“Staying the Course” in Afghanistan Only Means Combat Mission Until Mid-2013

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 6:17 am

President Obama vowed to keep to his exit strategy in Afghanistan, despite the recent tragedies, including the massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar by what the military says was a lone gunman. “It makes me more determined to make sure that we’re getting our troops home. It’s time,” he told KDKA television of Pittsburgh, one [...]

Public Turned Against Afghan War Well Before Shooting Rampage

By: Monday March 12, 2012 6:18 am

By now you’ve heard about the US soldier arrested for a shooting rampage in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which killed 16 people, including several women and children and a man shot in the face as he looked out the window. There’s a substantial amount of confusion over whether the soldier acted alone or whether he was part [...]

US Inks Prison Transfer Agreement With Afghanistan

By: Friday March 9, 2012 9:35 am

The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal to transfer all prisoners in the military-run prisons at Bagram Air Force Base to the control of the Afghans, a move that paves the way for a long-term security arrangement. The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will [...]

Lindsey Graham: No Night Raids, No Troops in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 8:55 am

Lindsey Graham was one of the more vocal critics of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. He said that the Obama Administration “failed” by not being able to secure an agreement with the Iraqi government to allow troops to stay beyond the end of 2011. He added that “I fear this decision has set in [...]

Another Koran Desecration Incident in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 12:15 pm

Earlier I took a look at how negotiations in Afghanistan on a long-term military agreement were breaking down because of resistance to night raids by US forces and US-run prisons. Associated to that is the fact that Afghans and Pakistanis, like most people I assume, don’t particularly like it when you kill their citizens and [...]

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 [...]

The Pentagon Papers That Weren’t – The Daniel Davis Report on Afghanistan

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 8:57 am

It occurs to me that we cannot even really have a Pentagon Papers event in this country anymore. Sure, Wikileaks releases gained a decent amount of attention, but the real evidence for this comes in the past week. Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis wrote an 84-page report detailing his experiences in Afghanistan, which are at odds [...]

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 [...]

Iraq Detaining US Contractors Over Visa, Licensing Issues

By: Monday January 16, 2012 11:34 am

Some US contractors are getting a lesson in the new Iraq. The Iraqi government has detained hundreds of contractors, including some who work for the State Department at the US embassy, on a variety of charges. Iraqi authorities have detained a few hundred foreign contractors in recent weeks, industry officials say, including many Americans who [...]

Report: US Agrees in Principle to Transfer Taliban Prisoners to Afghanistan

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 2:19 pm

Let’s follow up on today’s item about the Taliban opening an office in Qatar, to begin work on a peace and reconciliation deal in Afghanistan. The counterpart to this action was supposed to be the transfer of several Taliban detainees at Guantanamo into Afghan custody. Because of the constraints placed by Congress on the movement [...]

US May Release Taliban Prisoners From Guantanmo in Goodwill Gesture

By: Friday December 30, 2011 6:33 am

The future of peace talks with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan war may hinge on thetransfer of a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay. This sign of goodwill could pave the way for broader talks aimed at reconciliation for the Taliban and integration into the Afghan government. But the US is not convinced that they should [...]

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