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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.

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan Examines Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

"Western soldiers will no longer be dying on a daily basis and, frankly, who will care any more about the deaths of Afghans after 2014? Can we honestly believe that, in this likely scenario, combating the abuse of poor children will be a priority?"

Ten Years of Afghan War

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

October 7 marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of U.S. war in Afghanistan. There is no certain end in sight for U.S. involvement, and concerns are growing over the United States' capacity to bring stability to the country and the region.

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.

The Dilemma of Afghanistan: In Search of a Solution

Amir Madani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amir Madani

The clearest lesson of the 9/11 attacks was that global security cannot be disentangled from security in the world's ungoverned spaces, ranging from Afghanistan to Somalia.

What Happens if U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan? Not the End of the World as We Know it

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The Obama administration needs to modify its "belief about the moral benefit and policy utility of nation-building." You do not have to engage in the grandiose project of nation-building in order to achieve our limited goals.

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...

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.

Afghanistan: Eight Years On and No Direction Home

Paul Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald

That failure has finally occurred in Afghanistan and the consequences will be devastating, yet Washington continues along in a dreamlike haze, narrowing the argument to simplistic Vietnam era clichés while the world moves on without it.

Afghanistan, Again: The Thicket Obama's Not Getting Out Of

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

We can't afford to build a nation in Afghanistan. We have one reasonable goal there, and everything else, no matter how seemingly noble it may or may not be, is a luxury.

Who Are the Six Uighurs Released From Guantanamo to Palau?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I am drawing together here the stories of six men who, nearly eight years after their wrongful and mistaken capture, are finally free from Guantánamo, even if an uncertain future awaits them.

It's a Runoff, Now What? Parsing the Impacts of the Presidential Rematch in Afghanistan

Vikrum Aiyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vikrum Aiyer

A coalition government in Afghanstan, while supposedly offering the best of both worlds, tacitly condones an illegitimate election and would require America to broker power among competing personalities.

Obama and Al Qaeda: New Moves Show Success May Not Depend On Afghanistan

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Osama bin Laden's lame 9/11 message and Barack Obama's lethal approach in Somalia raise a central question: Are we not in fact much closer to achieving our central goal in Afghanistan than most imagine?

9/11 + 8: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Eight years since 9/11. It feels like 18 years, if not 80. So much has changed since then, yet so much is still the same.

Obama and the Afghan Election: What It Means, What It Doesn't

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The Obama administration should sigh with a sense of relief after the election in Afghanistan -- the Taliban failed in their threat to halt the election, and were unable to pull off any of the promised attacks.

Afghanistan: Could Britain be Losing its Appetite for War?

Cedric Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cedric Perrier

Defense is clearly at the sharp end of the Government's ongoing budget cuts. Yet British coffers alone may not be the only reason Brown is willing to stand firm.