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Making Foreign Reconstruction Efforts Count

The Kabul Grand Hotel was supposed to be a symbol of America’s reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Instead, it’s an empty mothballed structure that’s heavily guarded courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.

November 23, 2016
Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of an attack in Kabul. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Gunmen Attack American University In Kabul, Students Trapped

Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, with explosions and gunfire reported inside the campus where foreign staff and hundreds of students were trapped, an interior ministry official and a student said.

August 24, 2016
U.S. Army soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment take up positions while Afghan soldiers search motorists, during a joint U.S.-Afghan military patrol in a village in Arghandab Valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan October 22, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Obama, Changing Plans, Says He Will Keep 8,400 U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Until 2017

Obama, in a statement at the White House, said the role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan would remain unchanged: training and advising Afghan police and troops, and supporting counterterrorism missions against the Taliban and other groups. Obama’s presidency ends in January.

July 6, 2016

Pakistan Can’t Confirm Taliban Leader Is Dead, Criticizes U.S. Drone Strike

Pakistan’s interior minister said on Tuesday he could not confirm that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike, and described Washington’s justification for the attack as “against international law”.

May 25, 2016

Massive Explosion Tears Through Central Kabul

A powerful explosion ripped through central Kabul during morning rush hour Tuesday, a week after the Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive. The blast struck a densely packed neighbourhood close to several military compounds, according to police sources.

April 19, 2016
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Vetting Bernie: He Never Voted For Intervention In Iraq — Except Twice

The socialist Vermont senator is under fresh scrutiny today on the (further) left, where his support for intervention in Bosnia and Afghanistan has raised sharp questions. In the online magazine Counter-Punch, Jeffrey St. Clair complains that even on Iraq, Sanders is a “hypocrite.”

February 17, 2016

Identities Revealed For All Six U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan Attack

Female Air Force officer, one of the first openly gay U.S. service members to get married, was identified as one of the troops killed by a suicide bomber.

December 23, 2015

Six U.S. Troops Killed By Suicide Bomber In Afghanistan

A U.S. official said all six killed were Americans. More than 2,300 U.S. troops have died in the Afghan war since the 2001 invasion.

December 21, 2015

5 Times George W. Bush Didn’t Keep Us Safe

If Jeb Bush wants to argue that George W. Bush did a nice job of bringing America together and trying to avoid the demonization of Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, there’s a case to be made. But W.’s record of “keeping us safe” in comparison to every other modern president is non-existent.

October 19, 2015

Refugee Children, Close To Death, Found In Van In Austria

Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Asia on their way to Europe.

August 29, 2015

Taliban Appoints New Leader After Mullah Omar’s Death

The Taliban has officially appointed a new leader following the death of its founder, Mullah Omar, officials say.

July 30, 2015

Afghanistan Investigates Reports Of Taliban Leader’s Death

“We are aware of the reports of the passing of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader,” Sayed Zafar Hashemi, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, told reporters.

July 29, 2015

Afghan Troops Retake Rebel-Held District

Taliban forces also confirmed that they have lost most of the district. Nonetheless, they said they still control parts of it.

June 21, 2015
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Bin Laden’s Papers Show He Studied U.S. Terrorism Investigations And Military History

Called “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf,” among the terrorist leader’s documents are works by Noam Chomsky and sports dieting tips.

May 20, 2015

White House: Two Al-Qaeda Hostages Killed In U.S. Operation

The White House said Thursday that a U.S. operation in January against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group.

April 23, 2015
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Afghan Realities Prompt Obama To Slow Plans For U.S. Withdrawal

After Iraq’s descent into chaos, Obama may keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for longer than planned.

March 24, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Afterwar: Healing The Moral Wounds Of Our Soldiers’

‘Afterwar’ is a lucid, insightful, and compassionate guide to how veterans can recover, so that “minds and not just bodies” can endure.

March 22, 2015
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Republicans Haven’t Quite Worked Out A Foreign Policy Beyond ‘Not Obama’

The GOP’s presidential hopefuls want to have it both ways on foreign policy.

February 16, 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

Weekend Reader: ‘Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History Of Americans At War’

Senator John McCain and Mark Salter examine war as it was lived, fought, and endured on the ground.

January 3, 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
5 Republican campaign promises that Obama fulfilled

Obama’s Fourth-Quarter Foreign Policy Surprises

The president’s foreign policy suddenly looks much better than it did six months ago.

December 22, 2014

U.S. Shuts Down Last Detention Center In Afghanistan

The Defense Department no longer operates any prisons in Afghanistan.

December 11, 2014

Obama Appears To Be Seeking A More Forceful Defense Chief

Inside the search for a new defense secretary.

November 26, 2014