Afghanistan

جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان

Foreign Hands Off Afghanistan

Marin Thornton & Rahi, The Conversation

Central Asia Is Easy Pickings for ISIS

Deirdre Tynan, Moscow Times

Reflections on American Military Failure

Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic

For much of its history, Afghanistan has been a battlefield for conflicts over regional influence in what has been called the Great Game. Now a weak state with deep ethnic division...(full article)

The Taliban want to make it clear for ISIS: Afghanistan’s only big enough for one of them. And it’s not ISIS....(full article)

The appearance of Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov in an Islamic State propaganda video on May 27 sent a chill across Central Asia. The head of Tajikistan's Special Assignment Police Unit...(full article)

Since 1945, the United States has experienced little except military stalemate and loss—precisely because it’s a superpower in a more peaceful world....(full article)

KUNDUZ — The Taliban's annual spring offensive is underway and focused right now around the besieged city of Kunduz. Some German units are on their way to join the fight in s...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Murder, Sharia, and Hope in Afghanistan - Ann Jones, TomDispatch

I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends. By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men. The world would soo...

The Afghans Fighting Assad's War - Christopher Reuter, Der Spiegel

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers and is forced to rely on mercenaries in his ongoing battle against rebels. Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanista...

An Opening for Peace in Afghanistan - New York Times

The talks between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar over the weekend were a breakthrough of sorts. It has long been apparent, including to American ...

The Fraud of War - Julia Harte, Slate

U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts....

Afghan Anger May Lead to Change - The National

The news that 49 people, including 19 police officers, have gone on trial in Afghanistan over the killing of a young woman is a step in the right direction, not only for the rule o...

A Taunting ISIS Approaches Tunisia - Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast

It used to be known as the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Now, Tunisia could become the latest addition to the so-called Islamic State....

So, ISIS Didn't Bomb Afghanistan? - Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast

ISIS loyalists may have claimed credit for Saturday bombing that killed at least 35 people in eastern Afghanistan. But U.S. officials now believe that Taliban fighters—not the Mi...

The Evolving Jihad in South Asia - Arif Rafiq, The Diplomat

Relations between Islamabad and Kabul have taken a turn for the better in recent months. Though it’s unclear whether the positive momentum can be sustained, strong ...

Turkmenistan's Border Worries now Include ISIS - C. Michel, Diplomat

Justified or not, Ashgabat is increasingly concerned about its border with Afghanistan, and the threat posed by ISIS....

China's Foreign Policy Comes of Age - Andrew Small, New York Times

WASHINGTON — China’s public offer to mediate peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government marks a notable departure in Chinese foreign policy. It is the fi...

What's the Afghanistan Endgame? - Los Angeles Times

President Obama's announcement this week that he will delay the withdrawal of some 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan is an acceptable course correction. Keeping troop levels at th...

The Revival of the Afghan Taliban - Zahid Hussain, Dawn

Slowing the drawdown of the US troops in Afghanistan is likely to be the most important issue in the discussion when Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets American officials in Washi...

The Lessons of Afghanistan - The Guardian

A long and costly conflict has ended. Now it is time to consider its lessons....

Don't Delay Afghan Pullout - New York Times

Last year, the Afghan Army lost more than 17,000 troops and civilian employees as a result of desertions, combat deaths and discharges, leaving a force that is authorized to employ...

Time for Pakistan to Emerge from the Fog - Roger Cohen, New York Times

LAHORE, Pakistan — There is a bit of a hermetic feel to Pakistan these days, as if the country that lies on the ancient road from the West to Asia, a natural bridge, had some...

Afghan Mineral Wealth: Blessing or Curse - Tamim Momeni, Diplomat

The estimated $3 trillion worth of mineral resources mapped by U.S. geologists in Afghanistan has the potential to provide the backbone for a sustainable economy. However, in th...

The Narco-State of Afghanistan - Najibullah Gulabzoi, The Diplomat

Since the 1970s, Afghanistan has been pummeled and torn by wars and insurgencies. Over the course of these decades, numerous political systems and regimes were tested by the victor...

How to Win Covert Wars - Richard Russell, The National Interest

In light of plummeting security around the globe today, the United States would be prudent to take an inventory of its instruments of statecraft. The foundation for effective sta...

What if the U.S. Hadn't Invaded Afghanistan? - Robert Grenier, Atlantic

Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani, the Taliban’s military leader for southern Afghanistan, sat stolidly, his great bulk sup­ported in an overstuffed chair to my left. It was Octob...

ISIS-Taliban Turf War in Afghanistan? - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

The turf war between the Taliban and the Islamic State may be intensifying in Afghanistan. On Monday, masked gunmen claiming to fight for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISI...

In Praise of Our Foreign Policy Muddlers - Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch

Not one of the signature foreign policy initiatives conceived in Obama's first term has borne fruit. When it came to making a fresh start with the Islamic world, responsibly ending...

Afghanistan: War Quickens as Politicians Falter - Guardian

Wars fade from consciousness as new conflicts seize attention. The war in Afghanistan, once constantly in the headlines, has slipped down the agenda since the American-led coalitio...

How Corruption Can Destroy a State - Patrick Radden Keefe, New Yorker

Does tolerating graft undermine national security?...

A Letter to a Young Army Ranger - Rory Fanning, TomDispatch

The war you're heading into has been going on for a remarkably long time. Imagine this: you were five years old when I was first deployed to Afghanistan in 2002. Now I'm graying a ...

Keeping a Promise to Afghans Who Risked Their Lives - New York Times

The legacy of America’s war in Afghanistan, which nominally ended on New Year’s Eve, will come into sharper focus in the coming decade. Historians will spend years figu...

Ashraf Ghani and a Game of Fiefdoms - Shawn Snow, The Diplomat

Ghani’s fight to end corruption and promote a meritocracy may be creating instability in Afghanistan. The foundation of Afghanistan’s government rests on patronage and corrup...

The Strange 'How We Lost' Debate - James Jay Carafano, TNI

Post-mortems on “How We Lost Iraq and Afghanistan” seem to be proliferating—even though there’s a lot of “mors” still happening in those battlegrounds....

The Politics of Last Names in Afghanistan - Edward Delman, The Atlantic

Last names are deeply personal, a kind of shorthand for expressing family bonds. But they’re also profoundly political, reflecting the machinations of governments in the co...

Suicide Bombings up 94% in 2014 - Amos Harel, Haaretz

The claim that most suicide attacks are carried out against foreign occupiers has been proved false once again, says Israel's INSS think tank....

U.S. Needs to Learn from Failure - Mary Sanchez, Winnipeg Free Press

Nearly six years into his presidency, one would hope that President Obama would have learned not to make promises he can’t keep. Yet there was Obama in the final days of Dece...

10 Wars to Watch in 2015 - Jean-Marie Guehenno, Foreign Policy

The last year was a bad one for international peace and security. Sure, there were bright spots in 2014. Colombia’s peace process looks hopeful. The last round of Iran’...

U.S. Still Has a Role in Afghanistan - Los Angeles Times

After 13 years of war, more than 2,300 dead U.S. troops and the replacement of the Taliban regime with an elected government, the United States this past weekend declared a formal ...

Afghanistan's New Deal with Pakistan - Amir Taheri, New York Post

With public sentiment rising against terrorism, the Pakistani and Afghan governments have decided to abandon their traditional policy of giving terror groups shelter in exchange ...

Seeking Stability in South Asia's Geography - A. Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

The diversity of culture, language, and terrain throughout South Asia coupled with its numerous weak states reminds one of the multi-lingual Austro-Hungarian Empire that was always...

Rearranging the Subcontinent - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The division of the Indian subcontinent between two major states, India and Pakistan (as well as a minor one, Bangladesh), may not be history's last word in political geography the...

The Massacre that Changed Pakistan - Shahid Javed Burki, Project Syndicate

Pakistan has had a complicated relationship with the Taliban. The country’s intelligence services had a hand in the group’s formation and in its rise to power in neighb...

ISIS Moves Into Afghanistan as the US Moves Out - Daily Beast

Few sayings of the Prophet Mohammed have a stronger hold on the imagination of the world’s jihadists than his prophecy about the flags: "If you see the black banners coming f...

There Is Still Hope for Afghanistan - Shaukat Qadir, The National

Afghans across the ethnic divide turned out for the presidential elections this year. Abdullah Abdullah seemed the front-runner but Ashraf Ghani emerged victorious in the run-off...

Afghanistan's Hard-fought Gains are at Risk - Independent

Let it not be said that the West’s intervention in Afghanistan, at a cost of $1trn (£639bn) and the loss of 453 British lives, has achieved nothing: today, after nation...

Afghanistan Is a Winnable War - Paul Miller, New Republic

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...

Abandoned by the U.S. to the Taliban's Mercy - Thomas Martienssen, BBC

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...

Russian War Movies, Then and Now - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

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...

Iraq War 4.0? - Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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...

Obama Ignores His Advisers on Afghanistan - Tom Rogan, National Review

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

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...

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