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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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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. ...

Afghanistan: China Surges In

Barry Lando | Posted 09.27.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Question: How will China deal with the country that proved such an expensive and bloody disaster for both the U.S., its NATO allies -- and the U.S.S.R before them?

Panetta: Afghan Insider Attacks Cause For Concern

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 09.18.2012 | World

BEIJING -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday the U.S. is concerned about the impact insider attacks are having on its forces in Afghani...

Disturbing Rise In Afghan Militant Attacks

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 09.26.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 percent, compared to the same period last year, ac...

Toward Post-American Afghanistan

Rajan Menon | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

After what Afghans have endured, they have every right to hope that the post-American phase brings good things. That's why they will watch with interest, and trepidation, to see if Hilary Clinton promises and the pledges made at Chicago and Tokyo are kept.

Violence Spikes In Afghanistan

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 08.19.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence spiked in southern Afghanistan as militants stormed a NATO military base and attacked a police checkpoint Tuesday,...

US Troops Do 'Vampire' Shift To Avoid Snipers

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2012 | World

By Rob Taylor COMBAT OUTPOST PIRTLE-KING, Afghanistan, June 7 (Reuters) - U .S. Staff-Sergeant Joshua Danison cranes his neck to surve...

Don't Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

Joseph Gerson | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Joseph Gerson

As the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, misplaced paranoia is striking deep. Here are 10 reasons why we're coming to Chicago for the Counter Summit.

U.S. Eyes Options To Restart Taliban Talks

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2012 | World

By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration, seeking to revive stalled Afghan peace talks, ...

Wars of Attrition

Nick Turse | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Nick Turse

More than 40 years after the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, even after reviving the counterinsurgency doctrine (only to see it crash-and-burn in short order), the U.S. military still doesn't get it.

US And Afghanistan Finalize Agreement

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans wil...

US, NATO Prepare Afghanistan Handoff

AP | ANNE GEARAN and SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — Several NATO allies promised Wednesday to underwrite Afghanistan's armed forces after foreign troops depart, as the United States and...

Karzai: Cash Is King In US Deal

AP | HEIDI VOGT and AMIR SHAH | Posted 06.17.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president raised another condition Tuesday for a long-awaited strategic partnership with the United States: T...

Can U.S.-Afghan Partnership Work?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Violence against NATO troops by Afghan security forces in reponse to burning of the Quran at the Bagram Air Base has reignited doubts over the U.S. endgame in Afghanistan.

Scoring the Global War on Terror

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Andrew Bacevich

With the United States now well into the second decade of what the Pentagon has styled an "era of persistent conflict," the war formerly known as the global war on terrorism (unofficial acronym WFKATGWOT) appears increasingly fragmented and diffuse.

Afghanistan: Coffins for U.S. & Nato; Huge Contracts for China

Barry Lando | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Barry Lando

So why aren't the U.S. and its allies screaming about the situation? Because, if they are to have a face-saving way out of Afghanistan that doesn't disintegrate into chaos, they desperately need China's huge new investments to continue and prosper.

Afghanistan: A Non-Kosher U.S. Taliban Deal

Khalil Nouri | Posted 03.12.2012 | World
Khalil Nouri

The mere idea of talking to the Taliban may seem, in itself, like an admission of defeat by the West. It certainly wasn't the mission plan in 2001, and it may yet have horrible consequences.

Karzai Demands U.S. To Hand Over Bagram Prison

AP | SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai demanded Thursday that the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base be handed over to Afghan control...

Despite Lost Drone, Panetta Says Intel Operations Will Continue

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.14.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. will continue to conduct intelligence operations like the recent one that led to th...

Future Of Crucial U.S. Airbase Unclear

AP | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 11.29.2011 | World

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan's outgoing president said Tuesday that the decision on whether to allow the U.S. air base to remain in the country a...

PHOTOS: Hundreds Block Afghanistan Highway To Protest U.S. Troops

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 01.20.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — More than 1,000 university students blocked a main highway in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday to protest any agreement that w...

Suicide Car Bomb Hits NATO Contractor, Hours-Long Gun Battle Follows

AP | TAREK EL-TABLAWY | Posted 01.03.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two suicide bombers blew up a car packed with explosives at the entrance to a compound housing NATO contractors in western ...

Afghans To Take Charge Of Security In 17 Provinces

AP | AMIR SHAH and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 12.26.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan forces could soon start taking charge of security in a wide swath of northern and western Afghanistan, but only a fe...