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Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

U.S. Military Didn't Seek Afghan Pullout In 2017

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military commanders did not recommend that the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 201...

Obama Is No Truman On War And Peace

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

After having submitted his written recommendation to the White House concerning U.S. troops level after 2014, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. who command ...

The $34 Million Military Headquarters That No One Will Ever Use

The Washington Post | Rajiv Chandrasekaran | Posted 07.10.2013 | World

The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the to...

Marines In Afghanistan To Lose Daily Meal: Report

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics

Marines stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan will now have one less meal a day, according to a report from NBC News. The base will remove i...

Defense Minister Hopes U.S. Will Not Forget Afghanistan After Pullout

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 03.17.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's defense minister expressed optimism on Tuesday that the United States will not abandon his country after fore...

Loose Cannons in a War Zone

Calvin Chiu | Posted 03.11.2013 | Teen
Calvin Chiu

The United States must choose to build its own armed forces rather than paying others to fight.

U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Beyond 2014: Why Is the Obama Administration Considering Fewer Troops Than Asked by Gen. John Allen?

Ahmad Mohibbi | Posted 03.09.2013 | World
Ahmad Mohibbi

The Taliban vowed to continue fighting against American troops remaining in Afghanistan after 2014, demonstrating the need for larger number of U.S. troops to support the fragile Afghan security forces defend their nation and to prevent al-Qaeda gain grounds in the country.

Afghanistan Does Matter

Najib Sharifi | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
Najib Sharifi

It is understandable that the economic times are tough. But to safeguard the security and peace of the world and protect human values, the West, mainly the United States, needs to understand the profound consequences of mishandling Afghanistan's future.

U.S. Prepares to Depart but Will Aid Afghanistan Against Taliban

Ben Barber | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Ben Barber

The United States hopes that $16 billion in civilian assistance plus additional billions for military training and support for Afghan forces will prevent a collapse of the Afghan government after most U.S. and other foreign forces withdraw in 2014, a senior U.S. official said last Tuesday in Washington.

The New York Times Changes Its Position, Now Urging an Immediate Start of the Withdrawal of Our Armed Forces From Afghanistan

Ed Koch | Posted 12.15.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

In a full-page editorial this past Sunday, October 14, the New York Times publicly revealed its new position on our remaining in Afghanistan until December 2014 as proposed by the Obama administration.

Understanding the Gains and Gifts of Education in Afghanistan

Joelle Wyser-Pratte | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Joelle Wyser-Pratte

So with just 15 months until the U.S. departs Afghanistan, what can Allied forces, non-profits, the Afghan government and individual people do to ensure that the gains in education, and girls' education in particular, are not lost forever?

Max J. Rosenthal

Public Opinion Blocked On Afghan War

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

While public opinion has turned firmly against the war in Afghanistan, falling to another all-time low in an Associated Press poll on Wednesday, Repub...

A Protest of NATO From NATO Countries

Tom Hayden | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The weight of public opinion in an election year is the critical factor Obama needs to consider, and peace advocates need to amplify. There is no reason to believe that the Afghan war will disappear from the headlines between now and November.

The Situation in Afghanistan Gets Worse

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

President Obama has a lot of issues to weigh with regards to Afghanistan, but I really hope he sides with the American troops on the ground. They're now being asked by our government to provide security to a population in a mission that is no longer wanted by the democratically elected leader of that country, making their current mission untenable and unproductive. Therefore, the only conclusion he can come to is to engage U.S. forces in a mission that can be successful. And that is an immediate transition to an Advise, Train, and Assist role, on the way towards a negotiated counter-terror mission with a very limited footprint.

Quran Flap Confirms Need for Afghan Withdrawal Timetable

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The peculiar U.S. political debate this past week -- focused on an apology for an inexcusable blunder, rather than on the long-term viability of prosecuting the war -- can only be described as surreal.

WATCH: Marine In Afghanistan Sings Heartbreaking Christmas Song For His Wife

Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for U.S. troops and their families. Master Sgt. Robert Allen, a member of Marine Wing Support ...

Regional Commitment to Afghanistan Is Critical

Yerzhan Kazykhanov | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Yerzhan Kazykhanov

We believe strongly that Afghanistan now has a new opportunity to build a better future for its people. It is in the interests of all who value peace and stability that Afghanistan succeeds.

Diplomats Meet In Turkey To Discuss Afghanistan After Troop Withdrawal

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 01.01.2012 | World

ISTANBUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday appealed to Pakistan for help in the investigation of the assassination of an Afghan peace e...

The Talibanization of Central Afghanistan

Erin Fitzgerald | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Erin Fitzgerald

Recent months have witnessed a surge of Taliban activity in historically more stable regions of Afghanistan, with an increasing number of insurgent attacks taking place in the provinces surrounding Kabul.

We Need a Plan to Pull Out All U.S. Troops

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

Instead of building roads, bridges, hospitals and schools halfway around the world in Afghanistan, we should be re-directing those resources to the urgent needs of our own country.

Why We Need to Leave Afghanistan

Robert Barrett, PhD | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Robert Barrett, PhD

The current NATO-led campaign in Afghanistan has reached its ceiling of mission effectiveness. We need to welcome our troops home and provide the best support we can to Afghan citizens as they decide their future.

Afghanistan: The Debate We Should Be Having

James Zogby | Posted 08.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In a real sense, there were no surprises in the president's announcement, or in the reactions. What is troubling, however, is that the debate focused on numbers and dates and not on the war itself and what really needs to be done to end it. In this, I have problems with both sides.

The Long Goodbye

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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War Economy: The Selling of Afghanistan, 2011

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The last president's legacy was tarnished when he declared "Mission Accomplished" too soon. It would be tragic if this president declared victory too late.

Lose-Lose

Terence Smith | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Terence Smith

There was no way that President Obama could win with his speech last night on Afghanistan. His compromise drawdown -- 10,000 U.S. troops by the end ...