By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2010
On September 20, the last 1,000 remaining UK troops withdrew from Sangin, southern Afghanistan. After more than four years, they handed over control of their bases to the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2010
The death of nine US soldiers in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has made 2010 the deadliest year for the US-led occupation forces.
By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2010
Saturday’s parliamentary election in Afghanistan was a predictable debacle, largely boycotted by the Afghan population.
By Tom Peters, 18 September 2010
Today’s parliamentary election is yet another repudiation of the claim that the US-led invasion of the country was intended to produce a democratic government.
By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2010
The case is the worst such atrocity yet revealed in Afghanistan and underscores that the US is engaged in a brutal colonial war directed against the entire population of the country.
By James Cogan, 8 September 2010
The call for more troops is calculated to increase political pressure on various European governments, and non-NATO US allies such as Australia, to boost their contributions to the occupation of Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2010
With another 26 soldiers killed since last Saturday, 2010 has already become the most deadly year for US troops since the US launched the Afghanistan war nearly nine years ago.
By Tom Peters, 2 September 2010
Over the past four months, checkpoints have been established at all the main routes into the city, and thousands of tall concrete blast walls have been installed around police stations and government buildings.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2010
With Obama’s Afghanistan surge now up to full strength, casualties among both US troops and Afghan civilians are rising sharply. New revelations of corruption and CIA payoffs raise the inescapable question: What are they dying for?
By James Cogan, 30 August 2010
Leaks over the past week have revealed that members of the Afghan government headed by President Hamid Karzai are paid agents of the CIA.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2010
General James Conway, commandant of the US Marine Corps, publicly challenged the July 2011 deadline set by President Obama for beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, saying it gave “sustenance” to the Taliban.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2010
The US Congress is preparing to appropriate $1.3 billion in the fiscal 2011 budget for the building of base facilities for US forces in Afghanistan, some of which will not be completed for years.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 August 2010
Afghan civilians suffered a 31 percent increase in casualties during the first half of this year, according to a United Nations report. While the UN blamed anti-occupation forces for the bulk of the casualties, the spike coincides with Obama’s “surge.”
By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2010
US government and media accusations that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his sources have “blood on their hands” for revealing information on US military operations and informants in Afghanistan are contemptible slanders.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2010
The utter indifference of the US media and the political establishment as a whole to the WikiLeaks documents’ exposure of massive violence against the people of Afghanistan poses the critical need for a new strategy in the struggle against war.
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2010
Nearly 92,000 military documents posted on the Internet by the WikiLeaks web site paint a devastating picture of US-NATO imperialist atrocities in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2010
The tens of thousands of documents posted online by WikiLeaks have provided a detailed, documentary portrait of the criminal war being waged by the Obama administration.
By James Cogan, 26 July 2010
The rate of US and allied casualties has soared to the highest level of the nearly nine-year war and is beginning to match the bloodiest stages of the occupation of Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2010
The foreign ministers conference in Kabul endorsed President Hamid Karzai's 2014 target for Afghan forces to assume the lead responsibility for the country's security, while acknowledging that the foreign occupation will continue indefinitely.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 July 2010
A series of attacks claimed the lives of 12 US and British occupation troops over the course of 48 hours as the crisis besetting Washington’s occupation of Afghanistan continues to deepen.
By Harvey Thompson, 10 July 2010
The UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox, announced July 7 that British troops in the Sangin area of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province are to be replaced by US forces. The redeployment is no less politically significant than the British pull-out from Basra in 2007 during the occupation of Iraq.
By Harvey Thompson, 7 July 2010
With 102 NATO and US troop fatalities, June was the bloodiest month for foreign forces since the October 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. The death toll far exceeds the highest previous monthly total in August 2009, of 77 fatalities.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2010
In assuming command of the US-led war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus reiterated his statements that the military will alter its rules of engagement, signaling an escalation in civilian casualties from air strikes and heavy weapons.
By Barry Grey, 25 June 2010
Reactions within the US establishment to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal indicate that disparaging remarks by McChrystal and his aides concerning President Obama and other civilian officials published in a Rolling Stone article were not the principal cause of his dismissal.
By Harvey Thompson, 22 June 2010
The Times of London recently carried a series of highly critical comments by senior US officials in regard to the deployment of British forces in southern Afghanistan from 2006 onwards.
By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2010
The New York Times’ description of Pentagon plans to hand over Afghan mineral riches to major international mining corporations and financial firms exposes the imperialist character of the NATO occupation of Afghanistan.
By Barry Grey, 14 June 2010
In the midst of one of the bloodiest weeks for US and NATO forces in the nearly nine-year war in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the overall commander, announced Thursday that major military operations around Kandahar would be delayed until September.
By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2010
At least 13 NATO troops were killed in the last two days in Afghanistan, amid preparations for a NATO offensive against Kandahar and rising political tensions over the failure of the Afghan “peace jirga.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 June 2010
Within US and European ruling circles, there are now clear signs of concern for the viability of the Kandahar offensive and the far-reaching implications of failure.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 May 2010
Afghan insurgents have launched a major attack against US-led forces on Saturday, targeting Kandahar Air Field with rocket, mortar, and small arms fire.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 May 2010
Afghan Taliban fighters launched a sustained assault on the heavily fortified US Bagram Air Base on Wednesday, killing an American contractor and wounding nine coalition soldiers.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2010
The massive suicide bombing that ripped through a NATO convoy in Kabul Tuesday marked a grim milestone for American forces, bringing the total number killed in action in “Operation Enduring Freedom” to the 1,000 mark.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2010
At least two people were killed Friday when several hundred Afghan villagers clashed with security forces while attempting to march to the eastern city of Jalalabad to protest the latest massacre of civilians by US military forces.
Obama-Karzai talks at White House
By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2010
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington this week, culminating in a meeting and joint press appearance with Barack Obama at the White House, was an exercise in public relations and image building, which required denying or covering the mounting tensions between Washington and its puppet in Kabul.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2010
A semi-annual report released by the Pentagon on the Afghanistan war recorded a sharp increase in attacks on occupation troops and scarce support for the US-backed puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.
By James Cogan, 27 April 2010
American special forces’ units are operating in and around the Afghan city of Kandahar, assassinating or capturing alleged leaders and militants of the Taliban resistance ahead of a major US-NATO offensive.
By James Cogan, 23 April 2010
The regular killing of civilians has dramatically heightened the already pervasive hatred of occupation forces by the Afghan population, even as a steady build-up takes place of US and NATO troop numbers in the country.
By Keith Jones, 21 April 2010
A former Canadian Armed Forces’ interpreter has charged that Canada’s military transferred uncooperative Afghan detainees to Afghanistan’s secret police so that information could be beaten out of them through torture.
By Sven Heymanns, 19 April 2010
Three German soldiers died in an attack Thursday on an army vehicle near the town of Baghlan, and another soldier was shot dead in a subsequent rescue operation.
By Keith Jones, 13 April 2010
US troops opened fire on a passenger bus travelling on a highway in the Zhari District of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province early Monday morning, killing at least four people, including a woman and a child.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 April 2010
The German defence minister has acknowledged that the German army is involved in war in Afghanistan.
Preparations advance for assault on Kandahar
By Tom Eley, 6 April 2010
A NATO military statement issued Sunday admitted that US Special Forces carried out the execution-style killings of three women and two men in a February 12 night raid in southeastern Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2010
Thursday’s warning by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that US and other NATO troops could be regarded as “invaders” in his country provided a rare glimpse into the political realities in Afghanistan—and called forth a furious reaction from the Obama administration and the American media.
By David Walsh, 1 April 2010
The recent visit by President Barack Obama to Afghanistan, and its coverage in the American media, helped clarify the nature of Washington’s relationship to the regime in Kabul.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2010
Sneaking in and out of Kabul under the cover of darkness Sunday, President Barack Obama’s trip to Afghanistan only underscored the crisis confronting the US in the midst of the war’s current escalation.
By James Cogan, 18 March 2010
Despite a directive calling for more caution, US special forces operations are continuing to terrorise and kill civilians in Afghanistan.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 March 2010
Intensified clashes between US-led occupying forces and Taliban and Afghan resistance fighters have seen a substantial increase in casualties, and an escalating civilian death toll.
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2010
A long-time US military official used Pentagon funding to establish a private intelligence and assassination network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report Monday in the New York Times.
As US death toll hits 1,000 in “Operation Enduring Freedom”
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2010
In the face of growing popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan, the US House of Representatives voted by overwhelming majorities of both Democrats and Republicans to continue the war, which the Obama administration is escalating.
By Joe Kishore, 9 March 2010
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned of “hard fighting” in the next round of the US offensive in the south, targeting Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 March 2010
A large majority of the German parliament voted February 26 to expand the country’s military operation in Afghanistan. Keywords (at least 5): Afghanistan, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, SPD, Left party
By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2010
A US air strike killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan’s central Uruzgan Province, while to the south a US ground offensive in Marjah ground through its second week, producing growing casualties and the threat of a humanitarian disaster.
Rockets kill 12 near Marjah
By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2010
In what is likely to be the first of many atrocities in the current US-led offensive in Afghanistan, 12 civilians were killed Sunday when two rockets slammed into their home near Marjah.
Offensive looms in Helmand province
By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2010
Thousands of US troops, joined by British and Canadian forces, are beginning a major attack on the town of Marjah in southern Afghanistan, the first major offensive since President Barack Obama approved the escalation of the war.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2010
New details about the massacre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, at the beginning of September last year, which costs the lives of 142 people, disprove the statements and declarations made by the German government.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2010
CIA drone missiles attacks claimed the lives of 123 civilians last month alone in Pakistan, while on the other side of the border, US Special Forces have launched an assassination campaign against alleged leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 February 2010
Last month 44 US and coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan—the bloodiest month of fighting recorded in the country’s winter season since the 2001 invasion.
By Chris Marsden, 29 January 2010
The London conference on Afghanistan laid down a scenario for the country’s military occupation stretching over at least 5 years and, according to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as long as 15 years.
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 January 2010
The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal, gave an interview to the German newspaper Bild on Wednesday, calling for more commitment by Germany to the US-led war.
By Fred Mazelis, 19 January 2010
The coordinated attacks on government buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital of Kabul Monday morning were another in a series of political and psychological blows to the US and NATO occupation forces and the puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.
By Jerry White, 14 January 2010
At least eight protesters were killed and 13 wounded in the southern Afghanistan town of Garmsir Wednesday when security forces fired on a demonstration of several thousand people protesting against the US military. Protesters blamed the deaths on Afghan intelligence agents, backed up by US soldiers.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2010
Thousands of people demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan following an explosion that claimed the lives of four children. Despite NATO denials, Afghans blamed the deaths on US occupation troops, burning Obama in effigy.
By James Cogan, 7 January 2010
A cabinet is being assembled that will consist of individuals who have been vetted and deemed acceptable by the Obama administration and its main NATO allies.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2010
The year 2009 ended as the bloodiest thus far of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan and the associated Pakistani operations in the tribal regions of North West Pakistan.
By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2009
An examination of the US role in provoking the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan sheds light on the imperialist motivations behind US policy in Central Asia.
By Tom Eley, 29 December 2009
On Saturday a US military operation killed at least ten Afghan civilians, among them eight children, in Kunar province.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2009
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai announced his second-term cabinet last Saturday, retaining roughly half of his incumbent ministers, including US favorites, while appointing figures tied to Afghan warlords.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2009
With the first of 30,000 additional US troops having arrived in Afghanistan, a series of events have begun to expose the murderous character of the “surge” ordered by President Obama.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2009
Ten weeks after the Kunduz massacre, the German government is still conducting a systematic cover-up Details of the deadliest attack committed by German soldiers since the end of World War II only reach the public piecemeal, revealing ever-new contradictions.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 December 2009
The French government has backed Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan, defying broad popular opposition.
Obama officials drop “withdrawal” ruse
By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 8 December 2009
Over the past week, Obama’s leading national security officials have dropped any pretense that the administration’s military escalation in Afghanistan is aimed at hastening a withdrawal of US troops, beginning in July 2011.
By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2009
In the media coverage of Barack Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, one question goes unasked and unanswered: how many thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians will die as a result of US military aggression?
By Tom Eley, 5 December 2009
Three days after Obama’s surge announcement, US Marines have begun an operation that will culminate in an assault on a large city, Marja, modelled on the US destruction of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.
By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2009
In his December 1 speech at West Point announcing the deployment of 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama attempted to justify a major escalation of a deeply unpopular war on the basis of lies and distortions.
World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 2 December 2009
Obama’s speech last night, which packaged the deployment of an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan as the prelude to withdrawal, was a cynical exercise in evasion, double-talk and falsification.
By Tom Eley, 1 December 2009
Recent reports reveal that the US military continues to carry on torture and illegal detention in Afghanistan at a dungeon known to inmates as “the black prison.”
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 November 2009
The new troop surge in Afghanistan is aimed at dividing Afghanistan into individual cantons—in a similar manner as was done in Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia.
By Tom Eley, 25 November 2009
Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan sets the stage for a deepening of US military violence in Central and South Asia and for a confrontation with the US working class, which increasingly opposes the war.
By Tom Eley, 24 November 2009
Four US soldiers died in Afghanistan on Monday, as Obama’s “war council” finalizes its plans to substantially increase the number of soldiers participating in the occupation.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2009
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai was inaugurated Thursday amid a state of siege in Kabul. Western officials who were present issued hypocritical demands that Karzai fight corruption.
By Ajay Prakash, 19 November 2009
In a sign of the escalating conflicts across the region, the top US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that India’s growing influence in Afghanistan could “exacerbate regional tensions” and encourage Pakistani “countermeasures”.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2009
US-occupied Afghanistan is the world’s second most corrupt country—after Somalia, where no government has functioned for two decades—while Iraq is the fourth worst, according to a report released by an international watchdog group.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2009
The increasingly public dissension within the Obama administration over the proposed escalation in Afghanistan reflects the reality that US imperialism has no good options in the war that it launched more than eight years ago.
By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2009
According to US press reports Sunday, President Barack Obama has decided to send tens of thousands of additional US troops to further escalate the war in Afghanistan.
By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2009
The photograph published in yesterday’s press of John Faulkner, the Defence Minister in the Australian Labor government, draping an honorary Order of Australia around the neck of General David Petraeus, speaks volumes.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2009
The protracted and fraudulent Afghan election process ended Monday with incumbent Hamid Karzai decreed the winner. The end of this farcical exercise has set the stage for Washington to escalate its eight-year-old war.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2009
The Obama administration’s crisis over its planned escalation of the war in Afghanistan deepened over the weekend with the decision by President Hamid Karzai’s challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, to pull out of a US-engineered election runoff.
By Peter Symonds, 29 October 2009
An attack by Taliban fighters on a UN guesthouse in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has underscored the fragility of the US-led occupation in the lead-up to the second round of presidential elections on November 7.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2009
The deaths of eight more soldiers in bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan Tuesday made October the bloodiest month for US occupation forces since the war began in 2001.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2009
Eleven US soldiers and three drug agents were killed in the space of 24 hours in Afghanistan as the Obama administration’s war cabinet prepared to meet Monday on escalating the war.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2009
The crisis over the fraudulent election in Afghanistan, culminating in President Karzai’s acceptance of a runoff, has laid bare the colonial character of the US occupation and the puppet status of the government in Kabul.
By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2009
In an action that was as predictable—and as degrading—as a serf prostrating himself before his master, the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, bowed to relentless pressure from the Obama administration and agreed Tuesday to a runoff election.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2009
The Obama administration and its European allies have stepped up pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to reach a political settlement in order to resolve the crisis over the fraudulent August 20 election.
By James Cogan, 17 October 2009
Several reports from the frontlines of Afghanistan this month provide an insight into the growing demoralisation among US and British soldiers.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2009
Two months after voting took place, matters are coming to a head. A decision has to be made over the fate of Washington’s puppet government in Kabul.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2009
The report Tuesday that the combined troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan are now larger than under Bush marks a grim milestone in the Obama administration’s military escalation.
By James Cogan, 13 October 2009
The 100,000-strong US and NATO occupation force in Afghanistan is continuing to suffer casualties at an unprecedented rate.
By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2009
President Barack Obama will not consider any reduction in the US military commitment in Afghanistan, White House and congressional officials declared after a three-hour meeting at the White House on Tuesday.
Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 7 October 2009
Since its election in November 2007, the Rudd Labor government has escalated Australian military involvement in the Afghan conflict. Just as Afghanistan is now referred to as Obama’s war, so it has become Rudd’s war.
Eight years after invasion
By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2009
Eight years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, the Obama White House sand the Pentagon are engaged in a heated debate over whether to send another 40,000 troops in an attempt to salvage an intervention that has succeeded only in intensifying the resistance to the US-led occupation.