Afghanistan

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.

The unholy nexus between Britain’s royal family, the military and the media in Afghanistan

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.

Anti-US protests spread throughout Muslim world

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.

NATO bombing kills nine women in Afghanistan as fighting mounts

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.

Australian soldiers launch reprisal over “green on blue” incident

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.

Three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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.

The US debacle in Afghanistan

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.

Afghan police chief kills three US special forces troops

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.

Afghan war crimes report suppressed

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.

Afghanistan aid conference signals indefinite foreign occupation

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.

US airstrike kills 18 Afghan civilians

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.

NATO air strike kills Afghan family of eight

By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2012

Six children are among those killed in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktia.

Australian government confirms commitment to ongoing Afghanistan occupation

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.

After the NATO summit: Afghanistan slaughter to continue

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.

“Green-on-Blue” attacks on foreign troops increase in Afghanistan

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.

US bombings kills dozens of Afghan civilians

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”.

Obama signs strategic pact in Afghanistan

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.

US makes a pact with its Afghan puppet

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.

NATO prepares troop withdrawal from Afghan quagmire

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.

Australian government announces accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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.

Washington’s real concerns over the Afghanistan atrocity photos

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.

Photos of US troops defiling corpses expose Afghan war’s savagery

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.

More US troops killed amid talks on permanent bases in Afghanistan

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.

Record opposition to Afghanistan war as killings mount

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.

US charges soldier with 17 counts of murder in Afghan massacre

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.

Top general demands US keep “robust” combat force in Afghanistan

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.

In wake of Afghan massacre, tensions mount between US and its puppet Karzai

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.

US Afghan strategy unravels in wake of Kandahar massacre

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.

US, UK vow no change in war after Afghanistan massacre

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.

The Kandahar massacre and the fight against war

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.

Afghanistan’s My Lai

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.

Massacre in Afghanistan: US soldier kills 16 villagers, including 9 children

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.

Six British soldiers killed by explosion in southern Afghanistan

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.

Afghan troops kill two more US soldiers in Kandahar

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.

Afghanistan rises in revolt against US occupation

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.

Afghans besiege US bases in Koran protests

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.

NATO bombing kills eight Afghan children

By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2012

At least eight Afghan civilians, all children according to some reports, were killed Thursday when a NATO warplane bombed a village in Afghanistan's northeast Kapisa province.

NATO ministers hold crisis talks on Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2012

Amid growing signs of crisis in the decade-old US-led war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the US would make a “transition” from combat to “training” and “advising” puppet Afghan forces by the end of 2013.

France rules out rapid Afghanistan withdrawal

By Olivier Laurent, 28 January 2012

Sarkozy will keep French troops in Afghanistan despite rising popular opposition to the NATO occupation following the January 20 deaths of four French soldiers.

Ten NATO troops killed in Afghanistan

By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2012

At least ten NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when a US helicopter crashed and an Afghan soldier shot four French troops after a training session.

US marines desecrate Afghan dead

By James Cogan, 13 January 2012

A video published yesterday shows four US marines in Afghanistan urinating on the heads of three Afghan dead, joking among themselves as they desecrate the corpses.

Afghanistan signs oil contract with Chinese giant

By John Chan, 10 January 2012

China’s oil contract with Afghanistan will exacerbate tensions with the US and India.

Afghan government accuses US of torture and false imprisonment

By James Cogan, 10 January 2012

The puppet government of President Hamid Karzai has accused the American military of torture and arbitrary detention at the largest US-run prison in the country.

US backs Taliban office in Qatar in bid for Afghanistan deal

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2012

US and Taliban sources have confirmed a deal to set up an office of the Islamist group in Qatar as part of Washington’s attempt to negotiate a settlement of its decade-old war in Afghanistan.

Another year of death and destruction in the AfPak War

By James Cogan, 3 January 2012

The tenth year of the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan was among the deadliest and most destructive of the entire conflict.

Slideshow presentation: Afghan refugees in Paris speak out

By Shantan Kumarasamy, 29 December 2011

Homeless Afghan asylum seekers discuss their dangerous journeys to Europe and their desperate struggles for survival.