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Afghanistan Blast Aimed At Powerbroker, Energy Minister Ismail Khan Kills 4

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A powerful member of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet threatened to quit after a suicide car bomb attack targeted him Sunday, killing fi...

Afghanistan Pullback Planned: U.S. To Focus On Populated Areas

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Military officials voiced frustration and congressional leaders urged caution Tuesday over what they described as President Barack ...

Kabul Car Bomb Kills 6 Italians, 10 Afghans

AP | AMIR SHAH and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A suicide car bomber killed six Italian soldiers and 10 Afghan civilians Thursday in the heavily guarded capital of Kabul – a grim...

Band-e-Amir Pictures: Photos Of Afghanistan's First National Park

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan designated it's first national park this year, Band-e-Amir. The 228-square-mile park is a group of six lakes situated high in the Hindu Ku...

UN Official Temporarily Leaves Afghanistan Over Dispute Over Election

CP | Jason Straziuso (CP) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A top American official at the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has temporarily left the country following a disagreement w...

Afghanistan: Recount Ordered At 10 Percent Of Polling Stations

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Ballots from about 10 percent of Afghanistan's polling stations need recounting because of suspicions of fraud, the chief election watch...

U.S. May Oust Contractor At Kabul Embassy

nytimes.com | GINGER THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The State Department official responsible for overseeing private contracts said Monday that the government was seriously considering terminating its $...

Afghanistan Election: Abdullah Abdullah Calls For Criminal Inquiry Into Vote Rigging

Times Online | James Hider in Kabul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan's opposition leader has called for a criminal investigation into allegations of massive vote rigging in last month's elections -- and accu...

Tom Ricks And The Military's New Philosophical Embeds

Columbia Journalism Review | Tara McKelvey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Thomas E. Ricks has a photograph of a general--Ulysses S. Grant, looking haggard and defeated in Cold Harbor, Virginia--on the wall of his office. His...

Afghan Election: Pressure Mounts For Karzai To Strike A Deal

The Observer | Declan Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Five US soldiers were among dozens killed in a wave of violence in Afghanistan as pressure grew on President Hamid Karzai last night to strike a power...

Keep Al Qaeda in Our Crosshairs

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

Obama has a very tough decision to make: whether or not to accept the troop level increase recommendation from his field commanders under mounting pressure from some prominent Congressional Democrats to reject it.

Losing Ground: Taliban Cover 97% of Afghanistan: Report

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

New research indicates that 80% of Afghanistan now has a permanent Taliban presence and that 97% of the country has "substantial Taliban activity."

Pelosi: Upping Troops To Afghanistan Unpopular

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress urged the Obama administration Thursday to quickly produce a plan for winning the war in Afghanistan...

Taliban Has Returned To Most Of Afghanistan: Think Tank

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A London-based think tank says that nearly eight years after the U.S. drove the Taliban from power, the Islamist militia has returned to...

New ArmorGroup Revelations: Fraud, Schemes, Prostitution

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Former managers for the security contractor protecting the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan said Thursday the company lowballed its bid ...

Afghanistan Election: Partial Recount Ordered By U.N.-Backed Panel

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A U.N.-backed commission found "convincing evidence" of fraud Tuesday in Afghanistan's presidential election and ordered a recount of su...

Men with Guns, in Kabul and Washington

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Norman Solomon

Should the U.S. government keep destroying Afghanistan in order to "save" it?

US-German Rift Emerges Over Afghan Deaths Case

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO and FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — An airstrike by U.S. fighter jets that appears to have killed Afghan civilians could turn into a major dispute for NATO allies Germany a...

George Will Debates NeoCons Over Afghanistan War

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservative commentator George Will appeared on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos Sunday Morning and took on NeoConservatives over the cou...

Security Assigned To Oversee Deviant Guards At US Embassy In Kabul

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer KABUL - The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has banned alcohol and assigned American personnel to watch over ...

State Department Probing "Lord Of The Flies" Atmosphere At Afghan Embassy

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging State Department inquiry into allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct among the private security contract...

Embassy Guard: Sex Acts Required For Promotion At U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan

ABC News | Posted 05.14.2012 | World

Private security guards at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul were pressured to participate in naked pool parties and perform sex acts to gain promotions or as...

US Embassy Guards Gone Wild In Kabul: Prostitution, Brawls, And Vodka Butt Shots

Mother Jones | Daniel Schulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Drunken brawls, prostitutes, hazing and humiliation, taking vodka shots out of buttcracks-- no, the perpetrators of these Animal House-like antics are...

George Will Calls For Pull-Out In Afghanistan

Politico | MIKE ALLEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

George F. Will, the elite conservative commentator, will call in his next column for U.S. ground troops to leave Afghanistan, according to publishing ...

UN Plans Afghanistan Summit In Kabul For The First Time

guardian.co.uk | Jon Boone in Kabul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The United Nations is planning to host an international summit on the future of Afghanistan for the first time in Kabul as an attempt to bestow credib...