in the Arab World? Blame Washington

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Cohen

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. questioned U.S. military interventions against progressive movements in the Third World by invoki...

Amnesty Deal Lures Only 3 Percent Of Taliban In One Year

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The White House says the best chance to end the Afghanistan war is to compel low-ranking insurgents to lay down their guns, one at a time. But at the ...

No More Afghanistans

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

Afghanistan may qualify as a new "incomprehensible war." Let's not be distracted by the minutia of the latest intelligence reports and their uncertain metrics of "success."

The Richard Holbrooke Memorial Peace Talks to End the Afghan War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The uncompleted challenge of Richard Holbrooke's diplomatic career was a peace deal in Afghanistan. While being prepared for the surgery during which he died, he told his family members, "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan."

NATO's Mission Impossible: Its Effects on the Afghan Partisan Movement and on US

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Atran

The longer NATO stays in Afghanistan, the more we play into al Qaeda's hands, and the more likely that the part-time Taliban will become full-time global partisans who hit hard where we live without bungling their attacks.

Taliban Leader: We Are Winning The War

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban's shadowy leader told Afghans on Wednesday that the insurgents are winning the war and warned Americans that th...

Afghan War: Killing Reconciliation

The Nation | Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On March 26, 2009, Mullah Sahib Jan, a militant Taliban imam from the Mohammed Agha district in Afghanistan's Logar province, walked into the office o...

Is the Pentagon Deliberately "Degrading" Afghanistan's Capacity for Peace?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Since the policy of military escalation has failed, according to the U.S. government's own assessments, we should expect to see a fundamental change in policy. Right?

Talking to the Enemy: How to Turn the Taliban Against Al Qaeda

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Atran

The U.S. should turn the current shadow play about talks with the Taliban into serious negotiations. Older Taliban leaders might well drop support for Bin Laden if we were no longer there to unite them in defense of their homeland.

The Taliban Might Negotiate, Even if They Think They're Winning

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

What's generally missing from the frequent assertion, "The Taliban will not negotiate if they think they're winning" is any specific information about the Taliban that would allow us to draw this conclusion.

Taliban Insurgency Appears To Be Spreading In Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Eight Afghan police gunned down at a checkpoint. Campaign workers kidnapped. Spanish trainers shot dead on their base. A s...

Stop the Madness: The New Politics of Stunts

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Signer

In dealing with those who would yank our strings, we should reach for resiliency rather than hysteria. Politicians can ask whether terrorism should drive policy, rather than the other way around.

Why Negotiating With the Taliban Won't Work

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy White

If only communities that contain former insurgents are being rewarded with development money, we are suddenly going to find ourselves with many more fighters than we ever thought existed.

Afghan Elections: Vote For Parliament Takes Place Amidst Taliban Rockets And Bombings

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Despite Taliban rocket strikes and bombings, Afghans voted for a new parliament, the first election since a fraud-marred presidential ballot last year...

US Military Build-Up In Kandahar Will Bolster Taliban, Security Monitor Warns

The Guardian | Jon Boone in Kabul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The US military build-up in Kandahar is likely to further strengthen the hold of the Taliban over the vital southern Afghanistan city, a highly respec...

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

They may not be useful for making posters for a demonstration. But for lobbying Congressional staff or making other presentations to people not already on our side, the arguments of the Afghanistan Study Group are likely to be useful.

Election Protection in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

This Saturday, I'll be stepping off a plane in Dubai along with several dozen other Americans, on the way to Kabul for a mission to monitor elections for the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower house of Parliament.

Afghanistan's 2010 Parliamentary Elections: Bright Spot or Blood Spot?

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Afghans courageous enough to go out and vote on September 18 certainly have my respect, but for U.S. officials and policymakers, there are multiple delegitimizing issues that should be cause for concern.

U.S. Sets Sights On Taliban's Birthplace

AP | DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HOWZ-E-MADAD, Afghanistan — As Lt. Col. Peter N. Benchoff prepares for an assault next month into the birthplace of the Taliban, he doesn't suga...