The U.S. is shifting its military focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, where a coalition of international forces seeks to stabilize the territory and combat terrorism. U.S. President Barack Obama has also ordered an additional 17,000 troops to carry out the mission in Afghanistan.
The U.S. launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001, with British support. NATO'S international security force has turned its attention to Afghanistan and has troops engaged from 42 nations.
Worldfocus continues to explore this troubled region with special emphasis on the role played by U.S. allies across the globe. Worldfocus examines the ongoing conflict from the perspectives of several countries, including, Canada, Estonia, Iran, Pakistan and Russia.
"War in Afghanistan" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, an online radio show, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.
Week in Review (video)
Week in review: Afghanistan, Iraq and the Clintons
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times discuss the week’s top stories: A major U.S. offensive as national elections approach in Afghanistan, a surge in suicide bombings in Iraq and Hillary Clinton's trip to Africa.
Posted: August 14, 2009 14:15
U.S. launches assault on Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan
United States Marines went on the offensive on Wednesday, launching a major new attack on a Taliban stronghold in the south of Afghanistan. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discuss the offensive and the next phase of the war in Afghanistan.
Posted: August 12, 2009 15:21
Ambitious Dane takes the reins at NATO
As NATO ushers in a new secretary general, the Taliban insurgency is raging in Afghanistan. A NATO resurgence will depend upon the diplomatic skills of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, writes Worldfocus contributor Ben Piven.
Posted: August 5, 2009 08:40
Bombings rock Afghanistan ahead of national elections
In western Afghanistan on Monday, a deadly bombing aimed at a district police chief left at least 10 people dead and some 30 injured. Karin von Hippel of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses the growing casualties in Afghanistan and the upcoming elections.
Posted: August 3, 2009 13:45
Taliban extends authority, influence in Afghanistan
American and British forces have been suffering greater casualties in Afghanistan as they step up their battle against the Taliban. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who worked on an advisory board to General Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, discusses if victory is possible for NATO forces.
Posted: July 28, 2009 10:28
Obama pledges review of alleged mass grave in Afghanistan
Seven years ago, investigators for Physicians for Human Rights discovered what appeared to be a mass grave in northern Afghanistan. The bodies, they were told, were those of Taliban fighters who had allegedly been mistreated. Susannah Sirkin of Physicians for Human Rights discusses the case.
Posted: July 23, 2009 11:48
July becomes deadliest month for U.S. in Afghanistan
It has been the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war there started nearly eight years ago. Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation discusses how recent attacks were carried out and the security situation throughout the country.
Posted: July 21, 2009 15:26
Week in Review (video)
Week in review: Iraq pullback and unrest in Honduras
Garrick Utley of the State University of New York and Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group discuss the week's top stories: The U.S. offensive in Afghanistan, the American pullback in Iraq and unrest in Honduras.
Posted: July 3, 2009 14:27
Keeping a watchful eye in a bustling Afghan city
On Thursday, U.S. Marines launched a major offensive in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Province in an effort to root out Taliban forces in southern strongholds. A Worldfocus contributing blogger embedded in Afghanistan describes the climate in the capital of Helmand Province, Lashkar Gah.
Posted: July 2, 2009 10:28
In Afghanistan’s small towns, Canada rebuilds
Anup Kaphle is embedded in Afghanistan and describes how Canadian forces are helping with local reconstruction efforts in the country's small towns.
Posted: June 24, 2009 16:15