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President Obama has just finished explaining to the world that he is ordering 10,000 troops home from Afghanistan this year and another 23,000 by September 2012, which will still leave some 70,000 until 2014, when his secretary walks in, notepad at the ready, and says, "The Taliban called. They said, 'Take your time.' "
President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that Afghanistan and the United States are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, even as insurgents stormed a police station near the presidential palace, killing nine people.
Is NATO a paper tiger? With a "dim, if not dismal future," as outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates put it in a valedictory address before his NATO opposite numbers, it is "facing the very real possibility of collective military irrelevance."
I am a private-sector civilian working alongside the U.S. military here on the front lines in Afghanistan. I am part of the "civilian surge," investing 16-hour days to win the hearts and minds of Afghans by mentoring the Afghan National Army, Police and Border Patrol.
Hundreds of militants launched a large-scale attack Tuesday against Afghan police in a remote mountainous eastern province, a part of the country that is largely under Taliban control, officials said.
Hundreds of insurgents launched a large-scale attack Tuesday against police in Afghanistan's remote Nuristan province, a part of the country that is largely controlled by the Taliban, officials said.
In the remote Korengal region along Afghanistan's northeastern border, al Qaeda insurgents and jihadists in Osama bin Laden's network are slowly returning after having been routed by a U.S.-led invasion nine years ago. A new training camp was discovered last September by coalition forces and attacked by U.S. aircraft, killing dozens of al Qaeda, including one Saudi and one Kuwaiti senior member, along with one of the most wanted militants in Saudi Arabia.
How is it really going in Afghanistan? In his recent testimony before Congress, Gen. David H. Petraeus reported substantial if fragile progress and conveyed a can-do attitude reflecting confidence about our prospects. Yet press reports and some organizations and individuals on the ground seem to grow more dispirited by the month. Is this mission really doable - and should we stick with it?
After two days of visiting some of the most hotly contested areas of Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday he sees reasons to believe the war strategy is working.