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Between Elephant in the Room and Political Hot Potato: The Afghan Opium Problem

Jorrit Kamminga | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jorrit Kamminga

As we move from security transition towards the transformational decade (2015-2024), we are faced with even less military and civilian support to assist current counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan in a meaningful way.

WATCH: Solider Who Urinated On Taliban Corpses: I Would Do It Again

Posted 07.19.2013 | World

Joseph Chamblin, the Marine who got in trouble for urinating on Taliban corpses said recently that he would do it again if given the chance. ...

Report: 2 U.S. Marines Killed In Afghanistan Attack

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 11.14.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Heavily armed insurgents attacked a British air base in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several ...

Massive Roadside Bomb Kills At Least 8 Civilians

AP | MIRWAIS KHAN and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.14.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan authorities say a roadside bomb killed eight civilians in southern Afghanistan when it struck their vehicle. The ...

6 British Soldiers Missing, Presumed Dead In Afghanistan

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 05.07.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Six British soldiers were killed after an explosion hit their armored vehicle in southwestern Afghanistan, Britain's Minist...

Car Bomb Targets Aid Team In Southern Afghanistan

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

Afghanistan Car Bomb Targets Aid Team, Killing 4

2.6 Million Afghans Face Hunger From Drought

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 02.02.2012 | World

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Zara, an Afghan mother of seven, doesn't know what to tell her children when they ask about dinner. "I simply tel...

Afghan Farmers Reportedly Ditch Poppies For Bees

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green

Afghan farmers are leaving their poppy harvesting days behind them in favor of a more lucrative beekeeping future, reports British Forces News. Af...

Roadside Bombs Kill 17 in Afghanistan, Say Officials

Reuters | By Abdul Malik | Posted 09.28.2011 | World

LASHKAR GAH, July 29 (Reuters) - Roadside mines killed 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan on Friday when a minibus and a tractor separately hit expl...

Multiple Policemen Killed, 2 People Beheaded In Afghan Violence

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2011 | World

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, July 18 (Reuters) - Seven Afghan policemen were killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the southern city of Lashkar Gah ...

The Predators: Where Is Your Democracy?

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

Would we want unmanned aerial vehicles to fly over the U.S. dropping 500 pound bombs over suspected "high value targets" without any consideration of innocent civilians?

An Economic Handover in Afghanistan

John Sullivan | Posted 05.29.2011 | World
John Sullivan

Afghanistan's economic and security futures are intertwined; neither will be secure without the other. After ten years of NATO engagement in Afghanist...

Dead Soldier And Loyal Dog Make Final Journey Together

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON -- The body of a British soldier shot dead in Afghanistan was being flown home Thursday – alongside the loyal dog who died of a seizure after...

Incalculable

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

We see the cost of war, but it doesn't affect -- or prevent -- our decisions. We actually, finally, have to stop making people like the nine children who died, pay it.

One Year After Escalation, Afghanistan War Still Faltering

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot afford an endless war in Afghanistan. We need a responsible end to the war so we can focus on getting our economy back on track. Let's bring our troops home -- because it's time.

On Anniversary of Marjah Push, Escalation Strategy Still Failing

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the escalated military strategy in Afghanistan. It's clear from the last 12 months that the escalation strategy is a failure. It's time to come home.

Marines Hit Hard In Afghanistan: 'We're Basically Fighting Blind'

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When the Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, deployed to the Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province in late September, the B...

Hamid Karzai's Brother Shows Chicago The Love In Secret Memos

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sunday's reporting by the New York Times on a massive trove of leaked intelligence memos contained a lot of unpleasant information for heads of state ...

What We Have Here...

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

A study by an international think tank found recently that nine out of ten Afghan men in two key southern provinces have never heard of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Battle Tanks for Afghanistan: Will They Do Any Good?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

It is true that Americans are desperate to flush out the Taliban and their patience is running thin, however it is not a good idea to wipe out an entire village and further escalate the public backlash.

Petraeus and Co. Can't Keep Their Spin Straight on the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The spin by the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force reeks of desperation, and for good reason: The pushers of President Obama's escalations of the war over-promised and under-delivered.

General Petraeus, Proconsul of Fantasyland

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The only place where Petraeus is succeeding in Afghanistan is in demonstrating conclusively just how disconnected the generals are from reality.

Petraeus' Oily Spin About Progress in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

There is virtually no data that shows strategically significant security "progress" in Afghanistan since the start of the latest escalation.

Spike in Civilian Casualties Shows U.S. War Policy Is Failing Afghans and Americans

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan reports that the number of civilians killed in the first six months of 2010 spiked by 25 percent compared to the same period last year.

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what NATO forces repeatedly denied: U.S. an...