Afghanistan

US wars claim soaring civilian casualties in Yemen and Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2018

The US media has all but ignored the escalating slaughter in the two countries as well as the clear evidence of Washington’s war crimes.

New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 21 September 2018

The announcement that troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan further demolishes claims that the NZ Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government is a “progressive” alternative.

Trump administration threatens sanctions against International Criminal Court

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened jurists and prosecutors of the ICC with financial and legal sanctions, including even arrest and imprisonment, if they sought to bring charges against Americans.

Pompeo visits Pakistan to demand “reset” in support for Afghan war

By V. Gnana and Athiyan Silva, 7 September 2018

US Secretary of State Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford staged a four-hour visit to Pakistan on Wednesday.

China denies establishing military base in Afghanistan

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2018

Afghanistan is another key strategic arena for intensifying geo-political rivalry between the major powers.

UK Labour leader Corbyn silent on Afghanistan troop deployment

By Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2018

May’s announcement is a servile response to the demands of Trump, who has reversed his election promise to reduce US involvement in Afghanistan.

Taliban attack on Afghan city deepens crisis of US puppet regime in Kabul

By Jordan Shilton, 18 August 2018

Driven by the mounting instability of the Afghan regime and the threat that regional rivals Russia and China could expand their involvement in the country, Washington has quietly reopened direct talks with the Taliban.

New Zealand government launches sham inquiry into Afghan war crimes

By Sam Price, 16 August 2018

The inquiry into allegations that civilians were killed in a NZSAS raid in Afghanistan in 2010 is destined to be a whitewash.

Germany: Largest ever mass deportation of refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 6 July 2018

In the early hours of July 4, 69 refugees were deported in the largest ever mass deportation to Afghanistan.

New evidence of more Australian special forces’ war crimes in Afghanistan

By Mike Head, 11 June 2018

After years of official cover-up, a third closed-door inquiry is being conducted in an attempt to whitewash the abuses.

Washington prepares new escalation as Afghanistan unravels

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2018

The inability of Afghan security forces and their US “advisers” to secure even the most heavily guarded zones of Kabul has been underscored in a series of spectacular attacks.

US involvement in enslavement and rape of Afghan children

By Kayla Costa, 29 January 2018

Between 2010 and 2016 alone, there were nearly 6,000 accusations of child sexual abuse reported by American military personnel, with no actions taken in response.

US bombing of Afghanistan up by 300 percent

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2017

While the media lavished attention on the Pentagon’s claims to have bombed opium production facilities, the latest raids are only part of a tripling of airstrikes this year.

US airstrikes kill dozens of Afghan civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2017

The air war has been stepped up as the International Criminal Court reviews potential war crimes charges against the US military and CIA in Afghanistan.

Bowe Bergdahl sentenced to dishonorable discharge, avoids prison in court-martial for desertion

By Shelley Connor, 4 November 2017

U.S. army soldier Bowe Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years in brutal conditions, gaining his freedom as part of a prisoner swap in 2014.

Pentagon halts release of information on Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2017

The order to halt public reporting is part of a turn to unfettered and unaccountable control of secret US wars from Africa to south Asia by the American military brass.

Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

By Niles Niemuth, 17 October 2017

Bergdahl pleaded guilty out of concern that he would not receive a fair trial after President Donald Trump declared him a traitor and called for his execution multiple times.

Taliban attack greets US Defense Secretary Mattis in Afghanistan

By Keith Jones, 29 September 2017

Mattis’ South Asia trip was focused on implementing Trump’s new, more aggressive Afghan war strategy and further integrating India into the offensive against China.

Pentagon to fortify Kabul for unending Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2017

The Pentagon is reportedly sending another 4,000 troops into the conflict, the longest war in US history.

Pakistan boycotts talks with US, rejects role for India in Afghanistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 September 2017

US President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy has provoked an angry reaction in Islamabad.

US threatens Pakistan as part of new Afghan war drive

By Keith Jones, 24 August 2017

Trump’s threats include closer cooperation with Pakistan’s arch-rival India, which has repeatedly boasted of its readiness to mount military raids inside Pakistan even if they risk provoking all-out war.

German government backs Trump’s military escalation in Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2017

The same politicians and media outlets that criticized Trump’s response to the fascist rampage in Charlottesville are now fully behind his escalation of war in Afghanistan.

Trump’s speech on Afghanistan: The military in command

By Joseph Kishore, 23 August 2017

Trump’s speech on Afghan policy was a declaration of war on the world that revealed an unprecedented level of military control over the American government.

Trump gives military green light to escalate Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2017

The nationally televised address to a military audience sets the stage for a massive increase in bloodshed in a country where the United States has waged war for 16 years.

Dropping the mask: A war of plunder in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2017

The long stalled plan for reviving the nearly 16-year US war in Afghanistan is being promoted in the Trump White House on the basis of profit and corporate plunder.

Leaked reports expose Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

By Mike Head, 13 July 2017

The atrocities, only partly revealed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, underscore the inherently criminal character of the US-led Afghanistan war.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren joins push for US escalation in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2017

Appearing in Kabul alongside Republican John McCain, Warren joined in calling for President Donald Trump to advance a new strategy for the nearly 16-year-old US war.

Massive bombing in Kabul as Washington mulls Afghan escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 1 June 2017

The huge truck bomb was exploded in an area of the capital that includes foreign embassies and government ministries, killing at least 90 people and wounding over 400 more.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, architect of the catastrophe in Afghanistan, dead at 89

By Bill Van Auken, 29 May 2017

“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe?” the former national security adviser said of the CIA alliance with Al Qaeda.

Washington prepares to send up to 5,000 more troops into Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2017

The planned escalation of US imperialism’s longest war involves not only more “boots on the ground,” but also ceding control of the war to US military commanders.

Afghanistan-Pakistan border clash erupts amid seething regional tensions

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 8 May 2017

Fighting Friday between Afghan and Pakistan troops killed at least 12 people and possibly many more.

US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan

A new stage in the repudiation of international law

By Mike Head, 29 April 2017

The ever-greater assertion of US militarism has brought humanity to the point where the rules of war are being nakedly flouted.

Two US troops killed in same Afghanistan valley where massive bomb was dropped

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2017

The two special operations soldiers were reportedly killed in a battle with elements of the Islamic State (ISIS) in eastern Nangarhar Province bordering Pakistan.

US defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2017

Mattis arrived in Kabul as his Afghan counterpart and other top military commanders were resigning over a disastrous Taliban attack that killed nearly 200 troops.

Hundreds of Afghan soldiers die in Taliban attack

By Jordan Shilton, 24 April 2017

The penetration of the Afghan army’s largest base in the north shows that the control of the US puppet regime in Kabul, over wide swathes of the country, is nonexistent.

America’s longest war drags on in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 19 April 2017

More than 15 years after the US invasion, the insurgency against the US puppet government in Kabul is gaining the upper hand.

Media, political establishment treat dropping of biggest bomb since Hiroshima as nonevent

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The first-ever use in combat of the most destructive nonnuclear weapon in the US arsenal evoked no significant protest from either the media or the political establishment in the US and Europe.

US drops largest non-nuclear weapon on Afghanistan: A crime against humanity

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 14 April 2017

Even as the US government and media churned out war propaganda over the fabricated “chemical weapons” attack in Syria, Washington was preparing to drop its largest non-nuclear weapon.

Air strike in Afghanistan kills more than 20 as top US commander calls for more troops

By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2017

General John Nicholson, told a Senate panel that “a few thousand” more US troops were needed to sustain what is now by far Washington’s longest war.

Canadian Afghan war veteran commits suicide after killing family

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 January 2017

Lionel Desmond was suffering from PTSD but failed to receive the support he required due to systematic cuts to health care and veterans’ services.

Germany to begin mass deportations to Afghanistan

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 December 2016

Later this month the German government will begin the mass deportations of asylum seekers back to Afghanistan.

US air strikes kill scores of civilians in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2016

More than 15 years after the Bush administration invaded Afghanistan, the US-backed regime controls less territory than ever, and the slaughter of civilians is escalating.

German Supreme Court rejects compensation for Kunduz bombing victims

By Verena Nees, 10 October 2016

The ruling on the Kunduz massacre strengthens the military and increases the likelihood that similar crimes will be committed in the future.

Taliban captures key Afghan district in fierce fighting

By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2016

The latest attack takes place against the backdrop of geo-political intrigue that is drawing the entire region, including Afghanistan, into US preparations for war against China.

Will the US use Indian military bases to wage its Afghan War?

By K. Ratnayake and Keith Jones, 28 July 2016

A former senior Indian diplomat has warned that the US’s harnessing of India to its anti-China “Pivot” will result in India being drawn into the Afghan war.

Obama halts drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2016

The White House announced Wednesday that 8,400 US troops will remain deployed in Afghanistan until Obama leaves office next January.

NATO commits to Afghan war through 2020, prepares Eurasian-wide escalation

By Thomas Gaist, 17 June 2016

NATO’s extension of its mission in Afghanistan is one element in a “package of enhancements” aimed at strengthening its grip over strategic portions of Eurasia.

Obama green-lights escalation of Afghanistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 11 June 2016

The White House has authorized a major escalation of US air and ground combat operations targeting Taliban forces and others opposed to the stooge regime in Kabul.

Former US generals, diplomats clamor for renewal of Afghan war

By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2016

The demands for an essentially permanent US presence in Afghanistan have become more insistent amidst a growing crisis of the Afghan government.

US assassination of Taliban leader signals escalation of Afghanistan-Pakistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2016

The killing of Mansour occurred in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, which was previously off-limits to US strikes due to opposition from sections of the Pakistani state.

US military whitewashes attack on Afghan hospital

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2016

The Pentagon’s contrived account of human errors and equipment failure is intended to avoid the more obvious conclusion that the US military deliberately targeted the hospital.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record in 2015

By Thomas Gaist, 16 February 2016

Responsibility for the social catastrophe in Afghanistan lies with American imperialism, which has fomented and waged a series of wars against the Afghan people.

Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 February 2016

Statements from the commander in Afghanistan are the latest in a series of acknowledgements by US officials that the American military is planning a permanent occupation of the country.

Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos

By Tom Carter, 8 February 2016

After 12 years of litigation, the Obama administration has released only 198 out of at least 2,000 photographs depicting torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US planning to keep military forces in Afghanistan for “decades”

By Thomas Gaist, 27 January 2016

The US military is planning on using Afghanistan as a launching pad for military operations throughout South and Central Asia, senior US military officials told the Washington Post.

UK military returns to Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 11 January 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron is following the lead of President Obama, who last October reneged on his pledge to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan before the end of his administration.

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2015

The US-backed government’s security forces have proven incapable of holding back an ongoing offensive by the Taliban.

Six US soldiers killed as Taliban overruns Helmand district in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2015

The suicide bomb attack on a US-Afghan patrol is symptomatic of the escalating crisis of the continued American occupation of Afghanistan.

German parliament approves expansion of military mission in Afghanistan

By Gustav Kemper, 21 December 2015

Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday by a large majority in favour of a government motion to expand the German military intervention in Afghanistan

Report reveals torture and murder of Afghan civilians by Navy SEALs

By George Gallanis, 19 December 2015

While the report details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped.

Pentagon report whitewashes bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital

By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2015

While the actual report remains secret, the US military offered a summary of its internal findings on the destruction of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan by US forces last month.

German government prepares new combat mission in Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2015

German defence officials are making plans to send over 100 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, where they are to “accompany” and “advise” Afghan forces.

The blood on Obama’s hands: Kunduz hospital attack designed “to kill and destroy”

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2015

The attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital was neither an error nor even unique, but rather the outcome of a codified policy of criminality.

Mounting humanitarian crisis in wake of Pakistan-Afghanistan quake

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015

The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.

Hundreds dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 magnitude earthquake

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2015

The devastating consequences of the natural disaster will be compounded by 15 years of US-led neo-colonial occupation.

New evidence that US Army deliberately targeted hospital in Kunduz

By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2015

Aided by the media, the US military and the Obama administration are continuing their efforts to cover up and whitewash a war crime.

The New York Times peddles excuses for Kunduz hospital slaughter

By Thomas Gaist, 23 October 2015

The Times report comes one week after the AP revealed that US Special Forces were scoping out the MSF hospital immediately prior to the attack

Hospital bombing in Afghanistan was premeditated, AP reports

By Evan Blake, 16 October 2015

US special operations analysts had been gathering intelligence on the Doctors Without Borders hospital days before it was destroyed, a flagrant war crime.

Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2015

Seven years after his election based on promises to end US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has ordered thousands of troops to continue fighting in both countries.

US officials seek to contain fallout from hospital massacre in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 8 October 2015

US President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors without Borders Wednesday, while vowing to forge ahead with US military operations in Afghanistan.

Washington’s war crime in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2015

Fourteen years after the US invaded Afghanistan on the pretext of destroying Al Qaeda, the US military continues slaughtering Afghans to keep a corrupt puppet regime in power.

US repeatedly bombs hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 5 October 2015

US combat aircraft launched multiple precision strikes against northern Afghanistan’s only major trauma center on Saturday, killing at least 22.

Nine months after the official end of combat operations

US Special Forces fight Taliban militants in Kunduz, Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 3 October 2015

The intensified combat operations come just days after the Pentagon announced plans to station at least 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan through 2017.

Major city in Afghanistan falls to Taliban attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2015

The capture of Kunduz is a major blow to the US-backed puppet regime in Kabul and to the Obama administration.

Pentagon ramping up US military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 17 July 2015

US air and drone strikes in Afghanistan more than doubled in the month of June, according to DOD statistics.

Taliban strikes Afghan parliament in Kabul

By Thomas Gaist, 24 June 2015

Taliban fighters passed through several military checkpoints, setting off explosives and initiating an extended firefight just outside the Afghan parliament.

Afghan teachers’ strike demands higher pay

By Jerry White, 10 June 2015

Teachers are protesting the US-backed government’s reneging on promises to provide teachers with plots of land and loans to build their homes.

German court rejects claims of Kunduz victims

By Verena Nees, 9 May 2015

The higher regional court in Cologne has rejected the compensation claims of two survivors of the notorious 2009 massacre perpetrated by the German armed forces.

Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2015

Obama announced his reversal Tuesday of plans to withdraw some 5,000 more troops this year, under conditions of a further deterioration of the situation facing the US-backed regime in Afghanistan.

US-trained Afghan security forces committing “systematic” torture and extra-legal killings

By Thomas Gaist, 4 March 2015

The puppet regime in Kabul, established by the US and NATO powers, presides over a web of criminalized security forces and politicized crime syndicates.

US expands “secret war” in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 23 February 2015

Despite the official end to US combat operations on December 31, US commandos are intensifying their deadly “counterterrorism” operations in Afghanistan.

The continuing US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2014

The shabby little ceremony Sunday in which a US commander hauled down one battle flag and ran up another only confirmed that the US war in Afghanistan continues.

US raises troop deployment in Afghanistan by 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2014

While the US and NATO are marking the formal end of their combat mission in Afghanistan, Washington is increasing the number of troops left behind.

Afghan regime hit by wave of Taliban attacks

By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2014

The escalating bloodshed comes amid Washington’s efforts to consolidate military and financial support for the newly installed stooge regime.

Obama authorizes wider war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2014

Less than three weeks after the congressional election, the administration has announced the escalation of US wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

New Afghan puppet regime accepts deal to keep 10,000 US troops

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2014

The new two-headed “national unity” regime threatens to be even more unstable than the previous US puppet, Hamid Karzai.

Afghan factions form power-sharing government

By James Cogan, 23 September 2014

For the United States, the deal opens the way for a status of forces agreement to enable American forces to continue to operate in Afghanistan with impunity.

Sri Lankan government deports asylum-seekers

By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014

Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

After years of relative restraint, Germany is intervening to assert its global economic and geostrategic interests by military means.

Amnesty International report: Widespread killings of Afghan civilians under Obama administration

By Nick Barrickman, 16 August 2014

Under an occupation and military justice system that is “self-policing,” war crimes are carried out with impunity.

US major general killed in insider Afghan army attack

By Gabriel Black, 6 August 2014

A two-star American major general was killed and many other US soldiers were injured by a member of the Afghan army.

Election dispute reignites in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 16 July 2014

The Obama administration’s attempt to reconcile the two camps quickly started falling apart.

Afghanistan in turmoil over presidential election result

By James Cogan, 9 July 2014

Another foreign policy debacle for Washington is unfolding in Central Asia.

Civilians were killed in New Zealand-US raid on Afghan village

By Tom Peters, 5 July 2014

New evidence indicates that 6 civilians were killed and 15 wounded in a 2010 raid, exposing false claims by the New Zealand government that only “insurgents” were killed.

Instability set to continue after Afghan presidential election

By Mike Head, 16 June 2014

Whichever of the two pro-US candidates is declared the winner, the election is a fraud on many levels.

US air strike kills five special operations troops in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2014

The latest mass casualty incident involving US occupation troops is indicative of the kind of fighting that will continue in the wake of Washington’s formal withdrawal.

US collecting all cell phone calls in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2014

Cell phone surveillance is a central component of the US drone war and targeted assassination program

2,700 feared dead as landslide buries rural Afghan town

By Tom Hall, 5 May 2014

The Afghan town of Abi Barak was buried in a landslide Friday, in a catastrophe that exposes the immense poverty produced by decades of US war and intrigue in the country.

Afghan election prepares way for new puppet government

By James Cogan, 7 April 2014

Washington’s sole concern is to ensure that Karzai exits the scene and is replaced with a less erratic puppet.

Obama threatens total US withdrawal from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2014

In the face of Karzai’s failure to sign a deal granting blanket immunity to US troops, Obama is threatening to withdraw them all.