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How Petraeus’s Afghan

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IPS, 10 October 2012 Gareth Porter with a new piece: on how the Taleban’s IED war affected the US troops surge and made it fail finally. With some gruesome statistics about killed and maimed soldiers.

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The start of the US campaign 11 years on: impressions then and now

Borhan Osman

The military intervention in Afghanistan that started on 7 October 2001 with bomb attacks on Kabul and other Taleban strongholds by a US-led coalition, put Afghanistan on a new path. The Taleban was removed by force and a new government was installed with broadly defined democratic institutions. Regime changes in Afghanistan since the 1970s have […]

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In U.S. soldier’s death, a window into Afghan insider killings

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Reuters, 26 September 2012 The story of Mabry Anders, from Oregon, killed by Welayat Khan, from Nangrahar, in a so-called green-on-blue shooting, who was subsequently killed by a US helicopter himself while fleeing and cannot tell what his motives were anymore. So what remains are three people dead (including another US soldier) and different versions: […]

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The US Army And Afghanistan’s Bad Divorce

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The Daily Beast
 (blog), 19 September 2012 The experience of a former US trainer embedded in the Afghan security forces, saying that already ‘by the mid 2000s, the relationship [between the trainers and the Afghan troops] had begun to fray’ – because ‘the ANA was growing, getting better at its job, and chaffing at the […]

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Records Missing on Afghan Army Fuel Costs

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New York Times, 10 September 2012 It is about 475 million USD, by the way. And now imagine what happens if an NGO cannot account for 0.001 per cent of it…

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What Surge? Afghanistan’s Most Violent Places Stay Bad, Despite Extra Troops

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Wired (blog), 23 August 2012 ‘When President Obama surged 30,000 additional U.S. troops into Afghanistan in 2010, the new forces were concentrated overwhelmingly on two volatile areas of southern Afghanistan: Helmand and Kandahar Provinces. Now, as the troop surge is practically over, those provinces still rank as the most violent in the entire country. According […]

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Guest Blog: Big Bucks for Big Players – Logistic fortunes of the Afghan war

Mohammad Jawad

The logistics business is one of the most lucrative yet murkiest aspects of international security operations in Afghanistan. Involving backroom dealings and hundreds of millions of dollars, the stakes are high, as is the alleged involvement of the Afghan political elite. So who’s running the show, what are the scams, and what will happen as […]

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5,000 Afghan ‘militants’ have surrendered – but are they real?

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Christian Science Monitor
, 8 August 2012 Officials say the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program has brought stability to several areas. But critics say the real anti-government fighters aren’t participating

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Afghan war: Who’s in charge, again?

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Christian Science Monitor, 30 July 2012 Reporter Tom Peter didn’t think to bother the US troops, who shares a base with him, when scheduling an appointment with the district governor of Arghandab in Kandahar province. Read what happened. And when finished reading, imagine you’re an AFGHAN reporter. Or a relative of someone arrested.

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Profiting in Afghanistan

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The Washington Post, 14 April 2012 Another interesting contractor: The US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) on Feb. 1 approved a $330 million five-month extension on a five-year contract that now totals $2.3 billion: It provides more than 8,000 interpreters working for US forces at 200 sites in Afghanistan. The company’s name is Mission […]

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A Former Military Psychologist on the Afghanistan Massacre

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The New Republic, 20 March 2012 That’s my quote of the week, from the article recommended: ‘It would be drastically wrong, not only morally, but also psychologically, to think of murder as a normal response to the experience of combat.’

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