February 15, 2016 |
While the presidential candidates fruitlessly argue over how to handle immigration, there should be no debate over welcoming one category of immigrants: Afghan interpreters who risked their lives by working for U.S. soldiers and civilian officials. Indeed, Congress decided last year to provide an additional 3,000 visas to resettle such Afghans - beyond the 7,183 issued since 2014, after years of delays. Yet an infuriating bureaucratic wrangle in Washington threatens to block many of these Afghans from reaching America and could get some of them killed.
April 26, 2014 |
LEMOYNE, Pa. - Cure International has long gone where others fear to tread. The global health-care nonprofit has set up clinics in war zones and regions plagued by civil unrest since its founding in 1996, including taking over a bombed-out Red Cross hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005. It was there that the group on Thursday suffered its first fatality as a result of violence. As news broke that an Afghan gunman had killed three Americans at the site, the spotlight turned to the group, based in a small office building on a residential street in a borough outside Harrisburg.
April 11, 2014 |
When Afghans went to the polls last week to elect a new president, Afghan social media enthusiasts sent out some incredible photos of women voters. The long, snaking lines of women in burkas, holding up sheets of plastic for protection from freezing rain, were a stunning repudiation of Taliban misogyny and violence. My favorite photo, tweeted by an Afghan journalist named Shafi Sharifi, showed an elderly, black-draped lady in a wheelchair, holding up a forefinger stained with indelible ink, saying: "I voted because women can't expect things to improve if they don't vote.
May 28, 2013 |
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Abdul Malik and his fellow Afghan soldiers were driving across the arid and volatile south when their armored personnel carrier struck a roadside bomb. Malik found himself outside the vehicle, dazed but aware of his three comrades nearby. One had a serious head wound. Help came quickly: U.S. helicopters swooped in and took them to the Afghan military hospital in Kandahar, the largest in the region. Malik lost his leg below the knee. Without the quick rescue, he would likely have lost his life.
March 18, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one member of the U.S.-led coalition and injuring another in what was the second deadly air crash in the country in a week, NATO officials said. The crashes come as U.S. officials are grappling with tough talk from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, whose recent anti-American rhetoric has complicated relations at a time when international troops are withdrawing from the war. Capt. Luca Carniel, a spokesman for the coalition, said that there was no enemy activity in the area when the helicopter went down and that the cause of the crash was being investigated.
December 16, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. commanders are offering glowing reviews of their 2012 war campaign, upbeat assessments that could be interpreted as leeway for President Obama to order another round of troop withdrawals this summer. Obama faces tension between calls by Democrats and even some Republicans to wind down the war more quickly and the military's desire to avoid a too-fast pullout that might squander hard-won sacrifices. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has not yet recommended to Obama a specific pace of withdrawals for 2013.
July 1, 2012 |
The what-might-have-beens about Afghanistan are already starting, even though there are still about 90,000 U.S. troops there. U.S. forces will draw down to 68,000 by September and will shift from a combat to an advisory role in 2013; most American troops are due to return home by the end of 2014. Yet, despite the loss of almost 2,000 U.S. soldiers in an effort to stabilize the country, the Afghan future remains murky. A Taliban comeback is quite possible. So it's worth reading a new book, out last week, by senior Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran, called Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, to get a sobering look at what went wrong.
June 7, 2012
Afghan violence leaves scores dead KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Scores of Afghans were killed Wednesday in Taliban attacks and other violence including a NATO air strike, highlighting persistent instability as foreign troops begin their drawdown. Two U.S. pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed in Ghazni province, a senior U.S. defense official said. The deadliest assault took place in the southern city of Kandahar, where three suicide bombers turned a dusty marketplace into a gruesome scene.
May 22, 2012 |
CHICAGO - NATO leaders on Monday adopted President Obama's exit strategy from the nearly 11-year-old U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, cementing an "irreversible" pullout of foreign combat troops that will leave Afghan security forces with the leading role in combat operations by the summer of 2013. "We are now unified to responsibly wind down the war in Afghanistan," Obama declared at a news conference at the close of the two-day summit in his hometown, while acknowledging that serious risks persist.
March 15, 2012 |
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - The American soldier accused of shooting 16 Afghan villagers in a pre-dawn killing spree was flown out of Afghanistan yesterday to an undisclosed location, even as many Afghans called for him to face justice in their country. Afghan government officials did not immediately respond to calls for comment on the late-night announcement. The U.S. military said the transfer did not preclude the possibility of trying the case in Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the soldier could receive capital punishment if convicted.