Afghanistan

Not much ‘coalition’ left in Afghanistan

Not much ‘coalition’ left in Afghanistan

Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition. The coalition has been fighting the war for more than a decade, but that combat mission ends in 17 weeks. On the agenda at […]

Will Afghanistan really get a new president?

Will Afghanistan really get a new president?

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential candidates agreed Friday to resolve their election dispute and said they would set an inauguration date before the end of August. The breakthrough came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country from collapsing into political chaos after disputed […]

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is different from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence since shortly […]

What now for U.S. aid to Afghanistan?

What now for U.S. aid to Afghanistan?

Uncertainty over how many U.S. troops might remain in Afghanistan beyond this year has trickled down to American diplomats and aid workers, whose efforts to develop the still mostly primitive country face a drawdown of their own because of security fears. In boosting security forces, educating young girls, launching mobile phone technology and providing other […]

American soldier admits massacre of Afghan civilians

American soldier admits massacre of Afghan civilians

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was “crazed” and “broken” when he slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-walled compounds in two slumbering villages nearby. Next week, Bales will recount what happened next — the slaughter of 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war. He’ll give specific details […]

War soldiers on and so do war protesters

War soldiers on and so do war protesters

The protesters gather at noon every Friday in front of the Montpelier post office, sharing signs made up years ago to tell their little part of the world why they oppose the latest war involving the United States. There might be as few as two people in the midwinter cold, or as many as 20 […]

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