Blowback From U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East

U.S. soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan (U.S. Army)

by Danny Sjursen He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery. On September 3, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers — the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train. It was… Continue Reading  

Whither Afghanistan?

Combat operations in Afghanistan (Shutterstock)

by Alia Ahmed In August 2017, President Donald Trump announced a new South Asia strategy based on three basic precepts. There would be a surge of 3,000 additional U.S. personnel that would bring U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan to 15,000… Continue Reading  

Victory in Our Time

U.S. Troops trudge along the perimeter of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 4, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom)

by Nick Turse 4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later. But let’s begin with another number entirely: 145,000 — as in, 145,000 uniformed soldiers striding down Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s the number of troops who marched down… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Failures in Afghanistan

Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum

by Reese Erlich President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 elections. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan.

The War Piece to End All War Pieces

U.S. Army patrol in Afghanistan (source: Flickr)

by Tom Engelhardt Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I’m going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (America’s second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about… Continue Reading