Sangin, Bloody Sangin, and Wretched Afghanistan
Sources on the ground in Afghanistan tell American Military News that on January 1st, 2017 Afghanistan time, Sangin, widely known for the battle that took place there in 2010, has been completely retaken by the Taliban from the Afghan National Army.
— American …
BREAKING: Attackers Enter American University of Afghanistan in Kabul
8:04 AM: The BBC is reporting that 13 people have been killed:
Thirteen people, including seven students, died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say.
Two attackers were also shot dead by security …
Is the Obama Administration Changing Its Strategy in Afghanistan?
Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, is dead. As he was returning from Iran, his car was hit by a missile fired from an American military drone in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. The U.S. had not previously conducted …
Afghanistan’s ‘Evil Omens’
It’s not often that you hear a government official use the phrase “evil omens.” It’s even rarer to hear the phrase from an official appointed by President Obama. And it’s nigh-unprecedented to hear it from an Obama …
Ally Interpreters and Syrian Refugees: Obama’s Double Standard
In a speech delivered shortly before Thanksgiving, President Obama called upon Americans to welcome Syrian refugees, declaring that “slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values.” Unfortunately, that pious declaration seems not to apply to …
Obama’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Right for Four Reasons, and Problematic for One Reason
Yesterday, President Obama announced that the 9,800 U.S. military personnel deployed in Afghanistan will remain there for most of 2016, and that 5,500 will remain into 2017. This new strategy is welcome for four reasons.
First, it will enable the continued development of …
The Kunduz Hospital Bombing Is a War Crime — a Taliban War Crime
The international outrage over the American bombing of the Kunduz hospital is indicative of the despicable, upside-down legal standards so often applied to the U.S. military in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Critics are throwing around allegations of “…
The Afghan Military’s Child Rape
American soldiers are being punished for blowing the whistle on the systematic rape and enslavement of young boys at the hands of brutal Afghan Muslim military officers.
Honorable men in uniform have risked their careers and lives to stop the …
Iran and ISIS: More in Common than We Think
The admission by the Taliban on July 30 that its leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, had died was widely seen as good news for the Islamic State (ISIS) against its jihadist competitors. But while ISIS’s growing power in Afghanistan over the …
Liberals Are Right: America Has Lost the Will to Win Wars
Since World War II, America has clearly won only one of five major conflicts: Operation Desert Storm. Korea was a bloody stalemate, Vietnam an “outright military defeat,” and both Afghanistan and Iraq — America’s two longest wars — hardly …
Editor’s Note: Digging In: Further Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger is now available, here. The book has six chapters, starting with “People.” Here on the website, we will run one piece from each chapter. The below piece, from the …
Comparing Bush’s Iraq Surge and Obama’s Afghanistan About-Face
Eight years ago this month, Barack Obama explained his warfighting plans to the American people.
I want Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future, and to reach the political accommodation necessary for long-term stability. That’s victory. That’s …
How Many Americans Can Our ‘Allies’ Kill?
Earlier this week, I highlighted an excellent 60 Minutes report that reported on calls to release 28 pages redacted from the 9/11 report — pages that could provide details of a previously-undisclosed Saudi involvement in the attacks. As I said in my post, …
White House Ignores Mounting Failures in Afghanistan
‘We have made gains over the past year that will put Afghanistan on a better path,” said Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on January 27, in a message of congratulations to outgoing commander General John Campbell. But the upbeat pronouncements of …
In Afghanistan, Taliban Controls Most Territory Since 2001
In the first Morning Jolt of the week, some good news from Ramadi in the war on terror#…#but ominous news on other fronts:
In Afghanistan, Taliban Controls Most Territory Since 2001; ISIS Preparing ‘Greatest Religious Cleansing in History’
Remember how …
In Afghanistan, Obama Starts to Face Reality
‘Ending the wars” has been at the top of this president’s foreign-policy goals since he took office in 2009, without regard for the consequences. His reversal of his pledge to liquidate our presence in Afghanistan and decision to leave 5,500 American …
A Glimmer of Hope in Afghanistan Further Reveals the Tragedy of Iraq
Last year, ISIS took Mosul. It still holds Mosul. Earlier this week, the Taliban took the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz. Yet they’re already on the verge of defeat, reportedly about to lose the city they took just days before:
Barbarians and Their Unspeakable Folkways
The New York Times front page yesterday featured an appalling story whose title is self-explanatory: “U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies.”
The story notes that “The American policy of nonintervention is intended to …
Needed: U.S. Visas for Our Afghan Interpreters
As a combat videographer, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Ham believes more than most in the power of film. Now he hopes his yet-to-be-made short film The Interpreter will have the power to save thousands of our Afghan allies …
God and Man and the Hell of War
‘War is chaotic and gruesome, as well as, on occasions, noble and heroic,” journalist Toby Harnden writes in his book Dead Men Risen: An Epic Story of War and Heroism in Afghanistan. The book is the story of a Welsh …