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Afghanistan

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  • Obama at West Point [Editorial]

    Obama at West Point  [Editorial]
    Republicans in Congress lost no time in condemning President Obama's commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point last week as further proof of his weakness and vacillation in confronting America's foes. But in fact, Mr. Obama's talk...
  • 'No soldier left behind' [Commentary]

    'No soldier left behind'  [Commentary]
    Like most Americans, the Ehrlichs celebrated the return of a captured U.S. soldier from Afghanistan. What parent would not possess a degree of empathy for the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009? A positive aspect...
  • Former Hopkins professor eyes Afghan presidency

    Former Hopkins professor eyes Afghan presidency
    These days, his Western business suits and ties have given way to Afghan turbans and tunics. Instead of anthropology students and fellow faculty members at the Johns Hopkins University, tribal elders and international aid officials are more likely to seek...
  • Odenton airman honored for bravery in Afghanistan

    Odenton airman honored for bravery in Afghanistan
    When Airman Steven Doty was the first to rush to the scene of a downed helicopter in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan, he didn't consider the possibility that he might have been putting his own life in jeopardy. On May 3, 2010, a Russian aircraft...
  • For some recruits, the military is the family business

    For some recruits, the military is the family business
    Growing up, when Alex Pownall watched his father, he saw a man who loved his job. John Pownall has served 20 years in the military, the last 12 as a recruiter for the Maryland National Guard. He was sent to defend Andrews Air Force Base after the...
  • Afghan president's brother withdraws from election, backs ex-minister

    Qayum Karzai, the Maryland-based brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said Wednesday that he was withdrawing from next month's presidential election and would back former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul, widely believed to be the current president'...
  • Taliban documentary shows value of Al Jazeera America

    Taliban documentary shows value of Al Jazeera America
    Six months in, there is more to say about Al Jazeera America than that its ratings stink. But that's about the only thing I see written about the Qatar-owned cable channel these days. The ratings are minuscule — about one-half the audience that Al...
  • Cold War-era 'Warthog' targeted for retirement

    Cold War-era 'Warthog' targeted for retirement
    The A-10 Thunderbolt II, a snub-nosed ground-attack plane that the Maryland Air National Guard has flown in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the latest aircraft to find its way onto the Pentagon's endangered weapons list. Outfitted with a seven-barrel Gatling...
  • Experience before education in military [Commentary]

    Experience before education in military [Commentary]
    Promoting the best officers is essential to having the most powerful military force on the planet. The de facto requirement for officers in the U.S. Air Force to obtain a master's degree in order to be promoted is blatantly ridiculous because it hinders...
  • Injured veteran moves into specially adapted home

    Injured veteran moves into specially adapted home
    From the time she learned that her husband had lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan's Helmand province until noon Saturday, Morgan Kessler felt as though her world was turning in circles. "It never felt real," she said. But moments before...
  • Baltimore VA office worst in nation for processing disability claims

    The Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the slowest in the country in processing disability claims for servicemen and servicewomen — averaging about a year — and makes more mistakes than any other office. The...
  • The Karzai enigma

    The Karzai enigma
    The Obama administration is understandably frustrated by its efforts to forge an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that would allow a scaled-down U.S. troop presence to remain in the country after most American and NATO forces leave next year....