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  

More Bad News for Iran as Afghan Water Dispute Heats up

Helmand River (Wikimedia Commons)

by Fatemeh Aman As Iran’s domestic tensions in some regions are on the rise over water shortages and persistent drought, the country has another challenge to overcome: a dispute over transboundary waters with its South Asian neighbor, Afghanistan. The good… Continue Reading  

Counterproductive Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Yemen

A U.S. soldier and an Afghan tactical air controller. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins

by Paul R. Pillar Fighting terrorism has been the most commonly invoked rationale for U.S. involvement in overseas military conflicts during the past two decades. But much of that involvement has sustained and strengthened, rather than weakened, international terrorism. Recent… Continue Reading