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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 ...

3 More U.S. Troops Die In Deadliest Month Of Afghan War

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — In a summer of suffering, America's military death toll in Afghanistan is rising, with back-to-back record months for U.S. ...

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...

Madam SecState in the Badlands

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

While Hillary Clinton has acquired a remarkably deft hand on the ship of state's rudder for navigating Pakistan's troubled waters, ultimately, there is little she can do to reverse Pakistan's designs in Afghanistan.

Insurgents Attack NATO's Southern Afghan Base

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban claimed responsibility Sunday for a nighttime assault on NATO's biggest base in southern Afghanistan. Insurgent...

Afghan Envoy Holbrooke and Senate in La La Land

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

La La Land, it seems, is not poor Afghanistan, but Washington DC, where politicians send our youth off to fight and die in an endless war they themselves don't believe in.

Ahmed Wali Karzai, Afghan President's Half-Brother, Linked To Illegal Land Grabs By Afghan Military

McClatchy | Dion Nissenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan military investigators have accused Ahmed Wali Karzai, U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai's controversial half-brother, o...

Warrior Diplomats: Soldiers Take Over Where Afghanistan Government Fears To Go

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CHARBAGH, Afghanistan — The American soldiers climb over walls, jump ditches and scan the dirt for trip wires in an hourlong hike, all to meet w...

Petraeus Reviews Directive Meant To Limit Afghan Civilian Deaths

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

To the U.S. soldiers getting pounded with thunderous mortar rounds in their combat outpost near Kandahar, it seemed like a legitimate request: allow t...

Kandahar Still A Taliban Stronghold Nearly Nine Years Into Afghan War

LA Times | David Zucchino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nearly nine years into the U.S.-led war, it remains a Taliban stronghold, ill-served by corrupt Afghan officials, and patrolled by Western forces just...

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...

U.S. Forces In Afghanistan Will Soon Outnumber Those In Iraq

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UN shuts mission in Kandahar. After a surge of violence in Kandahar--the heart of the Taliban insurgency, and the location of the next NATO military o...

Kandahar Violence Prompts UN Warning To 200 Afghan Staffers

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

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The United Nations scaled back its operations in the troubled southern city of Kandahar on Monday, relocating several fo...

How Many Soldiers Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The vie...

Troops Prepare For Major New Drive In Afghanistan

New York Times | THOM SHANKER, HELENE COOPER and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Small bands of elite American Special Operations forces have been operating with increased intensity for several weeks in Kandahar, southern Afghanist...

What McChrystal Got Right

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

No matter what you think of Gen. McChrystal after the Rolling Stone article and the fiasco that ensued, he knew how to work in Afghanistan. Here are a few things he got right.

Five Reasons to Withdraw From Afghanistan Sooner Rather Than Later

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

McChrystal's dirty laundry is the least of President Obama's problems. In the face of rapidly rising violence throughout the country, Obama needs to decide how quickly to withdraw U.S. troops from the country.

Attacks On Contractors Surge In Afghanistan

AP | NOOR KHAN and TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The message, very often, is sent with bloodshed. A suicide bombing last week on a fortified Kandahar guesthouse shared ...

Washington 'Should Cut Pakistani Aid,' Says New RAND Report

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

AfPak news round-up: RAND: Washington should cut aid to Pakistan. A new report by the RAND Corporation, which claims the Pakistan government to use m...

Afghans Must Embrace US Troops by Day, Taliban by Night

Paul Jay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Jay

Mohammed Junaid, a research scholar of Pashtun decent, says the people of Kandahar are caught between the US army and Taliban; they will not support the US offensive.

Taliban Buildup In Kandahar: Islamist Fighters Prepare To Face NATO In Afghanistan

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban are moving fighters into Kandahar, planting bombs and plotting attacks as NATO and Afghan forces prepare for...

Petraeus Not the Only One Fatigued by Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, it became glaringly obvious that "success" in Afghanistan, if it's even still achievable, will take far longer than July 2011.

Group Behind Mumbai Bombings Expands To Afghanistan

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

Group behind Mumbai bombings expands to Afghanistan. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militia is believed to be active in six to eight Afghan ...

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.