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US Held Secret War Game To Test 2 Afghan Troop Level Scenarios

Washington Post | Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pentagon's top military officer oversaw a secret war game this month to evaluate the two primary military options that have been put forward by th...

Kabul Suicide Bombing Kills At Least Eight

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A suicide car bomber struck Tuesday near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel frequented by Westerners, killing at lea...

Afghanistan: Eight Days From the Ground -- Part 1 of 8

Sara R. Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sara R. Nichols

Kabul's traffic is the perfect metaphor for the mind-numbing status of this ravaged and complex country that our group of nine peace activists visited, with the hope of understanding it somewhat better.

Hamid Karzai Sworn In For Second 5-Year Term As Afghan President

AP | KATHY GANNON and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — For his critics, President Hamid Karzai's inaugural speech Thursday struck all the right notes – sober pledges to get tough on cor...

Afghan Election: Problems Ahead

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL -- Afghan officials would face a daunting task in organizing a runoff presidential election before the arrival of winter -- including hiring un...

Colin Powell To Obama On Afghanistan Troop Decision: "Take Your Time"

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell reveale...

Al-Qaida Showing Smaller Presence In Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Al-Qaida's role in Afghanistan has faded after eight years of war. Gone is the once-formidable network of camps and safe houses where O...

Obama Leaning Toward 34,000 More Troops For Afghanistan

McClatchy | Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it unti...

Ryan Grim

Experts On Afghanistan Doubt Survey On Foreign Occupation: Results Are Impossible

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new survey of the Afghan people is being touted as evidence that hearts and minds may, in fact, be warming to the U.S.'s military presence, which is...

Taliban Claims That Canceled Afghan Election Proves Its Success

AP | ROBERT H. REID and KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai promised to stamp out corruption. The image suggested otherwise. Standing at Karzai's side on Tuesday were his tw...

Afghanistan Cemetery Literally 'Graveyard Of Empires'

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Hidden behind its tall wall are memorials to Englishmen, Europeans and even a few Americans -- all of whom came to this war-torn land in the service o...

Matthew Hoh Resigns: State Department Official Quits Over Afghan War

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban strongho...

Karl Eikenberry Assures Afghans That U.S. Will Stay Beyond 2011

McClatchy | Thomas L. Day | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry Thursday further signaled that a strong American military presence will remain i...

Abdul Ahad Sahebi, Kabul mayor still running city despite conviction

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai's promise to fight the rampant graft and bribery plaguing his government has hit a road bump – right down t...

Arianna Discusses Afghan War And Huge Wall Street Profits On CNN

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on CNN's The Situation Room Monday, along with Gloria Borger, Joe Johns and Ben Stein. She discussed the Afghan War, huge Wall Street...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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.

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...

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.