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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.

Recent News From Afghanistan Is Grim but All Is Not Lost. 5 Steps We Should Take

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

The deaths earlier this week of six brave U.S. soldiers has shown a spotlight on the worrisome situation in Afghanistan -- but we still have cards to play. By taking an international, interagency and private-public approach to the significant challenges, we have our best chance at creating an imperfect but reasonably successful outcome.

Afghan Government Says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

AP/The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

The Afghan government confirmed on Wednesday it has credible information indicating that Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in April 2013 in Pakist...

American Killed In Attack Against Afghan Guesthouse

AP | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan president on Thursday condemned the Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse the previous night that killed 14 peopl...

The Great Game in Afghanistan (A 21st-Century Update)

Dilip Hiro | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Dilip Hiro

Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own.

Ali Watkins

With Speech To Congress, Afghan President Takes On Massive Expectations | Ali Watkins | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, Ashraf Ghani came to Capitol Hill with a mission: After a decade of tumult between Washington and Kabul, he needed...

Ali Watkins

The Biggest Check On U.S. Investment In Afghanistan Just Got Classified | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new NATO mission in Afghanistan has classified its assessments of how more than $60 billion in U.S. aid is being used to bolster the...

Winning the Battle, Losing the War

David Wood | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
David Wood

Every few days, the headquarters of the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State militias issues a communique on how the war is going. Monday's report said 27 coalition air attacks on Sunday andMonday struck nine vehicles 12 troop units, 10 fighting positions (foxholes), 10 buildings, an oil refinery, a rocket launcher, three boats and a tank, among other targets. The attacks are framed as progress in the fight against extremism and terrorism, although it's difficult to make that link in the aftermath of the violence in France. What we do know, from 13 years of painful experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, is that one-sided accounts of combat strikes don't necessarily reflect a war that's being won.

U.S. Formally Ends War In Afghanistan

AP | LYNNE O'DONNELL | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowerin...

Angry Afghan President Vows Security Shake-Up After Taliban Attacks Surge

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

By Frank Jack Daniel and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani vowed to shake up security i...

Afghanistan: A Similar Pattern of Military Incompetence

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Sending the military to war should only be done in the most dire cases of national security. Military restraint was the founders' vision, but we have drifted far from it into a militaristic society in constant war.

REPORT: Obama Secretly Expanded Military Mission In Afghanistan

The New York Times | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

President Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally pla...

U.S. Marines End Afghan Operations, Prepare Withdrawal

Reuters | By Kay Johnson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The last U.S. Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their ope...

U.S., Afghanistan Sign Long-Awaited Security Deal

AP | Posted 11.30.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the...

Kathleen Miles

America, Don't Repeat Your Iraq Mistake In Afghanistan, Indian Prime Minister Modi Says | Kathleen Miles | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday that the U.S. should not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan as quickly as it did from Ir...

Afghanistan To Sign U.S. Security Agreement, Adviser Says

AP | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American so...

REPORT: Major Cut May Be Coming To U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics

By Missy Ryan and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, April 21(Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 ...

Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Says Al-Qaida In 'Survival Mode'

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says al-Qaida is in "survival mode," but that if all international forces left this year, th...

Can We Afford Another Failed State in Afghanistan? Beyond the 2014 Drawdown

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

In the annals of U.S. foreign policy, Afghanistan stands as a typical case where a flawed military strategy has sidelined viable political solutions. Washington incentivized war through perks and privileges, and four-star promotions and undermined peace efforts. The U.S. has had a war strategy, but no political strategy or a clear exit strategy.

Obama Is So Done With Karzai

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. tro...

U.S. And Afghanistan Appear Farther From Security Deal

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Jessica Donati and Mark Felsenthal KABUL/WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Afghanistan and the United States appeared even farther fro...

U.S. And Afghanistan Finally Agree On Crucial Security Pact

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

KABUL, Nov 19 (Reuters) - The United States and Afghanistan have agreed a final version of a crucial security pact outlining where and how many U.S....

John Kerry, Hillary Clinton: Afghanistan Nearing Turning Point

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, say Afghanistan is reaching a turning point that will b...

U.S.-Funded Afghan Hospital Spends $500 Per Gallon On Fuel

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.24.2013 | World

A US-funded project to build a hospital in Afghanistan paid $500 a gallon for fuel instead of a market rate of $5, a watchdog said Wednesday in a damn...

The 2 Issues Threatening To Derail The Afghan Security Pact

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2013 | World

By Dylan Welch and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A U.S. bid to run unilateral counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan aft...