Afghanistan

Trump: US To Withdraw 4K Troops From Afghanistan By Election

“It’s already planned,” the president said in an interview with Axios.

Why Isn’t the US Compensating Families Torn Apart By Its Air Strikes?

The military’s first report on ex gratia payments reveals a dangerous stinginess.

To Block Trump’s Troop Withdrawals, Congress Turns An Old Tactic Upside Down

Congress historically has tried to force presidents to bring troops home. But in the last three years, lawmakers have repeatedly tried to make laws to do the opposite.

The NDAA Should Prompt a Rethinking of Costly U.S. Foreign Policy

The annual defense authorization bill offers a chance to end wars and programs that are not worth their price.

Political Fight Over Russian Bounty on US Troops Appears to Warp Intel Debate

Democrats suspect the White House is trying to paint the assessment as less solid than it is.

Bounties Are Part of Moscow’s Aid to the Taliban, Current and Former Intel Officials Say

It's not yet a foregone conclusion, but Russia has long been suspected of helping the militant group.

Trump To Sanction ICC Officials Investigating Alleged US War Crimes In Afghanistan

The court’s top prosecutor found that the U.S. military may have committed “torture.”

Afghanistan Drawdown Continues Despite Violence, Ghani Announcement

The Afghan president said that his side would be resuming “offensive” operations against the Taliban.

Pull US Troops, not Diplomats and Development Experts, from Afghanistan

America’s interests are no longer furthered by military might in the country, but we can still help in other ways.

What Will Iran Do As the US Negotiates a Withdrawal from Afghanistan?

Tehran is eager to deepen its influence on Kabul, the Taliban, and other Afghan actors.

Finding ‘The End’ to Our Story in Afghanistan May Be The Best We Could Do

There are Taliban peace talks in my novel, too. No spoilers, but you can bet how that goes.

The US Is Helping the Taliban Fight ISIS, CENTCOM's Top General Says

Gen. McKenzie turned heads with testimony about “very limited support” for an enemy who is also an enemy of an enemy.