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  • Afghanistan: what 'victory' looks like

    Afghanistan: what 'victory' looks like
    Where is Afghanistan policy headed at this crucial moment? As the nation's excellent if unsung war commander, Gen. John Allen, testifies on Capitol Hill this week, and as Republican presidential aspirants continue to attack President Barack Obama from both the left and the right on the subject, these questions are especially timely. Will the president soon be tempted to say that with Osama bin Laden dead (on the positive side), but with the Afghan and Pakistani governments still very hard to work with and the insurgency still resilient (on the negative side), it's simply time to declare victory, cut our losses and get the forces home fast?
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down
    Six weeks before the Afghan election, at a meeting at the presidential palace, women's rights activist Sima Samar gently teased President Hamid Karzai about being a short-timer. Karzai suddenly grew emotional, Samar recalled. "To be honest, my sister, I...

    Who are we leaving behind in Afghanistan?

    The idea that a true soldier never leaves a comrade behind is chiseled into U.S. military creed. This heroic duty has been celebrated in story and film, and recorded in numerous battlefield citations. But does it extend to foreign allies who, though...

    Obama's predictable surprise troop visit to Afghanistan: What's behind it and what he said

    $4.7 million: What's inside and behind Obama's unannounced brief trip to the Afghanistan war zone.

    Aghan buildup: Public, officials divided

    by Mark Silva As President Barack Obama nears a decision about the deployment of new U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, the American public appears sharply divided: Just 42 percent support an increase in U.S. troops -- 35 percent at the...