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INTERACTIVE MAP: Where Are Troops Stationed In Afghanistan?

Posted 12.06.2011 | World

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks on the twin tower...

Night Raids: For Afghan Civilians, the Costs May Outweigh the Benefits

Erica Gaston | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

While individual night raids are unquestionably effective at getting insurgent leaders, the larger costs of night raids may outweigh the benefits.

Security Jitters in Afghanistan

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Afghan and NATO forces ended a 24-hour attack by militants on the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in what has been a secure district in Kabul, raising new concerns about Afghanistan's security.

Taking Responsibility for Torture in Afghanistan

Chris Rogers | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

There are no easy solutions to the detention dilemmas of international forces in a country where torture by the host government is widespread.

Clear and Present Danger: The Haqqani Network

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Will troop withdrawal leave a vacuum rapidly filled by the march of the Haqqani network?

Change in Taliban Tactics Not a Result of Pressure

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

The recent attacks on security establishments reveal Taliban's strategic thinking and inclination to undertake projects that take time and cultivation.

The Last Fighting Season

Global Post | Charles M. Sennott | Posted 06.27.2011 | World

KABUL -- The snows of the Hindu Kush have melted and the poppy harvest is winding down. That means Afghanistan's "fighting season" is about to begi...

David Wood

Battered and Bloodied, But U.S, Taliban Not Ready For Peace Talks

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 06.14.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As the Afghan war’s 10th fighting season gets underway, both U.S.-led troops and Taliban insurgents are battered and bloodied. Militar...

Petraeus Is Focusing on the Wrong Body Count in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Instead of focusing on metrics that matter, U.S. officials have decided to trumpet enemy body count. Apparently, the number of dead insurgents, not civilians, is now the barometer for determining the campaign's efficacy.

The Failure of Iran's Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

The real extent of damage from the Iranian fuel blockade on ordinary Afghans is not fully clear yet, but protests across Afghanistan are an indicator that many people are feeling the pinch.

Petraeus and Co. Can't Keep Their Spin Straight on the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The spin by the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force reeks of desperation, and for good reason: The pushers of President Obama's escalations of the war over-promised and under-delivered.

Why Negotiating With the Taliban Won't Work

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy White

If only communities that contain former insurgents are being rewarded with development money, we are suddenly going to find ourselves with many more fighters than we ever thought existed.

Negotiating Afghan Peace : Pros and Cons Outlined

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

That elections in Afghanistan were possible at all is an achievement on the very slow and torturous road to solving the knots of problems and disasters that the coalition forces face.

Afghanistan Is More Dangerous Despite Troop Surge, Say Aid Groups

New York Times | ROD NORDLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Even as more American troops flow into the country, Afghanistan is more dangerous than it has ever been during this war, with security deteriorating i...

Petraeus' Oily Spin About Progress in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

There is virtually no data that shows strategically significant security "progress" in Afghanistan since the start of the latest escalation.

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what NATO forces repeatedly denied: U.S. an...

The Real Story of Afghanistan Remains Untold

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

As the American public continues to get weary of the Afghan War, and every day brings a new depressing development, our hearts -- the hearts of us Afghans -- are broken ever so slightly.

Pakistan's Generals Really, Really "Heart" the Afghan Taliban

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Given frequent Pakistan denials coupled with administration claims that it has confidence that Pakistan's national security chiefs are "with us" and "not with them" -- the latest evidence, if true, is clarifying and troubling.

Afghan National Police Filmed by 82nd Airborne: Pot Before Patrol

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

US soldiers don't feel as threatened by the drug-dazed ANP but find them "silly" and have a hard time getting them to be quiet and to focus.

Mr. Obama's Vietnam: The New Pentagon Papers

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The extraordinary WikiLeaks dump of some 91,000 classified reports into the public sphere on America's war in Afghanistan may be the game-changer in American support for a war that continues to worsen.

Plane Crash In Afghanistan: 43 On Board Pamir Airways Jet

AFP | Waheedullah Massoud | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL (AFP) -- An Afghan commercial passenger plane with 43 people on board, including six foreigners, crashed into the mountains of northern Afghanis...

Afghanistan Rights Monitor Slams Washington Spin About "Progress" in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If you can't protect the population generally, from the perspective of COIN doctrine, you lose. If you lack a legitimate host nation government as a partner, you lose. And guess what? According to that doctrine the United States is losing. Badly.

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.

Keeping a Piece of McChrystal in Afghanistan

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

No matter his diplomatic wrongs, there is one piece of him we need to keep in Afghanistan: his emphasis on civilian protection.

Our Afghan Victims Have Faces

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

I spoke with a man who lost a cousin and a future daughter-in-law during that awful special forces night raid. Hearing the story from a person who was there really drives home the necessity of ending this brutal, costly war.