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Taliban Militants Set 200 Oil Tankers Ablaze In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

KABUL, July 5 (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just ou...

Afghan Presidential Election Takes Dangerous Turn

Sam Schneider | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Sam Schneider

Afghanistan's presidential election has taken a turn for the worst. Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced his decision to boycott the national election commission and demand the vote-counting process be brought to a grinding halt.

The Taliban Revival

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Believing that they are actually winning the battle against the United States and regional governments, the Taliban want to be recognized as a legitimate political entity.

Attack on Karachi Airport by Violent Extremists

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

One of the unpleasant byproducts of the so-called War on Terror launched by the Bush Administration in October 2001 following 9/11 to root out al-Qaed...

Worst Effect of U.S. Afghan War

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Much of what U.S. service personnel died or were wounded for will have been lost. Although extremely tragic, however, this bad outcome may not be the worst effect of the war. That would be the destabilization of nearby Pakistan, which has 100-200 nuclear weapons and an insurgency trying to overthrow the Pakistani government.

Success of Afghan Election Hinges on Credibility Among Afghans

Sam Schneider | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Sam Schneider

The candidates must accept the final results of the runoff, and remain open to working together in the next government. If the loser feeds a frenzy of public opposition, it could lay the groundwork for something like the civil war that tore the country apart and opened the door to Taliban rule in the 1990s.

Boko Haram's Ideology Key to Violence

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Their brazen assault could act as a springboard for international engagement, not only aimed at curbing the violence, but also directed at the ideology that Boko Haram and other groups use to recruit followers, emulate each other and legitimize brutality.

What Afghanistan's Relatively Peaceful Election Tells Us About the Taliban

Michael Kugelman | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Michael Kugelman

It was a very pleasant and peaceful surprise. After weeks of relentless attacks by the Taliban many feared that Saturday's Afghan election would be a very bloody one. But did the Taliban hold back so as not to delegitimize itself?

Afghan Taliban Capture Coalition Military Dog

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

When it comes to military working dogs, these magnificent creatures perform heroic acts, are honored for them and receive awards and decorations, are given "military ranks" and eventually retire from their faithful service.

The US Is Failing Its Friends and Allies

Matt Zeller | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Matt Zeller

I was a guest in their country and they took incredible care of me. And this is how we repay them -- with continuous bureaucratic ineptitude.

Americans Souring On Obama's Afghanistan Plan

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, i...

Girls' Schools in Afghanistan Wonder 'What Tomorrow Brings'

Beth Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Beth Murphy

Their desire for education is palpable. The support from parents -- mothers and fathers --to educate their daughters is real. And the learning that is happening? That is the greatest hope for the future of all.

The Afghan Revolution You Never Heard About

Mo Scarpelli | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Mo Scarpelli

Call it a photojournalism revolution: in the last twelve years, Afghans have been able to show the unseen stories of their home country through photography unlike ever before. Frame by frame, they're working towards Afghanistan's first free press.

Official: 5 Kids Killed While Playing With Roadside Bomb

AP | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed five children and a woman after it went off as they were playing with it inside a Tali...

Afghan Soldier Opens Fire On NATO Troops

AP | MIRWAIS KHAN and DAVID RISING | Posted 09.08.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb struck a motorcycle-drawn cart carrying women and children between two villages Tuesday in western Afghanis...

TALIBAN OFFERS A TRADE

AP | KATHY GANNON and KAY JOHNSON | Posted 08.19.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their m...

Writing About Love in Afghanistan

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Why on earth shouldn't we write about love? Honestly, what is more important than than how we honor and treat each other?

Winning the War on Terror One Child at a Time

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Matt Zeller

Literacy is not only the path to social mobility in Afghanistan and numerous other countries, it is also the only truly effective long term weapon we have against ilk like the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Afghanistan Does Matter

Najib Sharifi | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
Najib Sharifi

It is understandable that the economic times are tough. But to safeguard the security and peace of the world and protect human values, the West, mainly the United States, needs to understand the profound consequences of mishandling Afghanistan's future.

Vice Presidential Debate Highlights Why Paul Ryan Is Clueless On The Afghan War and Foreign Policy

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.12.2012 | DC
Matt Zeller

After last night's debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan has a lot to learn when it comes to foreign policy. As an Afghan War Veteran, I can unequivocally say that he hasn't a clue as to what is going on in Afghanistan.

Green-On-Blue Attacks Take Deadly Toll In Afghanistan

www.nytimes.com | Posted 11.16.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An audacious Taliban attack on a heavily fortified base in southern Afghanistan did far more damage than initially reported, des...

U.S. General Blasts Afghan Insider Attacks

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 09.16.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The persistent problem of rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their guns on U.S. and allied troops is a "very serious threat" to th...

Taliban Link Attack On U.S. Marines To Anti-Islam Film

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2012 | World

KABUL, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack on a base which U.S. officials sai...

Taliban Vows To Kidnap Or Assassinate Prince Harry

Reuters | Posted 11.10.2012 | World

KABUL, Sept 10 (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban said on Monday they were doing everything in their power to try to kidnap or assassinate Britain's Pri...

With Training in Disarray, Secretary Clinton Can Shorten the War and Save Sgt. Bergdahl

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

If you want to know why we're still at war in Afghanistan, long after most people have given up on it, a key fact to realize is this: the only way the war is going to end is through peace talks.