The NATO war in Afghanistan
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.
By Robert Stevens, 7 November 2009
The killing of five British soldiers by an Afghan policeman on Tuesday has only served to highlight the British government’s determination to remain in Afghanistan.
By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spent the past days trying to limit the damage from her praise of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for making “unprecedented” concessions to the Palestinians by offering to “limit” settlement construction on the West Bank.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2009
The protracted and fraudulent Afghan election process ended Monday with incumbent Hamid Karzai decreed the winner. The end of this farcical exercise has set the stage for Washington to escalate its eight-year-old war.
By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2009
The European Union has endorsed an action plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of the US-led neo-colonial war.
By Mathew Benn, 31 October 2009
Afghanistan, on the Dollar Trail, written and directed by Paul Moreira and produced by Sue Spencer
By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2009
After several days in which US troops suffered their worst casualties in the eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, it was revealed Wednesday that President Hamid Karzai’s brother, reputedly a key figure in the country’s drug trade, is on the CIA payroll.
By James Cogan, 28 October 2009
The military offensive into South Waziristan is having a devastating impact on the entire civilian population. Villages and towns are literally being bombed into rubble and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2009
Eleven US soldiers and three drug agents were killed in the space of 24 hours in Afghanistan as the Obama administration’s war cabinet prepared to meet Monday on escalating the war.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2009
The crisis over the fraudulent election in Afghanistan, culminating in President Karzai’s acceptance of a runoff, has laid bare the colonial character of the US occupation and the puppet status of the government in Kabul.
By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2009
In an action that was as predictable—and as degrading—as a serf prostrating himself before his master, the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, bowed to relentless pressure from the Obama administration and agreed Tuesday to a runoff election.
By James Cogan, 21 October 2009
Civilians seeking to escape are being forced to walk out of the war zone under constant threat of attack.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2009
The Obama administration and its European allies have stepped up pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to reach a political settlement in order to resolve the crisis over the fraudulent August 20 election.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 October 2009
A National Guard soldier home on a 15-day leave from the war in Afghanistan committed suicide in a Muncie, Indiana, movie theater October 12.
By James Cogan, 17 October 2009
Several reports from the frontlines of Afghanistan this month provide an insight into the growing demoralisation among US and British soldiers.
By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2009
As the Pakistani military is poised to launch a major offensive into the tribal agency of South Waziristan, Islamist militants carried out coordinated, high-profile attacks yesterday on police facilities in the city of Lahore.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2009
“Obama’s War,” the hour-long television documentary aired on “Frontline” Tuesday, provides a telling glimpse of the debacle facing the US intervention in Afghanistan, but no real explanation of why the war is being fought.
By Tom Eley, 10 October 2009
The top-end request for an increase in US troop levels in Afghanistan presented to President Obama by Gen. Stanley McChrystal is substantially larger than the 40,000 previously reported, according to anonymous government sources.
By James Cogan, 9 October 2009
A Pakistani Taliban militant carried out a suicide bombing against the UN World Food Program headquarters in Islamabad on Monday, killing five UN workers.
By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 7 October 2009
Since its election in November 2007, the Rudd Labor government has escalated Australian military involvement in the Afghan conflict. Just as Afghanistan is now referred to as Obama’s war, so it has become Rudd’s war.
By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2009
Growing tensions between sections of the military brass and the Obama administration have emerged openly in the conflict between the top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, and the White House.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2009
With his appearance Thursday before a British think tank, Gen. Stanley McChrystal intensified a public campaign for an escalation of the US war in Afghanistan.
By James Cogan, 3 October 2009
The anti-occupation insurgency has spread from the southern provinces that border Pakistan to the capital Kabul and northern provinces.
By Jerry White, 29 September 2009
The US and NATO countries involved in the occupation of Afghanistan have signaled their willingness to recognize the re-election of Afghan President Hamid Karzai despite evidence of massive fraud in the August 20 elections.
By Tom Eley, 26 September 2009
Five more US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, as debate raged in Washington over the character of the next US “surge.”
By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2009
Hundreds of police officers carried out a brutal raid Tuesday on a camp near Calais, France, home to some 800 undocumented immigrants, mostly Afghans trying to emigrate to Britain.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2009
With the US commander in Afghanistan set to deliver a request for tens of thousands more troops, all sides in the Obama administration’s so-called strategy debate are pushing for increased bloodletting in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2009
With the release of a declassified version of Gen. McChrystal’s recommendations for a change of course in Afghanistan, the Pentagon command is pushing for Obama to approve a rapid escalation of the US-led war.
By James Cogan, 19 September 2009
David Kilcullen, a top Australian-born advisor to the US military, delivered a lecture in Sydney on September 3. His remarks provide an insight into the methods and mentality of those directing the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Occupying powers debate moves against incumbent president
By Tom Eley, 18 September 2009
Final preliminary results from Afghanistan’s elections show Karzai winning 54.6 percent of the vote, amdist allegations of massive fraud.
What happened in Kunduz?
By Ludwig Weller and Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2009
Following the latest massacre in Kunduz there is a growing chorus of opinion in German military and right-wing political circles that it is time for the German army to pull off its kid gloves and conduct “proper” war in Afghanistan.
Following massacre in Kunduz
By Stefan Steinberg, 12 September 2009
Following the massacre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the German Left Party has expressed its readiness to discuss an “exit strategy” with Germany’s ruling parties.
By Alex Lantier, 10 September 2009
Plans for a United Nations conference on Afghanistan early next year are a political fraud directed against the Afghan people and the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 8 September 2009
Plans for a United Nations conference on Afghanistan early next year are a political fraud directed against the Afghan people and the working class.
New atrocity in Afghanistan
By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2009
An airstrike by a US warplane killed over 100 Afghans early Friday morning, most of them civilians incinerated when two gasoline tankers, hit by bombs, exploded in flames.
By Robert Stevens, 5 September 2009
Eric Joyce, an aide to British Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth and Member of Parliament (MP) for Falkirk, resigned Thursday.
By David Walsh, 3 September 2009
The war in Afghanistan is increasingly taking center stage in American political life. The Nation and other liberal elements continue to apologize for Barack Obama, who is now preparing a major escalation of the conflict.
By Tom Eley, 2 September 2009
A classified report issued by the US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sets the stage for a major increase in US troop levels.
By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2009
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan in the face of mounting domestic opposition.
By James Cogan, 29 August 2009
The number of US and NATO occupation troops killed in Afghanistan during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year war.
By Barry Grey, 26 August 2009
A partial vote tally reported Tuesday by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission was overshadowed by mounting reports of pervasive vote-rigging, ballot-stuffing and intimidation of voters by various candidates and their respective ethnic warlord backers.
By Tom Eley, 22 August 2009
In spite of Blackwater’s well-established record of indiscriminate killings of Iraqi civilians, the Obama administration has retained its services in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2009
In an attempt to legitimize the escalation of a war opposed by the majority of the American people, the Obama administration, backed by the US media, has hailed Afghanistan’s August 20 election.
By K. Ratnayake, 22 August 2009
Washington sent its special envoy Richard Holbrook to Islamabad this week to pressure Pakistan into launching a major offensive in South Waziristan.
By Julie Hyland, 22 August 2009
The legal charity Reprieve is suing the British government in connection with the illegal detention of two men held in Afghanistan.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 August 2009
Yesterday’s presidential election in Afghanistan featured massive abstention and blatant ballot rigging, underscoring the corrupt character of the exercise.
By Tom Eley, 18 August 2009
In a speech delivered Monday to the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), President Obama promised to intensify the US military engagement in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By Hiram Lee, 18 August 2009
Sergeant Travis Bishop has been sentenced to one year in prison for refusing deployment to Afghanistan.
By James Cogan, 15 August 2009
The civil war between the US-backed government of President Asif Ali Zardari and Islamist and tribal militants is escalating in the wake of the assassination of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.
By Harvey Thompson, 14 August 2009
The head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, has said Britain could still be in Afghanistan in 40 years time.
By James Cogan, 8 August 2009
The American political establishment and the US media, along with Washington’s client government in Islamabad, are reveling in the reports that missiles launched from an unmanned US Predator drone on Wednesday killed Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud.
By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 7 August 2009
In the face of mounting popular opposition to the slaughter in Afghanistan, the US and European governments are stepping up their intervention and making clear that the neo-colonial occupation is open-ended.
As US, NATO casualties mount
By Jerry White, 4 August 2009
After the deadliest month since the Afghan war began, US military commanders are planning to press for more troops in order to mount a counterinsurgency campaign in the Central Asian country.
By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2009
Recent opinion polls have confirmed the deep-seated and growing opposition to the Afghan war amongst the British public. But there is barely any expression of this to be found within official political circles or the media.
By Chris Marsden, 28 July 2009
The speech by Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the NATO headquarters in Brussels makes clear that Britain intends to deepen its collaboration with the United States in Afghanistan.
What imperialist war produces
By David Walsh, 28 July 2009
The atrocities US troops are committing in Iraq and Afghanistan are transforming a section of returning veterans into a genuine menace to society. Ten members of one army unit alone have been charged with murder, attempted murder or manslaughter.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 July 2009
The German army has dramatically intensified its intervention in Afghanistan in the past few days, employing heavy weaponry for the first time.
By James Cogan, 25 July 2009
“The occupation forces are supporting the enemies of my people and it is better that they leave.”
By Bill Van Auken, 24 July 2009
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s threat to arm the neighbors of Iran and target the country with nuclear missiles marks an escalation of US pressure on Tehran designed to influence the bitter internal struggle within the clerical regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2009
An attack by US warplanes left Afghan civilians dead and wounded, underscoring the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.
By Harvey Thompson, 14 July 2009
The death of eight soldiers, three just 18 years old, in a 24 hour period brings total UK troop deaths in Afghanistan to 184, exceeding the 179 killed during the occupation of Iraq.
By James Cogan, 10 July 2009
It is remarkable that even as the Obama administration has escalated the war, it has virtually dropped the original pretext that was used to justify it. What ever happened to Osama bin Laden?
By Tom Eley, 15 June 2009
House and Senate negotiators Friday reached agreement on a $106 billion bill funding the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan through September after President Obama vowed to continue suppressing photos of US personnel torturing Iraqi prisoners.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2009
Confirmed Wednesday as Obama’s new commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal has been given extraordinary powers to assemble his own staff and is drawing heavily from a super-secret assassination squad formed under the Bush administration.
By James Cogan, 11 June 2009
The Obama administration’s “surge” in Afghanistan is taking shape, with 10,000 marines completing the commencement of their deployment to the volatile province of Helmand over the next several weeks.
By James Cogan, 5 June 2009
As part of completing the transformation of Afghanistan into a US client-state, Obama is demanding that the Pakistani government suppress the local Islamist movements that lend support to the Afghan resistance over the border.
Democrats back US militarism
By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2009
By a margin of 86-3, the US Senate voted Thursday to approve a $91.3 billion supplemental funding bill to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September 30. The bill brings the total expended on the two wars of aggression to more than $900 billion.
By Vilani Peiris, 25 May 2009
The Pakistan military offensive against pro-Taliban militia in the country’s North-West Frontier Province has produced a massive humanitarian crisis. More than one-and-a-half million people have fled their homes. The fighting and resulting exodus of Pashtuns from the NWFP is also exacerbating national-ethnic tensions in Pakistan.
By James Cogan, 23 May 2009
The Pakistani military assault into Buner, Lower Dir and the Swat Valley has rapidly degenerated into the savage collective punishment of entire Pashtun communities.
By David Walsh, 21 May 2009
On Wednesday the American military released the findings of its interim investigation into the mass killing of civilians in Afghanistan’s Farah province May 4. It was a whitewash.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2009
In the wake of last week’s massacre of some 150 civilians in western Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai demanded an end to deadly US airstrikes. US National Security Adviser James Jones responded that the bombings will go on.
By Graham Beverley, 12 May 2009
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Canadian Armed Forces’ base in Kandahar and other CAF positions in southern Afghanistan for ten hours last Thursday.
9 May 2009
A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site
By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2009
On the eve of a tripartite summit between the US, Afghan and Pakistani presidents in Washington, US air strikes in western Afghanistan killed scores of civilians in one of the worst atrocities in the seven-and-a-half-year-old war.
By Keith Jones, 5 May 2009
The US political and military establishment and the American media have been mounting an increasingly shrill campaign to bully Islamabad into fully complying with US diktats in what Washington has redefined as the AfPak war theater.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2009
The Obama administration is demanding that the military be given a free hand in directing the escalating US intervention in Pakistan, rejecting congressional conditions or civilian control over billions of dollars in military aid to Islamabad.
By James Cogan, 2 May 2009
The Rudd Labor government announced on Wednesday a significant expansion of Australia’s military commitment to the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.
By Paul Stuart and Paul Mitchell, 2 May 2009
Last month, Spain became the first European country to increase its military mission in Afghanistan.
By Keith Jones, 30 April 2009
Tens of thousands of Pashtun-speaking villagers have been forced to flee from their homes in recent days as the result of the punishing offensive the Pakistani military has mounted, at Washington’s urging, against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s North-West Frontier Province.
By Tom Eley, 14 April 2009
Last week the Obama administration appealed a district court decision that would have allowed a small number of prisoners at the Bagram Air Base prison in Afghanistan the right to appeal their detention in US courts.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2009
With his request for $83.4 billion in “emergency” funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama is ensuring their continuation and escalation, as well as the extension of US military aggression into Pakistan and possibly elsewhere.
By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2009
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has unveiled the biggest military budget in world history, in anticipation of an endless series of Iraq and Afghanistan-style wars by American imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2009
In a rebuke to the Bush and Obama administrations’ bid to hold so-called enemy combatants indefinitely without charges or trials, a federal judge has ruled that three detainees at a US prison in Afghanistan have the right to challenge their detention in court.
By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2009
The top US military commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David McKiernan, has formally requested the deployment of an additional 10,000 US combat troops for the increasingly bloody war in the Central Asian country.
By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2009
The policy announced by President Obama represents a massive increase in military violence not only in Afghanistan, but also in Pakistan.
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2009
The chief official overseeing US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan arrived in Brussels Monday to brief NATO representatives on the Obama administration plans for the region amid press reports that the US intends to push aside Afghan President Hamid Karzai.