The War in Afghanistan is Killing More People Than Ever

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by Edward Hunt Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, violence has never been worse. In 2017, more than 20,000 Afghans died, a new record. The dead include an estimated 10,000 Afghan security forces,… Continue Reading  

Assessing the Afghan War

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by Derek Davison The office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its quarterly report on the progress of the War in Afghanistan this week, accompanied by a disturbing note from its head, John Sopko: This quarter,… Continue Reading  

Eight Lessons from Afghanistan

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by Diana Ohlbaum On the security front, recent assessments of Afghanistan exude doom and gloom. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford called the situation “roughly a stalemate,” telling senators that nearly a third of the… Continue Reading  

What a Waste, the U.S. Military

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by William Hartung From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan Faces “Massive Economic Constriction” after U.S. Withdrawal

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by Richard Sale via IPS News Next year’s drawdown of U.S. forces and decline in U.S. aid will leave in its wake an Afghan political system lacking legitimacy and stability, according to interviews with Afghanistan experts, news reports and congressional… Continue Reading