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AP/Musadeq Sadeq

Kabul Attacks Blamed on NATO Intelligence

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has branded the Taliban’s 18-hour siege of Kabul and places across eastern Afghanistan on Sunday an intelligence failure and called for an investigation into NATO security operations.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Rahmat Gul

Taliban Talks Come to a Halt in Afghanistan

Pointing to “the shaky, erratic and vague standpoint of the Americans” as one key reason for their decision, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan put the kibosh on plans to meet with U.S. envoys, releasing a statement on Thursday explaining the change of plans.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Pakistan Denies Taliban Ties in Afghanistan

Claims made by NATO that Pakistan is in cahoots with the Afghan Taliban are tantamount to “old wine in an even older bottle,” according to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. However, this particular batch of wine represents thousands of mandatory conversations (read: interrogations) versus Khar’s official denial.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Khalid Mohammed

Some Former U.S. Allies in Iraq Reconsidering Loyalties

The U.S. troops that remain in Iraq after last summer’s withdrawal face some new challenges from within Iraqi factions, as some previously American-allied members of the Awakening Councils are apparently joining the ranks ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Shah Khalid

NATO Forces Fire on Targets Inside Pakistan

In an incident that could lead to even more tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, NATO has confirmed that one of its aircraft engaged in an attack across the Pakistani border, purportedly to fire on suspected militants.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

Mexico May Look a Little Colombian

In an apparent mixing of official messages, President Obama has contradicted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by rejecting the analogy that Mexico is becoming more and more like 1990s drug-heyday Colombia, when 40 percent of the country’s territory was controlled by rebel groups.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE



Photo illustration based on image from Wikimedia Commons / Vardion

Afghan Officials Say 10 Election Workers Killed in Airstrike

Were they election campaign workers peacefully going about their business in a convoy in northern Afghanistan, or were some 10 people reported killed Thursday in a NATO-led airstrike actually insurgents? In this case, both versions are being claimed as fact.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama: Iraq Drawdown Is ‘on Schedule’

The term withdrawal seems a bit overstated when it comes to describing the changing U.S. military strategy in Iraq, but President Obama emphasized the thematic over the technical in a speech he delivered Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


Petraeus
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Bradley A. Lail

You Say Militant, I Say Terrorist

What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit, according to the newly crowned military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, as he pushes to designate a group of militants in Pakistan as “terrorists.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Allauddin Khan

Pakistan and the Taliban, Sitting in a Tree

A new report issued by the London School of Economics claims that Pakistan’s intelligence agency is not only funding and training Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan but also holds sway in the insurgency’s leadership council.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Afghanistan Leans Away From Censorship

The Afghan government has stepped away from a total ban on the broadcasting of “disturbing images” that was implemented earlier this month. The move had set off howls among media and rights groups.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE


Iraq violence
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Iraqi Death Toll Hits 13-Month High in August

Perhaps it was to be expected after the mass exodus of American forces in late June, but August was a cruel month in terms of the Iraqi death toll caused by insurgent violence—the worst in 13 months. Unfortunately, the trend might continue as Iraqis navigate the aftermath of U.S. troop withdrawal and anticipate their national elections early next year.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


Helmick and al-Mufriji
Defense Dept. / Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden

U.S. Commander ‘Frustrated’ by Training Pace in Iraq

After Wednesday’s multiple bombings in Iraq, which left about 100 dead and more than 500 wounded, Army Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, the U.S. commander in charge of training Iraqi troops before the Americans’ departure, said there’s “much work to be done” during and after the hand-over. 

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


drone

UAVs: The Future of Warfare in America

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said it, and judging by this three-part series from CNN, the age of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is upon us. It’s warfare by joystick—and the Predator drone is only the beginning.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE


Kabul blast
AP photo

Explosives-Laden Truck Detonates, Kills 25 in Afghanistan

An overturned truck filled with timber and, it turned out, explosives blew up early Thursday morning in Logar province, Afghanistan, killing 25 people. Thirteen of the victims were children on their way to school, according to the Associated Press.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


Gates and soldiers
AP photo / Jason Reed, pool

Becoming What We Seek to Destroy

The bodies of dozens, perhaps well over a hundred, women, children and men, their corpses blown into bits of human flesh by iron fragmentation bombs dropped by U.S. warplanes in a village in the western province of Farah, illustrates the futility of the Afghan war.

Posted on May 10, 2009 READ MORE


Iraqi Death Toll Tops 87,000 Since 2005

Citing data obtained from an Iraqi government official, the Associated Press reported Thursday that 87,215 Iraqis have died due to violence since 2005—and that could even be a conservative figure.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


Baghdad bombing
AP photo / Karim Kadim

Deadliest Bomb Strikes in Months Kill 78 in Iraq

Two suicide bomb explosions—one in central Baghdad and the other in Diyala province—killed at least 78 people on Thursday, according to the Associated Press, marking the worst day of violence in over a year.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


Predator
blog.wired.com

Missile Strikes Kill 20 in Pakistan

At least 20 people were killed in Pakistan on Friday in two missile attacks that are being attributed to unmanned U.S. drones near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was the first such strike since Barack Obama took office as president.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan prisoner
AP photo / Xinhua, Xie Xiudong

Who Are the Afghan Insurgents?

Who exactly are the Afghan insurgents? Every suicide attack and kidnapping is usually attributed to “the Taliban.” In reality, however, the insurgency is far from monolithic.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqi police in Ramadi
Flickr/Jim Gordon

Brokering a Fragile Peace in Iraq

A key overlooked fact about the much-ballyhooed “surge is working” argument in Iraq is that the U.S. military actually paid some former insurgents $10 a day to help American troops keep the peace in parts of the country. But what happens when that setup changes in volatile regions like Anbar?

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Kunar Province attack

U.S. Generals in Afghanistan Ask for More Armored Vehicles

Following this weekend’s attack in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, in which nine American soldiers were killed by Afghan insurgents, U.S. commanders have asked the Pentagon for more heavily armored MRAP vehicles—as many as 600 to 1,000 more—according to this CNN report from Monday morning.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


Iraq CLC
AP photo / Capt. Allie Weiskopf Chase, U.S. Army, HO

Surge Success at a Rate of $10 a Day

Here’s an interesting idea for dampening insurgent violence in Iraq:  Pay the would-be troublemakers to temporarily join America’s side and watch the surge success reports roll in.  That’s the tactic the U.S. military has employed with some 70,000 former insurgents, according to this NPR report.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Sadiyah camp
AP photo / Wisam Sami

Front-Line View: Iraq Isn’t ‘Worth Another Soldier’s Life’

Here’s a good way we can all support our troops:  by listening to them when they tell us how the Iraq war is really going.  Take this account from Sgt. Victor Alarcon and others in his battalion, who in Saturday’s Washington Post give their frank, and stark, assessment of the situation in Baghdad’s Sadiyah district.

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


ak-47
AP Photo / John Moore

The Case of the Missing Weapons

How exactly do some 190,000 pistols and AK-47 rifles go missing?  That’s the mystery the Pentagon is facing, according to the Government Accountability Office, which estimates that the U.S. military can’t account for 30 percent of the arms given to Iraqi security forces to help “spread democracy” since 2004.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan Civilian Death Crisis

A tragic milestone has been marked in Afghanistan:  The number of civilian deaths attributed to American- and NATO-led forces in the last half-year has outstripped the number caused by insurgents.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


id cards
news.bbc.co.uk

‘Proof’ of American Hostages

A video has surfaced that shows what appears to be the identifications cards of two missing American soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni insurgent coalition, has claimed responsibility for the capture of three soldiers, one of whom was later found dead.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Two ABC Journalists Slain in Baghdad

Two more members of the news media have sacrificed their lives covering the Iraq war.  Cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz and sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf, both Iraqi journalists working for ABC in Baghdad, were abducted Thursday and found dead at the city morgue Friday, according to an ABC executive.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqi insurgents

Who, Exactly, Are We Fighting in Iraq?

We give them the blanket label “insurgents,” but do we have even the faintest idea of the makeup of the myriad groups we’re battling in Iraq? CNN’s Michael Ware gives a succinct rundown.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Ramadi
Joao Silva / The N.Y. Times

Destroying an Iraqi City to Save It

The city of Ramadi, epicenter of the Iraqi insurgency, has already been reduced to such ruins that constantly under-fire American forces are planning to bulldoze three blocks in the center of the city and create a mini Green Zone in an attempt to gain the upper hand on the insurgents.

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


A Ray of Hope From Iraqi Insurgents?

Several Sunni-led insurgent groups have begun talks with the Iraqi government in hopes of starting cease-fire negotiations. The talks began in the wake of the reconciliation plan that the Iraqi prime minister presented on Sunday.

 

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi P.M. to Offer Olive Branch to Insurgents

The Iraqi prime minister is set to unveil a national reconciliation plan that includes amnesty for insurgents, a timetable for withdrawal of allied forces, release of security detainees from U.S. and Iraqi prisons and compensation for some victims of coalition military operations.

Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


Paper Publishes New Details of Insurgency Amnesty Deal

The Times (U.K.) reports that the Iraqi government is ready to announce a sweeping peace plan that includes amnesty for legitimate resistance fighters. Under the plan, there would be a U.N.-approved timeline for withdrawal of foreign troops; a halt to U.S. operations against insurgents; and compensation for attack victims….

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


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