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REPORT: Major Cut May Be Coming To U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics

By Missy Ryan and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, April 21(Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 ...

Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Says Al-Qaida In 'Survival Mode'

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says al-Qaida is in "survival mode," but that if all international forces left this year, th...

Can We Afford Another Failed State in Afghanistan? Beyond the 2014 Drawdown

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

In the annals of U.S. foreign policy, Afghanistan stands as a typical case where a flawed military strategy has sidelined viable political solutions. Washington incentivized war through perks and privileges, and four-star promotions and undermined peace efforts. The U.S. has had a war strategy, but no political strategy or a clear exit strategy.

Obama Is So Done With Karzai

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. tro...

U.S. And Afghanistan Appear Farther From Security Deal

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Jessica Donati and Mark Felsenthal KABUL/WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Afghanistan and the United States appeared even farther fro...

U.S. And Afghanistan Finally Agree On Crucial Security Pact

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

KABUL, Nov 19 (Reuters) - The United States and Afghanistan have agreed a final version of a crucial security pact outlining where and how many U.S....

John Kerry, Hillary Clinton: Afghanistan Nearing Turning Point

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, say Afghanistan is reaching a turning point that will b...

U.S.-Funded Afghan Hospital Spends $500 Per Gallon On Fuel

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.24.2013 | World

A US-funded project to build a hospital in Afghanistan paid $500 a gallon for fuel instead of a market rate of $5, a watchdog said Wednesday in a damn...

The 2 Issues Threatening To Derail The Afghan Security Pact

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2013 | World

By Dylan Welch and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A U.S. bid to run unilateral counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan aft...

U.S., Afghanistan Near Agreement On Post 2014 Strategy

Posted 07.31.2013 | World

The United States and Afghanistan have reportedly moved closer to a bilateral agreement that spells out the presence of American forces in the country...

Afghans Poised To Take Security Lead From U.S., NATO

AP | PATRICK QUINN | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — One of the most significant turning points in one of America's longest and costliest wars is imminent: Afghanistan's fl...

The Latest U.S. Failure In Afghanistan

time.com | Posted 05.06.2013 | World

Last week, the federal Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), examined a pair of hospitals the U.S. Agency for Internationa...

Coalition Mistakenly Reported Drop In Taliban Attacks

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.28.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its claim that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, taci...

Obama: U.S. Mission In Afghanistan To Shift To Supporting Role

AP | Posted 01.11.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. role in Afghanistan will shift to a support role later this spring and he will soon get recommendat...

David Wood

Petraeus-Allen Scandal Shakes Military's Faith In 'Do the Right Thing'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the chaos and heat and noise of combat, weapons and ammo and manpower are all important -- but one critical intangible is trust. ...

Afghanistan: China Surges In

Barry Lando | Posted 09.27.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Question: How will China deal with the country that proved such an expensive and bloody disaster for both the U.S., its NATO allies -- and the U.S.S.R before them?

Panetta: Afghan Insider Attacks Cause For Concern

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 09.18.2012 | World

BEIJING -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday the U.S. is concerned about the impact insider attacks are having on its forces in Afghani...

Disturbing Rise In Afghan Militant Attacks

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 09.26.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 percent, compared to the same period last year, ac...

Toward Post-American Afghanistan

Rajan Menon | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

After what Afghans have endured, they have every right to hope that the post-American phase brings good things. That's why they will watch with interest, and trepidation, to see if Hilary Clinton promises and the pledges made at Chicago and Tokyo are kept.

Violence Spikes In Afghanistan

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 08.19.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence spiked in southern Afghanistan as militants stormed a NATO military base and attacked a police checkpoint Tuesday,...

US Troops Do 'Vampire' Shift To Avoid Snipers

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2012 | World

By Rob Taylor COMBAT OUTPOST PIRTLE-KING, Afghanistan, June 7 (Reuters) - U .S. Staff-Sergeant Joshua Danison cranes his neck to surve...

Don't Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

Joseph Gerson | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Joseph Gerson

As the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, misplaced paranoia is striking deep. Here are 10 reasons why we're coming to Chicago for the Counter Summit.

U.S. Eyes Options To Restart Taliban Talks

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2012 | World

By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration, seeking to revive stalled Afghan peace talks, ...

Wars of Attrition

Nick Turse | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Nick Turse

More than 40 years after the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, even after reviving the counterinsurgency doctrine (only to see it crash-and-burn in short order), the U.S. military still doesn't get it.

US And Afghanistan Finalize Agreement

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans wil...