3:37 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
For the U.S. and NATO, Afghanistan is about withdrawing troops and ending their role in the fighting. For the Taliban, it is a different story with Reuters reporting that:
Taliban fighters killed at least five Afghan soldiers in a three-day offensive in a region near Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday, as fighting heats up on both sides of the border during the withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan.Fighters from both Pakistan and Afghanistan mounted the attack aimed at taking control of Kunar province's remote Dangam district, which is on the border, provincial governor Shuja-ul Mulk Jalala told Reuters.
"The fighting is intense and we have asked for additional forces but they haven't arrived yet," the governor said, adding that five Afghan soldiers and 18 Taliban fighters had been killed so far. An army officer said 40 Taliban had been killed.
Strongholds of the Taliban and other Islamist militants are under pressure from the Pakistani and Afghan armies as well as U.S. drone strikes, coinciding with the withdrawal of all but 12,500 foreign forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year … the militants have struck back, unleashing waves of suicide bombers and commando style attacks in Kabul and across Afghanistan, making 2014 the bloodiest year since the war started 13 years earlier.
4:11 PM, Dec 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Obama will mark the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan by welcoming home service members in New Jersey on Monday.
1:11 PM, Nov 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden misstated the number of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan by 47,000 at a Veterans Day event today at Arlington National Cemetary. Here's audio of his remarks:
4:31 PM, Nov 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The American presence is ending but the war in Afghanistan continues with the Afghan government’s forces taking casualties that “cannot be sustained, according to a top officer within the international coalition.”
11:48 AM, Nov 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The scheduled date for an American pullout in Afghanistan grows closer and so do worries that it may be premature; that the troops we have trained and will be leaving behind to carry on may not be ready, quite yet, to handle the job.
12:31 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The war in Afghanistan is nearing an end – the American part, at any rate – but there is no letup in the fighting and dying of Afghan soldiers. Time, quoting from a Wall Street Journal story, reports that:
12:12 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Lost in the excitement over ISIS, the battle for Khobani, and the possible threat to Baghdad is news of the nation’s longest war, the one in Afghanistan, which the President once called a “war of necessity.”
9:08 AM, Sep 22, 2014 • By SCOTT SMITH
With the announcement in Kabul of a power-sharing government between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan election comes closer to a resolution. What is missing, however, is an actual result. The “national unity government” was one part of a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry back in July, when preliminary official results gave Ghani a massive victory, and Abdullah threatened to pull out of the process, claiming massive fraud had taken place. After two months of an audit overseen by the UN, when every ballot box was re-examined—something unprecedented in electoral history—a final result was reached. The result was given last week in secret to the candidates, but not to the public.
3:22 PM, Sep 18, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama addressed troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday regarding his strategy to "degrade and destroy ISIL," but also reminded the audience about his plans for the U.S. military in Afghanistan [emphasis added]:
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:14 PM, Sep 5, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on why you shouldn't bet on President Obama using any muscle on his foreign policy.