The American predicament in Afghanistan is at once ridiculous and tragic. More than 8,000 American troops remain in the country, prosecuting the longest war in our nation’s history. Overlapping networks of insurgent groups—most prominently the Taliban—had a good year in 2016, seizing terrain and conducting terror strikes to destabilize the U.S.-backed Kabul government. The American commander in the country wants a “few thousand” more troops. Despite the supporting role that the U.S. contingent is meant to play, casualties are still being sustained, sometimes in places with depressingly familiar names—as in Sangin, seized from the Taliban a few years ago at the expense of gallons of British and U.S. Marine blood. Two Americans were wounded there last week.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday that Russia and Iran are bolstering the Taliban in part to undermine the U.S. and NATO mission to attain peace and stability in the nation.
At least 20 people were killed on Tuesday in a bomb blast outside the Supreme Court in the center of the Afghan capital, government officials said, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks on the judiciary.
A veteran who lives outside of Chicago is sending hundreds of deep dish pizzas to troops overseas for Super Bowl Sunday.
The government of Afghanistan lost almost 15 percent of its territory last year, as Taliban insurgents continued to launch attacks amid declines in U.S. and allied military personnel.
President Donald Trump told his counterpart in Afghanistan that he would mull sending more U.S. troops to the war-torn country, according to a report.
A Republican lawmaker is pressing the incoming administration of Donald Trump to change the way that troop caps are formulated, arguing that current caps on service members in Iraq and Afghanistan are too low to achieve U.S. strategic objectives.
President Obama on Tuesday commuted the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, which she received for providing classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010 pertaining to details of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Terrorist militants affiliated with the Taliban in Afghanistan have been purchasing U.S.-supplied weapons and ammunition from Afghan army and police forces, which receive their funding from American taxpayers, according to a new government report.
Donald Trump will need to confront the continued instability and corruption in Afghanistan as well as a resilient Taliban insurgency that continues to challenge Afghan military and police forces, according to the special inspector for Afghanistan reconstruction.