was one of the deadliest
months in Afghanistan, for both civilians
and soldiers. The death toll was increased by so-called 'green-on-blue'
attacks by members of the Afghan National Army
forces on ISAF and US
, with no solution
in sight. President Karzai
but there is little evidence of this. Training the ANA
is a cornerstone of US withdrawal plans. Calculating
the number of dead in war can be difficult.
Can US Gains Last
? Afghans are pushing for elections
, developing a 'civil society,'
while the US engages other world powers
often can go awry
, with waste, fraud and corruption.
The Right Way Out Of Afghanistan
, with discussion
. Some are skeptical that it will work
, and others see mission failure
, Pakistan has reopened its border to US convoys
, to smiles all around
. Pakistan is still dealing with Afghan refugees
, regional rival India
, and the rise of the Quetta Shura
. Pakistani bureaucrats have a history of being the right man for the wrong job
, with Americans no better off
The Taliban is still a major force in the region, in Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan - particularly Waziristan
(where the British
had their own problems
), and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(FATA). The Taliban have recently become more active in Pakistan, claiming victory
, opposing a planned offensive
, even storming
an air base
soldiers. Pakistan and Afghanistan are uneasily cooperating
against an enemy that crosses their border. The US, though, has no idea who Taliban leaders are
. The Taliban are in it for the long haul.
This summer has been the summer of revolt
, with factional fighting
and disillustionment with the Taliban
. Even 11 years after 9/11, Afghanistan still matters
In the United States, after eleven years
, it is the new forgotten war
. Neither presidential candidate
the ongoing war
a central point of their campaigns. 9/11 may have made Democrats more like Republicans
We're still at war.