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"Enough Is Enough": Brave New Foundation, TrueMajority/USAction up the Ante in Fight to End Afghanistan War

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The same day that Afghanistan became the longest war in U.S. history, NATO had its worst day for casualties this year, and we learned U.S. taxpayer dollars are ending up in the hands of the Taliban.

Caught in the Crosshairs: Legal Uncertainty over Drone Strikes Puts Civilians at Risk

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

The question most consequential for civilians is who drones can kill. While civilian casualty figures attract media, little attention is paid to who counts as a "civilian" or non-combatant.

Wikileaks Blows Whistle; Most Miss the Point

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barrett Brown

Wikileaks serves a singularly crucial role in keeping humanity informed about the doings of its institutions. It deserves far more attention that it has received.

It's Always a Bad Year to Get Out of Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

2010-06-06-soldier.jpg After 104 months of war, the last 12 of which saw the U.S. triple the number of troops in Afghanistan, attempted terror attacks against our country are at an all-time high.

U.S. and Allied Forces: We Killed Those Pregnant Afghan Women After All

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

These are not errors of "cultural understanding," as NATO spokespeople are claiming. They are intentional lies meant to allow someone to escape responsibility for killing three women, two of them pregnant.

Preparing the American Invasion of Pakistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Even as withdrawal from Iraq becomes conventional wisdom, and we continue to force Congress to end the war in Afghanistan, it's still not over. 104 months into the outrageous War on Terror, it appears we're just getting started.

Are Drone Strikes Legal? Koh Offers Assurances, Not Answers

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Following years of official silence, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh's statements on the legality of drone strikes last week were welcomed by many. But Koh failed to address serious concerns over the U.S.'s use of drones to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

The Inhumanity of War

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Bandow

Obama should be withdrawing U.S. troops, not expanding America's force presence in Afghanistan. When considering war, officials should bear in mind the Hippocratic Oath: first do no harm. We are failing to meet that obligation in Afghanistan.

NATO Tries To Silence Journalist Jerome Starkey Over Afghan Slayings (VIDEO)

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Last week, I spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surpri...

Election 2010: Media Marching Orders on Afghanistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

Congratulations media, you've had a very successful couple of weeks. Your control over the public discourse is strong. So don't blow the whole operation and have everybody actually engaged in civics -- Western Civilization would collapse.

Civilian Casualties Ignored in Pakistan

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

In Pakistan, there are no official figures on civilian casualties, and very little is known about how fighting between government forces and Taliban militants harm civilians. All available indications are that civilian casualties are significant.

Dan Froomkin

10 Things Obama Won't Tell Us (Happy Sunshine Week!) | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's very public embrace of open government -- starting on his first full day in office -- has been a welcome change from the regime of ...

State Dept Promises To Produce Legal Justification for Drone Attacks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strike...

McChrystal Reining In Special Forces In Wake Of Afghan Civilian Deaths

New York Times | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and ROD NORDLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has brought most American Special Operations forces under his direct control fo...

Rethink Afghanistan: Clinging to Guns and Counterinsurgency

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Withdrawing from Afghanistan: What's the Rest of Our Plan?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's pretty much conventional wisdom at this point that we're going to have to negotiate with the Taliban. Washington, Kabul, and Islamabad will div...

More Afghan Civilians Killed By US, NATO Forces Than Insurgents During Operation Moshtarak

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, U.S. and Allied forces have killed and injured more civilians than have the insurgents du...

Size Doesn't Matter: Missing the Point Of ISAF's Failure in Marja

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

A man in his early 30s summarized the pragmatism of many Afghanis: "If the Taliban tap me on the shoulder, I will be with them, and if the government taps me on my shoulder I will be with them."

Elections in Iraq and Escalation in Afghanistan: Paying For A "Violent Semi-Peace"

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

This weekend Iraqis turned out in the millions to vote in their 2010 parliamentary elections. By most accounts, it was a relative success. There were ...

One in Three Killed By Drones in Pakistan Is a Civilian

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

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...

Compensation for Afghan Civilians is Much More than Money

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

The bargaining and cold calculation of compensation may be unfamiliar and even unsettling to many of us. But for Afghans, it is part of their traditional culture.

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.

Breaking Down Doors in Afghanistan

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

Night raids cause deep resentment in a culture where women are generally hidden from public view and where the home is a fiercely private domain.

33 Civilians Killed by NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

On Sunday, NATO forces in Uruzgan province in Afghanistan killed more than thirty civilians, including women and children, when an airstrike was ordered on three minivans. 2010-02-23-major.jpg

NYT "Mystery" Op-Ed Calls for More Afghan Civilian Deaths

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Naiman

On Thursday the NYT made an astonishing editorial choice: it published an op-ed by an obscure author attacking Gen. McChrystal for "overemphasis on civilian protection" in air strikes carried out in Afghanistan.