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Afghans Doubt More Troops Could Help

New York Times | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As Americans, including President Obama's top advisers, tensely debate whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, Afghans themselves are hav...

Europe Loses Patience With Afghan War

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS, France -- Whoever ends up presiding over Afghan chaos and corruption, Europe is losing patience fast with U.S. mission muddle and a president w...

Afghan Attacks Kill 4 US Troops, British Soldier

AP | JIM HEINTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A roadside bombing killed four U.S. service members – the first American combat deaths of the year in Afghanistan – while a ...

Robert Pape: To Beat The Taliban, Fight From Afar | ROBERT A. PAPE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

AS President Obama and his national security team confer this week to consider strategies for Afghanistan, one point seems clear: our current military...

Karl Eikenberry Assures Afghans That U.S. Will Stay Beyond 2011

McClatchy | Thomas L. Day | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry Thursday further signaled that a strong American military presence will remain i...

Gates: Afghanistan Failure Would Have 'Severe Consequences'

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY and PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A deeply skeptical Congress on Wednesday resigned itself to President Barack Obama's escalation of the Afghanistan war, even as the...

White House Emphasizes The Positive In Afghanistan, With Hopes Of Gaining Support For Troops | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The United States is developing a set of benchmarks to ensure that Karzai fights corruption and inefficiency, instituting a "monitoring and verificati...

NBC: Send Your Holiday Salutes To U.S. Troops Abroad

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Have something to say to a special someone serving abroad or to our U.S. military in general? NBC is collecting letters, photos and video submissions ...

White House Aides: No Afghan Decision Before Thanksgiving

The Cable | Josh Rogin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Obama administration won't announce its new comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan until after Thanksgiving, a White House official c...

George McGovern: Get U.S. Troops Out Of Afghanistan

Truthdig | Narda Zacchino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

George McGovern has some advice for President Barack Obama: Get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. "I'm convinced that war is going to turn sour. I'm co...

Obama Looking For The "American Bridge" Out Of Afghanistan

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While President Obama continues to mull over his options for adding more U.S. troops to the mission in Afghanistan, he is also pressing for an increas...

White House: Leaving Afghanistan Not An Option

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama is not considering a strategy for Afghanistan that would withdraw U.S. troo...

US Sees Spike In Afghan War Casualties

Washington Post | Ann Scott Tyson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

More than 1,000 American troops have been wounded in battle over the past three months in Afghanistan, accounting for one-fourth of all those injured ...

Poll: 7 In 10 Afghans Support US Forces

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Nearly seven in 10 Afghans support the presence of U.S. forces in their country, and 61 percent favor the military buildup of 37,000 U.S...

14 Americans Killed In 2 Afghan Helicopter Crashes

AP | ROBERT H. REID and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A U.S. military helicopter crashed Monday while returning from the scene of a firefight with suspected Taliban drug traffickers in weste...

'Time Is Running Out' In Afghanistan, Intelligence Officials Say

McClatchy | Thomas L. Day and Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the U.S. and its allies try to overcome logistical hurdles and rush some 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010, intelligence officials are warn...

The Sunni-Shia Conflict in Iraq

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Tuesday's deadly coordinated bomb attacks against soft targets in Iraq bear the mark of a simmering Sunni insurgency. But the Sunni-Shia conflict has very little to do with personal religious grudges.

Our Best Way Forward in Afghanistan is Out

Mary Ellen McNish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Ellen McNish

Afghans and Americans deserve is a full, public discussion of the policy choices looming in the next weeks. We must choose to demonstrate a commitment to the rule of law, and not violence.

Ten Short Explanations for Obama's Afghan Surge

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

Many of Obama's supporters are trying to figure out why he keeps pursuing policies we thought we were voting against. I can't figure it out, but I've come up with some possible explanations.

Yemen: U.S. Troops Unwanted

AP | LEE KEATH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAN'A, Yemen — Yemen on Thursday provided the most comprehensive account yet of contacts between al-Qaida and the Nigerian accused of trying to ...

Cost Estimates Of Afghanistan Troop Buildup Vary Widely

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama may soon find himself in an increasingly uncomfortable position when it comes to funding the anticipated buildup of U.S. troops in Afg...

Military Divorces Edge Up Again In 9th Year Of War

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The toll for a nation long at war is evident in military homes: The divorce rate in the armed forces edged up again in the past yea...

Karl Eikenberry Dissents On Afghan Troop Increase

Huffington Post | Nick Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ahead of today's meeting of Obama's national security team to discuss Afghan war strategy, Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and a m...

Miller Lite Donates $200K To Veterans, Going for $500K

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Miller Lite is promoting Veteran's Day in a significant way this year, with a goal to raise $500,000 for Operation Homefront, a nonprofit that support...

Why The U.S. Should Accept Defeat And Start Withdrawing From Afghanistan

Foreign Policy | John Mearsheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The conventional wisdom among most Republicans is that while the United States had serious difficulty in Vietnam during the early years, by the early ...