Afghanistan

An Afghan army soldier takes position near an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Jan. 24.
 (Noorullah Shirzada /AFP/Getty Images)

Before Trump’s Speech, More Bad News From the Afghan Front

As Trump prepares to rally support for the 16-year mission in his State of the Union address, the Pentagon is reluctant to divulge details about the war effort.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Sound and Fury Has Signified Nothing

The president’s style has been unique, but the substance of his foreign policy is surprisingly familiar.

Pakistani Rangers at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on August 14, 2016. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Has All the Leverage Over Trump

Why Islamabad isn’t worried about threats to cut off U.S. aid

A demonstrator catches fire, after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded, during clashes in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018.

Various members of the Afghan armed forces unload a casualty from an ambulance at the Tirinkot airbase in Uruzgan province on May 4.

The Walking Dead

As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.

Afghan National Army soldiers march during a military exercise on Oct. 17. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Has ‘Turned the Corner’ in Afghanistan, Top General Says

The Trump administration brings a new strategy but same old promises to the 16-year war.

Afghan security personnel destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on Apr. 5. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Kill All the Poppies

There’s no way to ever win against the Taliban if the heroin trade is left to flourish.

82nd Airborne Division soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on May 25, 2014. (U.S. Army)

In Break From Obama, Trump Embedding More U.S. Forces With Afghan Combat Units

Several years after pulling back, American troops will head outside the wire to battle the Taliban and turn up the air war.

Dan Berschinski kisses his girlfriend Rebecca Taber in Dover, Delaware on Sep. 13, 2011. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Veterans’ Day Special: An Afghan War Casualty Looks Back and Wonders Why

I am neither old and wise, nor am I an impressively decorated combat veteran.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tate Whitener, a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, prepares for takeoff at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Jan. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

A letter from 4th deployment purgatory

An officer wards off boredom with bad food, booze, and Russia Today during a layover in Al Udeid.

A military band conductor rehearses ahead a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 1. (Andy Wong/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Has a Bad Case of China ADHD

China is the biggest threat to the U.S.-led global order. But America keeps getting distracted.

The tailor's room, where Lorena Enebral Perez fell to the ground after being shot in the room's doorway. After being cleaned of Perez' blood, the room has been unused since the September 11 shooting death of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez (38), at the Mazar-i Sharif ICRC Orthopaedic Centre, which caters for the rehabilitation of Afghans with severe physical disabilities like amputations and paraplegia as well as those suffering from congenital diseases with physical side-effects like polio and cerebral palsy. Enebral Perez was shot by a patient who had had his polio treated at the orthopaedic centre for 19 years. The motive for the killing is still unclear. The orthopaedic centre closed in the days that followed the death. Passive security upgrades are being implemented and ICRC hopes to reopen soon.

One Deadly Bullet Shatters Thousands in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross is “first in, last out” of conflict zones. Their scaling back in Afghanistan is a bad sign.

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