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Here we go again. Americans clamor for the exits, leaving behind innocent blood and sophisticated weapons for jubilant irregulars who humiliated them with antiquated guns and makeshift bombs. Next time, America risks bumbling into another unwinnable war with an adversary that can hit back hard - and closer to home. Read more»

The Taliban – which means 'the students' in Pashto – seized control of Afghanistan in 1996 after capturing Kabul in the Afghan civil war. They established a government based on their extreme interpretation of Islamic Sharia law and ruled for five years. The Taliban regime was then toppled in 2001 by the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

There would be “no transitional government in Afghanistan,” Taliban officials told Reuters news service, as panic and turmoil grip Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents captured the capital city of Kabul and the president fled on Aug. 15, 2021. Read more»

Kamerman in a photo posted to Facebook in November.

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»

Afghanistan, May 28, 2012 – Former Taliban fighters line up to handover their rifles to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during a reintegration ceremony at the provincial governor’s compound in Ghor. The re-integrees formally announced their agreement to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program during the ceremony.

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

Members of the security team for Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah return from speaking with locals during a key leader engagement in Farah City, Nov. 18. The civil military team, which advises Afghan leaders in Farah province, is composed of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for International Development (USAID).

Logar, a strategic province that neighbors Kabul and is home to an all-important copper mine, is increasingly under Taliban control as NATO sources begin to withdraw. Read more»

U.S. Army Sgt. James Misch shows Afghan National Army soldiers how to load an M2 .50-caliber machine gun during basic marksmanship skills training in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012.

What happened to almost $475 million worth of oil destined for the Afghan National Army? That’s what the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) would like to know. Read more»

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

A man crashed a stolen vehicle on the runway of an Afghanistan air base as Secretary of Defense Leon Panett's plane arrived Wednesday, days after the killings of 16 civilians blamed on an American soldier. Read more»

Military vehicles were on the move following a suicide attack on a convoy of foreign troops Saturday in Kabul that killed 20 people, including 13 Americans.

A suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday targeted a convoy of foreign troops, killing at least 20 people including 13 Americans. Read more»

Soldiers patrol outside Ruwquiean Village, Afghanistan, on June 9.

In the end, there were few surprises in the long-awaited speech that U.S. President Barack Obama delivered Wednesday. Read more»

A suicide bomber killed six students and wounded almost two dozen people at a heavily guarded national military hospital in Kabul on Saturday. An Afghan intelligence official says there were two suicide bombers at the hospital—one caused the blast in the hospital's cafeteria, and the other has yet to be found. Read more»

Birds take wing in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

It has come as something of a relief to think that, after tomorrow, I may no longer have to worry about the future of Afghanistan, the stalled reintegration process, the collapse of Kabul Bank, my anemic retirement account, or, indeed, much of anything else. Read more»

Mired in many internal problems, Afghanistan sees few changes in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death. Read more»

Afghan President Hamid Karzai takes the stage at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan on. March 22. 'Afghans have been the first victims in this war on terror. We have said many, many times over the years that the war on terror should not be fought in Afghan villages, in Afghan homes. We appreciate the sacrifice of the American people in Afghanistan … but we also want them to acknowledge our losses,' Karzai said Monday in Kabul about the death of Osama bin Laden.

Even with the al-Qaeda leader dead, the likelihood of an end to insurgent fighting in the war-torn country is believed to be slim. Read more»

Gen. David Petraeus

Following a career of chaos and uncertainty, U.S. general looks to the future with focus and determination following a life of peril in war-torn regions. Read more»


Afghanistan’s "fighting season" is about to begin. As troops are bolstered in the region, Gen. Petraeus' expected final days in the field could reflect a turning point in the 10-year-conflict. Read more»

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