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Obama Admin To Try To 'Bite Its Tongue' During Karzai Visit

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai will spend four days in Washington starting Monday selling Americans on the notion that his country is...

Pentagon Doubts Grow On McChrystal War Plan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service WASHINGTON, May 10, 2010 (IPS) - Although Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's plan for wresting the Afghan provinc...

Majority Of Americans Think Afghanistan 'Not Worth It,' Poll Finds

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Majority of Americans think Afghanistan "not worth it." According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, only 44% of Americans believe the Afghan war...

Robert Gates In Afghanistan: Some Troops Could Leave Early

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PUL-E-CHARKHI, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the possibility Wednesday that some of the U.S. forces involved in the A...

Drone Attack Report: 1 in 3 Killed By Drones In Pakistan Is A Civilian

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new report from the New America Foundation states that one of every three people killed in the U.S.'s not-so-secret drone war in Pakistan is a civil...

Do Civilians Count? Vietnam and AfPak

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The latest twist in our dubious 'war on terror' is that we aren't killing enough civilians. This is the conclusion of several analyses that find restrictions on military operations hobbling our mission.

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Roger Ailes Pans Afghan War (VIDEO) | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Kabul Explosion: Huge Blast Reported In Afghanistan's Capital

AP | AMIR SHAH and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Insurgents struck Friday at hotels in the heart of Kabul with suicide attackers and a car bomb, killing at least 16 people – half ...

Twilight on the Tigris

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

The unpalatable truth for the promoters of the 'New Dawn' over the Tigris are that Iranian influence has eclipsed that of the United States, a fact of life regardless of whether we have 130,000 troops on the ground or 13.

A Hundred Years of War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Drone attacks are terrorism too. Killing entire families, including women and children, in the "border" areas of the "AF-PAK" theater to hit one "militant" or "extremist," without charge or trial, repeated countless times.

In Harsh Times, Pakistanis Seek Comfort On Facebook

Pia Sawhney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pia Sawhney

While the nation's news media has been prohibited from reporting extensively on military exercises in Swat and Buner districts, on Facebook, questions and concerns crop up swiftly.

Light at the End of the Afghan Tunnel?

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

Obama's policy in Afghanistan, subject to so much controversy at home and abroad, seems to have found considerable traction. Is the U.S. military finally reversing the Taliban gains?

Bomber Rammed US Soldiers' Car, Pakistani Police Report

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Suspicion intensified Thursday that a suicide car bomber who killed three U.S. soldiers training Pakistani troops along the Afghan b...

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim Dead: Pakistan Says US kills FBI-wanted terrorist in Pakistan strike

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD and RASOOL DAWAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan killed one of the FBI's most-wanted terrorists, a man suspected in a deadly 1986 ...

Islamist Terrorists Take Page From US Hate Groups' Internet PlayBook

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Islamist terrorist arrests across this country since last January run the gamut. White and black, young and middle-aged, single and married, homegrown and foreign born, and legal and illegal immigrants.

Afghanistan: A True Alternative

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

The US must abandon the illusions that American well-being depends on shaping the affairs of other places wherever something happens that discomforts us; and that people in those places want us to take custody of their well-being.

It's a Runoff, Now What? Parsing the Impacts of the Presidential Rematch in Afghanistan

Vikrum Aiyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vikrum Aiyer

A coalition government in Afghanstan, while supposedly offering the best of both worlds, tacitly condones an illegitimate election and would require America to broker power among competing personalities.

Mr. 10%: Our Man in Islamabad

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Asif Ali Zardari became Pakistan's president thanks to political and financial support from the U.S. and Britain; in exchange, he's facilitated the U.S. war in Afghanistan. That deal is falling apart fast.

Is the United States Gearing Up to Go Into Pakistan?

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

While it may be too early to tell whether Obama will follow through on his 2007 campaign pledge, it does seem like his administration is setting the stage.

Afghanistan: Obama's Fantasy Island

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Obama will do the predictable next week and sign on to plans for an expanded American commitment in Afghanistan. In truth, he could not do otherwise -- for three reasons.

Our Best Way Forward in Afghanistan is Out

Mary Ellen McNish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Ellen McNish

Afghans and Americans deserve is a full, public discussion of the policy choices looming in the next weeks. We must choose to demonstrate a commitment to the rule of law, and not violence.

No Good Osama bin Laden Intelligence In Years, Says Robert Gates

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States has not had good intelligence on the whereabouts of terrorist Osama bin Laden...

Obama -- Really the Afghanistan "Decider"?

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

There is something rotten in the current state of Washington's Afghan policy making. And a confused American public, and an ever credulous press, are buying the fairy tale.

Using Money To Make Peace -- Toward A New Kind of Warfare

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

We are pouring lives and billions down the drain all over the world and money could accomplish a whole lot more with less expense and fewer (or even no) lost lives.

Obama Looses the Manhunters

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Obama's key foreign policy figures are traditional players in the national security state and pre-Bush-style Washington guardians of American power, thinking globally in familiar ways.