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War in Afghanistan

War in Afghanistan

With ping-pong and puns, soldiers stay sane in Afghanistan

Perspectives

With ping-pong and puns, soldiers stay sane in Afghanistan

Anup Kaphle is embedded with British and Canadian forces in Afghanistan and describes how soldiers stay sane and find relief and entertainment on a military base in Kandahar.

Posted: June 23, 2009 13:10   Comments: 2
Taliban talks peace with Afghan government, U.S. officials

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Taliban talks peace with Afghan government, U.S. officials

As the battles intensify and suicide attacks increase in Afghanistan, the Taliban is in talks with the Afghan government -- and on some level, with American officials. Charles Sennott of GlobalPost recently returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan and discusses the talks and their chances of success.

Posted: June 22, 2009 13:10   Comments: 0
Iran hosts trilateral summit with Afghanistan, Pakistan

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Iran hosts trilateral summit with Afghanistan, Pakistan

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met on Sunday to discuss their nations' potential cooperation on a wide range of issues, from drug trafficking to militant insurgencies. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the summit.

Posted: May 25, 2009 11:12   Comments: 2
West should buy, not eradicate, Afghanistan’s poppy crops

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West should buy, not eradicate, Afghanistan’s poppy crops

More than 90 percent of the world's opium comes out of Afghanistan, where the U.S. and its allies have led efforts to eradicate poppy crops. A Worldfocus contributing blogger argues that rather than eradicating poppy crops, the West should purchase crops for use as medical opiate.

Posted: May 22, 2009 14:24   Comments: 17
U.S. disputes Afghan civilian death toll from airstrikes

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U.S. disputes Afghan civilian death toll from airstrikes

The U.S. is disputing the number of Afghan civilians killed by airstrikes earlier this month, citing much lower figures than the Afghan government. Jason Motlagh of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting writes that this is not the first time that the U.S. has disputed civilian casualty figures.

Posted: May 21, 2009 09:14   Comments: 1
Taliban may be armed with American ammunition

Interview (video)

Taliban may be armed with American ammunition

Ammunition that the U.S. provides to allies in the Afghan army may be falling into the hands of Taliban militants. Rick Barton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses how the Taliban is getting the ammunition and how the U.S. can prevent the diversion of its arms in the future.

Posted: May 20, 2009 14:49   Comments: 1
Rights group accuses U.S. of failing Afghan civilians

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Rights group accuses U.S. of failing Afghan civilians

On Friday, Human Rights Watch accused the U.S. military of "inadequate" measures to protect civilians in Afghanistan. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner looks at how the Obama administration has tried to revamp the war strategy in Afghanistan and the battle for hearts and minds.

Posted: May 15, 2009 13:03   Comments: 0
Obama administration shakes up Afghanistan team

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Obama administration shakes up Afghanistan team

On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced he had asked for the resignation of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, David McKiernan, saying new leadership was needed to go along with a new strategy to turn around the war. McKiernan will be replaced by Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal.

Posted: May 13, 2009 10:29   Comments: 0
Week in review: Tensions mount in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Week in review: Tensions mount in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and Carol Giacomo of The New York Times editorial board discuss the week’s top stories.

Posted: May 8, 2009 14:36   Comments: 0
Obama hosts summit with Afghanistan, Pakistan leaders

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Obama hosts summit with Afghanistan, Pakistan leaders

The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan traveled to Washington for critical meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and other top administration officials on Wednesday. Daniel Markey of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses what may come from the summit.

Posted: May 6, 2009 12:28   Comments: 1
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