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Afghanistan: It’s Only Getting Worse

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 11:34 am (UTC-4)
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Afghanistan was already one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a civilian, but the findings of the investigation were even worse than observers and U.S. officials expected…After providing nearly $70 billion in security assistance, Washington is still looking at an Afghanistan that cannot sustain itself…

The Gravedigger of Kabul

Posted May 27th, 2016 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Ahmad buried what remained of a suicide bomber who attacked the Indian Embassy….I tell Ahmad that…I interviewed the widow of an…officer who died because of this attack. Ahmad says nothing. I want to know what he would say to her as the man who buried her husband’s killers, but his silence cuts me off.

Afghanistan War: Just What Was the Point?

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 2:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Fatigue was always going to be the decider. Western fatigue with the horrors their troops saw, and with the violence inflicted daily on Afghans themselves. The fatigue of the financial cost, where a power station that was barely ever switched on cost Uncle Sam a third of a billion dollars.