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‘We Needed to Get Him Out’: Hagel Defends Bergdahl Operation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that an operation to free soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life, as the insurgents’ leader hailed the swap as a “big victory.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Karzai Condemns Airstrike Over ‘Civilian Casualties’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a U.S. airstrike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE


Bodies of Missing Afghans Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base

The bodies of 10 Afghan villagers were found near a base in the country’s Wardak Province shortly after the U.S. military was forced to vacate it in the spring. All of the people had disappeared after being detained by U.S. Special Forces, including, it seems, a unit known as “The A-Team,” which has also been linked to eight other slayings in Wardak.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rahmat Gul

A Gun Battle at Karzai’s Palace

Reports say four insurgents and three security guards died during an attack Tuesday by the Taliban near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

The End Game in Afghanistan?

Compromise, conflict or collapse. Ask an Afghan what to expect in 2014 and you’re likely to get a scenario that falls under one of those three headings.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


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The Guardian

Children Killed by Teenage Suicide Bomber in Kabul

A teenage suicide bomber who had posed as a street hawker killed six people, including four children gathered around an iPhone, when he detonated explosives hidden in his backpack near the headquarters of the NATO-led military force in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE


Cover-Up of a Horrific American Hospital in Afghanistan (Graphic)

A congressional inquiry revealed that a high-ranking U.S. Army general in Afghanistan attempted to obstruct an investigation into conditions at a $180 million American-funded hospital in Kabul where patients were treated and kept in “Auschwitz-like” conditions. Michael Hastings with Rolling Stone has followed the story closely.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



Secretary of Defense (CC BY 2.0)

Wars of Attrition

The official American reaction to the coordinated attacks in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as well as at Jalalabad airbase, and in Paktika and Logar Provinces, reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of guerrilla warfare.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



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



cnn.com

Dozens Killed in Afghan Bombings

At least 63 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday during ceremonies marking the Shiite holiday of Ashura in three different targeted locations, but the majority of the deaths occurred in Kabul. A Pakistani group claimed responsibility for this sudden and ominous outbreak of sectarian violence.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmad Nazar

Taliban Attack U.S. Embassy in Kabul

The Obama administration vowed to relentlessly pursue Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents who, using suicide bombers, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, attacked the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP via Washington Post

President Karzai’s Half Brother Killed in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was fatally shot at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday by a local police official, Sardar Mohammad, whom Karzai had included in his inner circle. The Taliban took credit for the assassination ... (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Plans for Transfer of Control in 7 Regions

Come July, foreign forces will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, coinciding with President Hamid Karzai’s plan to begin returning seven regions of his country back to local control.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘Skateistan’ Goes to Sundance

Two years ago, we first caught wind of “Skateistan,” a project started by Australian skateboarding enthusiast Oliver Percovich with the aim of giving kids in Kabul, Afghanistan, a new outlet for fun and camaraderie, instead of war-stoked fear.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gemunu Amarasinghe

Surprise: Fraud Alleged in Afghan Elections

On Monday, just two days after the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, reports that the polling process was corrupted by incidents of voting fraud had sparked an investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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AP / Saurabh Das

Quran-Burning Controversy Still Sparking Unrest in Afghanistan

With an eye on Saturday’s parliamentary elections, the Taliban is evidently making sure that Afghans don’t forget the recent Quran-burning hubbub in the U.S. (thanks a lot, Pastor Jones), as some 800 people gathered in Kabul for ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


Petraeus

Gen. Petraeus on ‘Progress’ and Doubts in Afghanistan

No doubt Gen. David Petraeus had a certain Rolling Stone interview in mind when he conducted a lengthy interview, which aired Sunday, with “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory about his hopes, fears and prognosis about the war in Afghanistan.

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Seven American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Monday was the deadliest day so far in 2010 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to the Los Angeles Times, five American soldiers died in a bombing in the east and two in the country’s southern region.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan blast

Taliban Suicide Attack Kills 19, Including 5 Americans

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Tuesday that targeted a U.S. convoy in Kabul, killing 19 people and marking the deadliest day so far this year for American troops in Afghanistan. In additional to the bomber, the dead included five Americans. Tuesday was also the day ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
bbc.co.uk

Karzai Blames U.N. for Election Fraud

Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Thursday that last year’s presidential election had been greatly hindered by fraud, his assessment as to the source of the problem came as a surprise to the president’s main target.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan avalanche rescue
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Rescuers Still Searching for Avalanche Victims in Afghanistan

More than 165 people have been killed by a series of deadly snow avalanches in a mountain pass in northeast Afghanistan that trapped dozens of victims in their vehicles and sent others into the valley below on Monday. Rescuers were still digging and searching for possible survivors in the Salang Pass on Thursday.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Afghan Schoolchildren Killed in Military Operation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office released a statement in which he said he “strongly condemns” a military operation involving “international forces”—one in a series that reportedly occurred over the weekend—in which at least eight Afghan schoolchildren were said to be among the civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Camp Sullivan parties
cbsnews.com

State Department to Drop ArmorGroup’s Kabul Contract

Tough break, ArmorGroup North America. The U.S. State Department has decided not to re-up its contract with the rent-a-guard company that made the worst kind of headlines earlier this year with lurid stories about, and compromising photographs of, AGNA’s alarmingly hard-partying Kabul embassy crew.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


‘Mosaic’: The Real Reason Behind Obama’s Afghan Surge

Something just doesn’t add up about the stated logic of sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, says Jamal Dajani, who has a theory about the president’s real reason for escalating the war.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


When the Tough Should Get Going

The former Marine officer Matthew Hoh, who resigned his Foreign Service post in Afghanistan because he feels the war is pointless and not worth dying for, deserves all the attention he’s gotten and more.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Kabul attack
bbc.co.uk

Taliban Target U.N. Workers in Deadly Kabul Attack

United Nations officials said Wednesday that at least five U.N. workers and three Afghans were killed and nine others wounded by three Taliban militants, who were themselves shot dead during the attack at a private residence in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai
irfwp.org

Political Crisis Brews in Afghanistan

Afghanistan may be nearing yet another political crisis as officials fear that President Hamid Karzai will not accept results of an investigation outlining massive fraud in the country’s presidential elections two months ago. The inquiry is expected to drop Karzai’s vote total to under 50 percent, requiring a runoff election.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 READ MORE



Project on Government Oversight

Kabul Contractor Parties Aren’t the Half of It

Much of the furor over the conduct of private embassy guards in Kabul appears preoccupied with what one whistle-blower describes as the “gay shit” rather than the exploitation of young Afghan women or the deteriorating security situation at the embassy. The latter, after all, was the major focus of the complaint that blew this story open.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Camp Sullivan parties
cbsnews.com

State Department Probes Embassy Guards’ Parties in Afghanistan

There’s yet more egg on the faces of hired contractors paid to guard U.S. officials in the Middle East—this time in Afghanistan, where ArmorGroup guards are under scrutiny by the State Department for their allegedly undiplomatic antics at their private quarters near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


Jawad
AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Freed Afghan Says He Was Sent to Gitmo at 12

In December 2002, Mohammed Jawad was accused of throwing a grenade into a Jeep carrying U.S. troops and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay from Afghanistan. Jawad’s now home after seven years, and there’s a bit of a difference between his side of the story and the Pentagon’s—namely, he claims he was just 12 years old when he was arrested.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


Bomb in Kabul
AP / Kevin Frayer

Afghan News Outlets to Be Censored on Election Day

Tensions continue to build before Thursday’s presidential election in Afghanistan. After a spate of violence in the capital city of Kabul on Tuesday, including a suicide car bombing that killed at least eight people and wounded 53, the government banned local news outlets from reporting any similar incidents on election day.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan election
AP / Rahmat Gul

Report: Pre-Election Corruption Crops Up in Afghanistan

This week’s presidential election in Afghanistan may not be the cleanest polling event, if the BBC’s findings about corruption and voting fraud are indicative of larger trends. The British news outlet reported Tuesday that bribery and bids to buy voting cards, combined with threats of violence from militant groups, could muck up the works come Thursday.

Posted on Aug 17, 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


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Move Over, President Karzai, Here Comes Your Prime Minister

In an attempt to weaken Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s grip on power, certain powers that be from the West are creating a brand new prime minister position and planning to redirect funds from Karzai’s headquarters in Kabul to the provinces.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 READ MORE


Skateistan

Introducing ... Skateistan

Oliver Percovich, a 34-year-old Australian skateboarding enthusiast, has found willing pupils among the youths of Kabul, Afghanistan, who are learning some new tricks in borrowed and donated spaces, making a play for a bit of adolescent normalcy amid the signs of war. Updated

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan lookout
army.mil

The Afghan Scam

The vision of a reconstructed, peaceful, stable, democratically governed Afghanistan faded fast after the U.S.-led invasion. Most Afghans now believe that it was nothing but a cover story for the Bush administration’s real goal—to set up permanent bases in Afghanistan and occupy the country forever.

Posted on Jan 13, 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


Afghan ministry attack
AP photo / Rahmat Gul

Afghanistan in Crisis

The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands—all but a square mile at the centre of the city—and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008 READ MORE


White Rock set
independent.co.uk

Making Movies the Afghan Way

Incredibly, as Afghanistan sinks back into the anarchy which became its natural state these past 29 years, Afghan film-makers are producing movies of international quality, turning out pictures which prove—even amid war—that a country’s tragedy can be imaginatively recreated for its people.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Obama Commits to Afghanistan Escalation

Before leaving Kabul for Baghdad, Barack Obama spoke to his intention to increase America’s troop commitment to Afghanistan by 10,000 soldiers. “We have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent ... and I believe this has to be the central focus, the central front, in the battle against terrorism,” the candidate told CBS.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in Afghanistan
AP photo

Obama Begins World Tour

Barack Obama embarked on his international diplomacy tour—a key step in raising his profile on the world stage and demonstrating his readiness to take over the American presidency—with an important first major stop. The Illinois senator landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday as part of congressional delegation surveying the current situation in that troubled nation.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008 READ MORE


Kabul bombing
AP photos / Pajhwok News Agency

Pakistani Militants Suspected in Kabul Bombing

Details have emerged about Monday’s deadly blast at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, raising suspicion that the bombing was done by Pakistani militants associated with the Taliban. The fact that the Indian Embassy was targeted is one substantial indication, considering the long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan. The blast killed 41 and injured over 130.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Bombings Jolt South Asia

A suicide bombing apparently tied to the one-year anniversary of the Red Mosque raid killed at least 15 in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad Sunday night. The next morning, a bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 41—including India’s ranking defense attaché—and injuring more than 140 others.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


Bomb Rips Through Afghan Mosque at Evening Prayer

A suicide bomber set off a deadly explosion near a mosque in a popular marketplace in Zaranj, Afghanistan, Thursday evening as men were gathering for prayer, killing 20 people and injuring about 30. 

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Serena hotel
serenahotels.com

Kabul Hotel Bombing Kills 6

The Taliban has taken responsibility for the bombing Monday of Afghanistan’s only five-star hotel. The luxurious Serena Hotel, in Kabul, is popular with diplomats and therefore makes for an attractive target.

Posted on Jan 14, 2008 READ MORE


Supreme Court
laapush.org

Top Court Refuses to Hear Torture Case

German citizen Khaled el-Masri’s quest for justice, following his “extraordinary rendition,” has come to an end.  Masri claims he was kidnapped by CIA operatives in late 2003 and tortured for months in an Afghan prison, but his case was closed on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his appeal.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan President Plays Down Taliban Threat

The Taliban, once a powerful and oppressive presence in Afghanistan, does not “have the guts” to face down the government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the BBC.  The real problem that needs attention in his country, Karzai said, is the ever-rising civilian death toll.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


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