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AfPak News, June 2: U.N. Official Says U.S. Should End Drone Attacks In Pakistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Afghan police not up to the job in Marjah. The poor performance of an elite cadre of officers deployed to Marjah has cast doubt on the Afghan police's...

What's Wrong with Our Afghan War: the Indian Perspective

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

The dirty little secret of the US drone war in Afghanistan is that the civilian "kill rate" is worse in the Obama "surge" than it was in the bad old B...

Andrew Sullivan: 'Incoherence Of Obama's Afghan Strategy Becoming Clearer By The Day'

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Round-up of the latest AfPak news. Andrew Sullivan slams Obama's "incoherence" on Afghanistan. Earlier today, Sullivan wrote that "the incoherence o...

Checking in on Afghan Peace Talks

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Doug Sarro

Hamid Karzai has expressed openness to peace talks with the Taliban. Over the next week, it will start to become clear whether he will deliver on his rhetoric. The signs so far aren't encouraging.

U.S. Night Raid In Afghanistan Elicits Outrage

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times The father's eyes reddened with tears as he hefted an English textbook that had belonged to his ninth-grade son, Hab...

After the Afghan Summit: Five Key Things To Know About Obama's Problematic Plans

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Bradley

The bottom line in Afghanistan is that clearly, some major elements of the Obama strategy are not adding up. And some things that are working may simply be unsustainable.

We Fought the War and the War Won: Will We Let It Win Again?

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

It was seven years ago that I found myself running the wrong way up Sixth Avenue with my high school sweetheart. Through the rain we ran, with peace on our lips. New York's Finest were running after us, as they had a way of doing with pesky antiwar protesters.

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Iran Accused Of Arming The Taliban With Explosives | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Allied Forces Face 40 Attacks Every Day In Afghanistan

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

British troops in Afghanistan are coming under the fiercest and most sustained assault since the start of the conflict nine years ago, with coalition ...

The Obama-Karzai Summit: A Whole Lotta Nuthin'

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Doug Sarro

The much-heralded four-day visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the United States was a bust. Far from a new beginning, all this week's Obama-Karzai summit delivered was more of the same: renewed American commitments repaid with empty rhetoric from the Afghan president.

US Troops Carrying Out 'Battlefield Executions' In Afghanistan, Seymour Hersh Says (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says that US forces in Afghanistan are carrying out what he referred to as "battlefield executions" of prisoner...

Pakistan: No Evidence Pakistani Taliban Linked To Shahzad

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

No evidence Pakistan Taliban linked to Times Square bomber, Pakistan government says. Pakistani officials say Washington is exploiting the NYC bomb pl...

'Second Jail' At Bagram Airbase In Afghanistan Confirmed By Red Cross

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BB...

Obama Admin To Try To 'Bite Its Tongue' During Karzai Visit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

(AP) WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai will spend four days in Washington starting Monday selling Americans on the notion that his country is...

Pentagon Doubts Grow On McChrystal War Plan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service WASHINGTON, May 10, 2010 (IPS) - Although Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's plan for wresting the Afghan provinces ...

Majority Of Americans Think Afghanistan 'Not Worth It,' Poll Finds

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Majority of Americans think Afghanistan "not worth it." According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, only 44% of Americans believe the Afghan war...

Drone Attack Report: 1 in 3 Killed By Drones In Pakistan Is A Civilian

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A new report from the New America Foundation states that one of every three people killed in the U.S.'s not-so-secret drone war in Pakistan is a civil...

Do Civilians Count? Vietnam and AfPak

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The latest twist in our dubious 'war on terror' is that we aren't killing enough civilians. This is the conclusion of several analyses that find restrictions on military operations hobbling our mission.

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Roger Ailes Pans Afghan War (VIDEO) | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Twilight on the Tigris

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Brenner

The unpalatable truth for the promoters of the 'New Dawn' over the Tigris are that Iranian influence has eclipsed that of the United States, a fact of life regardless of whether we have 130,000 troops on the ground or 13.

A Hundred Years of War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joseph A. Palermo

Drone attacks are terrorism too. Killing entire families, including women and children, in the "border" areas of the "AF-PAK" theater to hit one "militant" or "extremist," without charge or trial, repeated countless times.

In Harsh Times, Pakistanis Seek Comfort On Facebook

Pia Sawhney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pia Sawhney

While the nation's news media has been prohibited from reporting extensively on military exercises in Swat and Buner districts, on Facebook, questions and concerns crop up swiftly.

Light at the End of the Afghan Tunnel?

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen Schlesinger

Obama's policy in Afghanistan, subject to so much controversy at home and abroad, seems to have found considerable traction. Is the U.S. military finally reversing the Taliban gains?

Is the United States Gearing Up to Go Into Pakistan?

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ali A. Rizvi

While it may be too early to tell whether Obama will follow through on his 2007 campaign pledge, it does seem like his administration is setting the stage.

Afghanistan: Obama's Fantasy Island

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Brenner

Obama will do the predictable next week and sign on to plans for an expanded American commitment in Afghanistan. In truth, he could not do otherwise -- for three reasons.