Afghanistan

جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان

Afghanistan Is Still Our Fight

Andrew Peek, New York Daily News

ISIS's Expansion Woes

Gartenstein-Ross & Barr, War on the Rocks

For Americans, the war in Afghanistan is all but over. Most U.S. troops went home at the end of 2014, and the remaining 9,800 have their mission tightly curtailed. No longer are th...(full article)

The men, who are mainly ethnic Hazaras, are recruited from impoverished and vulnerable migrant communities in Iran, and sent to join a multi-national Shia Muslim militia - in effec...(full article)

Judging from the Islamic State’s propaganda, it would appear the group is rapidly overtaking the Muslim world. The Islamic State has declared wilayats (provinces) in ten coun...(full article)

America’s war in Afghanistan, which is now in its fifteenth year, presents a mystery: how could so much money, power, and good will have achieved so little?...(full article)

While there are disagreements over aspects of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, there is a near consensus among experts that the country has entered into a critical period in which the c...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Does Obama Not See the Tides of War Swell? - J. Diehl, Washington Post

“The tide of war is receding,” Barack Obama tirelessly insisted four years ago as he campaigned for reelection. Even then, the slogan seemed untethered from reality. No...

What Happened to ISIS's Af-Pak Province? - Arif Rafiq, The Diplomat

The so-called Islamic State’s Khurasan province (ISIS-Khurasan), which includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, remains a notional entity a year after its establishment. It consist...

World Can't Afford an Unstable Pakistan - The Australian

The horrifying Islamic terrorist attack on Pakistan’s Bacha Khan University is a sharp reminder of the increasing instability that is threatening a country of vital strategic...

Afghanistan Was Very Different in the 1960s - J Gould-Bourn, Bored Panda

When you think of Afghanistan, you probably don't think of short skirts, nice cars and liberal lifestyles, but just as Iran looked very different in the 1970s, these fascinating pi...

Hungry China Sees Riches in War-Torn Afghanistan - Kate Drew, CNBC

A new Silk Road planned by China could cost $100 billion and reach 63 percent of the world's population....

As U.S. Focuses on ISIS and Taliban, Al-Qaeda Re-Emerges - NY Times

Even as the Obama administration scrambles to confront the Islamic State and resurgent Taliban, an old enemy seems to be reappearing in Afghanistan: Qaeda training camps are sprout...

The Islamic State of Afghanistan - Emile Simpson, Foreign Policy

With the caliphate growing across Central Asia, it's time to make a deal with the Taliban -- the enemy we know....

Two Lessons We Must Learn From Afghanistan - Telegraph

When British service personnel arrived in Sangin, the then defence secretary, John Reid, announced he would be happy to see them leave “without firing a shot”. That qui...

How NATO Advises Afghanistan's National Security Forces - Diplomat

It only took the convoy of buff-clad armored trucks a few minutes to reach its destination. Past a two-story empty school building riddled with bullet holes from a complex Taliban ...

The Taliban Are Back - Ahmed Rashid, The Spectator

Amid all the chaos in the Middle East, the breakdown of borders and states, a new threat is fast emerging. The key strategic bulwark to stabilise the region is a strong Afghanistan...

Doomed by Partners, Afghanistan Bleeds - M. Taqi, Indian Express

Afghan officials attribute the HOAC’s “success” to several factors: One, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif acknowledging Afghanistan’s sovereignty, its central gove...

Moscow's Clients From Kabul to Damascus - Ryan Evans, War on the Rocks

Whether we act from positions of strength or weakness in international affairs, it is important that we do not act on the basis of paranoia and ill-founded projections of our own f...

A Good Day for South Asian Diplomacy - Economist

THERE were doubts until almost the last minute about whether the top-billed guests would turn up at a diplomatic conference in Islamabad on December 9th to discuss peace in Afghani...

The Military Blew $150 Mil on Afghan Villas - David Axe, Daily Beast

Forget barracks or foxholes. The members of this Defense Department task force slept in queen-size beds and ate three-star meals....

Al-Qaeda Is Still Alive and Well - B. Roggio & T. Joscelyn, Weekly Standard

The summary below shows what al Qaeda looks like today – it is far from being “neutralize[d].” Instead, al Qaeda and its regional branches are fighting in more countries toda...

The Taliban Turn on Each Other - Sami Yousafzai, Daily Beast

Open fighting reportedly has broken out between Taliban factions claiming the mantle of the late Mullah Omar—and that has Western diplomats in Kabul worried....

Was a War Crime Committed in Kunduz? - Amy Davidson, The New Yorker

Did the United States military do its best? At least thirty people died in the attack: at least ten patients, thirteen staff members, and seven whose bodies were so burned or mutil...

Pentagon MIA on Afghan Hospital Attack - Harris & Yousseff, Daily Beast

When the U.S. military fired on a hospital in Afghanistan last month, the Pentagon promised to reveal details about the disastrous airstrike within 30 days. That promise has not be...

The Islamic State's Slow Crawl in Afghanistan - Barnett Rubin, Al Jazeera

ISIL has brought its special brutality to eastern Afghanistan. In one case, Saeed massacred 10 elders from Achin accused of supporting the Taliban by detonating explosives on which...

Afghanistan and the Next U.S. President - Douglas Ollivant, Al Jazeera

It now appears that — barring some truly exceptional circumstances — Barack Obama has made his last decision regarding Afghanistan as president of the United States. The curren...

The Next Refugee Crisis: Afghanistan - Michael Kugelman, New York Times

WASHINGTON — With the war in Afghanistan heating up, thousands of Afghan refugees are fleeing their country. But Iran and Pakistan, which house most of the Afghan refugees fr...

Can We Trust Obama in Afghanistan? - Colbert King, Washington Post

The ice has melted in my cup of Kool-Aid....

Obama Is Right to Stick With Afghanistan - Bruce Riedel, Daily Beast

Next week President Obama will meet with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Prime Minister has pushed the Taliban in the past to open a political process with the Gh...

Obama's Afghan Blind Spot - Max Boot, Commentary

What is most galling about Obama’s calculations is that they are so misguided not just militarily but politically....

A Grim Decision on Afghanistan - New York Times

Mr. Obama’s decision to keep roughly 9,800 troops in Afghanistan next year — rather than drawing down to 1,000 troops by the end of 2016, as the White House had once in...

Obama's Afghan Reversal - Wall Street Journal

Perhaps he learned something from his Iraq withdrawal....

Obama's About-Face on Afghanistan - Krishnadev Calamur, Atlantic

President Obama announced Thursday that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan past 2016....

NATO Is Making Things Worse - George Monbiot, The Guardian

Syria, Isis, Iraq … there are no easy solutions. But killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere draws more people into insurgencies....

By Evening, a Hospital. By Morning, a War Zone - Craig et al., Wash Post

The U.S. military, whose own account of what took place changed in the initial days after the attack, has said that the hospital was “mistakenly struck” in an attempt t...

America's Fading Footprint in the Middle East - Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ

Despised by some, admired by others, the U.S. has been the Middle East’s principal power for decades, providing its allies with guidance and protection. Now, however, with R...

The U.S. Can't Afford to Forget Afghanistan, Pakistan - D. Ignatius, WaPo

Last weekend’s deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the crossfir...

The Fall of Kunduz - Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker

Fourteen years ago, on November 25th, 2001, I watched the Taliban surrender Kunduz to Northern Alliance forces. It was a tense and dramatic day. I entered the city, on foot, before...

The Perils of America's Afghanistan Strategy - B. Hopkins, Boston Globe

“The English will ride the ass of their desires into the field of stupidity.” Thus spake an Afghan khan foretelling the ultimate demise of the first British incursion i...

Putin Applies Afghanistan Lessons to Syria - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using his regional allies to create "Alawistan," an enclave isolated from the rest of Syria....

The Taliban and the Hospital - Wall Street Journal

The U.S. military is trying to save Afghans from the jihadists....

An Afghan and American Tragedy in Kunduz - M. O'Hanlon, Brookings

It has been an extremely eventful last week in Afghanistan. First the Taliban overran the important city of Kunduz in the country's north. Then the Afghan government, aided by U.S....

Did Russia Learn Nothing from Afghanistan? - Petr Kozlov, The Guardian

If we try to learn from the mistakes of our history it’s difficult to see how with all the risks involved in Syria this latest military adventure is likely to be a “sma...

Kunduz, Obama's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

World events in the last few years have a habit of making President Obama look foolish....

Afghan Forces on the Run - New York Times

One cannot help but feel horror and déjà vu as the battle over the northern Afghan city of Kunduz unfolds. On Monday, the Taliban seized the city, the first provincia...

Ignoring Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan - New York Times

The incidents of sexual assault on children described by American service members who served in Afghanistan are sickening. Boys screaming in the night as Afghan police officers att...

Washington Loves China's Plans for Central Asia - John Hudson, FP

LAHORE, Pakistan — Moments after landing at Lahore’s international airport one ordinary day in September, crowds of Chinese professionals jockeyed for position in an im...

U.S. Is Needed to Battle Terror in Afghanistan - Aimal Faizi, Al Jazeera

"Any man and any nation that seeks peace and hates war, and is willing to fight the good fight ... will find the United States of America by their side, willing to walk with them -...

America Failed Afghanistan's Women - M al-Gharbi, American Conservative

Reconstruction aid in Afghanistan was spent overwhelmingly on developing the country’s military. Yet despite hundreds of billions of dollars invested in these forces over a d...

No Peace for Kabul - The Guardian

Taliban divisions make peace path look even more difficult in Afghanistan...

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