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How France lost Afghanistan

For Joshua Foust, there is a lesson to be gleaned from France’s early exit from Afghanistan for U.S. policymakers: Ambition has its place in warfare, but only if it can be backed up by commitment.


Defining victory in Afghanistan

The real challenge in Afghanistan is that the American effort has focused almost exclusively on the military, while the Taliban has focused on politics. As a consequence, the Taliban is winning the war for hearts and minds, writes Joshua Foust.


  Celeste Ward Gventer on Obama’s shift in strategy in Afghanistan

Celeste Ward Gventer, former deputy defense secretary and currently at University of Texas, discusses the president’s announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.


Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.


Where do we go from here?

At the highest levels, debate on the U.S. war in Afghanistan lacks clarity and focus, argues Joshua Foust.


Al Qaeda returns to Afghanistan

After years of apparent banishment, Al Qaeda has again been detected in Afghanistan. Joshua Foust asks: Why can’t the U.S. keep terrorists out?


The numbers game in Afghanistan

Proponents of the surge point to encouraging stats, but Joshua Foust asks, what do these numbers really mean?


  Steve Brodner: A home in Afghanistan, but whose?

Need to Know’s resident editorial cartoonist looks at Afghanistan’s future through the eyes of all the power players envisioning a favorable outcome — for themselves.


Photo: A red balloon and a toy gun

An Afghan refugee boy points his toy gun at the photographer while playing with other boys in a neighborhood of Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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