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Surge In Roadside Bombs Hurts Afghan Army

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 10.03.2013 | World

GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Raqam Jan was at home on furlough after two years of fighting for the Afghan army when he stepped ...

This Is What Winning Looks Like

Posted 05.13.2013 | World

With only months left until the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, the war-torn country's security forces seem nowhere near ready to take over their own...

PHOTOS: Meet Afghanistan's Female Special Forces

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 04.16.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan army is training female special forces to take part in night raids against insurgents, breaking new ground in an...

Afghan Soldier Reportedly Kills NATO Member

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2012 | World

KABUL, Nov 11 (Reuters) - An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a member of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in...

2 NATO Soldiers Killed In Another Insider Attack

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 11.15.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A gunman in an Afghan police uniform killed two British soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a day after insurgent...

Hundreds Of Afghan Soldiers Detained, Fired

Reuters | Mirwais Harooni | Posted 11.04.2012 | World

(Adds comments by Allen, phone call by Rasmussen) * Kabul acts on evidence or suspicion of links to militants * Afghan t...

Old Guns, Threadbare Boots And Burnt Qurans

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.20.2012 | World

GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- They say their M16s are dust-prone antiques. Their boots fall apart after a couple of months, they complain, and many of their ...

Afghan Army To Take The Lead

AP | SLOBODAN LEKIC and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 12.31.2012 | World

MONS, Belgium -- Afghan forces will soon start taking charge of security for three-quarters of the nation's 28 million people, NATO's top military com...

11 Suicide Vests Reportedly Found Near Ministry Of Defense In Kabul

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.27.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Defense Ministry was locked down for two hours Tuesday after an intelligence report warned that the highly secur...

Accused Soldier A Sympathetic Figure To Some

ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 05.18.2012 | World

He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night, the butchery of defensel...

Afghanistan's Army In Danger Of Taliban Infiltration

The New York Times | Posted 08.28.2011 | World

For someone who had once joined an insurgent group, and whose family was tied to a top Taliban commander, Akmal had a strikingly easy path into the Af...

Suicide Attack On Afghan Army Center Kills 37

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide attack on an army recruitment center in northern Afghanistan killed 37 people on Monday, the third major as...

Second Shooting In Month Casts Doubt On Afghan Forces

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The second shooting of Western troops by one of their Afghan counterparts this month has highlighted the potential hazards ...

NATO Airstrike Accidentally Kills Afghan Troops

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and KAY JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A botched NATO airstrike killed five Afghan soldiers after they were mistaken for insurgents early Wednesday, highlighting ...

Catch-22 in Afghanistan

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

As we send more troops to stiffen Afghani government forces and to stabilize the state, that high-profile presence will serve to demoralize Afghani troops and ultimately to destabilize the state.

Afghan Army's Hashish Smoking Troops (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The fledgling Afghan National Army faces numerous obstacles in its efforts to become a force capable of maintaining security on its own. And, as the v...

Pentagon Report Declares Afghan Army Unprepared For Independence (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Pentagon report intended for military commanders paints a dire picture of the state of Afghan security forces, particularly the Afghan National Army...

Madeleine Albright: Stop Creating More Terrorists in Afghanistan

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

The last time the Democrats ran a war, it was "Madeleine's war," when we bombed Serbia. Albright, the former secretary of state, weighs in on Obama's deliberations on Afghanistan.

Karzai: Help needed to pay for larger army

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — After meeting Tuesday with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said it may be five years before his army ...

Afghan Army Rife With Corruption, Incompetence, U.S. Military Report Says (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On the "Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday night, NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel discussed a new Pentagon report that paints a sobering pict...

Obama Seeks Vastly Expanded Afghan Security Force

nytimes.com | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Obama and his advisers have decided to significantly expand Afghanistan's security forces in the hope that a much larger profe...