It is crunch time on Afghanistan, so here's my vote: We need to
be thinking about how to reduce our footprint and our goals there
in a responsible way, not dig in deeper. We simply do not have the
Afghan partners, the NATO allies, the domestic support, the
financial resources or the national…
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan
punctuated U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's arrival
with deadly attacks on Wednesday, underscoring their ability to
cause chaos even in the face of offensives on both sides of the
BRUSSELS — There are already more than 100,000 international
troops in Afghanistan working with 200,000 Afghan security forces
and police. It adds up to a 12-1 numerical advantage over Taliban
rebels, but it hasn't led to anything close to victory.
KABUL — A U.S. military helicopter crashed Monday while
returning from the scene of a firefight with Taliban drug
traffickers in western Afghanistan, killing 10 Americans including
three DEA agents in a not-so-noticed war within a war.
KABUL — Taliban fighters warned Afghans not to take part in the
war-racked country's upcoming presidential runoff, threatening
Saturday to launch a fresh wave of violence on polling day to stop
ISLAMABAD — A suicide bomber on a bicycle attacked a major
Pakistani air base on Friday, killing seven people in an escalating
campaign that strikes at the heart of this nuclear-armed nation's
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Top NATO and U.N. officials signaled
Friday that they may request more international troops to join U.S.
forces in Afghanistan as the top U.S. defense official said
President Obama is still weeks away from deciding on a shift in war
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Mortars fired by Islamic militants slammed
into Somalia's airport as the president was boarding a plane
Thursday, sparking battles that killed at least 24 people when
return fire hit residential areas and a market, officials said.
PARACHINAR, Pakistan — Soldiers fought for the Pakistani Taliban
chief's hometown Wednesday as they pressed an offensive along the
Afghan border, while intelligence officials said U.S. missiles hit
territory controlled by another insurgent, threatening to undermine
deals that keep some milit…
KABUL — Afghan authorities plan to close thousands of polling
stations and hire new poll workers to discourage the fraud that
tarnished the August presidential election and forced a runoff set
for Nov. 7, U.N. officials said Wednesday.
KABUL — U.N.-backed fraud investigators on Monday threw out
nearly a third of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's votes from the
August election, undercutting his claim of victory and stepping up
the pressure for him to accept a runoff.