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In an interview with the Huffington Post, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, CEO of Muslimgirl.net, explains how Muslim women are ‘spoken over by the public’ and their voices ‘ignored.’ In a rare protest in Afghanistan’s male-dominated society, female rights activists in Kabul carry coffin of a woman beaten to death for allegedly burning Quran to graveyard. A Muslim [Read More...]

Bowe Bergdahl: I Was Tortured, Shackled, and Caged in Taliban Captivity

7 hours agoNews : Vice News

The Army sergeant, recently charged with desertion after he went missing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, details his captivity.

What Happens to Most AWOL Soldiers?

In February, New York Magazine published a story on the men and women who fled the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — and mostly escaped punishment from the federal government. After the news of Bowe Bergdahl's desertion and misbehavior in front of the enemy charges on Wednesday, Daily Intelligencer thought... More »

What the Right Wing Gets Wrong About Bowe Bergdahl

The U.S. military announced on Wednesday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion, and the rarer charge of misbehavior before the enemy, for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009. He will now face an Article 32 hearing, roughly the equivalent of a grand jury...

Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, is being charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, his lawyer said Wednesday. Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl's attorney, said that his client was handed a charge sheet on Tuesday. Show More Summary

Nobel Prize-Winning NGO: US Wars in Last Decade Killed Estimated 2 Million

Only days after President Obama announced that troops would remain in Afghanistan through 2015, a new study reveals the massive cost of war. Through its campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the US may be responsible for the deaths of millions.

Obama Administration: Trading Deserter Bergdahl For Five Taliban Commanders Was "Absolutely Worth It"

Tuesday afternoon the U.S. Army officially announced desertion charges for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who allegedly left his platoon in Afghanistan...

What's the Afghanistan endgame?

President Obama's announcement this week that he will delay the withdrawal of some 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan is an acceptable course correction. Keeping troop levels at their current strength will allow the United States to continue training Afghan forces while also helping with...

“Desertion and Misbehaving Before the Enemy”

21 hours agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

CHARGED: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held in captivity for five years, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, Army officials said Wednesday … Get on with it, then. I expect the testimony and evidence to be revealing and damning, and not just for the accused.

Bergdahl Charged with Desertion and Misbehavior Before the Enemy

The U.S. Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with misbehavior before the enemy and desertion for leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009. The decision comes less than a year after the once-missing soldier was freed from Taliban captivity in a controversial prisoner exchange that led to a closely scrutinized investigation into his disappearance.

Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl charged with desertion, misbehavior

yesterdayNews : The Newsroom

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan, was formally charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious count, the Army said. Show More Summary

Increasing Ties between the U.S. and Afghanistan

In a joint statement released by the White House and the Afghan government yesterday as a result of an Afghan delegation’s visit to Washington, “President Obama and President Ghani agreed that Afghan prosperity depended on the development of the country’s human capital”.

Ex-POW Bowe Bergdahl Deserves to Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison

Post by Jenny Erikson. Let's hope that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enjoyed those five years as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan, because he's now facing a life sentence behind bars. On Wednesday, March 25, the military charged the former soldier with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton On Bowe Bergdahl: It Doesn’t Matter If He Was A Deserter

Potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, claimed that it didn’t matter if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan. Last May, Bergdahl was exchanged for five Taliban commanders who were held at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba. Show More Summary

US Looking for Operational Link Between Afghan Groups, ISIL - State Dep't

The United States is monitoring the Islamic State’s move into Afghanistan in response to reports that some elements of the Taliban have joined the extremist group, the US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said at a press brief...

Ghani's powerful message: Thank you.

Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, came to Washington this week and expressed something that we hadn't heard from his predecessor, Hamid Karzai: gratitude. Ghani praised the sacrifices of American troops who have fought to defend his country against the Taliban. "You stood shoulder to...

Bowe Bergdahl: My life in captivity at the hands of the Taliban

On June 30, 2009, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. The NewsHour has obtained a document in which for the first time since his release, he describes the excruciating circumstances of his five years in captivity. Show More Summary

Ghani Addresses Congress, Eager to Rebuild Afghan-U.S. Ties

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, said he wanted to mend a partnership that had frayed badly.

6 Things You Need to Know About the Charges Faced by Bowe Bergdahl

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — who was captured and held prisoner by the Taliban for five years after abandoning his base in Afghanistan armed with only a knife — will be charged with "desertion" and "misbehavior before the enemy," according to Army spokesman Col. Daniel King. (Previously, Bergdahl was the subject of...

The New President of Afghanistan Really Loves Katz’s Deli

Who doesn't love Katz's? Ashraf Ghani is on a mission to prove that he's not a regular Afghan leader — he's a cool Afghan leader, who wants to work with the United States. In a speech given to Congress today, he thanked the AmericanShow More Summary

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