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Afghanistan war

What comes after Marjah offensive?

As the wave of US-led Operation Moshtarak sweeps through Marjah, Afghanistan, local tribal leaders are scrapping for the spoils sure to follow.... Read more»

Study abroad with Al Qaeda - undercover

To understand radical Islam, American writer Theo Padnos pretended he was a Muslim and settled himself into Yemen’s radical mosque scene. Years later, his cover has finally been blown.... Read more»

A return to Taliban days in Afghanistan?

The "Morality and Knowledge Association" recently established in Herat wants to ban women's voices from the airwaves, remove the "corruption" of foreign movies and soap operas from Afghans' nightly viewing, and generally bring the media back into line with what they consider "Islamic principles and Afghan culture."... Read more»

'Undercover Muslim'

Author goes undercover to study radical Islam

Theo Padnos now admits that he was indeed a "fake" Muslim who converted to Islam at a mosque in Yemen, in front of witnesses.... Read more»

Afghan war

As contracting surges in Afghanistan, who's following the money?

In the past eight years, the United States has allocated $51 billion to rebuild and stabilize Afghanistan. But tracking that money sometimes seems as challenging as finding the leaders of the Taliban.... Read more»

Afghanistan

Who's to blame for Kabul bomb?

The center of Kabul was rocked by bomb blasts and gunfire Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead and more than 30 injured. It took security forces a little over two hours to clear the area of combatants, but it will take much more time to sift through the conflicting theories of motives and perpetrators, despite early Taliban claims of responsibility.... Read more»

Afghanistan

Marjah: Success for the military, hell for the residents

Twelve days into Operation Moshtarak — pitting 15,000 U.S., British and Afghan troops against a few hundred Taliban — the message from the military and diplomatic communities is resolutely upbeat. But those in Marjah are telling a very different story.... Read more»

Afghanistan

Afghan 'Battle of Marjah' might not live up to hype

Operation Moshtarak, or the Battle of Marjah, has been billed as the decisive operation of the Afghan war — think Stalingrad or the Battle of the Bulge. But after three days of listless fighting, the few dusty square meters in the middle of Helmand may not live up to the hype.... Read more»

Analysis: London Conference

No new solutions for Afghanistan

The much-vaunted London Conference on Afghanistan ended less with a bang than a whimper, albeit a very diplomatically worded one. It was supposed to chart a new course for Afghanistan’s relations with the world and set up a framework for peace negotiations.... Read more»

'A perfect war'

'Everybody makes money' on Afghan war

The question of Taliban funding is currently roiling the highest levels of the U.S. government. As GlobalPost reported last year, USAID has launched a probe into what is believed to be a protection racket by the Taliban. Huge USAID contracts often involve Afghan subcontractors who end up paying the Taliban a form of extortion.... Read more»

Afghanistan

Are U.S. taxpayers funding the Taliban?

The United States Agency for International Development has opened an investigation into allegations that its funds for road and bridge construction in Afghanistan are ending up in the hands of the Taliban, through a protection racket for contractors.... Read more»

Funding the Taliban

Who is financing America's enemies? You don't want to know

In Afghanistan, one of the richest sources of Taliban funding is the foreign assistance coming into the country. Virtually every major project includes a healthy cut for the insurgents. Call it protection money, call it extortion, or, as the Taliban themselves prefer to term it, “spoils of war,” the fact remains that international donors, primarily the United States, are to a large extent financing their own enemy.... Read more»

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