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WATCH: U.S. Aiming For 'Good Enough' In Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

General David Petraeus, the top U.S. military and NATO commander in Afghanistan, continued his media blitz this week with a CBS interview on Thursday....

Mohammad Zia Salehi, Karzai Aide, Part of Wider Corruption Probe

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow and David Nakamura | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A close adviser to President Hamid Karzai, arrested last month on charges of soliciting a bribe, was also under investigation for allegedly providing ...

Crown Jewels or Spoils of War?

Seema Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seema Jilani

Many of the colonized people in the world share a belief: that when our colonizers leave, they intentionally leave behind a chaotic situation destined for more conflict, thereby ensuring post-colonial strife.

John Kerry: Karzai 'Must Fight Graft' Or Lose Support

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Sen. John Kerry told the president of Afghanistan on Tuesday that his efforts to battle corruption were crucial if he w...

Nieman Watchdog: The Real Story Behind Time's Cover | Ralph Lopez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The repressive and misogynistic forces the picture depicts are the very ones that were bolstered by U.S. policy in the early 1980s, and again now. The...

Petraeus, Young Officers To Press For Slower Afghan Drawdown

The New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT, HELENE COOPER and DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

American military officials are building a case to minimize the planned withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan starting next summer, in an effort ...

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what NATO forces repeatedly denied: U.S. an...

Netherlands Withdraws From Afghanistan After Four Years: 1,950 Troops Head Home

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Netherlands is ending its military involvement in Afghanistan, after four years in which its 1,950 troops have won praise for their effectiveness....

The Real Story of Afghanistan Remains Untold

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

As the American public continues to get weary of the Afghan War, and every day brings a new depressing development, our hearts -- the hearts of us Afghans -- are broken ever so slightly.

Afghans Accuse NATO Of Deliberate Attack On Civilians

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak roundup: Taliban have killed one pro-government Afghan for each day of 2010. The insurgent group's assassination campaign against Afgha...

`Bookseller Of Kabul' Author To Pay Over $40K In Damages To Book's Subject

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

OSLO, Norway — A lawyer says the author and publisher of the best-selling "The Bookseller of Kabul" have been sentenced to pay 250,000 kroner ($...

Grasping at 'Turning Points' in Afghanistan

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The Obama administration's credibility erodes every time it dusts off and redeploys the tired "turning point" mantra to describe a war and a strategy that continues to go from bad to worse.

Our Responsibility to Afghanistan

Dex Torricke-Barton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dex Torricke-Barton

Preparing for an era in which the Afghan government takes charge is a good thing. But as countries head for the exit, they must avoid tripping at the door.

Don't You Know There's a War On?

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Winship

Whatever it is we're trying to do in Afghanistan, it isn't working. And in continuing to fight this conflict we are not only guaranteeing the continued destruction of that faraway land but our own country as well.

Plane Crash In Afghanistan: 43 On Board Pamir Airways Jet

AFP | Waheedullah Massoud | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL (AFP) -- An Afghan commercial passenger plane with 43 people on board, including six foreigners, crashed into the mountains of northern Afghanis...

The Indie Band That's Rocking Kabul In Post-Taliban Era

AP | KEN TEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Guitars strapped to their backs, three trim Afghan youths flash rock star smiles at armed guards who wave them through the ...

A Very Hot Summer for Afghanistan

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

At around midnight on July 1, I was startled awake as the sound heavy gunfire ripped through the silence of Kabul's normally quiet Vazir Akbar Khan neighborhood. My housemates and I rushed out to see what had happened.

PHOTOS: Rachel Maddow In Afghanistan

Rachel Maddow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rachel Maddow

Editor's Note: Rachel Maddow is in Afghanistan, where she will be broadcasting "The Rachel Maddow Show" from Kabul on Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, J...

William Dalrymple: the Af-Pak Fiasco "on its last legs" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

William Dalrymple is drawing on a deep well of personal and imperial history in his stark clarification of our American comeuppance in Afghanistan. ...

U.S. Attorney General In Afghanistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is in Kabul for talks with Afghan officials, the Justice Department says. Holder's agenda during...

Ahmad Wali Karzai, Brother Of Afghan President, Says UN Should Not Leave South

AP | NOOR KHAN and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The powerful half brother of President Hamid Karzai urged the international aid community not to pull out of the trouble...

After McChrystal

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama did the right thing this week in firing McChrystal. Unfortunately, the other decisions the President faces regarding Afghanistan are not as easy. It is difficult to get out of Afghanistan today, but it will be more difficult to get out tomorrow.

June 'Deadliest Month' Of Afghan War For NATO

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — June has become the deadliest month of the Afghan war for the NATO-led international military force. An Associated Press cou...

Afghans To Take Control This Year, Says NATO

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TALLINN, Estonia — Fearful of losing public support for the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO on Friday agreed to start transferring control...

UK Special Envoy To Afghanistan Who Called For Taliban Talks Quits

The Guardian | Declan Walsh and Jon Boone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Britain's special envoy to Afghanistan, known for his scepticism about the western war effort and his support for peace talks with the Taliban, has st...