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A hot new novel about our wars: ‘I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them’

The structure of the novel is challenging, but Goolsby employs ruthless thematic control in order keep the narrative clipping along.

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The Future of the Taliban

With patron support waning and the Islamic State expanding, the Taliban may transform into a militant political group in order to survive.

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The Saffron Revolution of 2018

Without political reform, a never-ending war, and a declining economy, this is how everyone could lose in Afghanistan.



From cockfighting to buzkashi, Afghanistan’s pastimes are as brutal as the country’s history.

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Securing Afghanistan’s Future

Ghani’s plan for Afghanistan to become self-reliant is an ambitious one; however, by several measures, it has been successful, ensuring resources drive better outcomes and deliver for the people.


The Gold, Skype-Equipped Shipping Container Being Used to Connect America With Iran

A gold-gilded shipping container, currently stationed in Washington, D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza, provides 20-minute video links to the Iranian capital of Tehran; Herat, Afghanistan; and Havana, Cuba.

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Another One Down: Top Civilian for U.S. Army Calls It Quits

Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh has decided to step down by November 1, the Defense Department announced Monday. McHugh, who has served in ...

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