"What had been invisible to Sheikh and other residents of Barawe was the stealthy advance of navy Seal team six – the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan – in a speedboat towards the Somalian coastline before first light. The team consisted of about 20 Seals, according to leaked accounts, and their craft was flanked on the Indian Ocean by three small boats to provide back-up."
Joshua Foust highlights the apprehensiveness of both presidential candidates to address the ongoing war in Afghanistan and what it means for raising public or political pressure to find a lasting solution.
The crucial role played by American warplanes in Afghanistan also raises questions about the prospects for the fight against the Taliban in the future.
The debate following the Kandahar massacre shows that Americans at home and in Afghanistan still don't quite understand the meaning of events in that country, writes Ahmad Shuja.
The latest events in Afghanistan cement the war as deeply flawed: Panjwai may just do what Abu Ghraib or My Lai did for previous wars, write George Packer at the New Yorker.
In The New York Review of Books, Ahmed Rashid sifts through the conflicting reports of U.S. forces' success in Afghanistan and the distinct perspectives of the many players involved in the Afghan conflict.
As the United States must not abandon the thousands of Iraqis currently risking their lives to work alongside our soldiers, diplomats, and aid workers. The Obama Administration cannot wait until the final hours of the withdrawal to address this moral imperative.
In a BBC article, guest columnist Ahmed Rashid says talking to the Taliban could be the only way to end the war in Afghanistan.
Richard L. Armitage discusses the differences between Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. national security and the proper use of defense, diplomacy and development.
A report examining the feasibility and probability of success for U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.
In this opinion piece Jawad Al Bolani, the interior minister of Iraq, writes that the June 30th withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq's major cities is the start of a highly uncertain period for Iraqi democracy rather than a historical endpoint to be celebrated.
Anthony H. Cordesman argues in a Washington Post op-ed that the United States runs the risk of making Iraq "the forgotten war," which could have dire consequences for the country's post-withdrawal prospects for peace.
This New York Times online feature displays a multiplicity of opinions on what steps are necessary to reverse backsliding in Afghanistan. Kori Schake, Andrew Exum, Bruce Riedel, John Nagl, and Parag Khanna provide commentary.
Grants of immunity have a long and unpleasant history in the Middle East, having caused serious crises, and is now the biggest debate between Washington and Baghdad.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair dispatched the British military to the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East, but currently defense spending is down, and generals are speaking out about the occupation.
In a secret meeting with a Taliban commander, the author Matthew Cole learned how Bush administration aid to Pakistan helps fund insurgents who kill U.S. troops.
The Atlantic looks at what a withdrawal from Iraq could mean for American politics.
The Afghanistan Study Group analyzes the current situation in Afghanistan, addresses six critical issues to revitalize the U.S. and international effort in Afghanistan, and offers three overarching recommendations to bring sharper focus and attention to Afghanistan.
The Power and Interest News Report website analyses the prospect of US withdrawal fromIraqin the event that the surge policy is deemed to have failed. It argues that such a withdrawal is inevitable, as the ‘surge’ policy, although well-founded in principle, is "too little, too late."
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More
A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment. More