September 27, 2012

Report Card Gives Afghan Surge an 'F'

Spencer Ackerman, Danger Room

AP Photo

The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan ended last week. Conditions in Afghanistan are mostly worse than before it began.

That conclusion doesn’t come from anti-war advocates. It relies on data recently released by the NATO command in Afghanistan, known as ISAF, and acquired by Danger Room. According to most of the yardsticks chosen by the military — but not all — the surge in Afghanistan fell short of its stated goal: stopping the Taliban’s momentum.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: United States, United States military, Taliban, Afghanistan


September 19, 2012
Taliban Shifts Focus in Afghanistan
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Wash Post
As U.S. and NATO forces have evicted insurgents from a broad swath of southern Afghanistan, senior Taliban commanders have shifted toward a new battlefield strategy, one less focused on reclaiming lost territory and more on... more ››
September 19, 2012
Staying the Course in Afghanistan
Daily Telegraph
The Taliban fears Nato’s success in building the security architecture able to withstand the departure of most combat forces in 2014. more ››
September 18, 2012
The Taliban Assault on Camp Bastion
Michael Yon Online
Last Friday night, the moon phase left Afghanistan in near total darkness.  Even with clear skies, the enemy knew that at the brightest moment, the moon would only appear as an irrelevant orange sliver.  Such times are... more ››
September 20, 2012
America Has Lost the Afghan War
Arif Rafiq, Foreign Policy
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the plight of the Afghan woman was a minor, but important part of the narrative that shaped the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Girls, for the first time in years, headed to schools, and women -- at... more ››
September 19, 2012
U.S. on a Path to Nowhere
Arnaud de Borchgrave, New Atlanticist
The round-the-clock killing of U.S. military advisers by Afghan soldiers they are training coupled with some $200 million worth of jet fighters and attack helicopters destroyed in a heavily fortified allied base in Afghanistan by... more ››