Unlikely Support for Faster Drawdown in Afghanistan From John McCain

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 6:45 am

First it was longtime Republican Rep. Bill Young. But I don’t think any political observer would be able to guess who would be the next Republican to consider a quicker timeline in Afghanistan.

US Hands Over Bagram Prison to Afghans – Sort Of

By: Monday September 10, 2012 3:45 pm

The US has handed over the prison at Bagram Air Force base to Afghanistan, in the latest in a series of transitions to have the Afghans take control of their own security. The prison transfer was part of a bargain won months ago by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. However, hundreds of prisoners at the facility remain under US control.

US Acknowledges Afghan Security Forces They Trained Committing Abuse

By: Friday December 16, 2011 9:30 am

As we wind down the overt military phase of the Iraq war, I think this article carries some important knowledge. In Iraq as well as Afghanistan, the way out of the country has been to train native security forces to take over. We trained hundreds of thousands of security personnel in Iraq, and just as many in Afghanistan. And now, we’re learning that those security forces are actually abusing their own citizens.

Hundreds of Prisoners Escape in Afghanistan

By: Monday April 25, 2011 6:50 am

This happened in Kandahar, the city that was supposed to witness a rebirth after a NATO “clear, hold and build” operation last year. US officials insist that they are winning the fight and that the Taliban is weakened, but not weakened enough to stop them from building a giant, 360-meter tunnel and breaking 500-odd prisoners out in the middle of Kandahar. And the Taliban sent out word of the prison break BEFORE the prison security discovered it. In fact, the whole operation took four and a half hours overnight and security never saw anything until morning.

Does Today’s Afghanistan Violence Mirror the Tet Offensive

By: Monday January 18, 2010 6:30 pm

I saw a few comments that today’s Taliban assault on Kabul had people asking, “What’s Pashto for Tet?”

Afghanistan’s Pentagon Papers

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 6:00 am

“A Different Kind of War” is a historical document, meant to be studied and learned from. Obama’s team, in deploying additional resources, do seem to have drawn lessons – but eight years on, they may be the wrong ones.

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