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Can Disaster Be Averted for the Women of Afghanistan?

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ida Lichter, M.D.

There is a potential catastrophe looming when foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as the central government could well sacrifice women and girls in future negotiations with the Taliban.

Motorcycle Bomb Kills 2, Wounds 15 In Afghanistan

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Georgia said Wednesday that the country has closed two of its bases in Afghanistan after 10 of its soldiers were killed by ...

Bombings Kill 20 In Afghanistan

AP | SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 01.07.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bombs and a suicide bomber killed 20 people in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said....

19 Killed By Roadside Bomb In Southern Afghanistan

AP | DEB RIECHMANN and AMIR SHAH | Posted 02.06.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The fallout from this week's deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has further splintered Afghanistan's relations with neighborin...

Move the Money Home

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

If America is going to build roads and bridges, I believe they ought to be built here, not in an unstable war zone.

Afghan Farmers Reportedly Ditch Poppies For Bees

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green

Afghan farmers are leaving their poppy harvesting days behind them in favor of a more lucrative beekeeping future, reports British Forces News. Af...

Radio-in-a-Box: Afghanistan's New Warrior-DJs (Part 2)

Sam Jacobson | Posted 09.17.2011 | World
Sam Jacobson

The Radio-in-a-Box is a source of news for the locals of Safar, a village in Helmand Province. Music was banned under Taliban rule, so listening to the radio is in a way an act of defiance against the recently departed regime.

Multiple Policemen Killed, 2 People Beheaded In Afghan Violence

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2011 | World

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, July 18 (Reuters) - Seven Afghan policemen were killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the southern city of Lashkar Gah ...

Afghan President Says He Will No Longer Allow NATO Airstrikes On Houses

AP | HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 07.31.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on house...

UK To Withdraw From Afghanistan's Helmand Province

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up. Washington's "irrational exuberance" in Afghanistan. Joshua Hammer sees a parallel between U.S. troops' ill-fated attempt to ...

Move Over Ideology, the Taliban is Now Home of the Angry Young Man

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

New research shows that rather than a zealous religious belief, anger is the main reason young men in Afghanistan join the Taliban.

Afghanistan vs. the Marines: It's a Problem

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The general, about to retire and speaking from his heart, believes that both the Marines and their equipment in Afghanistan are wearing thin, that their core competencies are being neglected

Former Bin Laden Hunter Calls Afghanistan Success 'Transitory'

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — In the capital of Afghanistan's Helmand province, Taliban roam the streets freely. Barely a mile (a kilometer) outsid...

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...

Treo, British Labrador, Wins Dickin Medal For Bomb-Sniffing

AP | RAPHAEL G. SATTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — A perky British Labrador whose bomb-sniffing exploits helped save lives in Afghanistan was decorated for canine courage in a ceremony a...

NATO Kills 27 Civilians In Afghanistan Attack, Says Afghan Cabinet

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — NATO jets mistakenly killed at least 21 people in central Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Monday, the deadliest attack on civilians i...

American HIMARS Rocket, GPS-Guided Weapon, Kills At Least 10 Civilians, 5 Children In Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The hype surrounding so-called "smart bombs" and "precision guided munitions" is one of the reasons Americans feel so free to go to war in civilian ar...

Operation Moshtarak: NATO Launches Major Afghan Offensive

Reuters | Golnar Motevalli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S.-led NATO troops launched a crucial offensive on Saturday against the Taliban's last big stronghold in Afghanistan...

Afghanistan Civilians Flee Ahead Of U.S. Military Offensive

AP | NOOR KHAN and KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Minivans piled high with mattresses and clothing lined up at checkpoints Sunday as hundreds of civilians fled a Taliban-...

3 Americans Killed In Afghanistan, NATO says

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Two U.S. service members and one U.S. employee were killed Friday in eastern Afghanistan, pushing the American death toll this month to ...

Afghan Officials: 6 Killed In Quran Protest

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Protesters claiming that international troops destroyed copies of the Quran clashed with Afghan and foreign security forces Tuesday, lea...

On AP's "Death of a Marine"

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Palmer

The American public has a right to know what our fighting men and women are doing in our name, and what is happening to them. And as citizens, we have a responsibility to look, even when it shocks and discomfits us.