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Trudy Rubin: Afghanistan strategy merits a look

When President Barack Obama announced last week that he was sending an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, I thought of David Kilcullen. Kilcullen is a former Australian military officer who …


Kyrgyzstan issues eviction notice to key U.S. base

Kyrgyzstan ordered U.S. forces on Friday to depart within six months from an air base key to military operations in Afghanistan, complicating plans to send more troops to battle rising …


Obama to deploy 17,000 to ‘stabilize’ Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has ordered the first combat deployments of his presidency, saying Tuesday that he had authorized an additional 17,000 U.S. troops “to stabilize a deteriorating situation” …


Taliban commander killed, U.S. says

KABUL – Forces with the U.S.-backed coalition killed a regional Taliban commander and eight others in an airstrike in western Afghanistan, the U.S. said today. The Sunday night attack destroyed …


Bomb squads attack secured areas in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan – In a series of audacious strikes on the eve of the new U.S. special envoy’s scheduled arrival in Afghanistan, Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers on Wednesday staged …


U.S.-donated weapons lost

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of assault rifles and other firearms in Afghanistan are at risk of being stolen because U.S. officials have lost track of them, according to a …


U.S. report is somber about Afghanistan war

MUNICH, Germany – President Barack Obama’s national security team gave a dire assessment Sunday of the war in Afghanistan, with one official calling it a challenge “much tougher than Iraq” …


U.S. troops in Afghanistan may double by late summer

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday “we are lost” unless the United States can find a way not to kill so many civilians in the pursuit of militants …


In brief: Karzai says raid killed 16 civilians

President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians, while hundreds of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration Sunday. Karzai said the killing …


U.S. gets OK for new routes to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Army Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday that the United States had reached agreements to open “additional logistical routes into Afghanistan” through its Central Asian neighbors to the north, …


Outside view: Steps toward progress

It has been seven years since Afghan forces supported by the United States toppled the Taliban and denied al-Qaida the terrorist haven, training ground and launch pad that Afghanistan had …


World in brief: President softens anti-U.S. rhetoric

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a milder-than-usual tone toward the United States in remarks Thursday, saying he did not want to “judge ahead of time” the policies of President-elect Barack …


Truck bomb kills Afghan students

KABUL, Afghanistan – A single-file line of schoolchildren walked past a military checkpoint Sunday as a bomb-loaded truck veered toward them and exploded, killing 14 young Afghans in a heartbreaking …


Fight for Afghanistan

Few things symbolize progress in the fight against poverty better than the face of an educated girl. And I was fortunate enough to see hundreds of them during a trip …