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Opium: Tragic tie that binds Afghanistan’s government, Taliban, warlords and people

Afghan poppy farmer

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The clock is ticking as American and NATO forces begin the countdown to military withdrawal from Afghanistan by year’s end. But as Taliban militants watch the clock and the calendar, […]

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U.S. transfers jet fighters, drones from Afghanistan to expand war on ISIL

A Reaper UAV prepares to take off in Afghanistan.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has shifted its air combat fleet assets to expand the war effort against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the U.S. military has been ordered to transfer aircraft and other resources […]

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Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President


Special to Billy and Karen Vaughn After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who […]

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Afghan transition a ‘pivotal moment’ in wake of Iraq meltdown

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.  /Wakil Kohsar/ AFP/Getty Images

UNITED NATIONS — Set to the backdrop of continuing violence, growing narcotics production, and fear about the future following the pullout of international forces, the recent round of Afghanistan’s presidential elections have become all the more crucial to produce a […]

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Clueless: What American leaders don’t know about world realities is making a difference


Special to By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON — U.S. foreign policy these days is so confusing and conflicting that it’s impossible to figure out where the U.S. is going, whether in the Middle East, Eastern Europe or Northeast Asia. […]

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The Bergdahl swap with 5 Taliban prisoners of ‘high intelligence value’ may expedite deal with Boko Haram


Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The U.S. Barack Obama Administration was, on June 2, coming under intense domestic and international criticism for violating a fundamental tenet of Western alliance states not to “negotiate with terrorists” or militant groups, […]

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Centcom cites Kuwait as ‘strong ally’ to U.S. in Afghanistan

Gen. Lloyd Austin.  /Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Kuwait has played a major role in the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. The U.S. military’s Central Command reported that Kuwait served as a hub for logistics for the war in Afghanistan. Centcom said Kuwait […]

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Why some insiders think missing plane landed in Pakistan

MalaysianAirlinesFlight370 As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 drags on without a trace of wreckage at sea, the likelihood of foul play looms larger. One country keeps rising to the top of the list of suspects: Pakistan. Ten days […]

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Afghan countdown: As April elections near, only Karzai opposes U.S. security agreement

UN special envoy for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš at the UN Security Council on March 17.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The clock is ticking and the calendar counting down for Afghanistan as the embattled South Asian country heads for presidential elections in April and the pullout of foreign security forces by the end of […]

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Report: U.S. intelligence overly reliant on civilian contractors

U.S. troops stand guard at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul on Feb. 10. Two U.S. civilian contractors were killed in the attack.

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has been hampered by the use of civilian contractors despite having become dependent upon them in the years following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a report said. The Government […]

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