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A soldier assigned to the International Security Assistance Force patrols the streets of Mazar-e Sharif. Soldiers assigned to ISAF, Regional Command North, are currently deployed in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, operating to reduce insurgency, support growth of the Afghan National Security Forces, and facilitate governance and socio-economic development. ISAF Regional Command North. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler, via Wikimedia Commons)

Risky War Business

The American people must demand a new definition of security that means more than new and bigger guns.

March 23, 2015

‘The Dogs Are Eating Them Now’ An Unflinching Account Of Afghanistan

In the crowded field of books on the Afghan War, Graeme Smith’s account of his time as a reporter in Kandahar seems destined to stand out as a classic.

January 31, 2015

What Lies Ahead For The U.S. In Afghanistan, Iraq

Everything you need to know about America’s future in Afghanistan.

December 29, 2014

Obama Hails Troops’ Sacrifice As Afghan Milestone Nears

President Obama spent Christmas honoring troops at a Hawaii military base.

December 26, 2014

U.S. Shuts Down Last Detention Center In Afghanistan

The Defense Department no longer operates any prisons in Afghanistan.

December 11, 2014

U.S. Military Role In Afghanistan Still Has Limits, Officials Say

Learn more about President Obama’s latest decision on Afghanistan.

November 24, 2014

Afghanistan And U.S. Sign Long-Delayed Troop Pact

America’s military role in Afghanistan isn’t over quite yet.

September 30, 2014

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene Remembered For His Brilliance, Humor

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times The two-star U.S. Army general who was killed in Afghanistan in an insider attack Tuesday was a native of upstate New York who held three advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and whom colleagues described as a family man and a brilliant logistician with a quick sense […]

August 6, 2014

Released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl Completes Treatment, Takes New Army Post

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan until he was traded May 31 for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, has completed his U.S. military-led reintegration and has been assigned to an army unit in Texas to continue his military service. […]

July 14, 2014

Election Crisis And Rising War Casualties Add To Afghan Woes

Kabul (AFP) – Fighting in Afghanistan is spreading into populated areas and taking a record toll on civilians, the UN warned Wednesday, as presidential candidates urged supporters not to raise tensions after the disputed election result. Political deadlock and soaring civilian casualties have caused deep disquiet among Afghanistan’s international backers, who sent tens of thousands […]

July 9, 2014

Preliminary Results: Ghani Wins Fraud-Hit Afghan Election

Kabul (AFP) – Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s presidential election, according to preliminary results Monday, but fraud allegations are set to spark a dispute over the outcome and stoke concerns of instability. Ghani won 56.4 percent of the run-off vote, with ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah on 43.5 percent — a major comeback […]

July 7, 2014

The Cost Of War

July 2, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl To Return To U.S. On Friday

Washington (AFP) – The American soldier released by Afghan insurgents in a swap with the Taliban will return to the United States on Friday after undergoing medical treatment at a military hospital in Germany, a U.S. defense official said Thursday. Bowe Bergdahl was “expected to arrive on Friday” at Brooke Army Medical Center in San […]

June 12, 2014

What Matters Most: Bringing Bowe Bergdahl Back

Those who object to President Barack Obama’s recent prisoner exchange raise a bracing question: How many Taliban terrorists is one freed U.S. soldier worth? That question lies at the heart of the backlash that President Obama has received after doing what many of his critics have been urging him to do: take action to free […]

June 9, 2014

Seeking Sanity On Sgt. Bergdahl

GETTYSBURG, PA — There were many poignant moments in President Obama’s speech in Normandy commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But two sentences he spoke at what he called “democracy’s beachhead” seemed especially resonant  back home. “Whenever the world makes you cynical, stop and think of these men,” Obama said. “Whenever you lose hope, stop and […]

June 9, 2014

Afghan Election Front-Runner Abdullah Escapes Assassination Attempt

Kabul (AFP) – Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt Friday when two blasts hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least six people just ahead of a hotly contested run-off election. “The first attack was a suicide car bomb on a convoy of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the second was a […]

June 6, 2014

Obama: ‘No Apologies’ For Trading Detainees For Bergdahl

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he will “make no apologies” for trading five Taliban detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, defiantly pushing back against critics of the decision by referring to Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war” and as “somebody’s child” who is now headed […]

June 5, 2014

Senators’ Doubts Persist As Administration Explains Bergdahl Deal

By Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared “drugged” and “very weak” in a Taliban video shown to senators Wednesday during a classified briefing, the administration’s most broad-ranging consultation with lawmakers after a controversial prisoner swap. The Obama administration contends that there was increased concern that […]

June 5, 2014

Why Restraint Makes Us Stronger

WASHINGTON — By laying out a long-term foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama challenged his critics, at home and abroad, not to speak in vague terms about American “decline” or “weakness” but to answer the question: Exactly what would you do differently? This is as close as we […]

May 28, 2014

Afghan Officer Kills Three U.S. Doctors

By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul’s leading hospitals in the latest deadly attack aimed at foreigners in Afghanistan. The shooting occurred at Cure International Hospital of Kabul, a 100-bed hospital that specializes […]

April 24, 2014

Military Official Says Complete Pullout From Afghanistan Leaves The Country Vulnerable

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau BRUSSELS — Security in Afghanistan would worsen steadily if all U.S. troops were withdrawn this year, a senior U.S. military official warned Thursday, two days after President Barack Obama ordered the Pentagon to begin contingency planning for such a pullout. “I can’t speculate what the outcome will be,” […]

February 28, 2014

Afghans Free 65 Prisoners Deemed Dangerous By U.S.

By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — Over strident U.S. objections, Afghanistan on Thursday released 65 prisoners whom it said it could not prosecute despite American warnings that they could return to attacking coalition forces and civilians. The U.S. military had expected the move and denounced it in a series of […]

February 13, 2014