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Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: Goodluck, Nigeria President Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigeria's ill ruler, returned home from Saudi Arabia this wee...

Suicide Bombers Strike In Heart Of Kabul

AP | AMIR SHAH and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Insurgents struck Friday at hotels in the heart of Kabul with suicide attackers and a car bomb, killing at least 16 people – half ...

Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using 'South Park' Alias

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Af...

Dances With Devils: Pakistan and the Taliban

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

Not only does Pakistan want to preserve its own neck, it wants to be a major player in post-war Afghanistan, and if working with the U.S. to rein in the Taliban is what it takes to accomplish that, then that is the I.S.I.'s new mission.

Oasis and Mirage: Fulfilling the Promise of Cairo

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

From the Emir of Qatar to the Prime Minister of Turkey, the message to Secretary Clinton was that renewed momentum in the Arab-Israeli peace process was crucial to reverse the slide in the president's credibility throughout the Muslim world.

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...

Dollars for Death, Pennies for Life

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

There is no shortage of bombs in Afghanistan, but there is a lethal shortage of tents in Haiti. The rainy season is fast approaching, with serious dangers of typhoid and dysentery.

Suicide Bomber Attacks US Base In Afghanistan, 5 American Wounded

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan border policeman's uniform blew himself up Thursday at a U.S. base near the Pakistani frontier, wound...

Operation Moshtarak Set: Civilian Casualties 'Inevitable' In US, NATO Offensive In Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Military officials say that civilian casualties in Marjah, Afghanistan are "inevitable" as U.S. and allied forces launch Operation Moshtarak, the larg...

Afghanistan Avalanches Kill 157 People

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Helicopters ferried rescuers to and bodies away from the site of massive avalanches that blocked an important mountain pass north of Kab...

Blackwater, Now Xe, Vying For $1 Billion Contract To Train Afghan National Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Blackwater Worldwide's legal woes haven't dimmed the company's prospects in Afghanistan, where it's a contender to be a key part of President Barack ...

Women For Sale in Afghanistan

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heidi Kingstone

Women have become a commodity in parts of Afghanistan. They can be sold multiple times, kept in rooms, and raped. They are trafficked from Kunduz to Herat, Jalalabad to Kabul, and to other points.

Biggest Afghanistan Battle Looms

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — U.S. troops and their Afghan and NATO allies are planning their biggest joint offensive since the Afghan war's s...

What a Difference Two Months Makes As the Fate of Obama's Presidency Plays Out Far From Washington

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

While all the attention was on Obama's State of the Union address, an event of far greater relevance to the fate of his presidency played out not in Washington, but in London.

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 ...


Heidi Kingstone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heidi Kingstone

We seem to wake up each day and think we have the very complex situation figured out, but that quickly changes. Neither Afghans nor ex-pats can read the runes; there is a darker sense overhanging everything.

New US Air Strategy In Afghanistan: First, Do No Harm

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Six months after Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S commander in Afghanistan, issued a tactical directive urging troops to walk away from a fig...

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

Is al-Qaeda Winning?

Marwan Bishara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marwan Bishara

What does it say about Washington's ''War on Terror'' that a dozen and a half people with paper cutters forced hundreds of thousands of Western troops into the battlefields of the "greater Middle East" region?

Video Of Car Bomb Blast In Kabul

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) -- Taliban militants wearing explosives vests launched a brazen assault on the heart of Kabul on Monday, as suicide bombings and gunbattles near ...

Taliban Attack: Afghanistan Capital Under Assault

AP | ROBERT H. REID and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Taliban militants wearing explosive vests launched a brazen daylight assault Monday on the center of Kabul, with suicide bombings and gu...

Hamid Karzai Sworn In For Second 5-Year Term As Afghan President

AP | KATHY GANNON and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — For his critics, President Hamid Karzai's inaugural speech Thursday struck all the right notes – sober pledges to get tough on cor...

Afghan Election: Problems Ahead

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL -- Afghan officials would face a daunting task in organizing a runoff presidential election before the arrival of winter -- including hiring un...

Al-Qaida Showing Smaller Presence In Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Al-Qaida's role in Afghanistan has faded after eight years of war. Gone is the once-formidable network of camps and safe houses where O...

Colin Powell To Obama On Afghanistan Troop Decision: "Take Your Time"

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell reveale...