Report: Pentagon Contracts Aided Airline With Ties To Azerbaijani Ruling Family

A Silk Way Airlines flight landing at Malpensa Airport in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons / Harald Kinader)

by Joshua Kucera An Azerbaijani airline with close ties to the ruling family was the beneficiary of a large Pentagon contract and an attractive loan by a U.S. government bank, a new investigation has found. The revelations are yet another chapter… 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  

Pakistan Elections—Maybe Good News for Pakistan, But Not for U.S.

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by Graham E. Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering the US a new opportunity in that country. Sadly the opportunity will likely be squandered—again. There’s something about Pakistani and… Continue Reading