The NATO war in Afghanistan
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.
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
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 Robert Stevens, 30 April 2013
A specially created mission base in Lincolnshire, England is directing drone strikes on 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.
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 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 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.
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.”
By James Cogan, 2 November 2012
Prime Minister Gillard said additional Australian forces were likely to be deployed over the next year.
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, 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.
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 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 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 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.
By Harvey Thompson, 14 August 2012
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.
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, 6 July 2012
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.
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 Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2012
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.
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 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 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, 20 March 2012
Robert Bales, massacre, Afghanistan, PTSD, war, occupation
By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2012
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
By Ali Ismail, 27 January 2012
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.
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.
By Keith Jones, 12 January 2012
The US carried out a drone missile strike in Pakistan Tuesday, killing four people. It was the first drone attack since US forces killed 26 Pakistani soldiers in late November.
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.
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.
By Sampath Perera, 21 December 2011
Pakistan is continuing to blockade shipments of fuel, food and other supplies to the US-NATO forces occupying Afghanistan in protest of a Nov. 26 US attack that killed more than two dozen Pakistani troops.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2011
In the latest round of conflict between Obama and his top military commanders, the senior US general in Afghanistan is opposing the administration’s plans for the withdrawal of troops from the US-occupied country.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2011
A decade after the first international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, delegates returned to the former West German capital under conditions of growing regional crisis and increasing pessimism over the 10-year-old war.
By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2011
Pakistan’s government has been shaken by allegations that its former ambassador to the US composed a memo pledging compliance with Washington’s demands, in return for help preventing a military coup.
By Alex Lantier, 29 November 2011
US and Pakistani officials held intensive talks as outrage grew in the Pakistani population and army over the NATO bombing of two Pakistani border posts on Saturday.
By Will Morrow, 4 November 2011
Far from “stabilising” Afghanistan, the continued presence of foreign troops is generating deep-seated enmity that will inevitably lead to further attacks.
By Barry Grey, 12 October 2011
A report released Monday by the United Nations documents what it calls "systematic" torture at Afghan government prisons of suspected insurgents captured by US, NATO and Afghan authorities.
By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2011
The war has been a disaster for the Afghan people and a tragic waste of the lives of American and allied soldiers. It has profoundly destabilised regional and world politics.
By Ali Ismail, 1 October 2011
The crisis in US-Pakistan relations continues to escalate more than a week after chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of supporting the Haqqani network.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 September 2011
NATO admitted last week that a US soldier shot dead BBC journalist Ahmed Omaid Khpalwak in Afghanistan in July.
By Harvey Thompson, 23 August 2011
The compound of the British Council headquarters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under a sustained guerrilla attack on Friday, resulting in nine deaths and 22 casualties.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 August 2011
The Pentagon claimed Wednesday to have killed the Afghan fighters responsible for last week’s downing of a helicopter that resulted in the worst US losses to date in the decade-old war.
By James Cogan, 3 August 2011
The Taliban government-in-exile has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks last month in which assassins were able to circumvent the security surrounding their intended victims.
By Anthony Torres, 3 August 2011
During his visit to Kabul, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the withdrawal of a quarter of the French troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
By James Cogan, 20 July 2011
The deaths of Karzai’s half-brother, and now Jan Mohammad Khan, are significant blows to the US puppet regime in Kabul.
By Julie Hyland, 15 July 2011
Last week’s admission that Britain’s Royal Air Force killed four civilians and injured two others in Afghanistan has highlighted the growing resort to remote-controlled “drones” as weapons of choice by the major powers.
By Vilani Peiris, 15 July 2011
Washington suspended aid to Pakistan, trying to force it to do Washington’s bidding in the US “AfPak” war waged in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2011
The killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Afghan president’s half brother, represents a serious blow to US strategy in the key southern province of Kandahar.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2011
The operation has been ordered to restore relations with the Obama administration following tensions that developed in the wake of the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
By Alex Lantier, 1 July 2011
The June 28-29 attack by Afghan insurgents on the luxury Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has again exposed the political isolation of the US occupation regime in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2011
The proposal that the Obama administration model its policy in Afghanistan on Nixon’s strategy in Vietnam is a prescription for unspeakable new war crimes.
By David Walsh, 27 June 2011
On the Nation web site, Tom Hayden, longtime Democratic Party operative, has posted a dishonest and contemptible article about Barack Obama’s June 22 speech on the war in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2011
The American president’s proposal represented a tacit admission of the failure of the US intervention in Afghanistan and of the immense crisis of American capitalism.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2011
While the media focuses on Obama’s anticipated announcement of a limited withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the US administration is carrying out behind-the-scenes negotiations for permanent bases in the country.
By Harvey Thompson, 8 June 2011
The Guardian has reported that Britain and the US are pressing for the lifting of UN sanctions against 18 former senior Taliban figures.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 June 2011
The US-led NATO command in Afghanistan brushed aside President Hamid Karzai’s demand for a halt to air strikes and night raids on Afghan homes after an attack that killed 14 civilians.
By Julie Hyland, 21 May 2011
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that 450 British troops are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan over the next nine months.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2011
At least a dozen Afghan civilians were shot to death and another 85 wounded in mass protests over a US-led night raid that killed four members of a family in the country’s northern Takhar province.
By Richard Phillips, 19 May 2011
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks has written a valuable exposure of the barbarities perpetrated against him by the US military and Canberra’s role in his illegal detention.
By John Braddock, 16 May 2011
An investigation provided damning evidence that the elite force is complicit in human rights abuses, with successive governments, including Labour, covering them up.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2011
The execution-style slaying of eight US troops and a civilian contractor at a supposedly secure military facility at Kabul airport underscores the crisis of the nearly decade-old US war in Afghanistan.
By David Walsh, 27 April 2011
In an audacious operation, some 500 Taliban insurgents, including 100 commanders, escaped to freedom from an Afghan prison early Monday morning.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2011
The Pentagon’s exoneration of McChrystal in connection with remarks attributed to him and his staff in a magazine article points to continuing civililan-military tensions and raises the question of why he was really fired.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2011
A series of bombings have signaled the beginning of a spring offensive by the Afghan resistance forces, while inflicting the greatest single-day casualties on US forces in nearly a year.
By Tom Eley, 15 April 2011
Mary Tillman has condemned Obama’s decision to appoint General Stanley McChrystal, who led the cover-up of the killing of her son Pat Tillman by friendly fire, as head of a military families commission.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 April 2011
An Army investigation into officers in charge of the brigade involved in killing Afghan civilians for sport concluded that its commander had no responsibility for the atrocities.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 March 2011
The atrocity is the latest in a series of recent US-led bombing operations that have inflicted mass civilian casualties.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 March 2011
The gruesome “kill team” photos released by Rolling Stone reveal that the murder of innocent civilians as part of the US occupation of Afghanistan was commonplace, widely known about, and celebrated.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 March 2011
Army soldier Jeremy Morlock was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in prison for the murder of unarmed civilians in Afghanistan.
By Jerry White, 22 March 2011
The German news magazine Der Spiegel published three photographs on Monday depicting atrocities carried out by members of a US Army unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
By Niall Green, 17 March 2011
General Petraeus, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, told Congress that the occupation of the Central Asian country would go on indefinitely, amidst reports of sharply increased civilian casualties.
By John Roberts, 28 February 2011
The Labor government greeted the death of two Australian soldiers in Afghanistan this month with further statements of unwavering commitment to the deeply unpopular war.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 February 2011
After a US air strike killed up to 51 civilians last Thursday in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Kunar province, General David Petraeus reportedly accused local residents of burning their children to fake evidence of civilian casualties.
By Marianne Arens, 18 February 2011
The US embassy in Kabul has claimed that the German government cooperated in the arrest and incarceration of a young German student in Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram prison.
By Wolfgang Weber, 8 February 2011
Germany’s greatest post-World War II war crime has been comprehensively documented and exhibited by the two journalists who won the trust of the victims’ bereaved relatives.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2011
2010 was the bloodiest year of the now nine-year conflict in Afghanistan and the tribal border regions of Pakistan.
By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2011
At least 20 were killed in three separate strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region.
By Harvey Thompson, 30 December 2010
Britain’s Channel 4 News has revealed a dramatic increase in the numbers of war-wounded civilians in southern Afghanistan, following the military troop surge initiated by US president Barak Obama earlier this year.