War in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/topics/feature/afghwar/ Fifteen years of the war in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/07/pers-o07.html 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. Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/09e0c9bb-f360-4426-8fc1-3f6cbbe5e45L/pers-o07.html 2016-10-07T05:00:00Z Taliban captures key Afghan district in fierce fighting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/31/afgh-a31.html 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. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a90a2912-1f44-4e95-8e6c-339459b0028O/afgh-a31.html 2016-08-31T05:00:00Z Obama halts drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/07/afgh-j07.html The White House announced Wednesday that 8,400 US troops will remain deployed in Afghanistan until Obama leaves office next January. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8df59ce4-2009-45fd-bd7e-e076e8cf3bfK/afgh-j07.html 2016-07-07T05:00:00Z NATO commits to Afghan war through 2020, prepares Eurasian-wide escalation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/17/nato-j17.html 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. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d55da502-b036-42ca-88f9-f2b15663fe4J/nato-j17.html 2016-06-17T05:00:00Z Obama green-lights escalation of Afghanistan war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/11/afgh-j11.html 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. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae10c53f-80c5-4b48-b0eb-03985678ed3E/afgh-j11.html 2016-06-11T05:00:00Z US military whitewashes attack on Afghan hospital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/30/kund-a30.html 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. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/922fa05a-ff2b-43c6-b4f0-cec73ef92edM/kund-a30.html 2016-04-30T05:00:00Z Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record in 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/16/afgh-f16.html Responsibility for the social catastrophe in Afghanistan lies with American imperialism, which has fomented and waged a series of wars against the Afghan people. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/27ff0f71-db52-4deb-a24f-ff1e563fd09D/afgh-f16.html 2016-02-16T05:00:00Z Six US soldiers killed as Taliban overruns Helmand district in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/afgh-d22.html The suicide bomb attack on a US-Afghan patrol is symptomatic of the escalating crisis of the continued American occupation of Afghanistan. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b9f39b51-49ca-4f03-ae5c-cccb8b33a7dB/afgh-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z German parliament approves expansion of military mission in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/21/afgh-d21.html Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday by a large majority in favour of a government motion to expand the German military intervention in Afghanistan Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b5d497f0-e4a5-4fdc-965b-b1fec0d7e51I/afgh-d21.html 2015-12-21T05:00:00Z Report reveals torture and murder of Afghan civilians by Navy SEALs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/afgh-d19.html While the report details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/093d76d7-1938-43da-8c90-b2911f2010dE/afgh-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z US Army charges Bowe Bergdahl with desertion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/berg-d15.html 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. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d2d77992-f863-44b8-8efa-c678d0168a3D/berg-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Pentagon report whitewashes bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/26/kund-n26.html 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. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5956f44-1e8f-4dc4-859c-f206ea969f7K/kund-n26.html 2015-11-26T05:00:00Z German government prepares new combat mission in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/16/geaf-n16-1.html German defence officials are making plans to send over 100 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, where they are to “accompany” and “advise” Afghan forces. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96918b57-52f6-47fc-9fa0-245170b902eM/geaf-n16-1.html 2015-11-16T05:00:00Z Highest-ranking German NATO general urges air strikes against Taliban http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/10/germ-n10.html 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. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfa27eb6-173f-4b9f-ae27-ae9db4a9116C/germ-n10.html 2015-11-10T05:00:00Z Hundreds dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 magnitude earthquake http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/27/quak-o27.html The devastating consequences of the natural disaster will be compounded by 15 years of US-led neo-colonial occupation. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b61f3b37-f270-49f0-95b7-244a6bde167B/quak-o27.html 2015-10-27T05:00:00Z New evidence that US Army deliberately targeted hospital in Kunduz http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/27/kund-o27.html Aided by the media, the US military and the Obama administration are continuing their efforts to cover up and whitewash a war crime. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf395e34-1012-4f31-958d-075a576af84L/kund-o27.html 2015-10-27T05:00:00Z The New York Times peddles excuses for Kunduz hospital slaughter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/23/kund-o23.html The <em>Times</em> report comes one week after the AP revealed that US Special Forces were scoping out the MSF hospital immediately prior to the attack Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/faf9ffb0-4161-465a-ad65-04df7f0161aL/kund-o23.html 2015-10-23T05:00:00Z Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/16/pers-o16.html 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. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b52fcc0-4ece-4370-8060-4aa55d1f4b0L/pers-o16.html 2015-10-16T05:00:00Z US officials seek to contain fallout from hospital massacre in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/08/afgh-o08.html US President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors without Borders Wednesday, while vowing to forge ahead with US military operations in Afghanistan. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/07b1798a-68cd-4f6c-8b04-04d2dc2d344I/afgh-o08.html 2015-10-08T05:00:00Z US repeatedly bombs hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/05/afgh-o05.html US combat aircraft launched multiple precision strikes against northern Afghanistan’s only major trauma center on Saturday, killing at least 22. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c124dc57-7017-441b-9f19-8ca63e9e8f1O/afgh-o05.html 2015-10-05T05:00:00Z US Special Forces fight Taliban militants in Kunduz, Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/03/afgh-o03.html The intensified combat operations come just days after the Pentagon announced plans to station at least 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan through 2017. Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a301b669-61a9-4f25-b8bd-3174eb73809O/afgh-o03.html 2015-10-03T05:00:00Z Major city in Afghanistan falls to Taliban attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/30/afgh-s30.html The capture of Kunduz is a major blow to the US-backed puppet regime in Kabul and to the Obama administration. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/518817cb-5d8a-4640-aa1d-b3991471f73F/afgh-s30.html 2015-09-30T05:00:00Z Pentagon ramping up US military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/17/afgh-j17.html US air and drone strikes in Afghanistan more than doubled in the month of June, according to DOD statistics. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc63211d-fd34-4e99-816d-cd6517b5918F/afgh-j17.html 2015-07-17T05:00:00Z Taliban strikes Afghan parliament in Kabul http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/24/afgh-j24.html Taliban fighters passed through several military checkpoints, setting off explosives and initiating an extended firefight just outside the Afghan parliament. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d30545d-0b2a-4d5f-b92b-3d704beb5ebD/afgh-j24.html 2015-06-24T05:00:00Z The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/30/pers-m30.html 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. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b281058f-7acc-4ed3-8cad-291de094149N/pers-m30.html 2015-03-30T05:00:00Z Bowe Bergdahl, former POW critical of war in Afghanistan, charged with desertion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/26/berg-m26.html Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network for nearly five years, could face life in prison if convicted. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8084509a-b193-402d-99e1-71b425ce33dM/berg-m26.html 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/25/afgh-m25.html 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. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/40953cf3-62ad-4c3e-af22-f827ed99cd4I/afgh-m25.html 2015-03-25T05:00:00Z US-trained Afghan security forces committing “systematic” torture and extra-legal killings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/04/afgh-m04.html The puppet regime in Kabul, established by the US and NATO powers, presides over a web of criminalized security forces and politicized crime syndicates. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ee41702-805a-4c47-9d5c-ee989c5bbddL/afgh-m04.html 2015-03-04T05:00:00Z US expands “secret war” in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/afgh-f23.html Despite the official end to US combat operations on December 31, US commandos are intensifying their deadly “counterterrorism” operations in Afghanistan. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3205b9c7-2474-4007-af26-2cca1d50484A/afgh-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z US drone strike against Somalia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/soma-d31.html The attempted assassination of a Somali Islamist militia leader is part of a global escalation of the Obama administration’s illegal drone killing program. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/91b88d6c-4caa-4c08-9ba0-dbe61956fe7E/soma-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z US raises troop deployment in Afghanistan by 1,000 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/afgh-d10.html 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. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5f5ae45-de81-4d27-91b6-1d29249266bG/afgh-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Afghan regime hit by wave of Taliban attacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/afgh-d01.html The escalating bloodshed comes amid Washington’s efforts to consolidate military and financial support for the newly installed stooge regime. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a5f71c38-1602-4ff0-8165-2ce40792b34P/afgh-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Obama authorizes wider war in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/afgh-n24.html Less than three weeks after the congressional election, the administration has announced the escalation of US wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dcf7d904-9dc5-42d5-b2dd-7b529df7e57I/afgh-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z US general suggests delaying troop withdrawals from Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/08/afgh-n08.html General Campbell’s comments reflect concerns in Washington that its puppet government in Kabul could fall to the Taliban. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54805110-056b-4563-9e6e-ffc07be88e5J/afgh-n08.html 2014-11-08T05:00:00Z Last British combat troops leave Camp Bastion in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/03/afgh-n03.html The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f56c62a8-47a8-47f6-a187-49c5f4dc7d7B/afgh-n03.html 2014-11-03T05:00:00Z New Afghan puppet regime accepts deal to keep 10,000 US troops http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/30/afgh-s30.html The new two-headed “national unity” regime threatens to be even more unstable than the previous US puppet, Hamid Karzai. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0ce7e6b-4898-4738-80f9-ea815d97be0I/afgh-s30.html 2014-09-30T05:00:00Z Afghan factions form power-sharing government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/23/afgh-s23.html 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. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/68ddab36-1af7-4bcc-80e3-5be8f606e7fE/afgh-s23.html 2014-09-23T05:00:00Z Election dispute reignites in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/16/afgh-j16.html The Obama administration’s attempt to reconcile the two camps quickly started falling apart. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6fdc833b-8d9d-4fa9-bfb5-013ff0a137fP/afgh-j16.html 2014-07-16T05:00:00Z Afghanistan in turmoil over presidential election result http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/09/afgh-j09.html Another foreign policy debacle for Washington is unfolding in Central Asia. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf7597fa-d910-41c0-bef8-403fbe0a309E/afgh-j09.html 2014-07-09T05:00:00Z Pentagon begins Bergdahl investigation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/17/berg-j17.html 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. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06686566-a274-4abc-ad41-ee6d06e657cA/berg-j17.html 2014-06-17T05:00:00Z Instability set to continue after Afghan presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/16/afgh-j16.html Whichever of the two pro-US candidates is declared the winner, the election is a fraud on many levels. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/64d12ada-506f-46cb-aedd-c4f328bc04dA/afgh-j16.html 2014-06-16T05:00:00Z US air strike kills five special operations troops in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/11/afgh-j11.html 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. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cb6f8883-b632-4cc4-b5a5-e54690c2f09E/afgh-j11.html 2014-06-11T05:00:00Z Announcing Afghan drawdown, Obama pledges military forces for other “priorities around the globe” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/28/afgh-m28.html Obama’s proposed troop reductions have nothing to do with a diminution of US military violence. Wed, 28 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b48f8e1b-6fcf-441a-8128-9d831e10029C/afgh-m28.html 2014-05-28T05:00:00Z Obama threatens total US withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/27/afgh-f27.html In the face of Karzai’s failure to sign a deal granting blanket immunity to US troops, Obama is threatening to withdraw them all. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d02b67c6-e255-4f72-90b5-bfae9d78175J/afgh-f27.html 2014-02-27T05:00:00Z Pentagon unveils plan to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/24/afgh-j24.html 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. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dbef3a6c-cbb3-4c12-aca0-0f42de7cbb4E/afgh-j24.html 2014-01-24T05:00:00Z US airstrike kills woman, seven children in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/17/afgh-j17.html The latest slaughter of civilians in a US bombardment has deepened tensions between Washington and Kabul over a proposed bilateral security agreement. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62dfadcb-4053-49e4-85e1-bbb02899575B/afgh-j17.html 2014-01-17T05:00:00Z US troops kill Afghan four-year-old http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/11/afgh-j11.html 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. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/14f7ba67-15ef-49de-ac1f-d2b6e8d4a60H/afgh-j11.html 2014-01-11T05:00:00Z Acute child malnutrition has doubled in Afghanistan since 2012 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/07/afgh-j07.html Thirteen years after the US-led invasion, the Afghan population confronts worsening poverty and social deprivation. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3c4264b6-988e-43b9-852a-549557bb002B/afgh-j07.html 2014-01-07T05:00:00Z US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/27/pers-n27.html Underlying the public spat between Washington and its puppet Karzai are deep-going tensions over the US bid to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3c4d50d-247e-452b-a860-3241a339fbdK/pers-n27.html 2013-11-27T06:00:00Z Pact provides for permanent US occupation of Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/22/afgh-n22.html 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. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c46102b-9be5-412f-8b96-1a725f6d06cJ/afgh-n22.html 2013-11-22T05:00:00Z Australian PM visits Afghanistan to mark troop withdrawal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/30/abbo-o30.html Australian troops have been part of a military occupation that has sought to subjugate the Afghan people. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/77884316-1a28-40b0-9635-c90e4224f51K/abbo-o30.html 2013-10-30T05:00:00Z Washington seeks Taliban deal as Afghanistan casualties mount http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/20/afgh-j20.html 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. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/904a5fcd-2a7b-4cd2-a3c5-719d532dd25B/afgh-j20.html 2013-06-20T05:00:00Z US Sgt. Robert Bales pleads guilty in Kandahar massacre http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/08/kand-j08.html Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pled guilty to nearly all charges in the 2011 massacre, which left 16 Afghan civilians dead and six injured. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cb0d05ba-edaf-4147-8063-925b5bd19eeH/kand-j08.html 2013-06-08T05:00:00Z Britain illegally detained Afghans at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/31/afgh-m31.html 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. Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8cbb87e6-a39a-4346-b02f-a8a729bcbffO/afgh-m31.html 2013-05-31T05:00:00Z Taliban mounts “spring offensive” in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/27/kabu-m27.html Islamist insurgent groups have escalated their attacks on occupation troops, international organisations and the Karzai government. Mon, 27 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb9bbab9-be61-4025-a153-8ea536d9953D/kabu-m27.html 2013-05-27T05:00:00Z Incoming Pakistani prime minister pledges loyalty to Washington http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/16/paki-m16.html 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. Thu, 16 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/846291b8-5445-4874-90ee-fb17564c9b4H/paki-m16.html 2013-05-16T05:00:00Z <em>The Kill Team</em>: The murderous reality of the US war in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/16/sff1-m16.html 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. Thu, 16 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6361e0bc-d2dc-4a0e-a17e-c86f9ac4550A/sff1-m16.html 2013-05-16T05:00:00Z New revelations of torture and murder of Afghan civilians by US Special Forces http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/15/afgh-m15.html Further revelations of torture and murder by elite US soldiers in Afghanistan highlight the neo-colonial character of the occupation. Wed, 15 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f1071b63-663b-4a1d-a519-2ea6cec34a6H/afgh-m15.html 2013-05-15T05:00:00Z Karzai reveals US plan for permanent Afghanistan bases http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/11/afgh-m11.html The Afghanistan president’s statement underscores the intention of the Obama administration and the Pentagon to maintain a permanent military presence. Sat, 11 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84cb9dda-d630-4dec-bbf2-c8295d0fc10O/afgh-m11.html 2013-05-11T05:00:00Z Crisis deepens for US occupation in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/06/afgh-m06.html Both the US-NATO occupation and the stooge regime of President Hamid Karzai are widely hated by the Afghan population. Mon, 06 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bef8566b-ae70-4d87-9795-c78c72a3e67I/afgh-m06.html 2013-05-06T05:00:00Z What the CIA’s cash has bought for Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/01/pers-m01.html 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. Wed, 01 May 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/073a46bb-06e1-430e-8baa-68931e3f6f3P/pers-m01.html 2013-05-01T05:00:00Z UK base carrying out Afghan drone strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/04/30/dron-a30.html A specially created mission base in Lincolnshire, England is directing drone strikes on Afghanistan. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/648939c4-9634-44d2-8d18-d2d5f9d6b06I/dron-a30.html 2013-04-30T05:00:00Z The brutal face of neocolonialism in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/04/10/pers-a10.html 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. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f80c1630-7e1e-4e13-a9e6-b50548ec55dC/pers-a10.html 2013-04-10T05:00:00Z In Qatar, US-backed Afghan President Karzai makes overtures to Taliban http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/04/02/karz-a02.html 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. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f97cdae-e970-41f3-98cb-32d31ff77a4I/karz-a02.html 2013-04-02T05:00:00Z Kerry’s Middle East tour prepares endless war in Afghanistan, Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/03/27/kerr-m27.html 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. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29b82570-01c2-42e6-be39-88c5e673687N/kerr-m27.html 2013-03-27T05:00:00Z US defense secretary’s Afghanistan trip a debacle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/03/12/afgh-m12.html Obama’s newly confirmed defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, confronted suicide bombings, an “insider” attack and vitriolic criticism from the US-backed puppet, Hamid Karzai. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1a1c52a7-7ac2-4cce-a7ee-3f23d4cc966J/afgh-m12.html 2013-03-12T05:00:00Z Afghan regime accuses US forces of torturing, murdering civilians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/02/25/afgh-f25.html The Afghan government asked US Special Forces to leave Wardak and Logar provinces after reviewing reports that they tortured and murdered Afghan civilians. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f15350a-2842-4849-ae3d-16cb11ec773F/afgh-f25.html 2013-02-25T05:00:00Z US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unravelling http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/02/18/afgh-f18.html 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. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f4246814-baf3-4bf6-b1d3-4748b6f680bH/afgh-f18.html 2013-02-18T05:00:00Z As Obama touts end of Afghan war, US strike kills 10 civilians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/02/14/afgh-f14.html A US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday killed 10 civilians, including five children. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a39a92c-7a7f-4705-b22a-0b21bb2a443L/afgh-f14.html 2013-02-14T05:00:00Z “Green-on-blue” attacks continue in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/01/22/afgh-j22.html All eight deaths among British soldiers on the current tour have been the result of attacks by uniformed Afghan security forces. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2ab2267-a4aa-4352-a64f-e70d8328cf5N/afgh-j22.html 2013-01-22T05:00:00Z Obama-Karzai talks set stage for post-2014 US troop presence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/01/12/afgh-j12.html 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. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2a99527f-fa92-45b5-848a-e342a79e892H/afgh-j12.html 2013-01-12T05:00:00Z Afghanistan: A model for 21st Century neo-colonialism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/01/05/pers-j05.html Claims that the US occupation will end in 2014 are belied by plans for an indefinite American military presence in Afghanistan. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9b430d02-d623-4017-83ae-0f5a1a2201fE/pers-j05.html 2013-01-05T05:00:00Z Afghanistan: Sharp rise in civilian deaths http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/01/04/afgh-j04.html Civilian deaths rose by 28 percent in the three months to October 31 compared to the corresponding period in 2011. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c67f8eb-d0b5-46a1-9269-d446fd1a4d8O/afgh-j04.html 2013-01-04T05:00:00Z Ten girls die in Afghanistan explosion as US pushes for permanent presence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/12/18/afgh-d18.html Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a press conference in Kabul last week that “we are not departing Afghanistan.” Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3db92168-c1ba-43c0-8636-2f13f6acb31F/afgh-d18.html 2012-12-18T05:00:00Z Labor steps up Australian commitment to Afghan war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/11/auaf-n02.html Prime Minister Gillard said additional Australian forces were likely to be deployed over the next year. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fcbe8146-0afc-4549-8bbe-e14d1beb9b5P/auaf-n02.html 2012-11-02T05:00:00Z Four Afghan children killed in US raid http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/10/afgh-o24.html 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. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eae4b0fc-ab87-4e8c-9332-2d4dd5d4c4aM/afgh-o24.html 2012-10-24T05:00:00Z Afghan schools and clinics built by British military to be closed down http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/10/afgh-o23.html 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. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/03bc3140-9d09-44e4-8d4e-13c21c7397fM/afgh-o23.html 2012-10-23T05:00:00Z Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/10/pers-o20.html 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. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e726c702-38a8-4d37-a6d1-a3767b8be44B/pers-o20.html 2012-10-20T05:00:00Z US troop deaths in Afghanistan top 2,000 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/10/pers-o02.html 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. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/24200177-cc06-4cbb-8929-8432dda67bcG/pers-o02.html 2012-10-02T05:00:00Z Anti-US protests spread throughout Muslim world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/09/prot-s18.html 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. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/94924220-9889-444b-8c44-4b67827cae3J/prot-s18.html 2012-09-18T05:00:00Z The US debacle in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/08/pers-a20.html The proliferation of attacks on US soldiers by uniformed Afghan soldiers and policemen is an expression of popular hatred for the occupation regime. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9d918d8-be8e-4f8f-b24e-2127589806dG/pers-a20.html 2012-08-20T05:00:00Z US Army suicides nearly double from June to July http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/08/arsu-a20.html 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. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6b15e9c-3887-40ff-8202-ee61cf5dd9fA/arsu-a20.html 2012-08-20T05:00:00Z Afghan launches legal challenge over UK role in Washington kill list http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/08/afgh-a14.html An Afghan man has started legal proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and the Serious Organised Crime Agency to reveal whether the UK had a role in supplying information to a US military joint integrated prioritised target list in Afghanistan. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11bd8c78-c432-4ab6-b67a-fb2b3091a65E/afgh-a14.html 2012-08-14T05:00:00Z Afghan police chief kills three US special forces troops http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/08/afgh-a11.html 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. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/050b3779-51bb-4ca6-9006-1bf00f1d2dbG/afgh-a11.html 2012-08-11T05:00:00Z US and Pakistan end standoff over Afghan supply routes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/07/paks-j06.html The decision to lift the seven-month ban followed a limited apology by the Obama administration over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in US air strikes last November. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66d0f504-51f2-4e5a-986a-aa03a731bfaB/paks-j06.html 2012-07-06T05:00:00Z US airstrike kills 18 Afghan civilians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/06/airs-j07.html 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. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6e840f1-09c6-4164-a52d-90f36cc2e06A/airs-j07.html 2012-06-07T05:00:00Z NATO backs US plan on Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/05/nato-m22.html The NATO summit concluded Monday with a formal ratification of US plans for a phased drawdown of forces from Afghanistan over the next two and a half years, while laying the groundwork for an open-ended military presence in the country. Tue, 22 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0503453e-dcfc-4e12-b96c-4ac2d42217bB/nato-m22.html 2012-05-22T05:00:00Z US bombings kills dozens of Afghan civilians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/05/afgh-m08.html 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”. Tue, 08 May 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b972bd96-fc7a-464b-9af2-8000ff19954B/afgh-m08.html 2012-05-08T05:00:00Z US makes a pact with its Afghan puppet http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/04/afgh-a24.html 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. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41521d2d-d198-4250-b10c-35a123accb5D/afgh-a24.html 2012-04-24T05:00:00Z Photos of US troops defiling corpses expose Afghan war’s savagery http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/04/afgh-a19.html On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times published horrific photographs of American troops in Afghanistan posing with dead and dismembered insurgents. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3e4a3966-5898-41ad-a28a-17b979d0d94F/afgh-a19.html 2012-04-19T05:00:00Z More US troops killed amid talks on permanent bases in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/04/afgh-a05.html 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. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a10d7bc0-eb0e-4f72-bc35-9c672de8130C/afgh-a05.html 2012-04-05T05:00:00Z Afghanistan massacre: The product of a criminal war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/03/pers-m20.html Robert Bales, massacre, Afghanistan, PTSD, war, occupation Tue, 20 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e3d0e9eb-368e-4651-9a43-9e4b7c638f6E/pers-m20.html 2012-03-20T05:00:00Z Questions mount over US account of Afghanistan massacre http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/03/afgh-m19.html The official claim of a “rogue” soldier driven over the brink by marital difficulties and stress has been called into question by local villagers, Afghan President Karzai and those acquainted with the alleged attacker. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7f97bf1-c3f7-4a72-afbe-ec30691e71aL/afgh-m19.html 2012-03-19T05:00:00Z In wake of Afghan massacre, tensions mount between US and its puppet Karzai http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/03/afgh-m17.html 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. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81c7f686-b9c4-429b-ad46-11c648e689eD/afgh-m17.html 2012-03-17T05:00:00Z Afghan troops kill two more US soldiers in Kandahar http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/03/afgh-m02.html The incident was the third such killing of American soldiers by their Afghan “partners” in little more than a week. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/593da703-3103-478a-b7e0-4dd67c9105fP/afgh-m02.html 2012-03-02T05:00:00Z Afghans besiege US bases in Koran protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/02/afgh-f24.html 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. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/18284562-fd13-4f0f-9421-48b8bdeabc4J/afgh-f24.html 2012-02-24T05:00:00Z NATO bombing kills eight Afghan children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/02/afgh-f11.html 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. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a164791-e80d-484a-b3ec-14044f5c86fK/afgh-f11.html 2012-02-11T05:00:00Z France rules out rapid Afghanistan withdrawal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/01/fran-j28.html Sarkozy will keep French troops in Afghanistan despite rising popular opposition to the NATO occupation following the January 20 deaths of four French soldiers. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5c32239-6caa-470c-8a1e-a1dc0e084d5P/fran-j28.html 2012-01-28T05:00:00Z Pakistani elite preparing to restore full cooperation with US in Afghan War http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/01/uspa-j27.html Despite the tough-sounding rhetoric from Islamabad and Rawalpindi over the NATO air strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan’s civilian and military elite is moving to restore full and open cooperation with Washington. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3719886f-ab65-44bc-9a7a-544ad57f4ebL/uspa-j27.html 2012-01-27T05:00:00Z