Trump Administration Preparing To Stay In Afghanistan For The Long Haul

America’s longest war seems likely to soon turn into America’s never-ending war.

Trump And Afghanistan: New President, Same Policy

President Trump’s Afghanistan policy sounds awfully familiar, and it’s likely to lead to the same results.

Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Sounds A Lot Like Obama’s And Bush’s Plan

Based on initial reports, Trump’s Afghanistan policy looks a lot like what we’ve seen for the past sixteen years.

Trump’s Military Advisers Want Him To Expand America’s Longest War

America’s longest war is still going on, and President Trump’s advisers want him to continue his predecessor’s policies of continuing to re-expand American forces in a war that has seemingly no end.

President Obama Announces Yet Another Slowdown Of Withdrawal From Afghanistan

American forces will continue to stay in Afghanistan well after Barack Obama leaves office thanks to a new policy announced today.

U.S. To Deploy Troops To Combat Areas In Afghanistan, Reversing Policy

American forces will be deployed to a combat area in southern Afghanistan, reversing current policy and calling the President’s promised withdrawal date into even further doubt.

U.S. To Halt Withdrawal Of Forces From Afghanistan

The plan to withdraw nearly all American forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 is being put on hold.

Obama Considering Plan To Keep U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Past 2016

President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would keep up to 5,000 American troops in Afghanistan past the withdrawal date he had already set.

Taliban Capture Major Afghan City For First Time Since 9/11

The Taliban dealt a major defeat to a numerically superior Afghan Army force, raising questions about just how well Afghanistan can defend itself on its own.

U.S. Forces In Afghanistan Involved In More Than Just Counterterrorism Despite Obama’s Promises

U.S forces in Afghanistan have been involved in missions that go far beyond the counterterror mission the Obama Administration said they would be limited to.

Obama To Slow Withdrawal Of American Forces From Afghanistan

America’s longest war continues.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

U.S., Afghanistan Sign Agreement To Keep 10,000 U.S. Troops In Country Past 2014

U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan for at least the next three years.

Hamid Karzai Blasts United States In Farewell Address

Before leaving office, Hamid Karzai is once again biting that hand that has fed him for the past decade.

Taliban Making Gains In Afghanistan

As Afghanistan’s political factions continue to squabble, there are some indications that the Taliban are having some success on the battlefield: MAHMUD RAQI, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain […]

Afghan Political Deal Falling Apart?

It was just about two weeks ago that the various political faction in Afghanistan seemingly resolved the crisis that had developed in the wake of a Presidential election that was clouded in allegations of fraud with a political deal that would result in changes to the way Afghanistan’s government works. Now, though, it appears that […]

Afghans Agree To Changes In Government In Deal To Resolve Election Dispute

The various factions in Afghanistan have agreed, at least in principle, to alter the nation’s government as part of a deal to resolve election disputes.

Ashraf Ghani Declared ‘Winner’ Of Afghan Election Plagued By Fraud Allegations

There’s a declared winner in Afghanistan’s Presidential Election, but a cloud hangs over the results.

More Election Protests In Afghanistan

There were more protests in Afghanistan yesterday over election results that are increasingly coming into dispute: KABUL, Afghanistan — After a potential opening last week to ease Afghanistan’s political crisis, the presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah signaled on Sunday that more deadlock was ahead, promising again that he would not accept any decisions made by the country’s election […]

Afghans Protest Voting Irregularities

Hundreds of people took to the streets yesterday to protest election results in the Afghan Presidential election that haven’t even been counted yet: KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after the United Nations agreed to play a role in settling disputes over the vote for a new Afghan president, protesters demonstrated across Kabul, blocking streets in parts […]

Abdullah Abdullah Lodges Protest Against Afghan Presidential Vote

The race to replace Hamid Karzai as President of Afghanistan had been going smoothly for the most part until Abdullah Abdullah, one of the top two candidates in the race, raised concerns about irregularities in the recently completely runoff vote. Now, the race has been thrown into chaos as Mr. Abdullah has launched a formal […]

Afghan Candidate Alleges Corruption In Presidential Runoff

The leading candidate to succeed Hamid Karzai as President of Afghanistan is alleging that the runoff election is falling victim to corruption, and he’s pointing to Karzai himself as the person responsible: KABUL, Afghanistan — Less than 48 hours after a runoff election to choose the next president of Afghanistan, the first signs of a […]

Hamid Karzai Says Afghanistan Doesn’t Need U.S. Troops To Stay After 2014

Afghanistan’s outgoing President says that his nation doesn’t need American troops to stay after the end of the year.

White House: U.S. Will Leave Afghanistan If Karzai Balks On New Troop Deal

Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a new security agreement may result in all U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Robert Gates Hits Obama, Biden, Clinton In New Book, But Will Americans Care?

A new book by former SecDef Robert Gates is making political waves in Washington power circles, but will it matter to ordinary Americans?

We Will Abandon Afghanistan

I don’t think that Michael O’Hanlon has gotten the memo: U.S. officials may perceive the zero option as a smart negotiating tactic, but it actually reinforces the hedging behavior, especially in Pakistan, that allows the Taliban to maintain sanctuaries there. Pakistan’s intelligence services and military see the Taliban as their backup plan, should Afghanistan revert […]

Afghan Troops Can’t Maintain Humvees, Either

On the eve of transition to solo operations, Afghan forces can’t do basic logistical functions.

Monuments to Wasteful Spending in Afghanistan

The US military’s lavish new headquarters in Afghanistan has been completed just in time for our exit.

Karzai Rules Out Another Term

It looks like we won’t have Hamid Karzai around to bribe once his term ends: Seeking to dispel widespread rumors that he would find a way to cling to power beyond the end of his second term next year, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan said Wednesday that there was “no circumstance that will allow me […]

Administration Silent On Future Plans For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

The United States is currently negotiating for a U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014, but they’re not sharing their plans with the American people.

The Worst Country Your Money Can Buy

The New York Times has an interesting report up today about the bags of cash that the CIA has been delivering to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for years now: KABUL, Afghanistan — For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or […]

A Russian Role In Post-War Afghanistan?

The Hill has an interesting report today that Russians are likely to be returning to Afghanistan after American forces leave, although not in the same capacity as when they were there in the 1980s: Nearly a quarter-century after the last Soviet units pulled out of Afghanistan, Moscow is reportedly eyeing a return to the country after […]

Karzai Accuses U.S. Of Colluding Against Him With Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai made  some rather odd comments today: KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan accused the Taliban and the United States on Sunday of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave — an accusation that the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.” Mr. Karzai […]

Why We Won’t Be Leaving Afghanistan Any Time Soon

Basically, it’s inconsistent with the strategy.

Afghanistan, Then And Now

Afghanistan was a much different place half a century ago.

Three Marines Shot Dead By Afghan On Military Base

Another senseless death perpetrated by the people we’re supposed to be helping: KABUL, Afghanistan — Three U.S. Marines were shot dead by an Afghan worker on a military base in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official told NBC News, raising to six the number of American service members who died in rogue attacks in the country […]

Afghan Police Officer Kills Three American Soldiers

Another incident that makes one wonder just what the heck we’re doing in Afghanistan: KABUL, Afghanistan — A man dressed as an Afghan police officer has killed at least three American Special Forces soldiers after inviting them to eat dinner at a check post in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said on Friday, in what […]

What About Afghanistan?

The war in Afghanistan has not been a topic of discussion in the Presidential campaign, but that’s largely because there’s not much left to talk about.

After Apology For Air Strike Deaths, Pakistan Reopens Border Crossings

After denying NATO access to the mountain border crossings to Afghanistan for seven months, Pakistan has said it will reopen the passes after Secretary of State Clinton apologized for an air strike in which 24 Pakistani soldiers died: WASHINGTON — Pakistan told the United States that it would reopen NATO’s supply routes into neighboring Afghanistan after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham […]

Insurmountable Obstacles in Afghanistan

My latest for The National Interest,Insurmountable Obstacles in Afghanistan, has been posted.

Congressman Barred From Entering Afghanistan For Criticizing Government

Congressman Dana Rohrbacher won’t be allowed to visit Afghanistan: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday he was denied entry into Afghanistan because of his critical views of that country’s government. “Apparently, [Afghanistan President Hamid] Karzai just goes bananas every time he hears that I might be, in […]

Report: Afghan Massacre Occurred In Two Phases

It now appears that Staff Sgt. Robert Bailes took a break in the middle of his killing spree: (AP) WASHINGTON – American officials say U.S. investigators now believe the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians split the slaughter into two episodes – returning to his base after the first attack and later slipping […]

Ending the Afghan Slog

My latest for The National Interest, “Ending the Afghan Slog,” has posted.

Michael Yon: I Told You So

The massacre of civilians in Afghanistan was foreseen.

OTB on Fox Live

I’ll be appearing on today’s “Power Play with Chris Stirewalt” talking Afghanistan with the host and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. The show starts at 11:30 Eastern on Fox Live, with my hit somewhere around 11:50.

American Soldier Kills At Least 15 Afghan Civilians

A tragic incident in Afghanistan that’s likely to have tragic consequences.

Afghan Protests Prove, It’s Time For Us To Leave

The latest round of protests in Afghanistan prove yet again that it’s time for us to leave.

Obama Sends Apology To Afghan President Over Koran Burning

After several days of protests sparked by the burning of several copies of the Koran by American soldiers, capped off today by an incident that resulted in the deaths of two soldiers, President Obama has sent a letter of apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai: KABUL, Afghanistan — President Obama apologized on Thursday for the […]

Two American Soliders Killed Over Afghan Koran Burnings

The protests in Afghanistan over the inadvertent burning of the Koran by American troops have claimed their first victims: Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider who turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger over the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base […]

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