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NATO Tries To Silence Journalist Jerome Starkey Over Afghan Slayings (VIDEO)

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Last week, I spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surpri...

Afghans Arrest Seven In Bombing That Killed Six NATO Troops

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan authorities Monday announced the arrests of seven people in last week's suicide car bombing that killed six NATO sol...

Roshan: Cell Phone Company Helping to Change Afghanistan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Upon meeting Karim Khoja, C.E.O. of the Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd., also known as Roshan, Afghanistan's largest cell provider, I kne...

After the Afghan Summit: Five Key Things To Know About Obama's Problematic Plans

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The bottom line in Afghanistan is that clearly, some major elements of the Obama strategy are not adding up. And some things that are working may simply be unsustainable.

The F Word: Kabul, I Think We Have A Problem

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At least 18 are dead including six NATO officials, five of them Americans, after a suicide attack by the Taliban. That news could sound like another r...

The Obama-Karzai Summit: A Whole Lotta Nuthin'

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

The much-heralded four-day visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the United States was a bust. Far from a new beginning, all this week's Obama-Karzai summit delivered was more of the same: renewed American commitments repaid with empty rhetoric from the Afghan president.

"Vital Voices" Honors Andeisha Farid in Washington

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I spoke to Andeisha Farid yesterday in Washington yesterday, who was pleased to have just met Michelle Obama. Hillary Clinton then spoke about her in...

More Afghan Civilians Killed By US, NATO Forces Than Insurgents During Operation Moshtarak

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, U.S. and Allied forces have killed and injured more civilians than have the insurgents du...

Journalists in Afghanistan: Another Order to Stop Reporting

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

Afghan intelligence has ordered foreign and national media to immediately cease and desist from reporting live from terrorist attack scenes across Afghanistan.

Suicide Bombers Strike In Heart Of Kabul

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 ...

Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: Goodluck, Nigeria President Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigeria's ill ruler, returned home from Saudi Arabia this wee...

Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using 'South Park' Alias

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Af...

Dances With Devils: Pakistan and the Taliban

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

Not only does Pakistan want to preserve its own neck, it wants to be a major player in post-war Afghanistan, and if working with the U.S. to rein in the Taliban is what it takes to accomplish that, then that is the I.S.I.'s new mission.

American HIMARS Rocket, GPS-Guided Weapon, Kills At Least 10 Civilians, 5 Children In Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The hype surrounding so-called "smart bombs" and "precision guided munitions" is one of the reasons Americans feel so free to go to war in civilian ar...

Dollars for Death, Pennies for Life

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

There is no shortage of bombs in Afghanistan, but there is a lethal shortage of tents in Haiti. The rainy season is fast approaching, with serious dangers of typhoid and dysentery.

Oasis and Mirage: Fulfilling the Promise of Cairo

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

From the Emir of Qatar to the Prime Minister of Turkey, the message to Secretary Clinton was that renewed momentum in the Arab-Israeli peace process was crucial to reverse the slide in the president's credibility throughout the Muslim world.

Suicide Bomber Attacks US Base In Afghanistan, 5 American Wounded

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan border policeman's uniform blew himself up Thursday at a U.S. base near the Pakistani frontier, wound...

Operation Moshtarak Set: Civilian Casualties 'Inevitable' In US, NATO Offensive In Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Military officials say that civilian casualties in Marjah, Afghanistan are "inevitable" as U.S. and allied forces launch Operation Moshtarak, the larg...

Afghanistan Avalanches Kill 157 People

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Helicopters ferried rescuers to and bodies away from the site of massive avalanches that blocked an important mountain pass north of Kab...

Blackwater, Now Xe, Vying For $1 Billion Contract To Train Afghan National Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Blackwater Worldwide's legal woes haven't dimmed the company's prospects in Afghanistan, where it's a contender to be a key part of President Barack ...

Biggest Afghanistan Battle Looms

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — U.S. troops and their Afghan and NATO allies are planning their biggest joint offensive since the Afghan war's s...

Women For Sale in Afghanistan

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heidi Kingstone

Women have become a commodity in parts of Afghanistan. They can be sold multiple times, kept in rooms, and raped. They are trafficked from Kunduz to Herat, Jalalabad to Kabul, and to other points.

What a Difference Two Months Makes As the Fate of Obama's Presidency Plays Out Far From Washington

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

While all the attention was on Obama's State of the Union address, an event of far greater relevance to the fate of his presidency played out not in Washington, but in London.

3 Americans Killed In Afghanistan, NATO says

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Two U.S. service members and one U.S. employee were killed Friday in eastern Afghanistan, pushing the American death toll this month to ...

Kaf-i-stan

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heidi Kingstone

We seem to wake up each day and think we have the very complex situation figured out, but that quickly changes. Neither Afghans nor ex-pats can read the runes; there is a darker sense overhanging everything.