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Seven insane problems outlined in new Afghan reconstruction report

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction published its quarterly report for Congress Wednesday, and this line just about sums it up: “poor planning, shoddy construction, mechanical failures, and inadequate oversight.”... Read more»

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Sorting murky issues on the POW swap

A lot of gray area surrounds the political rhetoric about the White House’s decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban figures detained at Guantanamo.... Read more»

4 questions we should be asking about the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap

Truthers, birthers, and Kennedy assassination geeks, move over: The sad case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is providing rich fodder for conspiracy theorists everywhere.... Read more»

UA grad killed in Kabul suicide attack

A 27-year-old graduate of the University of Arizona was killed in a suicide bombing Friday in Afghanistan. Chicago native Lexie Kamerman received a master’s in Education from the UA, and was working at the American University in Kabul.... Read more»

Here's what we still don't know about drones

Nearly six months ago, President Obama promised more transparency and tighter policies around targeted killings. In a speech, Obama vowed that the U.S. would only use force against a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” It would fire only when there was “near-certainty” civilians would not be killed or injured, and when capture was not feasible.... Read more»

Veterans come home to unprepared nation

In the 12 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home to a country largely unprepared to meet their needs. The government that sent them to war has failed on many levels to fulfill its obligations to these veterans as demanded by Congress and promised by both Republican and Democratic administrations.... Read more»

Who are we at war with? That’s classified

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.

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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»

Gov't auditor challenges White House account of Afghan security

Since the United States first sent troops to Afghanistan in 2001, a signature goal of the war has been to increase the capability of Afghan national security forces. But estimates of the size of the Afghan force trained to take over this lead security role have suddenly grown fuzzy and possibly unreliable.... Read more»

Obituary

D-M pays tribute to pararescueman killed in Afghanistan

Over the weekend, the 943rd Rescue Group memorialized the life of a fallen pararescueman who was killed in Afghanistan on April 6 while working as a civilian security contractor. The memorial Saturday included family and friends of Chief Master Sgt. Nicholas L. McCaskill, 306th Rescue Squadron PJ.... Read more»

U.S. troops in Afghanistan: Packing up and moving out

Preparation to hand over U.S. bases to Afghan forces is a huge undertaking for US troops.... 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»

Drone strikes test legal grounds for war on terror

The Obama administration has justified its counter-terror strategy on a law Congress passed just days after 9/11. But more than a decade later, does it fit the facts on the ground?... Read more»

U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan kill 15, including top Taliban warlord

U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have killed as many as 15 people, including a top pro-Islamabad Taliban warlord with links to Al Qaeda.... Read more»

Afghanistan: For ex-Taliban, it's peace or death

Former members of the Taliban are desperate for peace. Their lives may depend on it.... Read more»

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