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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...

Village People

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Kingstone

The big decision facing any ex-pat in Kabul on any given Thursday, the start of the Afghan weekend, is what to do that night.

Afghanistan Needs A Hero: How A Unifying National Leader Can Bring Peace

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Afghanistan needs a legitimate leader who can unify the nation -- one that is chosen by the Afghan people according to Afghan custom, as opposed to being handpicked by U.S. diplomats or as the result of fraudulent elections.

Pakistan Taliban Armed, Trained By Government Spy Agency

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's main spy agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even represented on the group's leadership council despite ...

General McChrystal: Afghan War's Kandahar Operation Will Take Longer

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — Afghans have not yet rallied behind a U.S. military-led effort to push the Taliban out of the city where the insurgency began, and th...

Kabul's Garbage-to-Green Man

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

You could bore everyone witless reading out a shopping list of the amenities Kabul lacks, and somewhere tucked into that endless list would be green space -- something Walid Tamim is changing.

10 NATO Soldiers, Including Seven Americans, Killed On Deadly Day In Afghanistan

AP | ROHAN SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Twelve foreign soldiers, including seven Americans, were killed in separate attacks on the deadliest day of the year for We...

Iran Reaps Benefits from the Afghan War

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

The U.S.'s policy setbacks provide a great gift to the Iranian clerical rulers by helping them enhance their clout and expand their international maneuvering space against the West.

Kamikaze Karzai

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

Hamid Karzai is alienating the very international community on which he is so dependent. To push the historical analogies to the extreme, Karzai seems to be fiddling while Kabul is burning.

U.S. Troops Killed Afghan Women, Then Dug Bullets Out Of Their Bodies To Cover It Up

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled American Special Operations assault in ...

U.S. Flies Afghan Troops To Recapture District In Nuristan

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban dismissed a national peace conference in Afghanistan even before its Wednesday opening, threatening death to th...

Unarmed and Courageous: Emergency Workers in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

We in the U.S. need to show our own determination to foster the works of mercy rather than the works of war. The emergency hospital staff, unarmed and courageous, provide a fine example.

Afghans Not 'Very Hopeful' for Kabul Peace Jirga

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

Both insurgent groups -- the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami -- as well as Karzai's challenger in the last presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, have explicitly said that they won't participate.