When Corruption Can’t Be Fixed

In countries like Afghanistan, there is no government without patronage. It’s time for Washington to face up to this reality.

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SitRep: Americans Killed in Kunduz; Baghdadi Emerges, Urges More Attacks

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Exclusive: ICC Poised to Open Investigation into War Crimes in Afghanistan

The investigation could expose U.S. personnel to international justice inquiry for the first time.

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Americans Killed by Afghan Army Gunman in Kabul

The attack is the first of its kind in over a year, but comes amid a Taliban offensive.


The Mess Obama Left Behind in Iraq

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Kunduz Déjà Vu

One year after the U.S. attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz, I returned to the site of the massacre. The facility is still in ruins, and the Taliban are closing in on the city. Again.

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In Afghanistan, survivors from Islamic State-controlled regions speak of a cruel new regime that makes the Taliban look permissive by comparison.


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