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Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

The U.S. deployment to Afghanistan will have lasted just over 15 years—one of the longest continuous military operations in U.S. history, which makes it hard for some observe...(full article)

Interpreters who worked with US forces in Afghanistan are being hunted down by the Taliban. Thousands have emigrated to the US but others have been blacklisted, refused a visa, and...(full article)

Two films, one made during the twilight years of the Soviet Union and the second during the Putin era, tell essentially the same story, but with striking differences in tone and st...(full article)

Let's play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there's another superpowe...(full article)

Defeating Islamist fanaticism requires three policy ingredients: moral clarity, intellectual agility, and strategic persistence. And today, in that regard, there’s new cause ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Finding Peace Between Afghanistan and Pakistan - The Diplomat

In his third foreign visit after trips Saudi Arabia and China, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled to Pakistan on November 14 to talk about the peace that Afghanistan desperatel...

Afghan Military Welcomes Expanded US Role - Sudarsan Raghavan, WaPo

The 18 Afghan soldiers were trapped in a mountainous outpost about 50 miles south of the capital, running out of ammunition. Taliban insurgents had surrounded them. There was only ...

U.S. Has Nothing to Gain from Intervention in Syria - J.D. Stuster, RCW

After three years of strategic ambivalence followed by three months of strategic shift, President Barack Obama may be considering another change in strategy for Syria. He's conveni...

The School Where Bin Laden Is a Hero - Mobeen Azhar, BBC

A hardline cleric in Pakistan is teaching the ideas of Osama Bin Laden in religious schools for about 5,000 children. Even while the Pakistani government fights the Taliban in the ...

America's Eurasian Alliances Are Fraying - Andrew Peek, AI

The US-Azerbaijan relationship is fraying. It’s not just Azerbaijan, though. After six spiraling years of diplomatic missteps, all of America’s Eurasian relationships a...

Afghan Opium Production at All-Time High - Ali M. Latifi, LA Times

An annual survey of opium cultivation in Afghanistan has confirmed previous reports that the farming of poppies has reached an all-time high. The survey, conducted by the United Na...

Inefficient Spending and 'Friendly Fire' Deaths - Washington Times

The deaths of five American soldiers — including two Green Berets — in a “friendly fire” incident in June in Afghanistan have been blamed, in part, on budge...

Think Tank to U.S. Army: Be More French - Beckhusen & Gault, WIB

The French also think Americans are, well, kind of wimpy. One of the traits that stands out about French troops is “a particular culture that, among other things, makes a virtue ...

ISIS vs the Taliban in the Battle for Recruits - Yousafzai & Seibert, Vocativ

As America and the West continue their fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban is trying to prevent its rank and file from joining the jihadi group....

How to Rebalance India-Pakistan Relations - Jordan Olmstead, The Diplomat

Is there a way to avert the constant derailing of bilateral relations?...

Don't Repeat Iraq Blunders in Afghanistan - Boston Globe

Success in foreign policy requires patience. Although history will almost certainly judge the 2003 invasion of Iraq to be a strategic blunder, the downside of Obama’s decisio...

The World Needs a True Counterweight to U.S. - S. Milne, The Guardian

Where is the end of history now? Across three continents, conflicts are multiplying. An arc of war, foreign intervention and state breakdown stretches from Afghanistan to north Afr...

Stop the Spin: Afghanistan War Was Tragic - Kate Hudson, Independent

In the thirteen years of our military involvement, tens of thousands of innocent civilians were killed and the lives of 453 British troops were lost....

It Is a Damaged UK Military that Leaves Helmand - The Guardian

Time will tell whether Afghanistan will be able to forge any kind of reasonable future for itself after the violence and turmoil of recent years....

U.S., Britain Abandon a Taliban Stronghold - Colum Lynch, FP

President Barack Obama marked a milestone Sunday on the way to one of the most important, controversial, and riskiest promises of his presidency: winding down the American-led coal...

The UK's Enduring Legacy in Afghanistan - Telegraph

In the ghostly expanse of the once-bustling Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, the Army’s 13-year combat mission to that benighted land was formally brought to a close....

Afghanistan: Anatomy of a Failed Policy - Edward Girardet, Cairo Review

The American-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is proving to be a failure. Against the advice of experienced diplomats, aid workers, journalists, and other analysts at the...

The Failing War on Drugs... in Afghanistan - Joshua Keating, Slate

The latest report from the U.S. government’s Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, gets right to the depressing point: “After a decade of recon...

America's Failed War on Afghan Heroin - Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times

A new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction provides another painful reminder that despite $7.6 billion of counter-narcotics efforts over the pa...

America's Stale View of the Muslim World - James Zogby, The National

Instead of elevating the discourse, these “experts” dumb it down. And instead of making people aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they...

Arming Rebels Works - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s ...

Training Foreign Armies Is a Misuse of Funds - A. Nekrassov, Al Jazeera

Why the mainstream US media hasn't gone for the juicy bone that is the obvious corruption in the U.S. military....

Britain Breaks Its Promise to Afghanistan - Economist

In Helmand, where his enraptured Labour predecessor said the “future of world security” would be decided, Mr Cameron reiterated his belief that battling jihadism was the “str...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

Obama Ignores Panetta's Warning - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

Say this much about President Obama: He does not engender a lot of loyalty from his inner circle....

Ashraf Ghani's Good Week - Max Boot, Commentary

Count me as among those who were skeptical about whether Ashraf Ghani–or for that matter any other mortal–would have what it takes to confront Afghanistan’s monumental prob...

5 Priorities for Afghanistan - Ahmad Majidyar, Global Public Square

While the peaceful and democratic transfer of power marks a milestone in Afghanistan’s tumultuous history, the country faces mounting security and governance challenges as inte...

Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey - M. Tanchum & H. Karaveli, New York Times

Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. The Islamic State is recruiting militants in Turkey. And failure to clean...

The Huge Bill for Afghanistan's Upkeep - N. Hodge, Wall Street Journal

Considered a marvel of engineering when it was built decades ago, the Salang serves a critical role in this corner of the world. Carved from the rock of the Hindu Kush mountain ran...

Kabul Can Also Use Terrorism as a Tool - Michael Rubin, Commentary

As U.S. forces and America’s NATO partners prepare to withdraw upon an arbitrary political deadline, terrorism will surge inside Afghanistan but terrorism will not be limited...

Paying Afghanistan's Bills - New York Times

By the end of the year, Congress will have appropriated more money for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, when adjusted for inflation, than the United States spent rebuilding 16 E...

Welcome to Suicide Bomber Rehab - Ali M. Latifi, Vocativ

Part of the challenge, analysts say, is that the Taliban targets drug addicts or people with mental or physical disabilities; few, if any, have any formal education....

The Long Road Ahead for Islamabad and Kabul - Dawn

The history is so long and fraught and the problems so complex that the start of the Ashraf Ghani presidency in Afghanistan cannot immediately be seen as a new beginning in ties be...

U.S.-Afghan Security Deal: Small but Key - H. LaFranchi, CS Monitor

The security agreement signed by the US and Afghanistan Tuesday doesn't mean big numbers of American troops. It means an important confidence boost....

How to Salvage Afghanistan - Scott Smith & Andrew Wilder, RealClearWorld

This was no easy transition: Thirteen years of rebuilding efforts nearly unraveled during a fraught electoral summer. The Taliban gained momentum and territory while the economy sh...

Afghanistan's Triumph of Statesmanship - John Kerry, Washington Post

The United States supported a credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process without favoring any particular candidate. It was precisely because of our clear neutrality and ...

Afghan Leaders Must Grasp Chance for a New Start - SCMP

The stage is now set for an important milestone: the first peaceful transfer of power. With an array of challenges, though, bringing stability to the violence-racked nation is as m...

10 Priorities for New Afghan President - Tamim Asey, The Diplomat

The new Afghan government is inheriting a stagnant economy and an empty treasury with a society divided along ethnic and political lines. The new president will face an enormous ta...

Democracy Dies in Afghanistan - Helena Malikyar, Al Jazeera

The live televised signing of the political deal, perhaps consciously scheduled on International Peace Day, simultaneously prompted sighs of respite and despondency. Then again, co...

New Afghan Government Isn't Ideal, but It Can Work - The Guardian

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have done a deal, now they have to work together....

A Shaky Step Forward in Afghanistan - New York Times

Afghans got a new president on Sunday, following a bitter fight over the fraud-plagued runoff election on June 14. The outcome was a brokered political accommodation that was far f...

Afghanistan: the Vote With no Result - Scott Smith, Weekly Standard

With the announcement in Kabul of a power-sharing government between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan election comes closer to a reso...

Afghanistan and Pakistan Must Overcome Distrust - Dawn

Immediate political situations in both countries aside, there is a bigger problem here: joined at the hip as they may be, neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan has figured out quite how...

The Double-Edged Sword of Islamist Militancy - S. Chubin, The Daily Star

In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial....

Kerry Can Break Afghan Stalemate - Bloomberg

Three months after its presidential election -- and two months after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brokered an agreement to resolve the dispute that arose from it -- Afghanist...

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