The UN Security Council Tuesday renewed its international assistance mission to Afghanistan until March 2014, as the US and other NATO troops prepare to withdraw from the country before the end of the year.
The UN says corruption amongst Afghan government officials and civil servants “seems to be increasingly embedded in social practices, with patronage and bribery being an acceptable part of day-to-day life.”
Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said Monday that if continued negotiations fail to produce a satisfactory outcome for the U.S. regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the country will be forced to choose the lesser of evils in a complicated, uncertain crisis. Speaking before The National Iranian American Council and the Arms Control Association, Brzezinski said the [...]
Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said Thursday that U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has taught the Army the importance of achieving stability by engaging with local populations. “It’s about understanding the underlying fabric of the societies, that’s where we made our mistakes,” Odierno said during an appearance before the Center for Strategic [...]
The Obama campaign released a new television ad Monday highlighting the President’s plan to wind down military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, hours before Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney are set to face-off on foreign policy in their final televised debate. “President Obama ended the Iraq war. Mitt Romney would have left 30,000 [...]
Founder and CEO of Aid Afghanistan for Education, and owner and CEO of the Boumi Company Hassina Sherjan today advocated protecting women’s rights and education in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO and American troops in 2014. Sherjan made the case that investing in Afghanistan’s educational goals would serve U.S. security interests, but also so [...]
The war in Afghanistan officially entered its 11th year on Sunday, the same day that media outlets reported that 2,000 American soldiers have died since the start of the conflict. Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens was the latest American casualty confirmed by the Defense Department. Stephens, a 39 year-old man from Tolar, Texas, died [...]
The drawdown leaves Afghanistan with 68,000 U.S. soldiers and approximately 30,000 soldiers from other ISAF nations.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker paid his respects to his fallen Foreign Service officers and outlined a difficult road ahead for Afghanistan during remarks before Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Monday. “My good friend and colleague and a friend of many of yours, along with three of his colleagues, recently returned from Libya to Andrews [...]
A helicopter crash in Southern Afghanistan Thursday left two coalition soldiers dead, according to ISAF. The Taliban has taken responsibility for the crash, but the ISAF reports that there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Thursday’s incident marks the second [...]