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The French also think Americans are, well, kind of wimpy. One of the traits that stands out about French troops is “a particular culture that, among other things, makes a virtue ...(full article)

As America and the West continue their fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban is trying to prevent its rank and file from joining the jihadi group....(full article)

Is there a way to avert the constant derailing of bilateral relations?...(full article)

Success in foreign policy requires patience. Although history will almost certainly judge the 2003 invasion of Iraq to be a strategic blunder, the downside of Obama’s decisio...(full article)

Where is the end of history now? Across three continents, conflicts are multiplying. An arc of war, foreign intervention and state breakdown stretches from Afghanistan to north Afr...(full article)

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Stop the Spin: Afghanistan War Was Tragic - Kate Hudson, Independent

In the thirteen years of our military involvement, tens of thousands of innocent civilians were killed and the lives of 453 British troops were lost....

It Is a Damaged UK Military that Leaves Helmand - The Guardian

Time will tell whether Afghanistan will be able to forge any kind of reasonable future for itself after the violence and turmoil of recent years....

U.S., Britain Abandon a Taliban Stronghold - Colum Lynch, FP

President Barack Obama marked a milestone Sunday on the way to one of the most important, controversial, and riskiest promises of his presidency: winding down the American-led coal...

The UK's Enduring Legacy in Afghanistan - Telegraph

In the ghostly expanse of the once-bustling Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, the Army’s 13-year combat mission to that benighted land was formally brought to a close....

Afghanistan: Anatomy of a Failed Policy - Edward Girardet, Cairo Review

The American-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is proving to be a failure. Against the advice of experienced diplomats, aid workers, journalists, and other analysts at the...

The Failing War on Drugs... in Afghanistan - Joshua Keating, Slate

The latest report from the U.S. government’s Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, gets right to the depressing point: “After a decade of recon...

America's Failed War on Afghan Heroin - Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times

A new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction provides another painful reminder that despite $7.6 billion of counter-narcotics efforts over the pa...

America's Stale View of the Muslim World - James Zogby, The National

Instead of elevating the discourse, these “experts” dumb it down. And instead of making people aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they...

Arming Rebels Works - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s ...

Training Foreign Armies Is a Misuse of Funds - A. Nekrassov, Al Jazeera

Why the mainstream US media hasn't gone for the juicy bone that is the obvious corruption in the U.S. military....

Britain Breaks Its Promise to Afghanistan - Economist

In Helmand, where his enraptured Labour predecessor said the “future of world security” would be decided, Mr Cameron reiterated his belief that battling jihadism was the “str...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

Obama Ignores Panetta's Warning - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

Say this much about President Obama: He does not engender a lot of loyalty from his inner circle....

Ashraf Ghani's Good Week - Max Boot, Commentary

Count me as among those who were skeptical about whether Ashraf Ghani–or for that matter any other mortal–would have what it takes to confront Afghanistan’s monumental prob...

5 Priorities for Afghanistan - Ahmad Majidyar, Global Public Square

While the peaceful and democratic transfer of power marks a milestone in Afghanistan’s tumultuous history, the country faces mounting security and governance challenges as inte...

Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey - M. Tanchum & H. Karaveli, New York Times

Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. The Islamic State is recruiting militants in Turkey. And failure to clean...

The Huge Bill for Afghanistan's Upkeep - N. Hodge, Wall Street Journal

Considered a marvel of engineering when it was built decades ago, the Salang serves a critical role in this corner of the world. Carved from the rock of the Hindu Kush mountain ran...

Kabul Can Also Use Terrorism as a Tool - Michael Rubin, Commentary

As U.S. forces and America’s NATO partners prepare to withdraw upon an arbitrary political deadline, terrorism will surge inside Afghanistan but terrorism will not be limited...

Paying Afghanistan's Bills - New York Times

By the end of the year, Congress will have appropriated more money for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, when adjusted for inflation, than the United States spent rebuilding 16 E...

Welcome to Suicide Bomber Rehab - Ali M. Latifi, Vocativ

Part of the challenge, analysts say, is that the Taliban targets drug addicts or people with mental or physical disabilities; few, if any, have any formal education....

The Long Road Ahead for Islamabad and Kabul - Dawn

The history is so long and fraught and the problems so complex that the start of the Ashraf Ghani presidency in Afghanistan cannot immediately be seen as a new beginning in ties be...

U.S.-Afghan Security Deal: Small but Key - H. LaFranchi, CS Monitor

The security agreement signed by the US and Afghanistan Tuesday doesn't mean big numbers of American troops. It means an important confidence boost....

How to Salvage Afghanistan - Scott Smith & Andrew Wilder, RealClearWorld

This was no easy transition: Thirteen years of rebuilding efforts nearly unraveled during a fraught electoral summer. The Taliban gained momentum and territory while the economy sh...

Afghanistan's Triumph of Statesmanship - John Kerry, Washington Post

The United States supported a credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process without favoring any particular candidate. It was precisely because of our clear neutrality and ...

Afghan Leaders Must Grasp Chance for a New Start - SCMP

The stage is now set for an important milestone: the first peaceful transfer of power. With an array of challenges, though, bringing stability to the violence-racked nation is as m...

10 Priorities for New Afghan President - Tamim Asey, The Diplomat

The new Afghan government is inheriting a stagnant economy and an empty treasury with a society divided along ethnic and political lines. The new president will face an enormous ta...

Democracy Dies in Afghanistan - Helena Malikyar, Al Jazeera

The live televised signing of the political deal, perhaps consciously scheduled on International Peace Day, simultaneously prompted sighs of respite and despondency. Then again, co...

New Afghan Government Isn't Ideal, but It Can Work - The Guardian

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have done a deal, now they have to work together....

A Shaky Step Forward in Afghanistan - New York Times

Afghans got a new president on Sunday, following a bitter fight over the fraud-plagued runoff election on June 14. The outcome was a brokered political accommodation that was far f...

Afghanistan: the Vote With no Result - Scott Smith, Weekly Standard

With the announcement in Kabul of a power-sharing government between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan election comes closer to a reso...

Afghanistan and Pakistan Must Overcome Distrust - Dawn

Immediate political situations in both countries aside, there is a bigger problem here: joined at the hip as they may be, neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan has figured out quite how...

The Double-Edged Sword of Islamist Militancy - S. Chubin, The Daily Star

In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial....

Kerry Can Break Afghan Stalemate - Bloomberg

Three months after its presidential election -- and two months after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brokered an agreement to resolve the dispute that arose from it -- Afghanist...

A CEO for Afghanistan - J. Hudson, Y. Dreazen, FP

The future of Afghanistan may come down to a simple question: Can a country have a CEO? The job title that's synonymous with Wall Street is now dominating backroom discussions in K...

Rise of ISIS Shows Folly of Afghanistan - Patrick Knapp, The Diplomat

Two days after the emergence of a video depicting the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by so-called Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a press co...

Ukraine Should Fight Like the Taliban - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

At the most fundamental level, NATO must help Russia’s neighbors adapt to the fact that they are militarily weak and dwarfed by Russia’s might. Thus they need to be abl...

The Karzai Coup and Kerry's Failed Recount - Ioannis Koskinas, FP

Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants this year's election results to be announced by the end of the month. Karzai's spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told reporters on Thursday that: "Preside...

Afghanistan Isn't Iraq - Bloomberg View

Afghanistan's political impasse has renewed calls that the U.S. revisit plans to pull its soldiers out of the country by the end of 2016. Look at Iraq, these critics say, arguing t...

Failed States Pose Terror Threats - The Australian

Understandably the Obama administration is anxious not to get too deeply involved again in Iraq. But after the alarming assessment delivered by Chuck Hagel of the threat posed not ...

2014: A Year of Botched Elections in Asia - Andrew Oplas, The Diplomat

It is commonly understood that genuine elections are among the most indispensable prerequisites for effective and sustained democratic governance. And yet as with democracy itsel...

Iraq Explains Why Not to Leave Afghanistan - Paul Miller, Foreign Policy

Despite his obvious and understandable hesitations to return U.S. military forces to Iraq, the president's humanitarian concerns combined with the United States' strategic interest...

When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan - Matt Kaminski, Daily Beast

Robin Williams had his demons but it never stopped him from making troops laugh on the numerous standup tours he did in Iraq and Afghanistan....

Why the Afghan Election Still Isn't Over - Thomas Scherer, Wash Post

Why have the candidates continued to fight? There was almost certainly fraud on both sides as supporters took advantage of Afghanistan’s insecurity and institutional deficits and...

Without Shift in Afghan Strategy, Taliban Will Win - Scott Smith, GPS

This week’s attack at an Afghan military academy, which claimed the life of a U.S. general and more than a dozen troops, brought back like a recurring nightmare a proble...

Is Afghanistan Going the Way of Iraq? - Joshua Keating, Slate

The killing of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene by an Afghan soldier on Tuesday doesn’t just mark the first killing of a U.S. general in a war zone since Vietnam. It’s also a disturb...

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Lawyer: Afghan should have been all

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lawyers for one of three Afghan military officers facing deportation after sn...

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BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it reached agreement with Japan to ramp up high-level contacts, t...

For John McCain, new power to take

In January, Sen. John McCain is expected to take over as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Commi...

NATO: Afghan security deaths up as

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — The head of NATO said Friday that Afghan security forces are dying in re...