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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.

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.

PHOTOS: Ten Years Of War In Afghanistan

Posted 12.06.2011 | World

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks on the twin tower...

Afghan Concerns Over U.S. Staying Power

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The United States and Afghanistan disagree on several points regarding a limited troop presence past 2014, starting with how binding the agreement should be.

Smoke Screen: How The U.S. Military Disposes Of Garbage In Afghanistan

Guernica | J. Malcom Garcia | Posted 10.17.2011 | World

In Afghanistan, the U.S. military disposes of garbage—computers, motorbikes, TVs, shoes, even human feces—in open burn pits. Are toxic clouds from...

What's Next for Afghanistan? Send in the Community College

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 09.10.2011 | Education
Jayanti Tamm

If America is truly intent on implementing strategies for creating long-term peace and security, then the answer may be found in exporting a uniquely American invention -- the community college.

Protests in Afghanistan: Our Excuse to Get Out

Malou Innocent | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Recent events in Afghanistan should be a wake-up call to how our 10-year occupation is actually being perceived, demonstrating the danger of America trying to forcibly export its liberal values onto illiberal societies.

U.S. Forces Demolishing Afghan Homes They Say Are Booby-Trapped

New York Times | TAIMOOR SHAH and ROD NORDLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- In the newly won districts around this southern city, American forces are encountering empty homes and farm buildings left so...

Afghanistan Situation At Its Worst In Thirty Years, Says Red Cross

Reuters | Jonathon Burch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.S. review of President Barack Obama's Afghan war strategy has identified areas of important progress, the White House said, with the decision a ...

U.S. Testing Pain Ray In Afghanistan

Wired | Noah Shachtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying local to its side. And there's no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes ...

Entering the Soviet Era in America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Drunk on war as Washington may be, the U.S. is still not the Soviet Union in 1991 -- not yet. But it's not the triumphant "sole superpower" anymore either.

Michael Moore On Afghanistan: 'Get Out And Apologize' (VIDEO)

Brave New Films | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Michael Moore has a suggestion for U.S. policy in Afghanistan: "Get out and apologize!"...

Kabuki in Kabul

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

You can bet your bottom dollar that the measure of success in Afghanistan will begin to shift. A more honest statement would be, "We'll know success when we decide to define as success whatever we can manage."

Key Dates: U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bill Lucey

Here is a timeline of key events in United States/Afghanistan relations, dating back to the Soviet Union's invasion in 1979, along with dates on the rise, fall, and rise again of the Taliban.

U.S. Resetting Its Relationship With Karzai | Rajiv Chandrasekaran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When a team of senior U.S. officials led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday for a dinn...

Mikhail Gorbachev Supports US Withdrawal From Afghanistan (Video)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mikhail Gorbachev supports a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The former president of the Soviet Union spoke to CNN's John King Sunday on State Of ...

Stop U.S. Meddling; Support Afghan Women at the Table

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Women's rights (which are, in fact, human rights) will never rise from a corrupt, fundamentalist government. We need to be supporting the voices of women to nurture change in Afghanistan.

'Time Is Running Out' In Afghanistan, Intelligence Officials Say

McClatchy | Thomas L. Day and Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the U.S. and its allies try to overcome logistical hurdles and rush some 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010, intelligence officials are warn...

Taliban Beefs Up As U.S. Debates Afghanistan Policy

McClatchy | Jonathan S. Landay and Hal Bernton | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A recent U.S. intelligence assessment has raised the estimated number of full-time Taliban-led insurgents fighting in Afghanistan to at ...

Afghan Locals Have Little Faith In Elections | JEAN MacKENZIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The haste with which U.N. Special Representative Kai Eide held a press conference to say that Aug. 20 was "a good day for Afghanistan" merely served t...

Afghan Elections 2009: HuffPost's Guide (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Susan Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As Afghanistan holds national elections for the presidency and provincial council, the HuffPost has put together this resource guide to voting day and...