afghanistan

  • afghanistan_peace
    September 30, 2014  

    The United States and Afghanistan signed a bilateral security agreement, after months of uncertainty over what happens when the U.S.-led international mission officially ends at the end of the year. The deal will allow U.S. and NATO troops to carry out counterterrorism missions and support Afghan forces. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • afghanistan
    September 30, 2014  

    After months of waiting through a contested election, the U.S. has settled with Afghanistan’s new leadership on a security agreement for the transition toward Afghan security self-reliance. Former State Department official Barnett Rubin talks to Jeffrey Brown about whether President Ashraf Ghani will prove a reliable ally, as well as what we’ve learned from American involvement in Afghanistan. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    September 29, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, Ashraf Ghani appealed for peace and swore to make his political rival his chief executive at his presidential inauguration in Kabul. Ghani’s swearing in was marred by a suicide attack before the ceremony that killed seven people. Also, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring colleges to define sexual consent. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    September 23, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet. According to the Israeli defense minister, the plane entered the Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights. The crew escaped and landed in Syrian territory. Also, the CDC warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 1.4 million people — more than double any previous estimated figure. Continue reading

  • afghan_election
    September 22, 2014  

    After more than a year, two rounds of voting and a bitterly contested audit of votes, Ashraf Ghani has been named president-elect, while his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, has agreed to share power, presumably in a newly created executive CEO position. Judy Woodruff speaks with NPR’s Sean Carberry from Kabul for details of the deal and what it means for the United States. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    September 5, 2014  

    In our News Wrap Friday, the Pentagon confirmed the death of the leader of the African terror group, Al Shabaab. Also, flash floods and landslides have killed at least 116 in eastern Pakistan and Kashmir. And the third American aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia is in stable condition in Nebraska. Continue reading

  • A veteran pays his respects to U.S. Army PFC Aaron Toppen during a visitation at Parkview Christian Church on June 23 in Mokena, Illinois. Toppen, 19, was killed alongside four other American soldiers and an Afghan soldier in a friendly fire airstrike while they were engaged in a firefight earlier in June in Afghanistan. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
    September 5, 2014   BY  

    Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a “friendly fire” incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June, according to a military investigation report. Continue reading

  • (From L-R) French President Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hold a meeting on the situation in Ukraine at the Celtic Manor Resort during the 2014 NATO Summit, in Newport, Wales, on September 4. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
    September 4, 2014   BY  

    NEWPORT, Wales — NATO leaders grappled Thursday with whether the alliance has a role in containing a mounting militant threat in the Middle East, as heads of state converged in Wales for a high-stakes summit also focused on the crisis in Ukraine and next steps in Afghanistan. Continue reading

  • obama_ukraine1
    September 3, 2014  

    On a trip to Estonia, President Obama placed blame on Russian separatists for destabilizing eastern Ukraine. He also pledged support for the U.S.’ NATO allies. Meanwhile, reports surfaced of a potential cease-fire agreement in Ukraine. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • James Foley reporting from Aleppo, Syria, in July of 2012. Photo courtesy of the Find James Foley Campaign
    August 19, 2014   BY  

    News of Foley’s murder was released in a video via an official Islamic State group Twitter feed. In the video, Foley is forced to read a letter condemning the U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq, calling it the “final nail” in his coffin. The Islamic state groups warns that if the U.S. does not withdraw from Iraq, Steven Joel Soltoff, another captured journalist, will be executed. Continue reading