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.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 November 2012
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of carrying out a massacre of Afghan civilians, faces 16 counts of murder.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012
The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 October 2012
Five British Royal Marines have been charged with the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2012
The Obama administration has withdrawn 33,000 troops, but more than twice as many still remain in Afghanistan.
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.
By Harvey Thompson, 19 September 2012
Saturday’s attack on NATO’s Camp Bastion in Afghanistan has thrown into sharp relief the cabal around Prince Harry, including the British royal family, the military and the media.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2012
Protests that began one week ago at US embassies in Egypt and Libya against an anti-Islamic YouTube video are rapidly spreading throughout the Muslim world.
By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2012
An air strike killed nine young Afghan women shortly before dawn Sunday morning in Laghman province’s Alingar district, near the Afghan capital, Kabul.
By Mark Church, 4 September 2012
In a neo-colonial act of collective punishment Australian forces shot and killed two men, detained and beat others in retaliation for the recent shooting deaths of three Australian soldiers.
By John Braddock, 1 September 2012
The recent fatalities—which have brought the NZ death toll in Afghanistan to 10—have prompted the government to announce an early withdrawal.
By Patrick Martin, 20 August 2012
The proliferation of attacks on US soldiers by uniformed Afghan soldiers and policemen is an expression of popular hatred for the occupation regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 August 2012
The slaying Thursday night of three members of a US Marines special operations unit by a uniformed commander in the US-backed security forces brought to eight the number of Americans killed this week in Afghanistan.
By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2012
The report exposes not only the criminal past of Afghanistan’s current leaders, but also the powers that backed them, especially the United States.
By Mike Head, 10 July 2012
The Tokyo gathering was the third recent step taken by the Obama administration to cement Washington’s grip over Afghanistan far beyond 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2012
At least 18 Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed early Wednesday morning after US special operations troops called in an air strike on their homes.
By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2012
Six children are among those killed in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktia.
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 May 2012
Prime Minister Julia Gillard functioned as little more than a mouthpiece for Washington during the discussions at the NATO summit in Chicago.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2012
For all the rhetoric about “transition” and “transformation,” the proposals laid out at the NATO summit in Chicago mean a continuation of a dirty colonial war and the slaughter of Afghan civilians.
By Harvey Thompson, 18 May 2012
Two British soldiers were shot dead last week by Afghan policemen, the latest in a rising tide of “green-on-blue” attacks on foreign forces in Afghanistan by supposed allies in the more than decade-long occupation and counterinsurgency.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2012
US bombardments claimed the lives of dozens of Afghan civilians, including women and children, prompting a formal protest from Karzai that such actions would render the recent pact he signed with Obama “meaningless”.
By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2012
The agreement signed sets the stage for an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan after the bulk of American troops withdraw.
By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2012
The purpose of the deal is the clear the way for a NATO summit at which the Obama administration will pressure its European allies to cough up more money and manpower for the Afghanistan war.
By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2012
The US is escalating military operations to shore up the detested Afghan puppet regime, even as it prepares to pull out most combat soldiers by 2014.
By James Cogan, 20 April 2012
The timetable for Australian troop withdrawals is linked to the unconditional alignment of the Gillard government with the US “pivot” to maintain American dominance in the Asian region.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2012
The images of young American paratroopers playing and posing with dismembered Afghan corpses provide a revolting but accurate reflection of a decade-old war and the demoralizing impact it has had on the US military.
By David Walsh, 19 April 2012
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times published horrific photographs of American troops in Afghanistan posing with dead and dismembered insurgents.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2012
At least three US soldiers were killed and several others wounded in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan as US and Afghan officials continued talks on a permanent American military presence after 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2012
An opinion poll released Tuesday shows nearly seven out of 10 Americans opposing the war in Afghanistan, a record level of antiwar sentiment since the US invaded the country over a decade ago.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2012
The US government Friday officially charged Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in connection with the March 11 massacre of Afghan civilians, most of them children.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 March 2012
Gen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, told Congressional committees this week that a “robust” American combat force must remain the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2012
President Karzai denounced the US military in connection with last Sunday’s massacre of 16 civilians, but Washington dismissed his demand that it speed up the transfer of security to Afghan forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2012
With the Taliban breaking off of talks with Washington and President Hamid Karzai demanding that US-NATO troops withdraw to their bases, key elements of the Obama administration’s Afghanistan policy are in tatters.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2012
US President Obama and British Prime Minister Cameron used a joint press conference Wednesday to stress there would be no shift in Afghanistan war strategy in the wake of the savage massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 14 March 2012
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, I share the revulsion felt by millions of people in Afghanistan, in the United States and throughout the world over the brutal murder of at least 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, by a US soldier Sunday in Kandahar province.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2012
Sunday’s mass murder by an Army staff sergeant demonstrates both the brutality and the deepening crisis of American imperialism’s war in Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2012
A sergeant in the US Special Forces walked into a village near Kandahar and systematically shot to death nine children, three women and four men.
By Harvey Thompson, 8 March 2012
The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that six soldiers are missing, believed dead, after an explosive device hit their armoured vehicle Tuesday in southern Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2012
The incident was the third such killing of American soldiers by their Afghan “partners” in little more than a week.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2012
The Koran-burning incident that triggered nationwide protests in Afghanistan is the product of the neo-colonial US occupation.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2012
Two American soldiers and at least 15 Afghans have been killed as crowds besieged US and NATO bases for a third day Thursday, in an escalating protest over US troops burning copies of the Koran.