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Obama Extends Combat In Afghanistan

In an unheralded and under-reported move, President Obama has authorized a more expansive military mission in Afghanistan. Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according […]

Retired Lt. General Daniel P. Bolger says we lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because of our arrogance. According to NPR, Bolger begins his book with: I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, […]

The U.S. Marines and U.K. combat troops have ended operations in Afghanistan. The American and British flags were lowered and folded up for the final time at the regional headquarters of the international military, 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban’s radical Islamist regime launched America’s longest war. The timing of the troops’ withdrawal […]

And just like that, Operation Herrick — the UK’s name for its war in Afghanistan — came to an end today, as British forces “handed the keys” to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province to Afghan security forces, while United States Marines also passed control of their adjoining Camp Leatherneck, the largest Marine base in Afghanistan, […]

The Defense Department’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its required quarterly report to Congress Tuesday. In it we learn that after 11 years and $7.6 billion dollars’ worth of counter-narcotics operations in Afghanistan, poppy production for the heroin trade reached “unprecedented” levels in 2013 — in fact, it’s highest level ever. As the […]

(Reuters) – A suicide attacker wearing a police uniform attacked a provincial police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one officer and wounding four other people, an official said. The bombing in Helmand province is the latest by militants bent on weakening the Afghan security forces ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops […]

Update as of 2:25 a.m. EDT: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as the president of Afghanistan, according to reports. Update as of 2:10 a.m. EDT: Amid beefed up security in the Afghan capital of Kabul ahead of the presidential inauguration ceremony, the Taliban launched a series of attacks in the eastern Paktia province, […]

Joanne Mariner of Amnesty International talked to me on radio Wednesday night about torture in Afghanistan by rogue members of the U.S. military. Our military has done little to find and prosecute those who committed these heinous acts. “Thousands of Afghans have been killed or injured by US forces since the invasion, but the victims […]

The General who lost his life in Afghanistan has now been identified. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, of Falls Church, Va., is the highest-ranking member of the U.S. military to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He was the deputy commanding general for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan […]

NBC is reporting this morning that an as-of-yet unnamed American Major General was the sole fatality (so far) in an attack by someone wearing the uniform of the Afghan Security Forces. The Pentagon is reporting that some of the other injuries are so severe that the death toll is likely to rise. While the news […]

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