Details are beginning to emerge in the death of an Afghan prisoner on Sunday night. According to ISAF, a US soldier is in custody and a criminal investigation is underway. Hamid Karzai issued a short statement calling the death a killing by coalition forces. The New York Times recounts that one version of the story suggests the prisoner may have been trying to escape, but other Afghans who were present at the prison disagree on that point.
|By: Jim White Wednesday October 20, 2010 5:11 am|
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Friday October 8, 2010 10:37 am|
On Wednesday, to the surprise of some spectators in the courtroom, a U.S. federal judge did the right thing: he followed the law.
|By: Jim White Wednesday October 6, 2010 5:28 am|
Tensions between the United States and Pakistan continue to grow. At the same time that NATO and Pakistan were concluding an investigation of the helicopter attack that killed three Pakistani troops, a US assessment that Pakistan is not aggressively pursuing terrorists became public. Perhaps as a result, release of a joint statement on the investigation has been delayed in a disagreement about its wording and some trucks have now been delayed at the Chaman crossing into Afghanistan, while attacks on fuel tankers continue.
|By: Jim White Monday October 4, 2010 5:58 am|
The situation in Pakistan appears to have reached a point where a positive feedback loop prompts continued escalation on both sides. The US sees drone attacks as its primary weapon and has stepped up such attacks in the belief that they will create more security for military actions in Afghanistan and disrupt planning of terrorist attacks on the West. Instead, the attacks appear to enrage the surviving targets, recruit more to their ranks and lead to more attacks.
|By: Monday September 20, 2010 9:42 am|
Matthew Nasuti argues that the logistical situation of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan that they are very vulnerable to supply line interdiction.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Tuesday September 14, 2010 10:07 am|
I’ll agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham on one thing: “Americans still wait for justice.” That’s the headline of a column he wrote that ran in the SunNews and other South Carolina newspapers on Monday, lamenting that the U.S. government still hasn’t put the plotters of the September 11 terrorist attacks on trial. But Graham’s explanation for why we haven’t yet seen justice is actually backwards.
|By: Derrick Crowe Thursday September 2, 2010 5:55 pm|
The Pentagon’s public relations machine is working overtime these days trying to sell a theme of "progress" in Afghanistan to push back against calls to end the war. The message machine behind this push is gargantuan, costing $547 million and employing more than 27,000 people. But, as our latest Rethink Afghanistan video shows, all that [...]
|By: Dubhaltach Sunday August 29, 2010 6:46 am|
The attacks on FOBs Chapman and Salerno are further proof that the Taliban are an undefeated adaptive force capable of exploiting the weaknesses caused by American in Afghanistan to mount complex attacks.
|By: Josh Mull Wednesday August 25, 2010 3:01 pm|
A response to Spencer Ackerman’s opening gambit on Pakistan diplomacy
|By: Scarecrow Sunday August 22, 2010 2:00 pm|
Times columnist Tom Friedman watched the movie Invictus and writes that he wishes Iraq’s leaders would emulate Nelson Mandela’s “we have to surprise them,” by displaying religious/ethnic tolerance and magnanimous statesmanship in Iraq, because, I guess, Suck. On. This diplomacy is, uh, not helpful.