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Afghan Officials Report Major Gains In Kunduz After Push By Taliban

Reuters | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.04.2016 | World

KABUL, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Afghan forces regained control of most of the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday amid sporadic fighting, officials said, as q...

Taliban Fighters Enter Northern Afghan City Of Kunduz

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 10.03.2016 | World

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Afghan forces fought to regain control of the northern city of Kunduz on Monday after Taliban fighters pushed i...

Putting a Price on a Human Life

Mark Gerzon | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Mark Gerzon

How much is one human life worth? The answer, if you are an American inside the borders of our country, seems to be in the range of $6 million. The family of the 12-year-old shot by police in Cleveland, Tamir Rice, was awarded $6 million.

Did The U.S. Army Deliberately Bomb This Hospital In Afghanistan?

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 05.17.2016 | World

For the last hour, the American gunship had been circling high above the city, carefully observing its target with night-­vision sensors and waiting ...

Enough! It's Time for the UN to Stop the Attacks on Hospitals

Joanne Liu | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Joanne Liu

We will not leave patients behind. And we will not be silent. Seeking or providing health care must not be a death sentence. You will be judged not on your words today, but on your actions. Your work has only begun. Make this resolution save lives.

U.S. Military Investigates And Finds Itself Not Guilty Of War Crimes In Afghan Hospital Bombing

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said on Friday that its attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October was not a war cri...

MSF Surgeon Recalls Kunduz Strike: 'I Didn’t Need Convincing That I Was Going To Die That Night'

Doctors Without Borders | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.06.2016 | World

On October 3 2015, MSF’s trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was destroyed by precise and repeated U.S. airstrikes. The attack killed 42 people,...

Afghans Haunted By U.S. Strikes On MSF Hospital Want The Truth, Not Money And Apologies

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.31.2016 | World

PARWAN, Afghanistan -- A bullet through the head didn’t kill 9-year-old Amina. Her father, Abdel Qadir, had managed to carry her limp body to the tr...

Civilian Casualties Hit Record High In Afghanistan

Reuters | Braden Goyette | Posted 02.14.2016 | World

KABUL (Reuters) - Civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across t...

With Attacks in Afghanistan and India, Pakistan Must Get Serious About Terrorism

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Mohammad Taqi

The anti-Soviet mujahideen of the 1980s morphing into Taliban and Al Qaeda in the 1990s and now mutating into the virulent ISIS becomes possible when there is a continued demand for their lethal product. Pakistan's consistent use of jihadism as a tool of statecraft and foreign policy over the past four decades has created a jihadist ecosystem which would require much more than tactical measures like the military operations it has undertaken so far.

Afghanistan 2015: The Future of the Taliban

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

If the United States and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, it is very likely that Russia will return to its traditional role as the Afghan government's principal sponsor. Already, the Kabul government has asked Moscow for additional military aid and Moscow has agreed to sell Afghanistan an unknown number of Mi-35 attack helicopters.

The Danger of Care

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

Here in Kabul, I've been with fellow activists to see Khalid Ahmad, aged 20, who survived the U.S.'s October 3 attack on the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

The Key to Reviving an Afghan Peace Process May Just Be the Taliban

Marvin G. Weinbaum | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Marvin G. Weinbaum

While relatively few Afghans are anxious to see the Taliban's return, many seem willing to believe their promises to govern differently than in the past. Incidents like the strike on Kunduz's Doctors Without Borders hospital by American gunships can also serve to channel anger against a Kabul regime reliant on foreign troops.

Doctors Without Borders Staff Shot While Fleeing Kunduz Hospital, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

The medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders released its internal report on Thursday about the October attack on its hospital in Kun...

Killing Blind

Kathy Kelly | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

We ought not to be blinded by media theater, or by habits of dismissing the doubts, and even the deaths, of countless people just like ourselves, overseas, whenever our government offers us its unsubstantiated explanations, its sincere good will, its apologies.

House Democrats Call For Independent Investigation Into Kunduz Hospital Bombing

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There is growing momentum among House Democrats pushing for an independent investigation into the U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Bord...

Witnesses' Recollection Of Kunduz Hospital Attack Contradicts Official Statements

The Guardian | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Doctors at the Kunduz hospital were meant to be catching up on their sleep in an underground bunker, but after five days of raging battles the wards w...

Collateral Damage in Afghanistan: America's Soul

Jeff Faux | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Our presumed good intentions allow us to rationalize destroyed hospitals, pulverized houses and children's corpses as preventable accidents, so long as we promise to try real hard to avoid such errors during the next blitz.

Too Old for Outrage? My Reaction to the Hospital Bombing in Afghanistan

Jack Levison | Posted 10.16.2016 | Religion
Jack Levison

What can I do to express my outrage for the patients who burned in their beds and the doctors and nurses and staff who died practicing medicine in a town I'd never even heard of before last week?

The U.S. Investigation Into The Kunduz Hospital Bombing Is Off To A Rough Start

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 10.16.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- An American armored vehicle on Thursday barged unannounced into the wreckage of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan that...

The Fog of Intelligence

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.15.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

CENTCOM, one of six U.S. military commands that divide the planet up like a pie, has at least 1,500 intelligence analysts all to itself. The question remains: If data almost beyond imagining flows into CENTCOM, what are those 1,500 analysts actually doing?

Inside The Doctors Without Borders Hospital In Kunduz

Foreign Policy | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | World

KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN — IN THE MUTED LIGHT OF A HAZY AFTERNOON, the compound was silent. The graying walls of the outer gates, streaked with vertical ...

Taliban Withdraws From Kunduz As Clashes Intensify

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.13.2015 | World

The Taliban said they were pulling back in the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday in order to protect civilians, but fighting continued elsewhere in t...

On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq. Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan. Together, these setbacks have rendered a verdict on the now more-or-less nameless Global War on Terrorism.

Pentagon Says U.S. To Make Payments To Families Of Kunduz Air Strike Victims

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense will seek to make "condolence payments" to families of victims of a U.S. air strike that...