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

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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.

Kandahar Bursts McChrystal's Counterinsurgency Bubble (VIDEO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In case you hadn't heard, the next stop in General McChrystal's counterinsurgency plan is Kandahar, the ideological heart of the Taliban. Using the sp...

U.S. Doubles Anti-Taliban Special Forces In Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pentagon has increased its use of the military's most elite special operations teams in Afghanistan, more than doubling the number of the highly t...

Afghan Civilians Attacked By NATO Troops: Four Killed, 18 Wounded In Kandahar

AP | KATHY GANNON and NOOR KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Afghans burned tires and chanted "Death to America" after U.S. troops fired on a civilian bus near Kandahar, killing fou...

General McChrystal: Afghan War's Kandahar Operation Will Take Longer

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — Afghans have not yet rallied behind a U.S. military-led effort to push the Taliban out of the city where the insurgency began, and th...

Secretary Gates and Friends Backpedaling on Kandahar

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Defense Secretary Gates wants to extricate himself and the president from the impending P.R. disaster shaping up around the flailing Kandahar operation set for this Fall.

Obama's Big New AfPak Problems

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

A revolution in Kyrgyzstan, with all the other headaches surrounding his AfPak strategy, was approximately the last thing Barack Obama needed.

Afghanistan: Fallen Soldier's Mother Asks the Right Question

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

To be sure, Afghanistan still has a long way to go. But Afghanistan has started from such a low base that progress is substantial to locals who have experienced improvements in their lives.

Do The Dems Still Have a Chance: What the Cable News Ratings Indicate

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

I became and have remained interested in the cable news ratings because I think that they continue to indicate national political attitudes.

Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Kills 13

AP | AMIR SHAH and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A bomb concealed on a bicycle killed 13 people Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, as the Pentagon's top military officer said NATO force...


Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

If the US public looked into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities in Afghanistan, we would see ourselves as people who have paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians.

Andrew Sullivan: 'Incoherence Of Obama's Afghan Strategy Becoming Clearer By The Day'

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

Round-up of the latest AfPak news. Andrew Sullivan slams Obama's "incoherence" on Afghanistan. Earlier today, Sullivan wrote that "the incoherence o...

Red Cross Teaches First Aid To Taliban

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — The international Red Cross said Wednesday it would continue giving first aid training and kits to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, des...

The View From the Maine Woods

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Mills

On a fishing trip in the Maine woods one has the time and space, the solitude and quietude, to contemplate the world "as deliberately as Nature, and n...

Want to Buy Some Opium?

David Reidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Reidy

Afghan government must protect farmers from Taliban violence, stop participating in the drug trade, and encourage the growth of a diversity of legal crops.

U.S. Supporters In Afghanistan Targeted, Assassinated By Taliban

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- The Wolesi family was everything the American military cannot afford to lose. ... But with a dozen bullets last month, the ...

After the Afghan Summit: Five Key Things To Know About Obama's Problematic Plans

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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.

The F Word: Kabul, I Think We Have A Problem

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At least 18 are dead including six NATO officials, five of them Americans, after a suicide attack by the Taliban. That news could sound like another r...

If One Phone Call Could End the War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

In the next few days the House of Representatives is expected to debate and vote on a "privileged resolution" that would establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, U.S. Plans Next Major Offensive Into Kandahar | Anne E. Kornblut and Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Even as Marines in Afghanistan continued to fight for control of the Taliban stronghold of Marja, senior Obama administration officials said Friday th...

Hockey In Afghanistan: Desert League Provides R&R For Troops

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — "Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack!" No bombs nor rockets – just a spectator yelling during a tight game o...


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.

Kyle Wright, Romeoville Soldier, Killed In Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Army Specialist Kyle Wright was killed Wednesday as an improvised explosive device hit his Stryker vehicle in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Wright was a nat...

Kandahar, Second Afghan City, Will Be Key Focus For Troops

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A wedding was called off because international troops killed the groom. A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a p...

Wal-Mart's War Zone

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

On December 22, 2009, the third person to die this year at the hands of Wal-Mart 'loss prevention' workers breathed his last in a Dunwoody, Georgia Wal-Mart parking lot.