War in Afghanistan
By Naomi Spencer, 9 October 2010
The Army officer overseeing the first pre-trial hearing on soldiers charged with murder and dismemberment of civilians in Afghanistan has recommended a court martial.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 October 2010
Leading European politicians have gone on record this week denying US claims of an imminent terror danger in Europe.
By James Cogan, 1 October 2010
The incident is typical of numerous operations routinely carried out by the Australian and other allied special forces groups to suppress Afghan resistance to the US-led occupation.
By Tom Peters, 30 September 2010
Obama’s Wars, the new book by journalist Bob Woodward, reveals that the CIA has been running a private army of 3,000 Afghan mercenaries since 2002, operating in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2010
Amid signs of increasing desperation in the nine-year US war in Afghanistan, Washington has simultaneously launched a major offensive in Kandahar and escalated its attacks across the border in Pakistan.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 September 2010
Pre-trial hearings began Monday into atrocities committed by US Army soldiers over the past year near Kandahar.
By James Cogan, 29 September 2010
A soldier’s exposure of the circumstances of a colleague’s death is being exploited to push for the deployment of more Australian troops to the Afghan war.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2010
The death of nine US soldiers in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has made 2010 the deadliest year for the US-led occupation forces.
By Harvey Thompson, 17 September 2010
Former head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, makes strident criticisms of the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in his recently published memoirs.
By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2010
The case is the worst such atrocity yet revealed in Afghanistan and underscores that the US is engaged in a brutal colonial war directed against the entire population of the country.
10 September 2010
All 12 are from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. The brigade recently returned to base after a year-long deployment near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.
By Fred Mazelis, 1 September 2010
This documentary tells the story of the “friendly fire” killing of US soldier Pat Tillman—covered up and mythologized by the military and the Bush administration—and his family’s struggle to uncover the truth.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2010
With Obama’s Afghanistan surge now up to full strength, casualties among both US troops and Afghan civilians are rising sharply. New revelations of corruption and CIA payoffs raise the inescapable question: What are they dying for?
By Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2010
The US Congress is preparing to appropriate $1.3 billion in the fiscal 2011 budget for the building of base facilities for US forces in Afghanistan, some of which will not be completed for years.
By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2010
The US media has launched a full-scale effort to suppress growing popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan, using one-sided propaganda about Taliban atrocities to conceal the murderous character of the American intervention.
By Tom Eley, 10 August 2010
The military commissions trial for Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen seized by US Special Forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, is set to start today at Guantánamo Bay.
By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2010
All sections of the US political establishment—Democrats and Republicans, the “liberal” and right-wing media—have joined in an effort to criminalize WikiLeaks and suppress its revelations of US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2010
Opposition to the Afghanistan war among the American people has hit a record high, even as the Obama administration launches a major offensive and warns that few US troops will be brought home next year.
By Johannes Stern, 3 August 2010
It is increasingly clear that the Bundeswehr (armed forces) has cast off practically all the restrictions that were imposed upon it when it was first established in the aftermath of World War II.
By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2010
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have begun interrogating volunteers for Wikileaks and friends and associates of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the US Army soldier accused of supplying the group with classified data on US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2010
US government and media accusations that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his sources have “blood on their hands” for revealing information on US military operations and informants in Afghanistan are contemptible slanders.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2010
As US military fatalities in Afghanistan hit a new high in July, the US Army issued a report exposing record suicides, drug use and other signs of deep demoralization among its ranks after a decade of colonial-style wars.
By David Walsh, 31 July 2010
American liberalism and the “left” have responded to the WikiLeaks revelations as an element of the establishment, suggesting alterations in policy, but rejecting an independent struggle against war based on a break with the Democratic Party.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2010
In response to the WikiLeaks posting of tens of thousands of secret documents on the Afghanistan war, the Pentagon has launched a manhunt within the military and called in the FBI for possible prosecution of the actual source of the leak.
By Niall Green, 30 July 2010
The Kremlin has announced plans to begin shipping arms to support the US occupation of Afghanistan along the Northern Distribution Network that passes through Russia.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2010
The utter indifference of the US media and the political establishment as a whole to the WikiLeaks documents’ exposure of massive violence against the people of Afghanistan poses the critical need for a new strategy in the struggle against war.
One day after WikiLeaks exposures of US war crimes
By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2010
One day after the release of 91,000 documents detailing US military atrocities in Afghanistan, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives gave final approval to an emergency funding bill to pay for further escalation of the war.
By Julie Hyland, 28 July 2010
Britain’s political elite are attempting to play down the so-called Afghan War Diary—the 92,000 documents published by WikiLeaks, details of which are being serialised in the Guardian newspaper.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 July 2010
The posting by WikiLeaks of some 92,000 secret documents on the Afghanistan war has sparked comparisons with the leaking nearly 40 years ago of the Pentagon Papers, which provided a devastating exposure of US policy in the Vietnam War.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2010
The foreign ministers conference in Kabul endorsed President Hamid Karzai's 2014 target for Afghan forces to assume the lead responsibility for the country's security, while acknowledging that the foreign occupation will continue indefinitely.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 July 2010
A series of attacks claimed the lives of 12 US and British occupation troops over the course of 48 hours as the crisis besetting Washington’s occupation of Afghanistan continues to deepen.
By David Walsh, 15 July 2010
The visit by MSNBC news program host Rachel Maddow to Afghanistan in early July was as revealing as it was repugnant.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2010
In assuming command of the US-led war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus reiterated his statements that the military will alter its rules of engagement, signaling an escalation in civilian casualties from air strikes and heavy weapons.
Senate approves Petraeus nomination by 99-0
By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2010
The US Senate voted by 99-0 to approve the nomination of Gen. David Petraeus as the top US-NATO commander in Afghanistan.
By Joe Kishore, 30 June 2010
Obama’s new military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, made clear in Senate testimony Tuesday that the war would last well beyond July 2011 and that he would lead an intensification of military violence against the Afghan people.
By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2010
The removal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the US commander in Afghanistan and his replacement by Gen. David Petraeus presage a drastic increase in the level of US military violence and the scale of civilian casualties among the Afghan population.
By Harvey Thompson, 29 June 2010
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) paid compensation to relatives of at least 105 Afghans “killed in error” by British forces last year, three times more than in 2008.
By Barry Grey, 25 June 2010
Reactions within the US establishment to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal indicate that disparaging remarks by McChrystal and his aides concerning President Obama and other civilian officials published in a Rolling Stone article were not the principal cause of his dismissal.
By James Cogan, 25 June 2010
Julia Gillard, who replaced Kevin Rudd as Australia’s prime minister yesterday, used her first speech to send a clear signal to Washington that the Labor government will not waver in its support for the criminal war in Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2010
The firing of General Stanley McChrystal reveals both the deepening crisis of the US war in Afghanistan, and the openly anti-democratic tendencies brewing within the US military.
By Harvey Thompson, 22 June 2010
The Times of London recently carried a series of highly critical comments by senior US officials in regard to the deployment of British forces in southern Afghanistan from 2006 onwards.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 June 2010
Within US and European ruling circles, there are now clear signs of concern for the viability of the Kandahar offensive and the far-reaching implications of failure.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 May 2010
Afghan insurgents have launched a major attack against US-led forces on Saturday, targeting Kandahar Air Field with rocket, mortar, and small arms fire.
By David Walsh, 18 May 2010
The New York Times reported May 15 that the US military was continuing “to rely on a secret network” of spies and assassins in Afghanistan and Pakistan, two months after the newspaper first brought the unit to public attention.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2010
At least two people were killed Friday when several hundred Afghan villagers clashed with security forces while attempting to march to the eastern city of Jalalabad to protest the latest massacre of civilians by US military forces.
Obama-Karzai talks at White House
By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2010
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington this week, culminating in a meeting and joint press appearance with Barack Obama at the White House, was an exercise in public relations and image building, which required denying or covering the mounting tensions between Washington and its puppet in Kabul.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2010
A semi-annual report released by the Pentagon on the Afghanistan war recorded a sharp increase in attacks on occupation troops and scarce support for the US-backed puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.
By James Cogan, 27 April 2010
American special forces’ units are operating in and around the Afghan city of Kandahar, assassinating or capturing alleged leaders and militants of the Taliban resistance ahead of a major US-NATO offensive.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 April 2010
A federal prosecutor has closed the investigation into an army colonel who issued the command to bomb two hijacked tankers near the Afghan city of Kunduz, killing 142 people.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 April 2010
Socialist Equality Party candidate for Manchester Central, Robert Skelton, addressed a hustings meeting called by the Manchester Stop the War Coalition (STWC).
By our correspondent, 20 April 2010
Robert Skelton, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Manchester Central in the May 6 general election, was asked to submit brief written replies to five questions posed by the Stop The War Coalition.
By Keith Jones, 13 April 2010
US troops opened fire on a passenger bus travelling on a highway in the Zhari District of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province early Monday morning, killing at least four people, including a woman and a child.
By Tom Eley, 8 April 2010
For the first time in history, an American president has officially ordered the assassination of a US citizen.
Preparations advance for assault on Kandahar
By Tom Eley, 6 April 2010
A NATO military statement issued Sunday admitted that US Special Forces carried out the execution-style killings of three women and two men in a February 12 night raid in southeastern Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2010
Sneaking in and out of Kabul under the cover of darkness Sunday, President Barack Obama’s trip to Afghanistan only underscored the crisis confronting the US in the midst of the war’s current escalation.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2010
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on Capitol Hill March 25 to launch the Obama administration’s drive to secure nearly $40 billion in supplemental appropriations to fund the escalation of the Afghanistan war.
By Sampath Perera, 25 March 2010
The enduring character of the US-Pakistan relationship is exemplified by the leading role that General Ashfaq Kiyani, the current head of Pakistan’s armed forces, is playing in the talks. Even the New York Times had to concede that Kiyani “has driven the agenda for the talks” and “will be the dominant Pakistani participant.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 March 2010
Intensified clashes between US-led occupying forces and Taliban and Afghan resistance fighters have seen a substantial increase in casualties, and an escalating civilian death toll.
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2010
A long-time US military official used Pentagon funding to establish a private intelligence and assassination network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report Monday in the New York Times.
As US death toll hits 1,000 in “Operation Enduring Freedom”
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2010
In the face of growing popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan, the US House of Representatives voted by overwhelming majorities of both Democrats and Republicans to continue the war, which the Obama administration is escalating.
By Joe Kishore, 9 March 2010
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned of “hard fighting” in the next round of the US offensive in the south, targeting Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2010
A US air strike killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan’s central Uruzgan Province, while to the south a US ground offensive in Marjah ground through its second week, producing growing casualties and the threat of a humanitarian disaster.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2010
CIA drone missiles attacks claimed the lives of 123 civilians last month alone in Pakistan, while on the other side of the border, US Special Forces have launched an assassination campaign against alleged leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
Pakistani victim of rendition and torture
By Ali Ismail, 1 February 2010
The case against Aafia Siddiqui, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan, is rapidly unraveling. Her trial in New York is aimed at covering up the torture and rendition to which she and her children were subjected.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 February 2010
Last month 44 US and coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan—the bloodiest month of fighting recorded in the country’s winter season since the 2001 invasion.
By Chris Marsden, 29 January 2010
The London conference on Afghanistan laid down a scenario for the country’s military occupation stretching over at least 5 years and, according to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as long as 15 years.
By Stefan Steinberg`, 28 January 2010
The “new approach” by Germany in Afghanistan is now clear, i.e., more of the same criminal military occupation that has already brought death and misery to hundreds of thousands of Afghans in a war that has already lasted twice as long as the First World War.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 January 2010
The present discussions and agreements between Merkel and the faction leaders of the SPD, the Greens and the Left party, seek to strip parliament of any say on future military deployments. All parties are agreed that there should be no outlet for the anti-war sentiments of the majority of the German population.
By Fred Mazelis, 19 January 2010
The coordinated attacks on government buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital of Kabul Monday morning were another in a series of political and psychological blows to the US and NATO occupation forces and the puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.
By Paul Mitchell, 19 January 2010
This week five supporters of the Islamic fundamentalist organisation Islam4UK, who chanted anti-Army slogans at a military parade in Luton in March 2009, were convicted of using abusive words.
By Jerry White, 14 January 2010
At least eight protesters were killed and 13 wounded in the southern Afghanistan town of Garmsir Wednesday when security forces fired on a demonstration of several thousand people protesting against the US military. Protesters blamed the deaths on Afghan intelligence agents, backed up by US soldiers.
By James Cogan, 14 January 2010
A report published this month in Pakistan makes clear that the carnage from the fighting between the Pakistani military and anti-government militants more than matches that taking place in neighbouring Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2010
In an apparent campaign of revenge, at least 20 people have died in drone missile attacks in Pakistan since the December 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence agent.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2010
While a final figure is not available, the toll of military suicides last year is the worst since records began to be kept in 1980.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2010
US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 January 2010
The US decision to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan by a further 30,000 and step up its war in Pakistan has put the German government under pressure, both domestically and in terms of foreign policy.
By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2009
An examination of the US role in provoking the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan sheds light on the imperialist motivations behind US policy in Central Asia.
By Tom Eley, 29 December 2009
On Saturday a US military operation killed at least ten Afghan civilians, among them eight children, in Kunar province.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2009
Amid a deepening political crisis in Pakistan, it has been revealed that over the past five years US special operations troops have conducted a number of secret cross-border raids into Pakistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2009
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai announced his second-term cabinet last Saturday, retaining roughly half of his incumbent ministers, including US favorites, while appointing figures tied to Afghan warlords.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 December 2009
Following new revelations about the criminal character of the German army attack in Kunduz, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has gone on the offensive.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2009
President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech has been hailed virtually unanimously across the entire spectrum of the American political establishment, including the Nation magazine.
By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2009
The Messenger and Brothers attempt to deal with the psychological realities of soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The filmmakers’ efforts are limited by a refusal to tackle the character of the wars themselves.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2009
With the first elements of 30,000 additional US troops set to arrive in Afghanistan next week, the massacre of as many as 15 civilians in a US raid has heightened fears that Obama’s escalation will spell a dramatic rise in bloodletting.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2009
The leading Green Party politician and former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer has gone public to defend the Afghanistan war.
By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2009
In the media coverage of Barack Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, one question goes unasked and unanswered: how many thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians will die as a result of US military aggression?
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 December 2009
In last Thursday’s parliamentary debate on a continuation of the German military intervention in Afghanistan, the German defence minister continued to defend the Kunduz massacre.
As congressional hearings begin
By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2009
The July, 2011 date for beginning a withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan, announced by President Obama in his speech to West Point military cadets Tuesday night, is neither irreversible nor even a deadline, top US national security officials said Wednesday.
After Obama’s Afghanistan speech
By Peter Schwarz, 3 December 2009
After over six decades as a nominally defensive force, the German military is once again claiming the right to kill the inhabitants of other countries with impunity. In view of Germany’s history, such a change does not take place without creating tensions and upheavals.
By World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 2 December 2009
Obama’s speech last night, which packaged the deployment of an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan as the prelude to withdrawal, was a cynical exercise in evasion, double-talk and falsification.
By Barry Grey, 1 December 2009
At a White House meeting with military leaders on Sunday, President Barack Obama formally issued the order to send at least 30,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan.
By Tom Eley, 1 December 2009
Recent reports reveal that the US military continues to carry on torture and illegal detention in Afghanistan at a dungeon known to inmates as “the black prison.”
By Tom Eley, 25 November 2009
Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan sets the stage for a deepening of US military violence in Central and South Asia and for a confrontation with the US working class, which increasingly opposes the war.
By Tom Eley, 24 November 2009
Four US soldiers died in Afghanistan on Monday, as Obama’s “war council” finalizes its plans to substantially increase the number of soldiers participating in the occupation.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2009
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai was inaugurated Thursday amid a state of siege in Kabul. Western officials who were present issued hypocritical demands that Karzai fight corruption.
By James Cogan, 20 November 2009
According to veteran journalist Seymour Hersh, US officials have pushed for an “understanding” that American forces can enter Pakistan to secure its nuclear arsenal in the event of a direct threat, particularly a mutiny by anti-American Islamist tendencies inside the Pakistani armed forces.
By Keith Jones, 20 November 2009
“We detained, and handed over for severe torture, a lot of innocent people,” a Canadian diplomat has told a parliamentary committee on the Canadian Armed Forces’ Afghan mission.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2009
The increasingly public dissension within the Obama administration over the proposed escalation in Afghanistan reflects the reality that US imperialism has no good options in the war that it launched more than eight years ago.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 November 2009
Shortly after taking office, the new German defence minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has justified the Kunduz massacre carried out at the beginning of September in Afghanistan.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2009
Sections of the British armed forces and the pro-Conservative Party press are waging a concerted campaign for the drastic escalation of the war in Afghanistan.