War in Afghanistan

US airstrikes kill dozens of Afghan civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2017

The air war has been stepped up as the International Criminal Court reviews potential war crimes charges against the US military and CIA in Afghanistan.

Bowe Bergdahl sentenced to dishonorable discharge, avoids prison in court-martial for desertion

By Shelley Connor, 4 November 2017

U.S. army soldier Bowe Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years in brutal conditions, gaining his freedom as part of a prisoner swap in 2014.

Pentagon halts release of information on Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2017

The order to halt public reporting is part of a turn to unfettered and unaccountable control of secret US wars from Africa to south Asia by the American military brass.

Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

By Niles Niemuth, 17 October 2017

Bergdahl pleaded guilty out of concern that he would not receive a fair trial after President Donald Trump declared him a traitor and called for his execution multiple times.

Documentary exposes the fraud of New Zealand “peacekeeping” in Afghanistan

By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 20 September 2017

Afghan villagers say New Zealand's elite SAS forces desecrated bodies and terrorised a village in Uruzgan to deliberately provoke a battle in 2004.

Pentagon to fortify Kabul for unending Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2017

The Pentagon is reportedly sending another 4,000 troops into the conflict, the longest war in US history.

German government backs Trump’s military escalation in Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2017

The same politicians and media outlets that criticized Trump’s response to the fascist rampage in Charlottesville are now fully behind his escalation of war in Afghanistan.

Trump gives military green light to escalate Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2017

The nationally televised address to a military audience sets the stage for a massive increase in bloodshed in a country where the United States has waged war for 16 years.

Dropping the mask: A war of plunder in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2017

The long stalled plan for reviving the nearly 16-year US war in Afghanistan is being promoted in the Trump White House on the basis of profit and corporate plunder.

US preparing to send up to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan

By Jordan Shilton, 17 June 2017

The escalation of the longest war in US history reflects the deepening crisis of Washington’s puppet regime in Kabul, which is losing ground to the Taliban-led insurgency.

Massive bombing in Kabul as Washington mulls Afghan escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 1 June 2017

The huge truck bomb was exploded in an area of the capital that includes foreign embassies and government ministries, killing at least 90 people and wounding over 400 more.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, architect of the catastrophe in Afghanistan, dead at 89

By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2017

“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe?” the former national security adviser said of the CIA alliance with Al Qaeda.

Washington prepares to send up to 5,000 more troops into Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2017

The planned escalation of US imperialism’s longest war involves not only more “boots on the ground,” but also ceding control of the war to US military commanders.

Afghanistan-Pakistan border clash erupts amid seething regional tensions

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 8 May 2017

Fighting Friday between Afghan and Pakistan troops killed at least 12 people and possibly many more.

US defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2017

Mattis arrived in Kabul as his Afghan counterpart and other top military commanders were resigning over a disastrous Taliban attack that killed nearly 200 troops.

Book details killing of Afghan civilians in New Zealand SAS raid

By Tom Peters, 5 April 2017

The book Hit and Run, by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, indicates that the New Zealand government and Defence Force have covered up war crimes in Afghanistan.

Air strike in Afghanistan kills more than 20 as top US commander calls for more troops

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.

Germany to begin mass deportations to Afghanistan

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 December 2016

Later this month the German government will begin the mass deportations of asylum seekers back to Afghanistan.

Fifteen years of the war in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 7 October 2016

The US has been the central instigator of the Afghan tragedy for a period that now spans 38 years, with a toll in dead and wounded that numbers well over a million people.

Taliban captures key Afghan district in fierce fighting

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.

Obama halts drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan

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.

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.

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.

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.

US Army charges Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

By David Brown, 15 December 2015

The vitriol coming from Army officials and politicians towards Bergdahl expresses deep fears about the impact of future imperialist adventures on the discipline of the armed forces.

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.

Highest-ranking German NATO general urges air strikes against Taliban

By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2015

The belligerent remarks by Domröse make clear that, behind closed doors, Germany’s ruling elite is discussing and preparing for another massive combat mission in Afghanistan.

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

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.

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.

The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2015

The purpose of the Pentagon’s charges against the former POW is to intimidate soldiers who, like Bergdahl, turn against the savagery of the US wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Bowe Bergdahl, former POW critical of war in Afghanistan, charged with desertion

By Zaida Green, 26 March 2015

Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network for nearly five years, could face life in prison if convicted.

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.

US drone strike against Somalia

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2014

The attempted assassination of a Somali Islamist militia leader is part of a global escalation of the Obama administration’s illegal drone killing program.

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.

US general suggests delaying troop withdrawals from Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 8 November 2014

General Campbell’s comments reflect concerns in Washington that its puppet government in Kabul could fall to the Taliban.

Last British combat troops leave Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 3 November 2014

The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns.

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.

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.

Pentagon begins Bergdahl investigation

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2014

The Army has appointed a high-ranking officer with combat experience in Afghanistan to lead the probe into the POW’s capture in June 2009.

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.

Announcing Afghan drawdown, Obama pledges military forces for other “priorities around the globe”

By Jerry White, 28 May 2014

Obama’s proposed troop reductions have nothing to do with a diminution of US military violence.

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.

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 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.

Australian PM visits Afghanistan to mark troop withdrawal

By James Cogan, 30 October 2013

Australian troops have been part of a military occupation that has sought to subjugate the Afghan people.

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.

Incoming Pakistani prime minister pledges loyalty to Washington

By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2013

Pakistan’s incoming prime minister has moved quickly to signal his readiness to work with Washington in prosecuting the AfPak War and with the International Monetary Fund in imposing punishing austerity measures.

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.

UK base carrying out Afghan drone strikes

By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2013

A specially created mission base in Lincolnshire, England is directing drone strikes on Afghanistan.

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.

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-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.

Afghanistan: Sharp rise in civilian deaths

By Oliver Campbell, 4 January 2013

Civilian deaths rose by 28 percent in the three months to October 31 compared to the corresponding period in 2011.

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.”

Labor steps up Australian commitment to Afghan war

By James Cogan, 2 November 2012

Prime Minister Gillard said additional Australian forces were likely to be deployed over the next year.

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.

Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2012

With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops 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.

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.

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.

US Army suicides nearly double from June to July

By Nick Barrickman, 20 August 2012

Reports received this month show that 26 active-duty members of the US Army died last month due to suicide. Though not all confirmed, the figure would be the highest amount in a single month on record since the military started tracking figures in 2009.