How the U.S. Created the Afghan War — and Then Lost It

The Unreported Story of How the Haqqani Network Became America’s Greatest Enemy* by Anand Gopal It was a typical Kabul morning. Malik Ashgar Square was already bumper-to-bumper with Corolla taxis, green police jeeps, honking minivans, and angry motorcyclists. There were boys… Continue Reading  

Dealing with Defeat in Afghanistan

by Charles Naas President Barack Obama and the United Nations have again warned President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan that, unless he signs a bilateral security agreement, which gives all foreign troops complete immunity from Afghan law, these troops will be withdrawn at… Continue Reading  

Drone Strikes on the Decline?

by Tyler Cullis The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that January was the first month without a U.S. drone strike in the Pakistani tribal areas since 2011. The Washington Post argues that this is the result of a request from Pakistan’s government after ongoing… Continue Reading  

U.S.-Taliban Talks Set to Begin

by Jim Lobe via IPS News Nearly 12 years after the United States ousted the Taliban from power, the White House announced Tuesday that the United States will begin formal talks with the militant Islamist group in Qatar later this… Continue Reading  

Leaving Afghanistan

by Charles Naas Editor’s note: Mr. Naas is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served 4 years in Afghanistan during better times. President Obama has announced that the United States will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.… Continue Reading