There was an interesting and disturbing moment in a hearing this week on Afghanistan before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Appearing for the Administration to answer questions on the costs and status of the war were James F. Dobbins, State’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for […]
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Tooryalai Wesa was sitting in his office just three months after starting his new job as governor of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan when he heard the deafening noise of rockets and bombs exploding nearby.
AFGHANISTAN: TIME TO LEAVE M. Speaker. The time has come for our military to leave Afghanistan. Afghan President Karzai's refusal to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement should be the last straw in putting an end to what has becomeShow More Summary
In response to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel giving Afghan President Hamid Karzai "until February" to sign a defense agreement, Karzai shot back today that "there is no deadline," reports Stephanie Gaskell of Defense One. Karzai's...Show More Summary
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — America's top military officer warned the withdrawal of most U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year could reverse gains made in the war against the Taliban and further destabilize the region.
(BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan) — America’s top military officer says the U.S. does not intend to renegotiate a security deal with Afghanistan and that a full withdrawal of its forces from the country at the end of 2014 could reverse gains made by Afghan troops in their war against the Taliban. Show More Summary
Since former prosecutor John Sopko took over last year as he top watchdog probing U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, the organization has honed a pugnacious style that has irked military commanders, grabbed national news headlines and exposed embarrassing lapses in oversight that have cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Show More Summary
Case of German-ordered US strike that resulted in death of more than 90 civilians dismissed over lack of evidence.
The upcoming movie “Lone Survivor” recounts the harrowing experience of Marcus Luttrell as he and his fellow Navy SEALS fought off the Taliban in a remote Afghan village. But the intense battle depicted onscreen doesn’t come close to...Show More Summary
Mon December 09, 2013 Little Progress in Afghan Law Banning Violence Against Women VITAMIN W Staff More Afghan women and girls are reporting incidents of violence, but the prosecution of these crimes is still low. A U.N. report released Dec. Show More Summary
Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on a cooperation pact with Iran on Sunday, an Afghan official said, while continuing to resist signing a long-term security agreement with the United States. Karzai struck the deal with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in a move that will be greeted with suspicion by his U.S. ally, which [...]
Associated Press reports that Iran, the greatest supporter of terror throughout the world, told Afghan president Hamid Karzai that they’re concerned about the “tension” caused by the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan and that Afghanistan should expel the foreigners as soon as possible so Iran can feel safer; Earlier on Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary […]
According to a top secret 2010 report the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter is better then the US-made Chinook helicopter built by Boeing in Pennsylvania. Army Secretary John McHugh wrote in a 2011 memo "that the Mi-17 stands apart" when compared with other helicopters. Show More Summary
Welcome to another edition of “News in Asia.” Afghanistan There has been no breakthrough in the BSA impasse. Basically, lots of conversation and no action. An Afghan policewoman named Masooma (many Afghans use only one name) was killed by two gunmen; the fourth in six months. Conditions for female police officers are grim, though their […]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential Democratic senator questioned on Thursday the Obama administration's insistence that Afghan President Hamid Karzai sign a security deal by the end of 2013, suggesting that Washington wait for a "more reliable" lead...
Afghan children attend school at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan on Dec. 1. A new survey shows that Afghans feel their country is improving in part from strides in education. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty...Show More Summary
NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shelby Johnson scans the horizon Nov. 18, 2013, during a dismounted patrol from Forward Operating Base Torkham to an Afghan Border Police checkpoint near the village of Goloco. Johnson...Show More Summary
The U.S. could wait until this summer to reach an agreement with Afghanistan on a pact allowing U.S. forces to remain past 2015, but NATO allies could not, Gen. Martin Dempsey said.