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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.

New US Air Strategy In Afghanistan: First, Do No Harm

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Six months after Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S commander in Afghanistan, issued a tactical directive urging troops to walk away from a fig...

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

Is al-Qaeda Winning?

Marwan Bishara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marwan Bishara

What does it say about Washington's ''War on Terror'' that a dozen and a half people with paper cutters forced hundreds of thousands of Western troops into the battlefields of the "greater Middle East" region?

Video Of Car Bomb Blast In Kabul

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) -- Taliban militants wearing explosives vests launched a brazen assault on the heart of Kabul on Monday, as suicide bombings and gunbattles near ...

Taliban Attack: Afghanistan Capital Under Assault

AP | ROBERT H. REID and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Taliban militants wearing explosive vests launched a brazen daylight assault Monday on the center of Kabul, with suicide bombings and gu...

John Kerry On Afghanistan: Sending More Troops Is "Irresponsible" Until Afghan Election Is Settled

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should not proceed ...

US Seeks Up To 7,000 More NATO Troops For Afghan War

Wall Street Journal | PETER SPIEGEL and STEPHEN FIDLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. and European estimates of the new troops they may get from NATO allies vary from 3,000 to 7,000. Those would complement the additional U.S. force...

Taliban suicide attack kills 17 in Afghan capital

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle outside the Indian Embassy in the bustling center of the Afghan capital Thursday, killing 17 ...

High Cost Of War Weighs On Obama's Troop Decision For Afghanistan

New York Times | CHRISTOPHER DREW | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While President Obama's decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan is primarily a military one, it also has substantial budget implications tha...

Obama Has Decided To Send Almost 40,000 Troops To Afghanistan: CBS News

CBS News | Font Size Print E | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama has settled on a new strategy for Afghanistan. CBS News correspondent David Martin reports that the president will send a lot more tro...

Educating for Democracy: An American Teacher in Afghanistan

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel Shatzky

I lived in the orphanage almost five months. I taught English, poetry, drama, photography, and computer skills to over 180 children. I was no doubt in danger every day and night.

NBC Viewers Donate Over $50,000 To Afghan Orphanage

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

NBC Nightly News viewers have raised more than $50,000 for an orphanage in Afghanistan, the program reported Tuesday. Last Friday, Nightly News aired ...

Afghan Election Runoff Not Affected By Abdullah Abdullah's Call For Boycott: Hillary Clinton

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JERUSALEM — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Abdullah Abdullah's call for a boycott of next weekend's runoff election in Afghanist...

Graphic Shows Complexity Of US Counterinsurgency In Afghanistan

Checkpoint Kabul | McClatchy | Dion Nissenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For a good example of how difficult it will be for the US military to regain the momentum in Afghanistan, check out this graphic on the military count...

Karzai Rules Out Afghan Power Share Before Afghan Election Runoff

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow and Pamela Constable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Hamid Karzai's team shifted aggressively into campaign mode Saturday and ruled out any possibility of a power-sharing deal with challenger A...

Judah the Maccabee's Five Lessons for Barack Obama

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron Zelinsky

From the story of Chanukah, we see how not to fight a guerrilla insurgency. From the Maccabees, we learn how to rally a people and a nation. Here are Chanukah's five geopolitical lessons.