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Revealed: Elaborate Ruse Behind Massive Bank Fraud In Afghanistan

The Washington Post | Posted 08.31.2011 | World

The top two officials of Kabul Bank used fake names, forged documents, fictitious companies and secret records as part of an elaborate ruse to funnel ...

Afghanistan: The Spreading Insurgency (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

The government's impotence and the staggering insecurity in Afghanistan have left officials with much to gain from partnering with insurgents. I spoke with Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Afghanistan about the insurgent threat.

Kabul Hotel Attack Suspect Killed By NATO Airstrike

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 08.30.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S.-led coalition on Thursday blamed an al-Qaida affiliated network working jointly with Taliban fighters for a deadly...

Suicide Bomber Hits Intercontinental Hotel In Afghanistan's Capital

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 08.28.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed Wednesday that his army and police would be ready to take over from foreign forces as p...

Afghanistan's Army In Danger Of Taliban Infiltration

The New York Times | Posted 08.28.2011 | World

For someone who had once joined an insurgent group, and whose family was tied to a top Taliban commander, Akmal had a strikingly easy path into the Af...

Desperately Seeking Mullah Omar

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

U.S. and Afghan intelligence have illustrated their desperation by spreading fabrications about Omar's death, hoping to provoke him to react with haste and angrily issue denials via statements or audio recordings that could give up his position.

The Neutrality of Language

Robert Weller | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Robert Weller

It seemed so horrible when I first heard Though that Kabul suicide bombing blast lent just the right tone For the day some said would be the apo...

Afghan in Exile: Taking a Stand Against the Karzai Cartel

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

That "our man in Kabul" heads a criminal state is anything but breaking news, yet what remains a mystery is America's continual support for the brothers Karzai as the U.S. neglects promoting Afghans whose power isn't derived from drugs, guns and money.

If Only Bin Laden Had Been Killed 13 Years Ago

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 07.01.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Bin Laden evaded capture and lived on as an embodiment of what the "War on Terror" was all about. Tonight, I remember the thousands who died anywhere al Qaeda practiced his rituals of fear.

Taliban Declares Start Of Spring Offensive In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2011 | World

April 30, 2011 5:32:21 AM KABUL, April 30 (Reuters) - The Taliban declared the start of a spring offensive on Saturday, warning they planned to...

The Last Fighting Season

Global Post | Charles M. Sennott | Posted 06.27.2011 | World

KABUL -- The snows of the Hindu Kush have melted and the poppy harvest is winding down. That means Afghanistan's "fighting season" is about to begi...

More Die In Second Day Of Quran Burning Protests In Afghanistan

AP | By PATRICK QUINN | Posted 06.01.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans rioted for a second day Saturday to protest the burning of a Quran in Florida, killing nine people in Kandahar and injur...

NATO Says Its Forces Repel Attack On Kabul Base In Afghanistan

AP | By DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 06.01.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Three insurgents attacked a NATO base on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Saturday but were killed by coalition force...

An Economic Handover in Afghanistan

John Sullivan | Posted 05.29.2011 | World
John Sullivan

Afghanistan's economic and security futures are intertwined; neither will be secure without the other. After ten years of NATO engagement in Afghanist...

Security Transition in Afghanistan

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that local security forces will take over control in the provinces of Bamiyan, Panjshir, and much of Kabul, from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) beginning in July.

One Blue Sky Above Us

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

Peace activists, who have a long history of opposing war preparations in Colorado Springs, are protesting a USAF plan to acquire a new Combat Aviation Brigade, consisting of 120 helicopter gunships.

Reagan-Era Defense Official Proposes Failed Vietnam Strategy for Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Bing West's archaic solutions are highly unlikely to show anyone how to get out of Afghanistan; however, they do have quite the potential to pave a road to perpetual war.

Nine Boys And A War

The New Yorker | Amy Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ten boys went out to gather firewood in a valley in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Only one came home; his name is Hemad, and this is what he had to say, as ...

Petraeus Apologizes For Deaths Of Afghan Children

The Wall Street Journal | DION NISSENBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL--U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the coalition's commander in Afghanistan, issued a rare apology Wednesday for a helicopter strike that killed nine ch...

Justice Remains Elusive for Many at U.S. Prison in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

As the war in Afghanistan drags into its tenth year, the United States doesn't need more martyrs. It does need to do a much better job of winning regional support for its mission. Sending innocent prisoners home would be a good start.

Afghanistan: Child Soldiers and Dancing Boys

Radhika Coomaraswamy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Radhika Coomaraswamy

It was the religious elders of the Reis Shura Ulema in Afghanistan who initially apprised me of the practice of Bacha Bazi, where young boys are made to dance and then exploited sexually by the police.

Kabul Can Survive Without Gold...

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

While the local pollution that fouls Kabul's air is the responsibility of Afghans, the climate change that is rapidly diminishing its snow pack is not.

The Failure of Iran's Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

The real extent of damage from the Iranian fuel blockade on ordinary Afghans is not fully clear yet, but protests across Afghanistan are an indicator that many people are feeling the pinch.

Suicide Bomb Kills At Least 8 In Kabul

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

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up Friday inside a supermarket popular with Westerners, killing eight people – ...

U.S. Ramps Up For Proxy War Against Pakistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Contrary to mass assumption, the U.S. goal is not to achieve stability in Afghanistan as much as it is to maintain control -- control via a client regime that can best serve Western economic and security concerns.