First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq. Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan. Together, these setbacks have rendered a verdict on the now more-or-less nameless Global War on Terrorism.
At a news conference at the United Nations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov may have been on thin ice when he defended Russian intervention on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He pointed to the chaos that followed US targeting of other Arab autocrats like Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
All empires fail and eventually devour themselves. The U.S. empire is no different. Not repeatedly doing what has failed is the first step toward correction. How much better and cheaper it would be if years ago we became a humanitarian power -- well-received by the deprived billions in these anguished lands.
In 2004, MSF left Afghanistan entirely when three of its staffers were killed by Afghan military commanders. The group did not return for five years. It has now abandoned Kunduz because of the U.S. airstrike.
The devastation of the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan by an American AC-130 gunship is a microcosm of much that is wrong with U.S. policies across the entire region: in a couple of words -- America's allies.
When I lay down in my comfortable apartment in Budapest, Hungary, all I could see in my mind are images of babies and little children lying on the dirty floor of Budapest's railway stations, or a damp field near the border waiting for their transfer to a new, safer and better life.
The fate of women in Afghanistan has been the moral linchpin for the continued occupation by U.S. and NATO forces since the presidency of George W. Bush. But according to experts and women across the war-torn country, little has changed for women there despite upwards of $1.5 billion spent to empower women and girls.
At first glance, Rock the Kasbah seems like the typical Hollywood movie depicting Muslims: turbaned men on horseback, a girl who needs an American's help to succeed, and bombs blowing up when the plot slows in the movie. However, you would be ill-advised to pass quick judgment.
The recent bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan is reminiscent of a similar incident at the beginning of the war. On July 1, 2002, a U.S. airstrike in the town of Deh Rawood, Afghanistan killed dozens of civilians at a wedding party.
An airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan has left at least 19 people dead. Once we discover exactly what happened, will there be genuine accountability for Kunduz?
Kunduz province has seen a lot of fighting over the past few months, As district after district fell to the Taliban, there were numerous reports that the insurgents had their eye on the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital.
It's easy to take for granted the things we've never been without. If we have two healthy legs, we don't think about what it means to be able to run and walk and jump. If our lungs work well, we don't give a second thought to being able to breathe.
The people gathering at the Afghan Peace Volunteers' Borderfree Center recognize the role of war in the multiplicity of suffering of people like Jamila. One of their efforts includes a campaign that they call #Enough! - a simple yet compelling call to abolish wars and instead work to meet human needs.
The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan -- 14 years on -- are under orders to be "culturally sensitive" regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children.
Today, the Middle East is witnessing a large-scale population transfer, the third major one in the region over the last century. Religion and ethnicity play a significant role in the displacement. But ideology also has a hand in it.
The Afghans of Kunduz, one of whom killed his only lamb and fed it to my wife Feyza and me as a sign of honor and gratitude during our visit to his house, have once again been propelled back into a medieval prison camp.