Afghanistan Status of Forces Talks Bogging Down on Night Raids

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 9:35 am

The Administration has been negotiating for almost a year with the Afghan government over a post-2014 presence, after combat operations are handed over to the Afghans (this could come as early as the end of 2013). This is the second major negotiation with a foreign government over a continuing military presence that the Obama Administration [...]

Afghan Report Possibly Leaked to Rebut Rush to Withdrawal

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 9:35 am

A leaked NATO report suggests that the Pakistani security services are helping the Afghan Taliban in their insurgency program, and that even Afghan lawmakers want to sign up with the Taliban. The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC. The leaked [...]

Marine Video Urinating on Dead Taliban Soldiers Could Damage Peace Talks

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 8:15 am

Taliban negotiators approaching discussions on a peace deal with the United States claim that the talks will not be derailed by the emergence of a new video showing Marines urinating on dead Taliban soldiers. The video, released near the 10th anniversary of the opening of the terrorist prison at Guantanamo, was released anonymously on YouTube. [...]

US Embassy Attacked in Kabul

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 8:15 am

The US Embassy in Kabul was the site of a sustained attack that resulted in six deaths and many more wounded. None of the deaths were from embassy personnel, the embassy reported. The BBC reports that the Haqqani network is responsible for the attack, according to the Kabul police chief. The Taliban has also taken [...]

Afghan Parliament Rocked by Election Fraud Scandal, Retaliatory Firings of Top Government Officials

By: Monday June 27, 2011 12:19 pm

Completely separate from the President’s announcement on troop withdrawals in Afghanistan, a major political crisis sparked in that country, suggesting that we have something less than a partner for stability. A political crisis erupted in the Afghan capital over the weekend after a special investigative court found that 62 legislators had won their seats by [...]

Holbrooke’s Death Leaves Hole in Diminishing Diplomatic Portion of AfPak Policy

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 6:15 am

Richard Holbrooke died yesterday. The man was basically a shadow Secretary of State-in-waiting for the Bush era, a diplomatic fixer in the Clinton era (with the Dayton accords as his crowning achievement), a co-author of the Pentagon Papers and part of the Paris peace talks in the Vietnam era, and in the Obama era he [...]

NIE: Afghan War Lost Without Nonexistent Pakistani Help

By: Monday December 13, 2010 10:13 am

Two upcoming National Intelligence Estimates on Afghanistan and Pakistan will say that the fight is not winnable without Pakistani engagement against Taliban militants on its side of the border. Incredibly, military commanders challenged the conclusions, saying that they don’t take into account alleged progress made this fall. This is part of a new phenomena in [...]

Obama Lands in Afghanistan as Wikileaks Cables Offer New Insight Into War Effort

By: Friday December 3, 2010 9:21 am

The President landed in Afghanistan today for an unannounced 3-hour visit. What’s interesting about it is that he tried, but failed, to meet Hamid Karzai face-to-face: Mr Obama is expected to speak to American troops and hold talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the conflict with Taliban insurgents [...] Mr Obama arrived at Bagram [...]

Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour/Victoria: Impersonator Pretends to Be Taliban Leader

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 7:00 am

These are the kind of moments that a more secure, self-confident country would use to justify a mass pullout, and never go near Afghanistan again. For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent [...]

Public Support of Afghan War Drops Sharply

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 10:46 am

At the same time that the US and NATO are explicitly setting the end date in Afghanistan later and later into the decade, a new poll from Quinnipiac shows that public support for the war has completely collapsed. A majority of Americans now opposed continued involvement in Afghanistan. The ideological lines on this issue are [...]

Petraeus Angered By Karzai Telling the Truth in Afghanistan

By: Monday November 15, 2010 7:42 am

The US will formally unveil a plan to NATO that would extend US involvement in Afghanistan through 2014. The transfer of security to the Afghans would begin over the next 18-24 months. This is predicated on the Afghans actually being able to create a security force that would take the lead against their homegrown insurgency. [...]

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