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Afghan Elections Will Continue With Taliban Truces

The New York Times | CARLOTTA GALL and SANGAR RAHIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan government said Monday that it had arranged a truce with a group of Taliban in a district in northern Afghanistan in ...

A New Approach to Global Problem-Solving

John W. McArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John W. McArthur

Obama's critics must ask: Which among macroeconomic coordination, food production, energy, climate change, or disease control could be considered optional at this stage?

Logar Afghanistan: Massive Bomb Blast Kills 25, Including 13 Children

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A truck filled with explosives that police believe may have been destined for Kabul blew up on a highway Thursday, killing 25 people _ m...

Sundance Film Afghan Star Incredible

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Afghan Star is the perfect window into a country's tenuous, ongoing struggle for modernity. What I would normally consider frivolous entertainment is downright revolutionary here.

Jim Jones: US Staying Out Of Afghan Election

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — President Barack Obama's national security adviser insisted Tuesday that the U.S. does not support or oppose any candidate in Afghanista...

Rockets hit US base in Afghanistan, 2 troops dead

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A rare rocket attack on the main U.S. base in Afghanistan early Sunday killed two U.S. troops and wounded six other Americans, including...

CharityHelp: An Electronic Bridge to Kids in Need

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

"When you help a child, you help an entire family. That family, in turn, inspires a whole village. That village affects a whole society; and a changed society impacts the world," the orphanage director explained.

Taliban Leaders Report Progress In Secret Talks With The US, Afghanistan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL -- Moderate leaders of the Taliban say they have quietly and steadily made progress in third-party talks between the active Taliban insurgency a...

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

Guardian.co.uk | 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...