WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line.
ohsoromanov: AFGHAN GIRL // STEVE MCCURRY Her eyes are sea green. They are haunted and haunting, and in them you can read the tragedy of a land drained by war. She became known as the “Afghan girl,” and for 17 years no one knew her name. (x) An audio snipped from NG’s documentary in search of the Afghan Girl can be found here.
As Afghanistan and Pakistan struggle to combat the Taliban, the two nations have attempted to mend relations. A skirmish between security forces along the border on Wednesday threatens to ruin any hope for reconciliation.
WASHINGTON -- A government oversight agency reported on Wednesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development provided inaccurate or incomplete data on the locations of 80 percent of the health clinics it is funding in Afghanistan. In...Show More Summary
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Border clashes between Pakistani and Afghan security forces broke out on Wednesday morning, officials said, killing at least one person and potentially undermining efforts by both sides to improve relations.
Can Afghan archaeologists take on the Chinese and the Taliban to save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist site?
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police have detained an army general accused of smuggling nearly 20 kg (44 lb) of heroin, police and defense officials said on Wednesday.
BOSTON (Reuters) - A soldier in the Afghanistan army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
The International Crisis Group's latest report on Afghanistan's security forces, "The Future of the Afghan Local Police," is an important and illuminating read. The report focuses on the controversial US program to organize local villagers...Show More Summary
The US has spent some $110 billion on Afghanistan's reconstruction. More than half ($60 billion) has gone to build the Afghan security forces, including the Afghan National Army and the various police forces. The balance was spent on infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals, power plants, and so on. Show More Summary
"I talked about taboos and I broke them with my pen." -- Pari, writer and Dari translator for Washing the Dust From Our Hearts If you've wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives,...Show More Summary
In the confusion after a suicide bombing in Kabul on Tuesday, Afghans accused American soldiers of opening fire on them, and one soldier was attacked.
On Sunday, a Special Forces board at Fort Bragg tossed out the accusation that a Green Beret had shot an unarmed Afghan bomb maker in 2010. The board declared that accusation to be unsubstantiated, but it found him guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer. Show More Summary
A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed vehicle targeted a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding up to 22, police, military and government officials said.
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops serving with NATO on the main road running between Kabul's airport and the U.S. embassy, police and security officials said.
Afghan security forces arrive quickly at the scene of major blast in a busy area of the city's airport road.
It comes a week after an audacious attack on the nation's parliament
A raid conducted early Monday morning by US forces to destroy a cache of weapons incited local Afghan residents to take to the streets in protest, demonstrating the bitter tension caused by the controversial operations.
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. forces conducted a raid to destroy a cache of weapons north of Kabul, the Afghan capital, early on Monday morning, a U.S. army spokesman said, giving rare details of unilateral activity in Afghanistan.