iOS app Android app

Mujahideen

The Amazing Graffiti Art in the Ruins of the Darul Aman Palace

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Paula Froelich

On the edge of Kabul, Afghanistan, framed by the snowy peaks of the Hindu Kush, lies the Darul Aman Palace, the former home of Afghan King Amanullah Khan.

In Tennessee, It's United We Stand -- Unless Obama Is in the White House

Brian Joyce | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Brian Joyce

If we, as Americans, are to "remember those who attacked us and why", should we not conclude that Ronald Reagan was allied with al Qaeda?

How Arming Syrian Rebels Will Backfire (See Libya, Afghanistan)

Michael Shank | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.

Stung by Stingers

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Now that the administration has decided to provide small arms to the rebels in Syria it may be useful to recall what happened back in the 1980's when we were supplying arms to the mujahideen who back then were fighting the Russians in Afghanistan.

Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Blasts U.S. For Killings

Reuters | Jane Sutton | Posted 10.18.2012 | World

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, Oct 17 (Reuters) -- The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks told the Guantanamo courtroom on Wednesday th...

Afghanistan: A War of Moral Attrition

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

The war that should have been fought decisively, in a short and swift manner, is the Afghanistan war. Yet this war will be -- and already is going down in the history as such -- one of the longest wars America has ever fought.

'Our (New) Terrorists' the MEK: Have We Seen This Movie Before?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.27.2012 | World
Coleen Rowley

The big money model for lobbyist success has paved the way for the coalition of MEK front groups to corrupt U.S. Government by funneling millions of dollars from who-knows-where to elected and appointed political figures to turn dark into light.

The Haqqani Network: The Background

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The network of Jalaludin Haqqani was "a leading recipient of CIA money" during the Afghan mujahidin struggle against the Soviet Union. While this was basically the case, a few clarifications are in order.

Blood and Gifts: A Conversation With Playwright J.T. Rogers

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home
Marcia G. Yerman

Blood and Gifts, a play by J.T. Rogers, creates a full overview of the issues and choices that were the precursors to our current situation.

Dan Froomkin

HOW WE CREATED A MONSTER: Haqqani Network Now Top Scourge In Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.07.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The U.S.'s new public enemy No. 1 in Afghanistan is one of its own making. Ten years into the occupation of Afghanistan, American off...

Another Old Friend and a Great Afghan Murdered

Eric Margolis | Posted 11.27.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

A suicide bomber killed my old friend, Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, former president of Afghanistan, last week in Kabul, shaking his war-scarred nation to its core.

Pakistan's Urban Metamorphosis

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Wajid Ali Syed

It's surprising to many that the majority of Pakistanis support the Islamists and their apologists as the saviors of their religion. But this didn't happen overnight. The mindset of the large segment of society didn't change with a blink of an eye.

A Monster of Our Own Creation

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.04.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

It is time to concede that the mess that is Afghanistan is a result of our cynical uses of those people and their land for purposes that have nothing to do with their needs or aspirations.

Zardari Claims Afghanistan Is Destabilizing Pakistan, but the Reverse is True

Michael Hughes | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Instead of blaming Afghanistan, it's time for Pakistani leaders to look in the mirror and take responsibility for their own internal security issues.

Arms to Libya? Bad Idea

Ashwin Madia | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Ashwin Madia

Introduce arms into Libya now, and we're almost guaranteed that they'll be used against any peace keeping force sent in after current operations end, and Gaddafi is gone. And what then?

David Wood

Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- In 2007, when American combat casualties were spiking in the bloodbath of the Iraq War, an 18-year-old laborer traveled from his home in...

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.

Afghanistan Corrupted by U.S. and 30 Years of Foreign Meddling

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

General David Petraeus, in a rare public show of indecorum, last week suggested that corruption has been a part of Afghan culture since the country ca...

No Peace without Justice and Equality in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The notion that Afghans are uninterested in living in a progressive, just and free society is most certainly a colonial and racist one; however, it is...

Planting the Seeds

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

After stories of death and dislocation from the Soviet invasion of 1979, and now from the American occupation, Nur Akbari imagines communities learning to provide for themselves.

U.S. Brokering Afghan 'Peace' Plan With an Unholy Alliance

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The Afghans are currently powerless because the fate of their nation, apparently, will be determined by certain events in the U.S. that are outside of their control, chief among them being the election cycle.

Reese Erlich: "Stop using the word 'terrorist'"

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christian Avard

Defining what a terrorist is and isn't is a major dilemma. What one may consider terrorism, another may consider resistance. So where does one draw ...

Mujahideen Victory Day: Afghans Still Voiceless Decades Later

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 view...

Miniskirts in Kabul

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Because of his keen insights into Afghan tribal culture and society, Hasan Nouri has become a foremost expert on Afghanistan in the US, and a voice US leaders, hopefully, will seek out more.

Congressman Rohrabacher on Afghanistan: Start Drawdown Now

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

According to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher there are three underlying evils at work in Afghanistan that must be addressed: centralization, U.S. military involvement and Hamid Karzai.