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Nominee to Lead U.S., Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Won’t Talk Timelines

Nominee to Lead U.S., Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Won’t Talk Timelines

Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 19, 2018. DoD Photo

The nominee to lead American and coalition forces in Afghanistan said the key to safely withdrawing U.S. and coalition troops lie in reaching a political solution among the disparate parties and not simply disrupting Taliban operations or hunting down terrorist groups like the Islamic State, al Qaeda or the Haqqani Network. Read More

Report: U.S., NATO Indirectly Created Class of Afghan Warlords by Funding Poorly Managed Projects

Report: U.S., NATO Indirectly Created Class of Afghan Warlords by Funding Poorly Managed Projects

A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) provides security for Marine advisors during an advising mission with 1st Brigade, Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conduct Operation Maiwand 12 at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, March 12, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The United States, NATO and coalition partners indirectly created more warlords “who were just as bad as the terrorists themselves” for Afghans by pouring huge amounts of money into grandiose projects without proper oversight and coordination, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Thursday. Read More

Conviction Against Marine Sniper in Taliban Urination Case Overturned Due to Unlawful Influence of Former CMC Amos

Conviction Against Marine Sniper in Taliban Urination Case Overturned Due to Unlawful Influence of Former CMC Amos

Gen. James Amos in 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

A military court has overturned conviction of a Marine who pleaded guilty to charges related to urinating on dead Taliban members because the court said former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos exerted “unlawful command influence” (UCI) over the investigation, according to a decision issued on Wednesday. Read More

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Afghanistan with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The two met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other high-level officials. Discussions focused on the NATO-Afghanistan partnership, including the ongoing NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in support of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. DOD photo.

The defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee today that the war in Afghanistan is not yet near a point of resolution but that there are “clear and achievable” goals in the near-term. Read More

Video: Medal of Honor SEAL Byers Tells His Story

Video: Medal of Honor SEAL Byers Tells His Story

The following is a Feb. 26, 2016 U.S. Navy video of Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. describing the actions that led to his recommendation for the Medal of Honor — to be presented to Byers by President Obama on Feb. 29. Read More

Chief Executive Abdullah Optimistic on Afghanistan's Future

Chief Executive Abdullah Optimistic on Afghanistan’s Future

Afghan National Army (ANA) Maj. Gen. Sayed Malook and US Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo in Helmand on Feb. 10, 2014. US Marine Photo

Afghan National Army (ANA) Maj. Gen. Sayed Malook and US Marine Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo in Helmand on Feb. 10, 2014. US Marine Photo

Afghanistan’s chief executive officer says his country “opted for what was good the Afghan people” and the United States, which sacrificed lives and treasure to free the country of Taliban rule in forming a unity government. Read More

Opinion: The End of America’s War in Afghanistan?

Opinion: The End of America’s War in Afghanistan?

General John Campbell, commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Dec. 28, 2014. via Reuters

General John Campbell, commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Dec. 28, 2014. via Reuters

All Americans remember where they were when they learned about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but few Americans noticed—and fewer seemed to care—when Gen. John Campbell rolled up the International Security Afghanistan Force (ISAF) battle flag on Dec. 28. That ceremonial act officially and symbolically ended the ISAF combat mission in Afghanistan. Read More