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We Must Make The Right Kind Of Peace In Afghanistan

Excerpts: We’ve seen this movie before, of course … in Vietnam. There it ended terribly, with all our forces withdrawn, funding cut to the Vietnamese Army, and helicopters lifting off the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Many of our local allies of decades were tortured and killed in “re-education” camps. It doesn’t have […]

Iran Expands Support For Taliban, Targets U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan · by Guy Taylor A U.S. Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Slutman, of Newark, Del., was among … more […]

Don’t Let Kabul 2020 Look Like Saigon 1975: The Dangers Of A Precipitous Afghanistan Withdrawal – Modern War Institute

Conclusion: Despite current uncertainties, the dynamic situation in Afghanistan presents opportunities for a convergence of interests that could lead to lasting peace. The latest Asia Foundation survey reports that 64 percent of Afghans believe an intra-Afghan peace settlement is possible, the highest percentage since the survey started in 2004. To provide a peace settlement with the highest […]

Afghanistan Is Not Vietnam | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

Excerpts: Afghanistan today is hardly Vietnam in 1972. American military forces there are set to drop below 10,000 — and that small number is engaged only in providing air, intelligence, and other limited support to the several hundred thousand Afghans fighting the Taliban, al Qaeda, and ISIS, along with US Special Forces continuing to fight […]

I served In Afghanistan. No, It’s Not Another Vietnam: By Ryan Crocker

Excerpts: Let’s be clear. We came to Afghanistan and remain there now for one essential reason: the United States’ national security. These SIGAR interviews are about what contributes to that end and what doesn’t. I have argued that a better life for people in a misgoverned country is an essential part of that effort. It is […]

The U.S.-Taliban Negotiations: A Deadly Qatari Trap

The U.S.-Taliban Negotiations: A Deadly Qatari Trap by Yigal Carmon September 7, 2019 at 5:00 am Share139 One can understand President Donald Trump’s wish to leave Afghanistan. There are, however, ways to leave without losing people, respect, and allies. Mr. Trump, instead of leaving unilaterally, while reinforcing the democratically elected government in Kabul without boots […]

The Afghanistan War Is Over, And Pakistan Has Won

The Afghanistan War Is Over, and Pakistan Has Won The National Interest · by Michael Rubin · September 4, 2019 The U.S. war in Afghanistan is winding down, and Pakistan has won. The basic outline of the agreement negotiated by U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is nothing new: The United States withdraws its forces in exchange for a […]

Passing The Paramilitary Torch From The CIA To Special Operations Command

David Maxwell comment:  “A timely think piece given today’s NY Time article on the CIA in Afghanistan (  This will be very controversial and I imagine will generate strong pushback from the CIA.  Truth in advertising, Doug was a student in my Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists course at Georgetown.” […]

Trump Administration Officials At Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role In Afghanistan

Excerpts: After the fall of the Taliban and the establishment of a new Afghan government, the C.I.A.’s shadowy paramilitary arm, known as Ground Branch, began transforming the fighting groups. Some developed into large, well-trained and equipped militias that initially worked outside the auspices of the Afghan government. The militias were used for sensitive and covert […]

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Kabul Homicide Wedding Party Attack That Kills 63 And Leaves 200 Wounded; “We Need A Judgment At Raqqa”

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Kabul Homicide Wedding Party Attack That Kills 63 And Leaves 200 Wounded; “We Need A Judgment At Raqqa”      Numerous media outlets are reporting that an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for a homicide wedding party bombing in Kabul Saturday night, that killed 63 and wounded another […]