By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2012
For all the rhetoric about “transition” and “transformation,” the proposals laid out at the NATO summit in Chicago mean a continuation of a dirty colonial war and the slaughter of Afghan civilians.
By Harvey Thompson, 18 May 2012
Two British soldiers were shot dead last week by Afghan policemen, the latest in a rising tide of “green-on-blue” attacks on foreign forces in Afghanistan by supposed allies in the more than decade-long occupation and counterinsurgency.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2012
US bombardments claimed the lives of dozens of Afghan civilians, including women and children, prompting a formal protest from Karzai that such actions would render the recent pact he signed with Obama “meaningless”.
By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2012
The agreement signed sets the stage for an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan after the bulk of American troops withdraw.
By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2012
The purpose of the deal is the clear the way for a NATO summit at which the Obama administration will pressure its European allies to cough up more money and manpower for the Afghanistan war.
By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2012
The US is escalating military operations to shore up the detested Afghan puppet regime, even as it prepares to pull out most combat soldiers by 2014.
By James Cogan, 20 April 2012
The timetable for Australian troop withdrawals is linked to the unconditional alignment of the Gillard government with the US “pivot” to maintain American dominance in the Asian region.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2012
The images of young American paratroopers playing and posing with dismembered Afghan corpses provide a revolting but accurate reflection of a decade-old war and the demoralizing impact it has had on the US military.
By David Walsh, 19 April 2012
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times published horrific photographs of American troops in Afghanistan posing with dead and dismembered insurgents.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2012
At least three US soldiers were killed and several others wounded in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan as US and Afghan officials continued talks on a permanent American military presence after 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2012
An opinion poll released Tuesday shows nearly seven out of 10 Americans opposing the war in Afghanistan, a record level of antiwar sentiment since the US invaded the country over a decade ago.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2012
The US government Friday officially charged Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in connection with the March 11 massacre of Afghan civilians, most of them children.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 March 2012
Gen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, told Congressional committees this week that a “robust” American combat force must remain the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2012
President Karzai denounced the US military in connection with last Sunday’s massacre of 16 civilians, but Washington dismissed his demand that it speed up the transfer of security to Afghan forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2012
With the Taliban breaking off of talks with Washington and President Hamid Karzai demanding that US-NATO troops withdraw to their bases, key elements of the Obama administration’s Afghanistan policy are in tatters.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2012
US President Obama and British Prime Minister Cameron used a joint press conference Wednesday to stress there would be no shift in Afghanistan war strategy in the wake of the savage massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 14 March 2012
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, I share the revulsion felt by millions of people in Afghanistan, in the United States and throughout the world over the brutal murder of at least 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, by a US soldier Sunday in Kandahar province.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2012
Sunday’s mass murder by an Army staff sergeant demonstrates both the brutality and the deepening crisis of American imperialism’s war in Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2012
A sergeant in the US Special Forces walked into a village near Kandahar and systematically shot to death nine children, three women and four men.
By Harvey Thompson, 8 March 2012
The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that six soldiers are missing, believed dead, after an explosive device hit their armoured vehicle Tuesday in southern Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2012
The incident was the third such killing of American soldiers by their Afghan “partners” in little more than a week.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2012
The Koran-burning incident that triggered nationwide protests in Afghanistan is the product of the neo-colonial US occupation.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2012
Two American soldiers and at least 15 Afghans have been killed as crowds besieged US and NATO bases for a third day Thursday, in an escalating protest over US troops burning copies of the Koran.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2012
At least eight Afghan civilians, all children according to some reports, were killed Thursday when a NATO warplane bombed a village in Afghanistan's northeast Kapisa province.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2012
Amid growing signs of crisis in the decade-old US-led war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the US would make a “transition” from combat to “training” and “advising” puppet Afghan forces by the end of 2013.
By Olivier Laurent, 28 January 2012
Sarkozy will keep French troops in Afghanistan despite rising popular opposition to the NATO occupation following the January 20 deaths of four French soldiers.
By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2012
At least ten NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when a US helicopter crashed and an Afghan soldier shot four French troops after a training session.
By James Cogan, 13 January 2012
A video published yesterday shows four US marines in Afghanistan urinating on the heads of three Afghan dead, joking among themselves as they desecrate the corpses.
By John Chan, 10 January 2012
China’s oil contract with Afghanistan will exacerbate tensions with the US and India.
By James Cogan, 10 January 2012
The puppet government of President Hamid Karzai has accused the American military of torture and arbitrary detention at the largest US-run prison in the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2012
US and Taliban sources have confirmed a deal to set up an office of the Islamist group in Qatar as part of Washington’s attempt to negotiate a settlement of its decade-old war in Afghanistan.
By James Cogan, 3 January 2012
The tenth year of the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan was among the deadliest and most destructive of the entire conflict.
By Shantan Kumarasamy, 29 December 2011
Homeless Afghan asylum seekers discuss their dangerous journeys to Europe and their desperate struggles for survival.
By Julie Hyland, 23 December 2011
A strict media blackout was in force for Prime Minister David Cameron’s pre-Christmas visit to British troops in Afghanistan Tuesday.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2011
In the latest round of conflict between Obama and his top military commanders, the senior US general in Afghanistan is opposing the administration’s plans for the withdrawal of troops from the US-occupied country.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2011
A decade after the first international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, delegates returned to the former West German capital under conditions of growing regional crisis and increasing pessimism over the 10-year-old war.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 November 2011
The SAS forces are highly valued by American commanders, having functioned for years as brutal death squads, hunting down and assassinating individuals identified as opponents of the US-led occupation.
By Will Morrow, 4 November 2011
Far from “stabilising” Afghanistan, the continued presence of foreign troops is generating deep-seated enmity that will inevitably lead to further attacks.
By Barry Grey, 12 October 2011
A report released Monday by the United Nations documents what it calls "systematic" torture at Afghan government prisons of suspected insurgents captured by US, NATO and Afghan authorities.
By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2011
The war has been a disaster for the Afghan people and a tragic waste of the lives of American and allied soldiers. It has profoundly destabilised regional and world politics.
By James Cogan, 6 October 2011
The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.
By Oliver Campbell, 29 September 2011
The Taliban’s ability to penetrate the security structures in Afghanistan stems from the deep-seated resentment felt by broad layers of the population to the decade-long US occupation.
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2011
The killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani will only exacerbate ethnic tensions and weaken the Afghan government as it balances precariously between the country’s rival factions and tribal groups.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 September 2011
NATO admitted last week that a US soldier shot dead BBC journalist Ahmed Omaid Khpalwak in Afghanistan in July.
By Peter Symonds, 14 September 2011
Coordinated Taliban attacks in the Afghan capital yesterday have again highlighted the tenuous nature of the US-led military occupation of the country.
By Harvey Thompson, 23 August 2011
The compound of the British Council headquarters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under a sustained guerrilla attack on Friday, resulting in nine deaths and 22 casualties.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2011
Nearly two months after President Obama announced plans for a limited withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, US strategy in the nearly 10-year-old war points to a steady escalation of bloodshed.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 August 2011
The Pentagon claimed Wednesday to have killed the Afghan fighters responsible for last week’s downing of a helicopter that resulted in the worst US losses to date in the decade-old war.
By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2011
Nearly 10 percent of the elite SEAL Team 6 were killed in the incident Saturday.
By James Cogan, 3 August 2011
The Taliban government-in-exile has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks last month in which assassins were able to circumvent the security surrounding their intended victims.
By James Cogan, 20 July 2011
The deaths of Karzai’s half-brother, and now Jan Mohammad Khan, are significant blows to the US puppet regime in Kabul.
By Julie Hyland, 15 July 2011
Last week’s admission that Britain’s Royal Air Force killed four civilians and injured two others in Afghanistan has highlighted the growing resort to remote-controlled “drones” as weapons of choice by the major powers.
By James Cogan, 13 July 2011
Defence department records released this week show that the Australian government covered up the torture committed by American forces at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in late 2003.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2011
The killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Afghan president’s half brother, represents a serious blow to US strategy in the key southern province of Kandahar.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2011
The latest civilian casualties come amid indications that the phased withdrawal of the US troops sent into Afghanistan as part of Barack Obama’s surge will mean an escalation of the bloodshed.
By James Cogan, 5 July 2011
The ICG report contradicts President Obama’s claim that the US-led occupation was in a “position of strength”.
By Alex Lantier, 1 July 2011
The June 28-29 attack by Afghan insurgents on the luxury Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has again exposed the political isolation of the US occupation regime in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2011
Obama’s Thursday night speech on “the way forward in Afghanistan” offered only years more of a dirty colonial war that both the American and the Afghan people overwhelmingly oppose.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2011
While the media focuses on Obama’s anticipated announcement of a limited withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the US administration is carrying out behind-the-scenes negotiations for permanent bases in the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2011
On the eve of President Obama’s July deadline for beginning the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, top US military commanders have opposed any significant drawdown.
By Sven Heymann, 11 June 2011
An attack on high-ranking German and Afghan military personnel has further revealed deep-seated popular hatred of the occupying NATO troops.
By Harvey Thompson, 8 June 2011
The Guardian has reported that Britain and the US are pressing for the lifting of UN sanctions against 18 former senior Taliban figures.
By Terry Cook, 6 June 2011
Canberra is clearly concerned that the accelerating death toll in Afghanistan will further fuel popular opposition to the war.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2011
With the deadline for Obama’s promised initial withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan less than a month away, the top US military commander revealed that no plan has been submitted for pulling out US forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 June 2011
The US-led NATO command in Afghanistan brushed aside President Hamid Karzai’s demand for a halt to air strikes and night raids on Afghan homes after an attack that killed 14 civilians.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 May 2011
The incident, one of several involving civilian deaths recently, is yet another atrocity committed by the US-NATO forces.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 May 2011
As the result of a military court decision, Australian forces have effectively been given a green light to kill civilians.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2011
At least a dozen Afghan civilians were shot to death and another 85 wounded in mass protests over a US-led night raid that killed four members of a family in the country’s northern Takhar province.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2011
The execution-style slaying of eight US troops and a civilian contractor at a supposedly secure military facility at Kabul airport underscores the crisis of the nearly decade-old US war in Afghanistan.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 April 2011
An Afghan pilot opened fire on NATO forces at a Kabul air base Wednesday, killing eight US soldiers and an American contractor. It is the deadliest attack of its kind in the nearly ten-year-old occupation.
By David Walsh, 27 April 2011
In an audacious operation, some 500 Taliban insurgents, including 100 commanders, escaped to freedom from an Afghan prison early Monday morning.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2011
A series of bombings have signaled the beginning of a spring offensive by the Afghan resistance forces, while inflicting the greatest single-day casualties on US forces in nearly a year.
By a reporter, 4 April 2011
A Koran-burning incident in Florida has touched off one of the worst disturbances since the US invasion in 2001.
By Margaret Rees, 31 March 2011
The Gillard Labor government and military officials have gone into damage control over revealing internet postings by soldiers.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 March 2011
The atrocity is the latest in a series of recent US-led bombing operations that have inflicted mass civilian casualties.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 March 2011
The latest atrocity in the northeastern Kunar Province prompted protests of hundreds of Afghans, who denounced the US occupation and the Karzai regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2011
The Pentagon is withdrawing forces from the northeastern Afghanistan’s Pech Valley, which it had previously insisted was strategically vital.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 February 2011
After a US air strike killed up to 51 civilians last Thursday in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Kunar province, General David Petraeus reportedly accused local residents of burning their children to fake evidence of civilian casualties.
By Sven Heymann and Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2011
The German parliament’s vote to extend the country’s participation in the Afghan war for another year is at complete odds with popular sentiment.
By Mike Head, 11 February 2011
Washington’s plans demonstrate that the protracted war in Afghanistan is being waged to secure US hegemony in Central Asia, one of the most geo-strategically vital regions of the globe.
By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2011
Petraeus’s letter was pitched at justifying the Obama administration’s surge of troops to Afghanistan, which has taken a terrible human toll—both of Afghans and foreign troops alike.
By Niall Green, 24 January 2011
President Karzai paid his second visit in six months to Moscow, hoping to drum up support for his regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2011
The Obama administration's decision to deploy another 1,400 US Marines in Afghanistan is a harbinger of a far bloodier war and a further indication that this year will see no drawdown of US forces.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2011
2010 was the bloodiest year of the now nine-year conflict in Afghanistan and the tribal border regions of Pakistan.
By Harvey Thompson, 30 December 2010
Britain’s Channel 4 News has revealed a dramatic increase in the numbers of war-wounded civilians in southern Afghanistan, following the military troop surge initiated by US president Barak Obama earlier this year.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2010
Two reports produced by US intelligence agencies sharply contradict the American military's claims of success in the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan.
By James Cogan, 13 December 2010
The killings point again to the murderous character of the operations being conducted by the Special Forces units scouring Afghanistan.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2010
Afghan officials asked the US to “quash” media coverage of the incident, which involved the crime of “purchasing a service from a child”—apparently a reference to child prostitution.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2010
The killing of six US soldiers by an Afghan police officer is one of the bloodiest in a series of incidents that call into question the US-NATO strategy of turning over combat operations to Afghan forces in 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2010
Violence has reached record levels in Afghanistan, and the resistance to the US-led occupation is more widespread than ever, according to a report issued by the Pentagon.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2010
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has called for reducing the number of US troops in Afghanistan and halting aggressive operations that are claiming a growing number of civilian lives.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2010
In the run-up to next week’s NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, there has been a steady drumbeat from Washington to dismiss the July 2011 date set by Obama for beginning US troop withdrawals.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 November 2010
Hearings continued Tuesday into charges of murder and other atrocities committed against Afghan civilians by a group of US soldiers stationed in Kandahar.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2010
As the US marked Veterans Day Thursday, an American soldier who had refused redeployment to Afghanistan over the Army’s failure to treat his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder turned himself in.
By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2010
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made clear in a parliamentary debate this week that Australian troops, and thus American and other foreign forces, would remain in Afghanistan “through this decade at least”.
By James Cogan, 16 October 2010
The US administration and military have confirmed reports that they are assisting the Karzai government to conduct negotiations with the Taliban.
By James Cogan, 1 October 2010
The incident is typical of numerous operations routinely carried out by the Australian and other allied special forces groups to suppress Afghan resistance to the US-led occupation.
By Tom Peters, 30 September 2010
Obama’s Wars, the new book by journalist Bob Woodward, reveals that the CIA has been running a private army of 3,000 Afghan mercenaries since 2002, operating in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2010
Amid signs of increasing desperation in the nine-year US war in Afghanistan, Washington has simultaneously launched a major offensive in Kandahar and escalated its attacks across the border in Pakistan.
By James Cogan, 29 September 2010
A soldier’s exposure of the circumstances of a colleague’s death is being exploited to push for the deployment of more Australian troops to the Afghan war.