By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2017
General John Nicholson, told a Senate panel that “a few thousand” more US troops were needed to sustain what is now by far Washington’s longest war.
By Laurent Lafrance, 11 January 2017
Lionel Desmond was suffering from PTSD but failed to receive the support he required due to systematic cuts to health care and veterans’ services.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 December 2016
Later this month the German government will begin the mass deportations of asylum seekers back to Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2016
More than 15 years after the Bush administration invaded Afghanistan, the US-backed regime controls less territory than ever, and the slaughter of civilians is escalating.
By Verena Nees, 10 October 2016
The ruling on the Kunduz massacre strengthens the military and increases the likelihood that similar crimes will be committed in the future.
By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2016
The latest attack takes place against the backdrop of geo-political intrigue that is drawing the entire region, including Afghanistan, into US preparations for war against China.
By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 28 July 2016
A former senior Indian diplomat has warned that the US’s harnessing of India to its anti-China “Pivot” will result in India being drawn into the Afghan war.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2016
The White House announced Wednesday that 8,400 US troops will remain deployed in Afghanistan until Obama leaves office next January.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015
The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014
Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”
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.
By Nick Barrickman, 16 August 2014
Under an occupation and military justice system that is “self-policing,” war crimes are carried out with impunity.
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.
By James Cogan, 16 July 2014
The Obama administration’s attempt to reconcile the two camps quickly started falling apart.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2014
Another foreign policy debacle for Washington is unfolding in Central Asia.
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.
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.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2014
Cell phone surveillance is a central component of the US drone war and targeted assassination program
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Mark Church, 7 January 2014
Thirteen years after the US-led invasion, the Afghan population confronts worsening poverty and social deprivation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2013
A US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday killed 10 civilians, including five children.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2013
The Obama administration is institutionalizing the process of White House-sanctioned remote killings.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012
In testimony from Afghanistan, witnesses to the March 11 massacre described scenes of terror and grief.