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Obama’s Afghan Gamble

Until Dec. 1, the Afghan war was a Bush legacy. It is now President Barack Obama's war and history will judge him on the success of his bold gamble to send more troops to Afghanistan. The situation ...
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The Taliban’s Winter Plans

The winter months in Afghanistan are traditionally a time for combatants to regroup, assess the lessons of the previous fighting season and consider what may be improved or altered for the following year...
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Slow Progress in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan's 28.4 million battle-weary people are slightly more optimistic in 2009 – or were, prior to the fiasco that their national election turned into, according to an exhaustive public opinion survey conducted throughout the country in June...
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The Men Who Stare at Landmines

If enough positive people of positive mien thought positive thoughts for long enough, could you skip through an Afghan minefield with nary a thought for being blown out of your combat boots? You could if ...
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Britain Agonizes over Afghanistan

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Quick, Before The Quagmire Sets

Iraq seems, at last, yesterday’s war. Now the Forgotten War in Afghanistan, the one that’s been going on longer, has become — again — the Just War. Barack Obama says he will change the character of the war against a resurgen...
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A role for Mecca in Afghanistan

Washington, DC - Wandering seven long years in the mountains of Afghanistan with hardly an end in sight, the United States has just been offered a most fortuitous fix. It likely eludes America’s cu...
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US Failure Breeds a Stronger al-Qaeda

This is an edited excerpt from Ahmed Rashid's recently published Descent into Chaos: How the war against Islamic extremism is being lost in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia (Penguin Books, 2008...
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An American General’s Upbeat Afghan Assessment

In the wake of the hotel bombing that killed six people in Kabul on January 14, and following reports that the Taliban plans to turn its guns solely against NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, concern is growing for the future of a country that lurches from ...
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The Afghani Way of Banking

In banking, there’s Switzerland and Singapore, secure and secretive. There’s Indonesia, which has been so plagued by corruption you can never be sure who's actually holding your mone...