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Afghanistan Security

Afghan Security Woes Continue Unabated

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Abdullah Sharif

President Obama recently announced a course correction relative to the U.S. troop reduction in Afghanistan. He is now convinced that the woes of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are far from over.

First Day Of Afghan Security Takeover Marred By Deadly Wedding Attack

AP | MIRWAIS KHAN | Posted 01.01.2015 | World

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 28 people, many of them women and children, were killed when rockets fired by Afghan army soldiers hit a we...

Obama Calls Karzai, Plans To Conclude Security Pact With His Successor

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called Afghan President Hamid Karzai from Air Force One after departing Afghani...

Obama Tells Pentagon To Plan For Afghanistan Withdrawal In Warning To Karzai

AP | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

BY JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blunt warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President Barack Obama threatened on T...

Hagel Gets Reassurance On Key Afghanistan Security Deal

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting with American forces in Afghanistan amid a stubborn stand-off between the U...

Civilian Casualties Soar In Afghanistan

Reuters | Jessica Donati | Posted 09.29.2013 | World

(Refiles to expand coding; text unchanged) * Casualties in Afghanistan up by 23 percent compared to 2012:U.N. report * ...

Afghans Poised To Take Security Lead From U.S., NATO

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — One of the most significant turning points in one of America's longest and costliest wars is imminent: Afghanistan's fl...

House Leader Wants New Rules On Afghan Security

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.01.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is intent on barring private security contractors and Afghans from guarding U.S. base...

Who Will Foot The Bill For Afghanistan Security?

AP | SLOBODAN LEKIC and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.04.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — NATO's top official said Friday that the alliance expects regional powers to contribute to a multibillion dollar fund to finance the ...

Afghanistan Slow In Disbanding Private Security Firms

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 01.02.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO is pouring extra resources to set up an Afghan force to take over from private security firms after a report showed th...

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...

ICRC: Security Situation In Afghanistan Remains Alarming

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 12.04.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday that deteriorating security in Afghanistan has impeded access 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...

Afghanistan Security Deteriorates, Internal UN Maps Show

Wall Street Journal | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Internal United Nations maps show a marked deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan during this year's fighting season, countering the O...

UN: Afghan Insurgent Violence Soaring Over Last Year's Levels

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations reported Saturday that insurgent violence has risen sharply in Afghanistan over the last three months, w...

Sam Stein

US Spends Ten Times More On Afghanistan Than Airport Security | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The botched Christmas airliner attack, followed by a steady stream of alarming reports about the vulnerability of airports, has prompted questions abo...

Afghanistan UN Security Lapse Is Inexcusable: Foreign Correspondent

True/Slant | Michael Hastings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I try to avoid posts like this, weighing in with a strongly held opinion about something I have no first hand information of. The initial reports are ...

Has Kandahar Already Fallen?

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

With Taliban control present in large swaths of Afghanistan, the question is less where is this situation going, but where has it already gone? And the critical follow-up: Is there a way to turn it around?

Afghanistan Security Contracts Make Millions For Texan Couple

Mother Jones | Daniel Schulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It was March 2002, and Del and Barbara Spier were flat broke. The Texas couple, grandparents of five and owners of a small, Houston-based private inve...

In Eastern Afghanistan Roadside Bomb Kills 10 Civilians

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — One roadside bomb killed 10 civilians Wednesday in a van along a route used by foreign troops in eastern Afghanistan while another wound...

Hamid Karzai's Call For Early Election Rejected By Afghan Election Commission

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — The Afghan election commission rejected President Hamid Karzai's request to move the presidential elections to the spring, saying the co...

Afghan Road Bombings, Kidnappings Doubled In 2008, Says US Diplomat

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S.-led coalition forces killed 11 militants during an operation just outside the Afghan capital, the coalition said Wedne...