Caucasus - Central Asia

Training Changes Seriously Complicate U.S.’ Afghan Exit Strategy

Training Changes Seriously Complicate U.S.’ Afghan Exit Strategy

Spencer Ackerman
September 18, 2012

On paper, the path out of Afghanistan for the U.S. remains what it’s always been: preparing Afghan troops to fight the insurgency by 2014. And the NATO military command insists that’s all on course. But in reality, the persistence of Afghan troops attacking their American mentors has prompted a major shift in how the U.S. trains Afghans, to the point where it calls into question the cornerstone of the U.S. exit strategy.

Coalition Sharply Reduces Joint Operations With Afghan Troops

Coalition Sharply Reduces Joint Operations With Afghan Troops

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG
September 18, 2012

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — After years of tightly intertwining its forces with Afghan troops, the American-led military coalition has sharply curtailed ground-level operations with the Afghan Army and police forces, potentially undercutting the training mission that is the heart of the Western exit strategy.

Taliban link Afghanistan attack to anti-Islam film

Taliban link Afghanistan attack to anti-Islam film

Sep 15, 2012

(Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack on a base which U.S. officials said killed two American Marines, saying it was in response to a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad.

Proposed Afghan spy chief divides Western, Afghan officials

Proposed Afghan spy chief divides Western, Afghan officials

Joseph Fitsanakis

September 14, 2012

 

Last month we reported Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s plan to appoint one of his most trusted advisors, Assadullah Khaled, to lead the country’s intelligence agency.

Afghanistan After 9/11: A Mission Unaccomplished

Afghanistan After 9/11: A Mission Unaccomplished

Ishaan Tharoor

September 11, 2012

Long gone is that smoke-‘em-out-of-their-caves bravado. 11 years afterthe horrors of 9/11, the U.S. war to punish al-Qaeda has turned into a global headache. With no decisive military victory in sight in Afghanistan, the Americans and their allies are rushing, albeit as discreetly as possible, for the exit.

Taliban deny report that they are ready for peace talks

Taliban deny report that they are ready for peace talks

Sep 10, 2012

 

(Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban denied a report on Monday that some of their leading members were ready to negotiate a comprehensive peace deal involving a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

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