Nation-Building

Army photo / Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

Afghan Dawn

U.S., allied and Afghan troops greet the new day as they prepare to conduct “village stability operations” in Farah …

First, Stop Digging

U.S. Army Cpl. B.J. Buie, foreground, an infantryman with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, digs a machine-gun position during Operation Southern Fist in the Spin …

The War Winds Down…

Two different, but mutually reinforcing, newspaper takes Sunday on the U.S. role in Afghanistan:

– In a lengthy editorial, the New York Times says it’s time to speed up the U.S. military’s withdrawal, well before the 2015 …

Playing to a Draw, at Best?

Don’t expect to hear about it in the presidential campaign debates, but the U.S. will leave Afghanistan locked in an escalating civil war when it observes the 2014 deadline for withdrawing combat troops set by the Obama …

The Trust Deficit

COMBAT OUTPOST GARDA, WARDAK PROVINCE — Increasingly, coalition troops feel they cannot trust the Afghan soldiers and police with whom they live and serve. The increasing toll of “green-on-blue” killings drives a wedge of …

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