Afghanistan

NATO commits to Afghan war through 2020, prepares Eurasian-wide escalation

By Thomas Gaist, 17 June 2016

NATO’s extension of its mission in Afghanistan is one element in a “package of enhancements” aimed at strengthening its grip over strategic portions of Eurasia.

Obama green-lights escalation of Afghanistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 11 June 2016

The White House has authorized a major escalation of US air and ground combat operations targeting Taliban forces and others opposed to the stooge regime in Kabul.

Former US generals, diplomats clamor for renewal of Afghan war

By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2016

The demands for an essentially permanent US presence in Afghanistan have become more insistent amidst a growing crisis of the Afghan government.

US assassination of Taliban leader signals escalation of Afghanistan-Pakistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2016

The killing of Mansour occurred in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, which was previously off-limits to US strikes due to opposition from sections of the Pakistani state.

US military whitewashes attack on Afghan hospital

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2016

The Pentagon’s contrived account of human errors and equipment failure is intended to avoid the more obvious conclusion that the US military deliberately targeted the hospital.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record in 2015

By Thomas Gaist, 16 February 2016

Responsibility for the social catastrophe in Afghanistan lies with American imperialism, which has fomented and waged a series of wars against the Afghan people.

Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 February 2016

Statements from the commander in Afghanistan are the latest in a series of acknowledgements by US officials that the American military is planning a permanent occupation of the country.

Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos

By Tom Carter, 8 February 2016

After 12 years of litigation, the Obama administration has released only 198 out of at least 2,000 photographs depicting torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US planning to keep military forces in Afghanistan for “decades”

By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2016

The US military is planning on using Afghanistan as a launching pad for military operations throughout South and Central Asia, senior US military officials told the Washington Post.

UK military returns to Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 11 January 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron is following the lead of President Obama, who last October reneged on his pledge to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan before the end of his administration.

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2015

The US-backed government’s security forces have proven incapable of holding back an ongoing offensive by the Taliban.

Six US soldiers killed as Taliban overruns Helmand district in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2015

The suicide bomb attack on a US-Afghan patrol is symptomatic of the escalating crisis of the continued American occupation of Afghanistan.

German parliament approves expansion of military mission in Afghanistan

By Gustav Kemper, 21 December 2015

Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday by a large majority in favour of a government motion to expand the German military intervention in Afghanistan

Report reveals torture and murder of Afghan civilians by Navy SEALs

By George Gallanis, 19 December 2015

While the report details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped.

Pentagon report whitewashes bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital

By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2015

While the actual report remains secret, the US military offered a summary of its internal findings on the destruction of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan by US forces last month.

German government prepares new combat mission in Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2015

German defence officials are making plans to send over 100 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, where they are to “accompany” and “advise” Afghan forces.

The blood on Obama’s hands: Kunduz hospital attack designed “to kill and destroy”

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2015

The attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital was neither an error nor even unique, but rather the outcome of a codified policy of criminality.

Mounting humanitarian crisis in wake of Pakistan-Afghanistan quake

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015

The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.

Hundreds dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 magnitude earthquake

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2015

The devastating consequences of the natural disaster will be compounded by 15 years of US-led neo-colonial occupation.

New evidence that US Army deliberately targeted hospital in Kunduz

By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2015

Aided by the media, the US military and the Obama administration are continuing their efforts to cover up and whitewash a war crime.

The New York Times peddles excuses for Kunduz hospital slaughter

By Thomas Gaist, 23 October 2015

The Times report comes one week after the AP revealed that US Special Forces were scoping out the MSF hospital immediately prior to the attack

Hospital bombing in Afghanistan was premeditated, AP reports

By Evan Blake, 16 October 2015

US special operations analysts had been gathering intelligence on the Doctors Without Borders hospital days before it was destroyed, a flagrant war crime.

Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2015

Seven years after his election based on promises to end US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has ordered thousands of troops to continue fighting in both countries.

US officials seek to contain fallout from hospital massacre in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 October 2015

US President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors without Borders Wednesday, while vowing to forge ahead with US military operations in Afghanistan.

Washington’s war crime in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2015

Fourteen years after the US invaded Afghanistan on the pretext of destroying Al Qaeda, the US military continues slaughtering Afghans to keep a corrupt puppet regime in power.

US repeatedly bombs hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 5 October 2015

US combat aircraft launched multiple precision strikes against northern Afghanistan’s only major trauma center on Saturday, killing at least 22.

Nine months after the official end of combat operations

US Special Forces fight Taliban militants in Kunduz, Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 3 October 2015

The intensified combat operations come just days after the Pentagon announced plans to station at least 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan through 2017.

Major city in Afghanistan falls to Taliban attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2015

The capture of Kunduz is a major blow to the US-backed puppet regime in Kabul and to the Obama administration.

Pentagon ramping up US military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 17 July 2015

US air and drone strikes in Afghanistan more than doubled in the month of June, according to DOD statistics.

Taliban strikes Afghan parliament in Kabul

By Thomas Gaist, 24 June 2015

Taliban fighters passed through several military checkpoints, setting off explosives and initiating an extended firefight just outside the Afghan parliament.

Afghan teachers’ strike demands higher pay

By Jerry White, 10 June 2015

Teachers are protesting the US-backed government’s reneging on promises to provide teachers with plots of land and loans to build their homes.

German court rejects claims of Kunduz victims

By Verena Nees, 9 May 2015

The higher regional court in Cologne has rejected the compensation claims of two survivors of the notorious 2009 massacre perpetrated by the German armed forces.

Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2015

Obama announced his reversal Tuesday of plans to withdraw some 5,000 more troops this year, under conditions of a further deterioration of the situation facing the US-backed regime in Afghanistan.

US-trained Afghan security forces committing “systematic” torture and extra-legal killings

By Thomas Gaist, 4 March 2015

The puppet regime in Kabul, established by the US and NATO powers, presides over a web of criminalized security forces and politicized crime syndicates.

US expands “secret war” in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 23 February 2015

Despite the official end to US combat operations on December 31, US commandos are intensifying their deadly “counterterrorism” operations in Afghanistan.

The continuing US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2014

The shabby little ceremony Sunday in which a US commander hauled down one battle flag and ran up another only confirmed that the US war in Afghanistan continues.

US raises troop deployment in Afghanistan by 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2014

While the US and NATO are marking the formal end of their combat mission in Afghanistan, Washington is increasing the number of troops left behind.

Afghan regime hit by wave of Taliban attacks

By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2014

The escalating bloodshed comes amid Washington’s efforts to consolidate military and financial support for the newly installed stooge regime.

Obama authorizes wider war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2014

Less than three weeks after the congressional election, the administration has announced the escalation of US wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

New Afghan puppet regime accepts deal to keep 10,000 US troops

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2014

The new two-headed “national unity” regime threatens to be even more unstable than the previous US puppet, Hamid Karzai.

Afghan factions form power-sharing government

By James Cogan, 23 September 2014

For the United States, the deal opens the way for a status of forces agreement to enable American forces to continue to operate in Afghanistan with impunity.

Sri Lankan government deports asylum-seekers

By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014

Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

After years of relative restraint, Germany is intervening to assert its global economic and geostrategic interests by military means.

Amnesty International report: Widespread killings of Afghan civilians under Obama administration

By Nick Barrickman, 16 August 2014

Under an occupation and military justice system that is “self-policing,” war crimes are carried out with impunity.

US major general killed in insider Afghan army attack

By Gabriel Black, 6 August 2014

A two-star American major general was killed and many other US soldiers were injured by a member of the Afghan army.

Election dispute reignites in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 16 July 2014

The Obama administration’s attempt to reconcile the two camps quickly started falling apart.

Afghanistan in turmoil over presidential election result

By James Cogan, 9 July 2014

Another foreign policy debacle for Washington is unfolding in Central Asia.

Civilians were killed in New Zealand-US raid on Afghan village

By Tom Peters, 5 July 2014

New evidence indicates that 6 civilians were killed and 15 wounded in a 2010 raid, exposing false claims by the New Zealand government that only “insurgents” were killed.

Instability set to continue after Afghan presidential election

By Mike Head, 16 June 2014

Whichever of the two pro-US candidates is declared the winner, the election is a fraud on many levels.

US air strike kills five special operations troops in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2014

The latest mass casualty incident involving US occupation troops is indicative of the kind of fighting that will continue in the wake of Washington’s formal withdrawal.

US collecting all cell phone calls in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2014

Cell phone surveillance is a central component of the US drone war and targeted assassination program

2,700 feared dead as landslide buries rural Afghan town

By Tom Hall, 5 May 2014

The Afghan town of Abi Barak was buried in a landslide Friday, in a catastrophe that exposes the immense poverty produced by decades of US war and intrigue in the country.

Afghan election prepares way for new puppet government

By James Cogan, 7 April 2014

Washington’s sole concern is to ensure that Karzai exits the scene and is replaced with a less erratic puppet.

Obama threatens total US withdrawal from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2014

In the face of Karzai’s failure to sign a deal granting blanket immunity to US troops, Obama is threatening to withdraw them all.

Obama meets generals on Afghanistan as troop deal remains stalled

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2014

The White House convened an emergency meeting on Afghanistan Tuesday as Washington’s puppet president, Hamid Karzai, delayed signing a security deal.

Pentagon unveils plan to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2014

The US military has proposed 10,000 troops as a minimum force to keep in Afghanistan after the formal withdrawal of American “combat forces” at the end of this year.

US airstrike kills woman, seven children in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2014

The latest slaughter of civilians in a US bombardment has deepened tensions between Washington and Kabul over a proposed bilateral security agreement.

US troops kill Afghan four-year-old

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2014

Amid rising tensions over a deal to keep US troops in Afghanistan after 2014, Afghan officials reported that American forces shot and killed a four-year-old in Helmand province.

Acute child malnutrition has doubled in Afghanistan since 2012

By Mark Church, 7 January 2014

Thirteen years after the US-led invasion, the Afghan population confronts worsening poverty and social deprivation.

US steps up war of words with Afghan puppet regime

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2013

Conflicts between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US-NATO occupation forces over the legal terms of their presence in the country are intensifying.

US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2013

Underlying the public spat between Washington and its puppet Karzai are deep-going tensions over the US bid to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan.

Pact provides for permanent US occupation of Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2013

The draft agreement between Washington and its puppet regime in Kabul calls for as many as 15,000 US and NATO troops as well as nine permanent bases.

Kerry in Afghanistan to salvage US occupation treaty

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2013

Talks between the US and the puppet Afghan regime have been stalemated over differences on key questions related to US troops remaining on Afghan soil.

NATO’s Afghan draw-down stokes Kremlin’s fears of clash with US

By Clara Weiss, 3 September 2013

The Kremlin fears that the NATO troop drawdown in Afghanistan signals a new offensive by Washington and its Islamist allies against Russia in Central Asia.

Australian soldier dies in Afghanistan

By Mark Church, 3 July 2013

News of the death has been exploited to mask over the neo-colonial nature of the decade-long US-led occupation of the country.

Washington seeks Taliban deal as Afghanistan casualties mount

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2013

US negotiators are expected to meet with representatives of the Taliban in Qatar, even as fighting continues in Afghanistan, claiming the lives of another four US troops.

US Sgt. Robert Bales pleads guilty in Kandahar massacre

By Richard Vargas, 8 June 2013

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pled guilty to nearly all charges in the 2011 massacre, which left 16 Afghan civilians dead and six injured.

Britain illegally detained Afghans at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 31 May 2013

The British army has held up to 90 Afghan nationals in a holding facility at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, some for up to 14 months and many without charge.

Taliban mounts “spring offensive” in Afghanistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 May 2013

Islamist insurgent groups have escalated their attacks on occupation troops, international organisations and the Karzai government.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2013—Part one

The Kill Team: The murderous reality of the US war in Afghanistan

By Joanne Laurier, 16 May 2013

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival recently concluded. The event this year screened 158 films from 51 countries, including 67 fiction features, 28 documentary features and 63 short films.

New revelations of torture and murder of Afghan civilians by US Special Forces

By Thomas Gaist, 15 May 2013

Further revelations of torture and murder by elite US soldiers in Afghanistan highlight the neo-colonial character of the occupation.

Karzai reveals US plan for permanent Afghanistan bases

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2013

The Afghanistan president’s statement underscores the intention of the Obama administration and the Pentagon to maintain a permanent military presence.

Eight US-NATO troops killed in one day

Crisis deepens for US occupation in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2013

Both the US-NATO occupation and the stooge regime of President Hamid Karzai are widely hated by the Afghan population.

What the CIA’s cash has bought for Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2013

The report that the CIA regularly hands over sacks of cash to Afghanistan’s President Karzai is only the latest episode in Afghanistan’s long and tragic encounter with US imperialism.

Germany extends military mission in Afghanistan and arms Qatar

By Johannes Stern, 25 April 2013

On April 18, German ministers announced that at least 800 soldiers would be kept in Afghanistan beyond the official date for the withdrawal of NATO combat troops.

The brutal face of neocolonialism in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2013

The attempt to exploit the death of a young State Department official to cast the Afghanistan war as an exercise in US altruism is belied by the continuing murder and oppression inflicted upon the civilian population.

NATO strike kills 10 Afghan children after week of bloody fighting

By Thomas Gaist, 8 April 2013

A NATO airstrike killed 20 people in eastern Afghanistan during the weekend, including at least one woman and 10 children ages 1 to 12.

Germany: Victims of the Kunduz massacre sue for compensation

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 April 2013

A Bonn court recently opened proceedings in a case brought by two survivors of a NATO air strike near Kunduz, Afghanistan.

In Qatar, US-backed Afghan President Karzai makes overtures to Taliban

By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2013

US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai travelled to Doha to make political overtures to the Taliban, as Taliban officials open an office in the Qatari capital.

Kerry’s Middle East tour prepares endless war in Afghanistan, Syria

By Alex Lantier, 27 March 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry left Kabul for Paris yesterday, after a Middle Eastern tour to Jordan and Afghanistan to plan broader wars across the region.

US defense secretary’s Afghanistan trip a debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2013

Obama’s newly confirmed defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, confronted suicide bombings, an “insider” attack and vitriolic criticism from the US-backed puppet, Hamid Karzai.

Afghan regime accuses US forces of torturing, murdering civilians

By Alex Lantier, 25 February 2013

The Afghan government asked US Special Forces to leave Wardak and Logar provinces after reviewing reports that they tortured and murdered Afghan civilians.

US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unravelling

By Harvey Thompson, 18 February 2013

The US-puppet Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai is facing an increase in attacks by insurgents as the US/NATO occupation continues to unravel.

As Obama touts end of Afghan war, US strike kills 10 civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2013

A US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday killed 10 civilians, including five children.

“Green-on-blue” attacks continue in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 22 January 2013

All eight deaths among British soldiers on the current tour have been the result of attacks by uniformed Afghan security forces.

Obama to approve drone assassination manual

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2013

The Obama administration is institutionalizing the process of White House-sanctioned remote killings.

Obama-Karzai talks set stage for post-2014 US troop presence

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2013

White House talks between Obama and Karzai were aimed at laying the foundations for a continuing US military presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal deadline.

Afghanistan: A model for 21st Century neo-colonialism

By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2013

Claims that the US occupation will end in 2014 are belied by plans for an indefinite American military presence in Afghanistan.

Ten girls die in Afghanistan explosion as US pushes for permanent presence

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a press conference in Kabul last week that “we are not departing Afghanistan.”

As American commanders target Afghan children

Karzai offers immunity for continued US occupation

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2012

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he is willing to offer US troops immunity from prosecution after 2014, amid fresh reports of war crimes.

Army pre-trial hearing into March 2012 Afghan massacre concludes

By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, could face the death penalty if the Army recommends a court-martial.

Survivors describe bloodbath in Afghan atrocity

By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012

In testimony from Afghanistan, witnesses to the March 11 massacre described scenes of terror and grief.

US Army hearing begins into March 2012 Afghan atrocity

By Naomi Spencer, 10 November 2012

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of carrying out a massacre of Afghan civilians, faces 16 counts of murder.

Four Afghan children killed in US raid

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2012

The killing of Afghan children in a US raid and the disappearance and murder of civilians at the hands of occupation troops have provoked growing anger and protests.

Afghan schools and clinics built by British military to be closed down

By Harvey Thompson, 23 October 2012

A recently leaked report reveals that schools and health clinics built by the British military across Helmand province are to be closed down by 2014.

US in talks on extending Afghanistan occupation past 2014 deadline

By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012

The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.

Five British Royal Marines charged with murdering Afghan insurgent

By Harvey Thompson, 16 October 2012

Five British Royal Marines have been charged with the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan.

US troop deaths in Afghanistan top 2,000

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2012

The 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan last weekend as the result of a so-called “insider” attack, underscoring the crisis of the 11-year-old US war.

A balance sheet of the Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2012

The Obama administration has withdrawn 33,000 troops, but more than twice as many still remain in Afghanistan.

Attacks force US to halt joint operations with Afghan troops

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2012

A steady escalation of so-called insider attacks has forced the Pentagon to suspend joint patrols and combat training with Afghan security forces.