US soldier refused Afghan deployment over PTSD

By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2010

As the US marked Veterans Day Thursday, an American soldier who had refused redeployment to Afghanistan over the Army’s failure to treat his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder turned himself in.

Another decade of neo-colonial war in Afghanistan

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2010

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made clear in a parliamentary debate this week that Australian troops, and thus American and other foreign forces, would remain in Afghanistan “through this decade at least”.

US backs “peace talks” as violence soars in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 16 October 2010

The US administration and military have confirmed reports that they are assisting the Karzai government to conduct negotiations with the Taliban.

Australian soldiers charged over civilian killings in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 1 October 2010

The incident is typical of numerous operations routinely carried out by the Australian and other allied special forces groups to suppress Afghan resistance to the US-led occupation.

CIA runs private army in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Tom Peters, 30 September 2010

Obama’s Wars, the new book by journalist Bob Woodward, reveals that the CIA has been running a private army of 3,000 Afghan mercenaries since 2002, operating in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

US escalates killing on both sides of Afghanistan-Pakistan border

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2010

Amid signs of increasing desperation in the nine-year US war in Afghanistan, Washington has simultaneously launched a major offensive in Kandahar and escalated its attacks across the border in Pakistan.

New push to send more Australian troops to Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 29 September 2010

A soldier’s exposure of the circumstances of a colleague’s death is being exploited to push for the deployment of more Australian troops to the Afghan war.

US slaughter intensifies in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2010

The US military claimed responsibility for killing scores of Afghan insurgents over the weekend as it unleashed its long-awaited offensive in Kandahar.

Debacle in Afghanistan: British troops withdraw from Sangin

By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2010

On September 20, the last 1,000 remaining UK troops withdrew from Sangin, southern Afghanistan. After more than four years, they handed over control of their bases to the United States.

Helicopter crash makes 2010 the deadliest year for Afghanistan occupation troops

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2010

The death of nine US soldiers in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has made 2010 the deadliest year for the US-led occupation forces.

Fraud, violence and mass abstention: Election debacle in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2010

Saturday’s parliamentary election in Afghanistan was a predictable debacle, largely boycotted by the Afghan population.

Another rigged election in Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 18 September 2010

Today’s parliamentary election is yet another repudiation of the claim that the US-led invasion of the country was intended to produce a democratic government.

US soldiers killed Afghan civilians and kept fingers, skull as trophies

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2010

The case is the worst such atrocity yet revealed in Afghanistan and underscores that the US is engaged in a brutal colonial war directed against the entire population of the country.

General Petraeus calls for 2,000 more troops to Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 8 September 2010

The call for more troops is calculated to increase political pressure on various European governments, and non-NATO US allies such as Australia, to boost their contributions to the occupation of Afghanistan.

2010 already deadliest year for US troops in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2010

With another 26 soldiers killed since last Saturday, 2010 has already become the most deadly year for US troops since the US launched the Afghanistan war nearly nine years ago.

Afghanistan: Offensive in Kandahar underway

By Tom Peters, 2 September 2010

Over the past four months, checkpoints have been established at all the main routes into the city, and thousands of tall concrete blast walls have been installed around police stations and government buildings.

Fourteen more US troops killed in Afghanistan: What are they dying for?

By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2010

With Obama’s Afghanistan surge now up to full strength, casualties among both US troops and Afghan civilians are rising sharply. New revelations of corruption and CIA payoffs raise the inescapable question: What are they dying for?

Evidence that Afghan leaders are on CIA payroll

By James Cogan, 30 August 2010

Leaks over the past week have revealed that members of the Afghan government headed by President Hamid Karzai are paid agents of the CIA.

US Marine general rejects Obama’s Afghanistan deadline

By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2010

General James Conway, commandant of the US Marine Corps, publicly challenged the July 2011 deadline set by President Obama for beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, saying it gave “sustenance” to the Taliban.

US to spend $1.3 billion on Afghanistan bases

By Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2010

The US Congress is preparing to appropriate $1.3 billion in the fiscal 2011 budget for the building of base facilities for US forces in Afghanistan, some of which will not be completed for years.

UN report reveals sharp spike in Afghan civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 11 August 2010

Afghan civilians suffered a 31 percent increase in casualties during the first half of this year, according to a United Nations report. While the UN blamed anti-occupation forces for the bulk of the casualties, the spike coincides with Obama’s “surge.”

Blood on whose hands in Afghanistan?

By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2010

US government and media accusations that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his sources have “blood on their hands” for revealing information on US military operations and informants in Afghanistan are contemptible slanders.

The Afghanistan documents and the struggle against war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2010

The utter indifference of the US media and the political establishment as a whole to the WikiLeaks documents’ exposure of massive violence against the people of Afghanistan poses the critical need for a new strategy in the struggle against war.

Leaked documents expose imperialist war in Afghanistan

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2010

Nearly 92,000 military documents posted on the Internet by the WikiLeaks web site paint a devastating picture of US-NATO imperialist atrocities in Afghanistan.

A record of war crimes

By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2010

The tens of thousands of documents posted online by WikiLeaks have provided a detailed, documentary portrait of the criminal war being waged by the Obama administration.

Afghanistan casualty rate highest of war

By James Cogan, 26 July 2010

The rate of US and allied casualties has soared to the highest level of the nearly nine-year war and is beginning to match the bloodiest stages of the occupation of Iraq.

Afghan conference endorses indefinite occupation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2010

The foreign ministers conference in Kabul endorsed President Hamid Karzai's 2014 target for Afghan forces to assume the lead responsibility for the country's security, while acknowledging that the foreign occupation will continue indefinitely.

Afghan attacks kill 12 US, British troops in 48 hours

By Bill Van Auken, 15 July 2010

A series of attacks claimed the lives of 12 US and British occupation troops over the course of 48 hours as the crisis besetting Washington’s occupation of Afghanistan continues to deepen.

British Sangin pull-out evidences deepening crisis of US Afghan intervention

By Harvey Thompson, 10 July 2010

The UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox, announced July 7 that British troops in the Sangin area of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province are to be replaced by US forces. The redeployment is no less politically significant than the British pull-out from Basra in 2007 during the occupation of Iraq.

June was deadliest month for foreign troops in Afghan war

By Harvey Thompson, 7 July 2010

With 102 NATO and US troop fatalities, June was the bloodiest month for foreign forces since the October 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. The death toll far exceeds the highest previous monthly total in August 2009, of 77 fatalities.

General Petraeus takes command as killing in Afghanistan escalates

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2010

In assuming command of the US-led war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus reiterated his statements that the military will alter its rules of engagement, signaling an escalation in civilian casualties from air strikes and heavy weapons.

Why was General McChrystal fired?

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2010

Reactions within the US establishment to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal indicate that disparaging remarks by McChrystal and his aides concerning President Obama and other civilian officials published in a Rolling Stone article were not the principal cause of his dismissal.

US-British tensions over Afghan occupation

By Harvey Thompson, 22 June 2010

The Times of London recently carried a series of highly critical comments by senior US officials in regard to the deployment of British forces in southern Afghanistan from 2006 onwards.

Washington “discovers” Afghanistan’s mineral wealth

By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2010

The New York Times’ description of Pentagon plans to hand over Afghan mineral riches to major international mining corporations and financial firms exposes the imperialist character of the NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

US “surge” in Afghanistan in disarray

By Barry Grey, 14 June 2010

In the midst of one of the bloodiest weeks for US and NATO forces in the nearly nine-year war in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the overall commander, announced Thursday that major military operations around Kandahar would be delayed until September.

NATO casualties rise in Afghanistan before Kandahar offensive

By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2010

At least 13 NATO troops were killed in the last two days in Afghanistan, amid preparations for a NATO offensive against Kandahar and rising political tensions over the failure of the Afghan “peace jirga.”

Escalating violence in Afghanistan as Kandahar offensive nears

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 June 2010

Within US and European ruling circles, there are now clear signs of concern for the viability of the Kandahar offensive and the far-reaching implications of failure.

Another US-NATO base targeted in Afghanistan

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 May 2010

Afghan insurgents have launched a major attack against US-led forces on Saturday, targeting Kandahar Air Field with rocket, mortar, and small arms fire.

US military strategy unravelling in Afghanistan

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 May 2010

Afghan Taliban fighters launched a sustained assault on the heavily fortified US Bagram Air Base on Wednesday, killing an American contractor and wounding nine coalition soldiers.

US death toll in Afghanistan tops 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2010

The massive suicide bombing that ripped through a NATO convoy in Kabul Tuesday marked a grim milestone for American forces, bringing the total number killed in action in “Operation Enduring Freedom” to the 1,000 mark.

Afghans protest over US massacre of civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2010

At least two people were killed Friday when several hundred Afghan villagers clashed with security forces while attempting to march to the eastern city of Jalalabad to protest the latest massacre of civilians by US military forces.

Obama-Karzai talks at White House

US military faces “hard fighting” in Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington this week, culminating in a meeting and joint press appearance with Barack Obama at the White House, was an exercise in public relations and image building, which required denying or covering the mounting tensions between Washington and its puppet in Kabul.

Pentagon paints bleak picture of Afghanistan war as more civilians die

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2010

A semi-annual report released by the Pentagon on the Afghanistan war recorded a sharp increase in attacks on occupation troops and scarce support for the US-backed puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.

US military escalates its dirty war in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 27 April 2010

American special forces’ units are operating in and around the Afghan city of Kandahar, assassinating or capturing alleged leaders and militants of the Taliban resistance ahead of a major US-NATO offensive.

Afghanistan: Another massacre as a bloody summer looms in Kandahar

By James Cogan, 23 April 2010

The regular killing of civilians has dramatically heightened the already pervasive hatred of occupation forces by the Afghan population, even as a steady build-up takes place of US and NATO troop numbers in the country.

Canada subcontracted torture of Afghan detainees

By Keith Jones, 21 April 2010

A former Canadian Armed Forces’ interpreter has charged that Canada’s military transferred uncooperative Afghan detainees to Afghanistan’s secret police so that information could be beaten out of them through torture.

Four more German soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By Sven Heymanns, 19 April 2010

Three German soldiers died in an attack Thursday on an army vehicle near the town of Baghlan, and another soldier was shot dead in a subsequent rescue operation.

US troops attack Afghan bus, killing four and wounding 18

By Keith Jones, 13 April 2010

US troops opened fire on a passenger bus travelling on a highway in the Zhari District of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province early Monday morning, killing at least four people, including a woman and a child.

Defence Minister Guttenberg: Germany at war in Afghanistan

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 April 2010

The German defence minister has acknowledged that the German army is involved in war in Afghanistan.

US Special Forces covered up massacre of Afghans

Preparations advance for assault on Kandahar

By Tom Eley, 6 April 2010

A NATO military statement issued Sunday admitted that US Special Forces carried out the execution-style killings of three women and two men in a February 12 night raid in southeastern Afghanistan.

Tensions mount between Washington and its puppet in Kabul

By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2010

Thursday’s warning by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that US and other NATO troops could be regarded as “invaders” in his country provided a rare glimpse into the political realities in Afghanistan—and called forth a furious reaction from the Obama administration and the American media.

Obama’s Afghan visit: laying down the law to a US puppet

By David Walsh, 1 April 2010

The recent visit by President Barack Obama to Afghanistan, and its coverage in the American media, helped clarify the nature of Washington’s relationship to the regime in Kabul.

Obama’s visit underscores US crisis in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2010

Sneaking in and out of Kabul under the cover of darkness Sunday, President Barack Obama’s trip to Afghanistan only underscored the crisis confronting the US in the midst of the war’s current escalation.

US/NATO death squads killing indiscriminately in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 18 March 2010

Despite a directive calling for more caution, US special forces operations are continuing to terrorise and kill civilians in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan violence escalates as US forces prepare Kandahar assault

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 March 2010

Intensified clashes between US-led occupying forces and Taliban and Afghan resistance fighters have seen a substantial increase in casualties, and an escalating civilian death toll.

US military created private spy and murder squad in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2010

A long-time US military official used Pentagon funding to establish a private intelligence and assassination network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report Monday in the New York Times.

As US death toll hits 1,000 in “Operation Enduring Freedom”

Congressional Democrats back expanded war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2010

In the face of growing popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan, the US House of Representatives voted by overwhelming majorities of both Democrats and Republicans to continue the war, which the Obama administration is escalating.

Gates visits Afghanistan to prepare US offensive against Kandahar

By Joe Kishore, 9 March 2010

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned of “hard fighting” in the next round of the US offensive in the south, targeting Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city.

German parliament approves new Afghanistan strategy

By Peter Schwarz, 1 March 2010

A large majority of the German parliament voted February 26 to expand the country’s military operation in Afghanistan. Keywords (at least 5): Afghanistan, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, SPD, Left party

US airstrike kills Afghan civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2010

A US air strike killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan’s central Uruzgan Province, while to the south a US ground offensive in Marjah ground through its second week, producing growing casualties and the threat of a humanitarian disaster.

Rockets kill 12 near Marjah

More civilian deaths as US launches offensive in southern Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2010

In what is likely to be the first of many atrocities in the current US-led offensive in Afghanistan, 12 civilians were killed Sunday when two rockets slammed into their home near Marjah.

Offensive looms in Helmand province

US military noose tightens on Afghanistan town

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2010

Thousands of US troops, joined by British and Canadian forces, are beginning a major attack on the town of Marjah in southern Afghanistan, the first major offensive since President Barack Obama approved the escalation of the war.

New details on Kunduz massacre disprove German government claims

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2010

New details about the massacre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, at the beginning of September last year, which costs the lives of 142 people, disprove the statements and declarations made by the German government.

Obama’s surge: killing spree on both sides of AfPak border

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2010

CIA drone missiles attacks claimed the lives of 123 civilians last month alone in Pakistan, while on the other side of the border, US Special Forces have launched an assassination campaign against alleged leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.

Afghanistan: Record winter casualties for US-led occupying forces

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 February 2010

Last month 44 US and coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan—the bloodiest month of fighting recorded in the country’s winter season since the 2001 invasion.

London conference on Afghanistan: Occupation will last for years to come

By Chris Marsden, 29 January 2010

The London conference on Afghanistan laid down a scenario for the country’s military occupation stretching over at least 5 years and, according to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as long as 15 years.

US commander demands increased military commitment from Germany in Afghanistan

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 January 2010

The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal, gave an interview to the German newspaper Bild on Wednesday, calling for more commitment by Germany to the US-led war.

Taliban attacks in Kabul deepen crisis of US occupation

By Fred Mazelis, 19 January 2010

The coordinated attacks on government buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital of Kabul Monday morning were another in a series of political and psychological blows to the US and NATO occupation forces and the puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.

Afghans shot down while protesting US occupation

By Jerry White, 14 January 2010

At least eight protesters were killed and 13 wounded in the southern Afghanistan town of Garmsir Wednesday when security forces fired on a demonstration of several thousand people protesting against the US military. Protesters blamed the deaths on Afghan intelligence agents, backed up by US soldiers.

Children’s deaths spark anti-US outrage in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2010

Thousands of people demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan following an explosion that claimed the lives of four children. Despite NATO denials, Afghans blamed the deaths on US occupation troops, burning Obama in effigy.

In line with US demands, Afghan parliament rejects cabinet proposals

By James Cogan, 7 January 2010

A cabinet is being assembled that will consist of individuals who have been vetted and deemed acceptable by the Obama administration and its main NATO allies.

The human cost of the AfPak War

By James Cogan, 4 January 2010

The year 2009 ended as the bloodiest thus far of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan and the associated Pakistani operations in the tribal regions of North West Pakistan.

Thirty years since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2009

An examination of the US role in provoking the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan sheds light on the imperialist motivations behind US policy in Central Asia.

US military kills ten civilians in Afghanistan raid

By Tom Eley, 29 December 2009

On Saturday a US military operation killed at least ten Afghan civilians, among them eight children, in Kunar province.

Afghanistan: Karzai picks cabinet of US stooges and warlord cronies

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2009

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai announced his second-term cabinet last Saturday, retaining roughly half of his incumbent ministers, including US favorites, while appointing figures tied to Afghan warlords.

The murderous face of Obama’s surge

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2009

With the first of 30,000 additional US troops having arrived in Afghanistan, a series of events have begun to expose the murderous character of the “surge” ordered by President Obama.

Kunduz massacre: What is the German government hiding?

By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2009

Ten weeks after the Kunduz massacre, the German government is still conducting a systematic cover-up Details of the deadliest attack committed by German soldiers since the end of World War II only reach the public piecemeal, revealing ever-new contradictions.

French government supports Obama’s Afghan escalation

By Kumaran Ira, 11 December 2009

The French government has backed Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan, defying broad popular opposition.

Obama officials drop “withdrawal” ruse

US in Afghanistan to stay

By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 8 December 2009

Over the past week, Obama’s leading national security officials have dropped any pretense that the administration’s military escalation in Afghanistan is aimed at hastening a withdrawal of US troops, beginning in July 2011.

How many Afghans will die in Obama’s war?

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2009

In the media coverage of Barack Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, one question goes unasked and unanswered: how many thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians will die as a result of US military aggression?

US prepares Fallujah-style offensive in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 5 December 2009

Three days after Obama’s surge announcement, US Marines have begun an operation that will culminate in an assault on a large city, Marja, modelled on the US destruction of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.

Obama’s speech on Afghanistan: A compendium of lies

By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2009

In his December 1 speech at West Point announcing the deployment of 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama attempted to justify a major escalation of a deeply unpopular war on the basis of lies and distortions.

Oppose Obama’s escalation of the Afghan-Pakistan war! Withdraw all troops now!

By World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 2 December 2009

Obama’s speech last night, which packaged the deployment of an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan as the prelude to withdrawal, was a cynical exercise in evasion, double-talk and falsification.

Torture continues at US prisons in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 1 December 2009

Recent reports reveal that the US military continues to carry on torture and illegal detention in Afghanistan at a dungeon known to inmates as “the black prison.”

Europe backs Afghanistan strategy aimed at “regionalization”

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 November 2009

The new troop surge in Afghanistan is aimed at dividing Afghanistan into individual cantons—in a similar manner as was done in Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia.

Obama to announce Afghanistan surge of over 30,000

By Tom Eley, 25 November 2009

Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan sets the stage for a deepening of US military violence in Central and South Asia and for a confrontation with the US working class, which increasingly opposes the war.

Four more US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 24 November 2009

Four US soldiers died in Afghanistan on Monday, as Obama’s “war council” finalizes its plans to substantially increase the number of soldiers participating in the occupation.

Karzai inaugurated amid state of siege in Kabul

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2009

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai was inaugurated Thursday amid a state of siege in Kabul. Western officials who were present issued hypocritical demands that Karzai fight corruption.

Rising Indian influence in Afghanistan worries US and Pakistan

By Ajay Prakash, 19 November 2009

In a sign of the escalating conflicts across the region, the top US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that India’s growing influence in Afghanistan could “exacerbate regional tensions” and encourage Pakistani “countermeasures”.

US-occupied Iraq, Afghanistan among world’s most corrupt countries

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2009

US-occupied Afghanistan is the world’s second most corrupt country—after Somalia, where no government has functioned for two decades—while Iraq is the fourth worst, according to a report released by an international watchdog group.

Washington’s crisis over Afghanistan deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2009

The increasingly public dissension within the Obama administration over the proposed escalation in Afghanistan reflects the reality that US imperialism has no good options in the war that it launched more than eight years ago.

Obama will send tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2009

According to US press reports Sunday, President Barack Obama has decided to send tens of thousands of additional US troops to further escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Australian Labor “left” bestows medal on General Petraeus

By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2009

The photograph published in yesterday’s press of John Faulkner, the Defence Minister in the Australian Labor government, draping an honorary Order of Australia around the neck of General David Petraeus, speaks volumes.

Afghan election farce ends, escalation to begin

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2009

The protracted and fraudulent Afghan election process ended Monday with incumbent Hamid Karzai decreed the winner. The end of this farcical exercise has set the stage for Washington to escalate its eight-year-old war.

Afghanistan election debacle deepens as Abdullah pulls out of runoff

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2009

The Obama administration’s crisis over its planned escalation of the war in Afghanistan deepened over the weekend with the decision by President Hamid Karzai’s challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, to pull out of a US-engineered election runoff.

Attack on UN in Kabul in lead-up to sham Afghan election

By Peter Symonds, 29 October 2009

An attack by Taliban fighters on a UN guesthouse in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has underscored the fragility of the US-led occupation in the lead-up to the second round of presidential elections on November 7.

October the bloodiest month for US troops since Afghan war began

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2009

The deaths of eight more soldiers in bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan Tuesday made October the bloodiest month for US occupation forces since the war began in 2001.

US casualties rise as Obama prepares Afghan escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2009

Eleven US soldiers and three drug agents were killed in the space of 24 hours in Afghanistan as the Obama administration’s war cabinet prepared to meet Monday on escalating the war.

The runoff farce in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2009

The crisis over the fraudulent election in Afghanistan, culminating in President Karzai’s acceptance of a runoff, has laid bare the colonial character of the US occupation and the puppet status of the government in Kabul.

Karzai bows to US pressure on Afghanistan runoff

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2009

In an action that was as predictable—and as degrading—as a serf prostrating himself before his master, the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, bowed to relentless pressure from the Obama administration and agreed Tuesday to a runoff election.