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After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, We Must Never Again Wage Counterinsurgency Wars and Urban Combat

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Armies are meant to fight other armies. Military forces are not designed to combat roadside bombs, civilians with a Kalashnikov, or evade ambush...

Insurgents Kill 8 Afghans Working At U.S. Base

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents pulled over a minivan with eight young laborers on their way to work at a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on Th...

Nearly 300 Afghan Security Forces Killed In A Month

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 08.31.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul early Tuesday and attacked guards with small-a...

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...

Cry, Beloved Afghanistan for Your Unborn Children

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

As the new season of the world's longest-running current war, in Afghanistan, is warming up, the Afghan civilians and children are falling prey as eas...

Iraq Police HQ Hit By Deadly Tanker Bomb Attack

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2013 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 1 (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed and 17 others wounded on Monday when insurgents detonated an oil tanker packed wi...

Afghan-NATO Operation Kills More Than 20 Insurgents

AP | By RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.26.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and NATO forces killed more than 20 insurgents in a joint operation in the eastern Logar province, military officia...

U.S. Releasing High-Level Insurgents In Exchange For Peace Pledges

The Washington Post | Associated Press May 2, 2012 | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negoti...

Negotiations With Maoist Rebels Stall

AP | JIM GOMEZ | Posted 01.08.2012 | World

MANILA, Philippines — Negotiations to end one of Asia's longest-running Marxist insurgencies have stalled in the Philippines after Maoist rebels...

U.S. Night Raids Curb Taliban, At A Civilian Cost

New York Times | Carlotta Gall | Posted 09.08.2011 | World

United States Special Operations forces have carried out an extraordinary number of night raids over the past year, turning them into one of their mos...

NATO Says Its Forces Repel Attack On Kabul Base In Afghanistan

AP | By DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 06.01.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Three insurgents attacked a NATO base on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Saturday but were killed by coalition force...

Petraeus Is Focusing on the Wrong Body Count in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Instead of focusing on metrics that matter, U.S. officials have decided to trumpet enemy body count. Apparently, the number of dead insurgents, not civilians, is now the barometer for determining the campaign's efficacy.

Pentagon Assertions of "Progress" In Afghanistan Are a Bad Joke

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

The latest Petraeus/Gates media tour is under way in preparation for the general's testimony to Congress next week, and they're trotting out the same, tired spin they've been using since McChrystal was replaced in disgrace last year.

Afghanistan War Not Worth the Burning of Children and Treasure

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

With our money fueling the insurgency and our killing of civilians driving more people to join the Taliban's side every week, it's little wonder that the insurgency continues to grow in size and sophistication.

Journalism Is Not an Attack, Wikileaks Is Not Warfare

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

If you support Wikileaks, if you support transparency, accountability, or even just basic free speech, you should not be playing into the government's semantic game that presents itself as a victim, and Wikileaks as an attacker.

Car Bombs Kill 36 In Baghdad, Fallujah

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Three car bombs tore through Baghdad and the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah Sunday, killing at least 36 people. The blasts in...

Taliban Makes New Advances In Once-Peaceful Northern Afghanistan

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In the past year, security in northern Afghanistan has deteriorated rapidly as insurgents have seized new territory in provinces such as Kunduz and Ba...

Outsourcing the Dirty War in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Bob Woodward's new book Obama's Wars reveals that the CIA maintains a 3000-strong Afghan paramilitary force that conducts cross-border operations into Pakistan. It's news in the U.S., but Afghanis have known this for long time.

Negotiating Afghan Peace : Pros and Cons Outlined

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

That elections in Afghanistan were possible at all is an achievement on the very slow and torturous road to solving the knots of problems and disasters that the coalition forces face.

Afghanistan Is More Dangerous Despite Troop Surge, Say Aid Groups

New York Times | ROD NORDLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Even as more American troops flow into the country, Afghanistan is more dangerous than it has ever been during this war, with security deteriorating i...

$547 Million Can't Paper Over Failure of Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

No matter how much the Pentagon spins their message into the mainstream media, the facts on the ground show the U.S. lacks one of counterinsurgency's own premises for success: a legitimate host nation government.

Civil War Still a Possibility in Iraq

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy White

Yesterday's coordinated attacks by insurgents are a chilling sign that it is far too soon to be breathing sighs of relief over the state of Iraq.

Media Failing to Ask Tough Questions on Afghanistan War...Again

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

2010-08-15-youveheard.jpgIf the media fail to ask hard questions, there's a chance Petraeus could get the freedom to extend an extremely unpopular war that's not making us safer.

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.

Rethink Afghanistan: ISI and Pakistan Army Kill Americans

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

The US must stop escalating in Pakistan and end the war in Afghanistan. Afghanistan's future government is already taking shape, and Pakistan has enough of a powerful progressive movement that they can stabilize their country.