Afghanistan

جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان

"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 -...(full article)

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...(full article)

The new head of the Taliban supports peace talks with Afghanistan’s fragile central government. Unfortunately for both Washington and Kabul, Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s deputy comm...(full article)

The Islamist group lose a leader and their unity...(full article)

Mullah Omar, whose death Afghan authorities announced on Wednesday, was the charismatic spiritual leader of the Taliban, and symbolically a man of great significance. This was so e...(full article)

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No Peace for Kabul - The Guardian

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

Continue the Push for Afghan Peace - Bloomberg View

If the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar died two years ago, as reports suggest, it may thoroughly cloud an already hazy picture in Afghanistan. For now, the news seems...

Is the Taliban Leader Giving Peace a Chance? - S. Mudassir Ali Shah, Dawn

THE endorsement of the landmark talks in Murree by the Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has put to rest the scepticism surrounding the maiden face-to-face meet...

Iran Deal Could Change Afghanistan - Davood Moradian, Al Jazeera

The nuclear agreement could be a vital booster for the restoration of Afghan heritage....

Afghan Peace Process: A Long Road Ahead - E. Winterbotham, Diplomat

In a revealing move, Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in his annual Eid message, declared as “legitimate” peace talks aimed at bringing to a close Afghanistan’s length...

U.S. Must Avoid Iraq-Like Meltdown in Afghanistan - Lisa Curtis, RCW

Two years ago, while commanding U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford convinced President Barack Obama to slow the pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from that still...

War-Weary Afghans Crave Peace - S. Mudassir Ali Shah, Dawn

To nurture the process, the Obama administration will have to alter a politically motivated calendar for a complete pullout from Afghanistan, which still has a long and hard road a...

India and Pakistan, in the Same Security Bloc? - F. Shaikh, Chatham House

India and Pakistan are expected to be simultaneously elevated to full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2016, as mooted at this week’s summit of th...

What Have We Been Doing in Afghanistan? - Barnett Rubin, New Yorker

When the late Richard Holbrooke was the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, he would periodically invite members of Congress to breakfast meetings with his sta...

Foreign Hands Off Afghanistan - Marin Thornton & Rahi, The Conversation

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...

Taliban to ISIS: Stay Out of Afghanistan - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

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

Central Asia Is Easy Pickings for ISIS - Deirdre Tynan, Moscow Times

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...

Reflections on American Military Failure - Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic

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

Rushing to Train Afghans Before NATO Leaves - F. Semprini, La Stampa

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...

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’...

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Afghanistan: 2 NATO soldiers killed

Men in Afghan military uniforms shot and killed two NATO soldiers in the southern province of Helman...

NATO: Men in Afghan uniforms kill 2

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday ins...