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Petraeus, Young Officers To Press For Slower Afghan Drawdown

The New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT, HELENE COOPER and DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

American military officials are building a case to minimize the planned withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan starting next summer, in an effort ...

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

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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...

Netherlands Withdraws From Afghanistan After Four Years: 1,950 Troops Head Home

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Netherlands is ending its military involvement in Afghanistan, after four years in which its 1,950 troops have won praise for their effectiveness....

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.

Afghans Accuse NATO Of Deliberate Attack On Civilians

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

Today's AfPak roundup: Taliban have killed one pro-government Afghan for each day of 2010. The insurgent group's assassination campaign against Afgha...

Grasping at 'Turning Points' in Afghanistan

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The Obama administration's credibility erodes every time it dusts off and redeploys the tired "turning point" mantra to describe a war and a strategy that continues to go from bad to worse.

Our Responsibility to Afghanistan

Dex Torricke-Barton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dex Torricke-Barton

Preparing for an era in which the Afghan government takes charge is a good thing. But as countries head for the exit, they must avoid tripping at the door.

Don't You Know There's a War On?

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Winship

Whatever it is we're trying to do in Afghanistan, it isn't working. And in continuing to fight this conflict we are not only guaranteeing the continued destruction of that faraway land but our own country as well.

Plane Crash In Afghanistan: 43 On Board Pamir Airways Jet

AFP | Waheedullah Massoud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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

A Very Hot Summer for Afghanistan

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

At around midnight on July 1, I was startled awake as the sound heavy gunfire ripped through the silence of Kabul's normally quiet Vazir Akbar Khan neighborhood. My housemates and I rushed out to see what had happened.

PHOTOS: Rachel Maddow In Afghanistan

Rachel Maddow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rachel Maddow

Editor's Note: Rachel Maddow is in Afghanistan, where she will be broadcasting "The Rachel Maddow Show" from Kabul on Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, J...

William Dalrymple: the Af-Pak Fiasco "on its last legs" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

William Dalrymple is drawing on a deep well of personal and imperial history in his stark clarification of our American comeuppance in Afghanistan. ...

After McChrystal

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama did the right thing this week in firing McChrystal. Unfortunately, the other decisions the President faces regarding Afghanistan are not as easy. It is difficult to get out of Afghanistan today, but it will be more difficult to get out tomorrow.

UK Special Envoy To Afghanistan Who Called For Taliban Talks Quits

The Guardian | Declan Walsh and Jon Boone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Britain's special envoy to Afghanistan, known for his scepticism about the western war effort and his support for peace talks with the Taliban, has st...

Village People

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Kingstone

The big decision facing any ex-pat in Kabul on any given Thursday, the start of the Afghan weekend, is what to do that night.

Afghanistan Needs A Hero: How A Unifying National Leader Can Bring Peace

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

Afghanistan needs a legitimate leader who can unify the nation -- one that is chosen by the Afghan people according to Afghan custom, as opposed to being handpicked by U.S. diplomats or as the result of fraudulent elections.

Kabul's Garbage-to-Green Man

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Virginia M. Moncrieff

You could bore everyone witless reading out a shopping list of the amenities Kabul lacks, and somewhere tucked into that endless list would be green space -- something Walid Tamim is changing.

Iran Reaps Benefits from the Afghan War

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

The U.S.'s policy setbacks provide a great gift to the Iranian clerical rulers by helping them enhance their clout and expand their international maneuvering space against the West.

Kamikaze Karzai

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Hamid Karzai is alienating the very international community on which he is so dependent. To push the historical analogies to the extreme, Karzai seems to be fiddling while Kabul is burning.

U.S. Troops Killed Afghan Women, Then Dug Bullets Out Of Their Bodies To Cover It Up

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled American Special Operations assault in ...

Unarmed and Courageous: Emergency Workers in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kathy Kelly

We in the U.S. need to show our own determination to foster the works of mercy rather than the works of war. The emergency hospital staff, unarmed and courageous, provide a fine example.

Afghans Not 'Very Hopeful' for Kabul Peace Jirga

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Abdulhadi Hairan

Both insurgent groups -- the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami -- as well as Karzai's challenger in the last presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, have explicitly said that they won't participate.

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

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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

Roshan: Cell Phone Company Helping to Change Afghanistan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Luce

Upon meeting Karim Khoja, C.E.O. of the Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd., also known as Roshan, Afghanistan's largest cell provider, I kne...

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.