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'Living in the hell': Interpreter is one of 300+ Afghan refugees resettled in Arizona

For more than a decade, Zabi had tried to leave his native Afghanistan, where he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military - and two weeks ago, Zabi and his fiance touched down in Tucson, where they will make their new home.... Read more»

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FactCheck

Republicans inflate cost of Taliban-seized U.S. military equipment

The Taliban seized an arsenal of U.S.-made military equipment, but not the grossly exaggerated figure of $85 billion worth of equipment numerous Republicans have claimed - that figure is the total amount spent on the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund since the war began in 2001.... Read more»

Analysis

Rosenblum: Afghanistan — Why & what's next?

European newscasts have focused for weeks on a violent nation cursed by a pandemic, where armed fundamentalists hostile to Western values want one-party rule, a cowed press and kangaroo courts. And besides America, they also talk about Afghanistan.... Read more»

Analysis

Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. The 20 numbers highlighted below, some drawn from figures released on Sept. 1, 2021, by the Costs of War Project, help tell the story of the Afghanistan War.... Read more»

These Afghans won the visa lottery two years ago — now they’re stuck in Kabul and out of luck

President Donald Trump’s ban on the visa lottery was ruled to be illegal, but the government says it can’t help hundreds of Afghans who won it for at least another year. ... Read more»

What the U.S. didn’t learn in Afghanistan, according to the government’s own Inspector General

A lacerating report this week was the 11th in a clear-eyed series that revealed the US failure to reconstruct Afghanistan over two decades - so why didn’t anyone heed the inspector general’s warnings? ... Read more»

Arizona Afghans relieved after Ducey’s refugee proposal, still worried

Phoenix resident Naqibullah “Nakib” Isaczai welcomed Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement that Arizona will accept refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan – but still worries that the U.S. response will be too little, too late. ... Read more»

Analysis

Rosenblum: Fall of Afghanistan — 'We tried to tell you'

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»

Afghan government collapses, Taliban seize control: 5 essential reads

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»

U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years of war: 4 questions about this historic moment

Mark R. Jacobson, a foreign policy expert at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University who served as a reserve officer in 2006 and then returned in a civilian role, working as a foreign policy adviser, offers both personal and professional perspectives on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.... Read more»

Analysis

As the Taliban surges across Afghanistan, al-Qaeda is poised for a swift return

Even before the US military completes the final steps of its troop withdrawal, the Taliban is surging, threatening not only the gains made in the past two decades, at the cost of tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, but also global stability.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

McSally & Sinema's Trump impeachment votes will tell about their own 'corruption'

Ignoring the facts of Donald Trump's impeachment case would be a case of the U.S. Senate giving up on fight against corruption. In that case, they're all open to baseless allegations. Let me show them how.... Read more»

McSally, Sinema trade barbs, stress voting records during their only Senate debate

In a debate peppered with accusations of lying and treason, Senate candidates Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema took shots at each other in their only public debate of the 2018 election, each calling out the other’s voting record as proof that the other candidate is not a true representative of Arizona.... Read more»1

Flake, Kaine renew call for Congress to weigh in on ongoing military strikes

When Congress first authorized military action against terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeff Flake was a freshman in the House and Tim Kaine was still mayor of Richmond. Today, both are U.S. senators and the county is still waging war under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force – a vote they say it’s time to revisit.... Read more»

Bergdahl's lawyers ask for charges to be dropped over McCain comments

The legal team for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Monday asked to have the charges against the former prisoner of war dismissed, arguing comments made by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain violated his due process rights. ... Read more»

Commentary

There's no hiding U.S. failure in Afghanistan

American troops who remain on the ground no longer try to sugarcoat the reality that the war has accomplished little of permanence.... Read more»

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