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Stanley McChrystal Takes Command In Afghanistan

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former top special operations commander, took charge of nearly 90,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on ...

US Contractors In Afghanistan Violated Gun Policy, Says US Military

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Four U.S. contractors for the company formerly known as Blackwater were not authorized to carry weapons when they were involved in a dea...

Obama's Deepening AfPak Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

With the appropriate huzzahs for Obama's first 100 days still ringing in the air, his new AfPak strategy, for the linked crisis of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is already in deep trouble.

Hamid Karzai Announces Re-Election Bid

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan's president has said that he will soon register his candidacy for August's presidential election....

Taliban: Claim Of Government Talks Is 'Propaganda'

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan's Taliban has denied that it was holding peace talks with the government, saying such claims were propaganda aimed at creating a schism am...

If David Brooks Thinks He Knows So Much About Afghanistan, He Should Debate Robert Greenwald

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

I'm curious to know what Afghanistan David Brooks visited? Either Brooks spent all his time hanging out with military leaders or there's a whole crisis he's deliberately trying to downplay.

Twittering from Kabul

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The final day in Kabul: We were on our way to the peace and reconciliation committee when our "fixer" let me know that there would be 20 or so members of the Taliban turning in their weapons that day!

Who Are the Taliban?

Anand Gopal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anand Gopal

If there is an exact location marking the West's failures in Afghanistan, it is the modest police checkpoint that sits on the main highway 20 minutes south of Kabul. Here, the American-backed government of Afghanistan no longer exists.

Taliban Insurgents Poised At Gates Of Kabul

CNN | Paula Newton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A top Taliban commander has told CNN his insurgents are poised and ready to attack Kabul and could strike virtually anywhere in the city....

Afghan Journalist's 20-Year Blasphemy Sentence Upheld By Court

New York Times | ABDUL WAHEED WAFA and CARLOTTA GALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year sentence for an Afghan university student journalist accused of blasphemy in a ...

Salt in the Wound: The Case for Compensation

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

While troops say they have an "open door" to Afghan civilians, Afghans find that door is barricaded by barbed wire and heavily armed, hostile men.

Hamid Karzai Accused Of Brinkmanship Over Call For Early Election | Jon Boone in Kabul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Opposition politicians in Afghanistan have accused the president, Hamid Karzai, of constitutional brinkmanship that threatens to turn Afghanistan into...

Newest US Troops In Dangerous Region Near Kabul

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Close to 3,000 American soldiers who recently arrived in Afghanistan to secure two violent provinces near Kabul ha...

Afghanistan: Russia to the Rescue

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Russia can certainly help the US greatly in Afghanistan. And the price -- ending the NATO encroachment strategy -- may be an inevitable one anyway, and thus perhaps easily paid.

Holbrooke Afghanistan Trip: Security Troops Throng Afghan Capital Before Envoy Visit

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — The new U.S. regional envoy landed in Afghanistan on Thursday to help chart President Barack Obama's strategy for peace in this volatile...

Taliban Attack Afghan Government Buildings, Killing At Least 20, Before Holbrooke Visit

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Taliban militants killed 20 people in a coordinated attack on three government buildings in Kabul Wednesday, launching the assault after...

NATO Mired In Stalemate With Afghanistan's Taliban

Times Online | Michael Evans, Defence Editor, Tom Coghlan in Kabul and James Bone in New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Britain and her Nato allies in Afghanistan are stuck in a stalemate with the Taleban, David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, admitted yesterday. Hi...

Afghanistan: Where Empires (US, USSR) Go To Die | By Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It is now a commonplace -- as a lead article in the New York Times's Week in Review pointed out recently -- that Afghanistan is "the graveyard of empi...

US Should De-Escalate In Afghanistan: Policy Brief

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Gilles Dorronsoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After seven years of war, the international community has failed to create the conditions for a sustainable Afghan state. The reality is that the inte...

Afghan Stars at Sundance

Havana Marking | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Havana Marking

Last Saturday night, we were presented two awards by the good people of Sundance. it was the first time an Afghan film had made it there, and the people of Afghanistan were over the moon.

US: 32 Insurgents Killed After Heavy Clashes In Eastern Afghanistan

AP | HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S.-led forces raided a Taliban bomb-making cell in eastern Afghanistan, killing 32 insurgents in a battle with scores of ...

Why We're Failing In Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When it takes seven bone-jarring hours to drive just 90 miles over war-scarred dirt roads from Kabul to the troubled Helmand Province in southwest Afg...

Taliban Support Increasing, Holds 72 % Of Afghanistan: Report

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

If you are currently living in Kabul, you are residing in a city with a "permanent Taliban presence" according to a new report by The International Co...

Life in a War Zone: Text Messages, Shopping, and Bad TV

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

Long ago, I learned that you are still the same person when you enter a war zone. You need to do your washing, satisfy your urge to shop for luxuries, meet friends and watch bad TV.

Explain to Me Why Sending Private Security Contractors to Afghanistan Makes Sense

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Barry

Introducing private security contractors -- lightening rods for controversy in the Muslim world -- into an already volatile situation just seems nonsensical.