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Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
September 16, 2017
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack details the 2011 shootdown of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan.
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
Will Pakistan Part Ways With Its Proxies?
September 13, 2017
Will Pakistan Part Ways With Its Proxies?
The recent BRICS declaration can be read as a gentle push from China for Pakistan to ditch the Taliban.
Will Pakistan Part Ways With Its Proxies?
Afghanistan to Get 150 Scout Helicopters by 2022
September 08, 2017
Afghanistan to Get 150 Scout Helicopters by 2022
The U.S. military ordered 150 MD-530F high-altitude scout helicopters for the Afghan Air Force.
Afghanistan to Get 150 Scout Helicopters by 2022
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
September 07, 2017
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
Saudi Arabia’s increasingly anti-Taliban stance helps Riyadh consolidate its vital regional alliances and isolate Qatar.
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
August 28, 2017
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
The United States is not working on a winning strategy in Afghanistan anymore.
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
Trump’s Afghanistan Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 25, 2017
Trump’s Afghanistan Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
U.S. President Donald J. Trump's plan for Afghanistan leaves several open questions.
Trump’s Afghanistan Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan
August 23, 2017
Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan
Moscow would like to avoid having to militarily intervene itself.
Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
August 23, 2017
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
The quagmire in Afghanistan continues under a new administration bent on bombing its way to victory.
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
August 22, 2017
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
Counterterrorism is in and nation-building is out, but the United States still has no way out of Afghanistan.
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan
August 21, 2017
Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan
The potential for success by relying on PMCs remains uncertain.
Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
August 17, 2017
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
The UAE’s attempt at moderating the Taliban through diplomacy ultimately fell short.
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice?
August 15, 2017
When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice?
Further delay in delivering justice for civilians killed in U.S. airstrikes plays into the hands of the Taliban.
When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice?
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
August 15, 2017
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
Beset by the resurgent Taliban and internal political rifts, the NUG is struggling to survive.
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
The Battle for the Afghan Border
August 04, 2017
The Battle for the Afghan Border
What do Afghanistan’s border guards see as the main obstacles to securing the frontier?
The Battle for the Afghan Border
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
July 27, 2017
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
There's a reason Afghanistan's resource wealth remains untapped.
Afghanistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
July 18, 2017
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
After being turned away from Mazar-i-Sharif and refusing to land in Kabul, a plane carrying Dostum reportedly landed in Ashgabat.
Where in the World is Abdul Rashid Dostum?
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