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Afghanistan Newspeak: 10 ways the U.S. skews the narrative

As the clock ticks down to the promised withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. military is trying to figure out how to market the idea that the international intervention has actually accomplished its core mission — bringing peace and stability to a nation that has known little of either for the past 35 years. The solution: a little Newspeak.... Read more»

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Analysis

The 12 (rocky) months of U.S. foreign policy

It’s been quite a year for U.S. foreign policy, with plenty of undertakings both naughty and nice.... Read more»

18 reasons this was Obama's worst year yet

US President Barack Obama gave an end-of-year press conference Friday, and it likely — much like his entire year — didn't go as he planned. After brief opening remarks, the president's very first question came from Julie Pace of the Associated Press. "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?" she asked. It all went downhill from there.... Read more»

U.S. scrambles to get Afghanistan talks back on track

The United States is scrambling to get planned talks with Afghanistan back on track, after denying reports that it agreed to meet with the Taliban. ... Read more»

Analysis

Afghanistan: Should we stay or should we go?

Analysis: As Karzai insinuates Washington-Taliban collusion, fault lines deepen in an already troubled relationship.... Read more»

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, deep corruption persists in the country, and can easily undermine the success of U.S. development efforts there. A report expressed concern about continuing thefts of fuel and cash, the shortcomings of local security forces, bribery of local and U.S. officials, and contractors that fail to deliver.... Read more»

Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.... Read more»

Taliban vows revenge for deaths of 16 Afghan civilians

The Taliban has vowed revenge against the United States after an American soldier allegedly went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in Kandahar province, killing 16 Afghan civilians.... Read more»1

U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Aghan civilians

An American soldier walked into a village near his base in southern Afghanistan, and shot and killed at least 16 civilians early Sunday morning.... Read more»

Marines accused of urinating on Taliban dead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a video that appears to show United States Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. The unverified 39-second video, posted online Wednesday, claims to show combat-ready soldiers desecrating the remains of several bodies on the ground.... Read more»4

Comic: Afghanistan

He was our drug dealer: Ahmed Wali Karzai, 1961-2011

Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's half brother, was assassinated by his head of security on July 12, 2011.... Read more»

Afghanistan in dangerous power vacuum

In the wake of Tuesday’s assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s half brother and the most powerful man in Kandahar, and Thursday's suicide bombing of a mosque where his service was being held, U.S. and Afghan forces in Kandahar City are on a heightened state of alert.... Read more»

Analysis

Assassination of Afghan leader's brother creates power vacuum

There is much that is unclear about the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai. But there is one thing that is virtually certain: it will make the situation worse.The power vacuum it creates could quite possibly be filled by someone even worse.... Read more»

Q & A

Five questions Obama should answer about Afghanistan

When President Obama ends the guessing game and closes the door on speculation by announcing how many troops are coming home, the speech likely will leave many important policy questions unanswered. ... Read more»

Analysis

It's decision time for Afghanistan

As the White House decides how many U.S. troops to withdraw as part of its handover to Afghan leadership, policymakers must explore broader questions on U.S. strategy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. ... Read more»

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