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Alcohol confiscated by Afghan troops, March 2010.

Few topics engender as much discussion in Kabul as the logistics of acquiring booze. Foreigners are by no means the only ones in search of forbidden fruits. While many Afghans do abjure demon drink, at least in public, many more are hot on the trail of a bit of liquid cheer. Read more»

A security contractor employed by Dyncorp patrols a village in Logar Province, Afghanistan, June 24.

President Karzai's shock decree banning private security companies in Afghanistan has the international community reeling. The decree would put a major dent in the operations of contractors, diplomats, even international military forces, who rely on security contractors to guide supply convoys through dangerous areas. Read more» 1

Julian Assange of wikileaks.org, Oct. 2009.

The WikiLeaks documents have hit Kabul like a small-scale nuclear explosion: from media analysts to shopkeepers, everyone is talking about the more than 90,000 classified reports on the Afghan war that have now been made public by WikiLeaks.org Read more»


After nearly nine years of frustrating engagement in Afghanistan, the foreign community appears eager to transfer responsibility to Kabul and go home. And at the Kabul Conference on Tuesday, that seems to be exactly what is happening. Read more»

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus (left), International Security Assistance Force commander, is pictured with Maj. Gen. Nick P. Carter, Regional Command-East commander, July 9.

Gen. David Petraeus is unlikely to succeed if Afghan policy stays the same and persists in ignoring the ramifications of a long list of injustices that continue to pile up in Afghanistan. Read more»

Gen. Petraeus assumes command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan during a July 4 ceremony at the command's headquarters in Kabul.

"Give me lucky generals," Napoleon once said. Luck is always an element of war, and Gen. David Petraeus is going to need it as he once again takes up command in a war that is badly faltering. Read more»

Gen. Stanley McChrystal

A day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation, the profound challenges the U.S. and its allies face remain and some are brought more sharply into relief by the surprising turn of events, particularly the deep divisions within the administration of President Obama. Read more»

Afghan soldiers prepare for patrol, May 25.

Taliban militants rained down rockets on Hamid Karzai's peace conference. Read more»

Afghan National Police watch over a marketplace in Kandahar, May 12.

As President Hamid Karzai puts the finishing touches on his National Consultative Peace Jirga, scheduled for this week, he is facing a growing domestic crisis that could easily derail the entire process. Read more»

Over the past week, the Taliban in Afghanistan have bared their teeth and launched a series of attacks designed to show that their threat of a summer offensive is much more than empty words. Read more»

A brazen assault Wednesday by up to 20 Taliban fighters on the largest NATO base in Afghanistan was the second attack in as many days on U.S. military targets here. Read more»

President Hamid Karzai chats with President Barack Obama during the start of the dinner at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 28.

As Afghan President Karzai goes off to Washington for what promises to be a cordial meeting with his U.S. counterpart, he will be closely watched by his countrymen, who are expecting him to bring home major concessions. Read more»

Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan was an opportunity to express displeasure with the Karzai government’s corruption. But for the soldiers, the Kabul conference halls and money-guzzling ministries seem like a very distant place. Read more»

President Obama flies to Kabul to tell President Karzai that enough is enough. President Karzai replies, "But how much is enough? Really?" Read more»

Afghan National Police receiving small arms training, March 2.

America has spent more than $6 billion since 2002 in an effort to create an effective Afghan police force, buying weapons, building police academies, and hiring defense contractors to train the recruits—but the program has been a disaster. Read more»

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