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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 01.15.2015 | 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...

U.S., Afghanistan Near Agreement On Post 2014 Strategy

Posted 07.31.2013 | World

The United States and Afghanistan have reportedly moved closer to a bilateral agreement that spells out the presence of American forces in the country...

Afghans Poised To Take Security Lead From U.S., NATO

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — One of the most significant turning points in one of America's longest and costliest wars is imminent: Afghanistan's fl...

The Latest U.S. Failure In Afghanistan | Posted 05.06.2013 | World

Last week, the federal Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), examined a pair of hospitals the U.S. Agency for Internationa...

Coalition Mistakenly Reported Drop In Taliban Attacks

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.28.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its claim that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, taci...

Obama: U.S. Mission In Afghanistan To Shift To Supporting Role

AP | Posted 01.11.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. role in Afghanistan will shift to a support role later this spring and he will soon get recommendat...

David Wood

Petraeus-Allen Scandal Shakes Military's Faith In 'Do the Right Thing' | David Wood | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the chaos and heat and noise of combat, weapons and ammo and manpower are all important -- but one critical intangible is trust. ...