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Afghanistan Withdrawal

Afghanistan 'After' the American War

Ann Jones | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Ann Jones

Ten months ago, on December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America's very long war in Afghanistan. President Obama called that day "a milestone for our country." That was then. This is now.

Bernie Sanders Supports Keeping Troops In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that he supports President Barack Obama's decision to keep troops in Afghanistan, prolongi...

Obama Says More Troops Will Stay In Afghanistan

AP | Sam Levine | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

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Report: Obama Flips On Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

AP | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administ...

Report: U.S. To Keep More Troops In Afghanistan Than Planned

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) - The United States has abandoned plans to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, the A...

New U.S. Defense Chief: Withdrawal From Afghanistan Under Review

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

(Adds comments from U.S. general, details) By Phil Stewart KABUL, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The United States is considering slowing a planned withdraw...

Afghan President: U.S. Should 'Re-Examine' Pullout Deadline

Reuters | Peter Cooney | Posted 01.04.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States might want to "re-examine"...

U.S. And NATO End Afghan Combat Command After 13 Years

AP | LYNNE O'DONNELL | Posted 02.07.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — American and NATO troops closed their operational command in Afghanistan on Monday, lowering flags in a ceremony to mark t...

The End of an Era

Zachary Bell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Zachary Bell

When I enlisted I wanted to fight the enemy and be as close as possible to the front lines. In March of 2008, I got exactly what I wanted on my first deployment to Garmsir, Afghanistan.

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...

Undetonated U.S. Explosives Put Afghan Children In Serious Danger

The Washington Post | Posted 04.10.2014 | World

KABUL — As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy: about 800 square miles of land littered with undetona...

The Afghan Ballet: Why Washington Doesn't Want to Leave Afghanistan

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington and Kabul have, for endless months, been performing a strange pas de deux over the issue of American withdrawal. The less Karzai complied, the more Obama administration and Pentagon officials betrayed an overwhelming need to stay.

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...

Obama and Karzai Sparring in Afghanistan

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

Karzai is reportedly making serious overtures to the Taliban, no doubt offering them a power-sharing agreement. Whether he will be successful in achieving this in the waning days of his presidency remains an open question.

Gates Memoirs Illustrate How Militaristic the U.S. Has Become

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

If Biden was wrong about advocating a rapid U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (and Iraq) and Obama was wrong in adopting the Afghan escalation without believing it, then the only viable option left was evidently escalating and being excited about it.

U.S.-India Relations Will Endure Despite the Khobragade Controversy

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

If recent headlines are to be believed, the arrest and alleged mistreatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade on December 12 in Manhattan have triggered an unprecedented deterioration in bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.

America's Million Dollar Afghan Scrap Yard

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 11.06.2013 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The withdrawing U.S. military is destroying most of the equipment it is leaving behind in Afgh...

Amanda Terkel

Afghanistan Withdrawal Puts Programs For Women And Girls At Risk | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, it will be increasingly difficult to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars intended f...

A Fresh Start For U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.23.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

As President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in Washington today, American officials have struck a positive tone ahead of their talks.

The War for Drugs -- Afghanistan 12 Years Later

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Our second longest war has already played Houdini, doing a remarkable disappearing job in "the homeland." Almost 12 years after it began, no one here, it seems, is considering how to assess American "success" on that distant battlefield.

The Forgotten War

Ann Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now? If history is any guide, the answer is yes. And if history is any guide, three decades from now most Americans will have only the haziest idea why.

Karzai: No Rush For Afghan Security Deal

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 11.17.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president said Tuesday that he was in no rush to sign a security deal with the United States, once again dash...

U.S., Afghanistan Near Agreement On Post 2014 Strategy

Posted 07.31.2013 | World

The United States and Afghanistan have reportedly moved closer to a bilateral agreement that spells out the presence of American forces in the country...

War and the Afghan Shepherd

Ward Carroll | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Ward Carroll

My clearest view of the war and how it might turn out came during my days in Paktika Province near the border with Pakistan when I was embedded with elements of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

'Afghans Want Us To Stay'

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2013 | World

By Phil Stewart and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - The United States is unlikely to be forced into a "zero option" o...