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Despite Presidential Legacy Goals, Obama Agrees to Slow Afghanistan Troop Drawdown



U.S. Army Spc. Alexander Oliveira, rifleman attached to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, pulls security at an intersection while Afghan Uniformed Police lead the way on a joint patrol in Mehtar Lam district, Laghman province, Sept. 26. The Police Transition Assistance Team attached to the PRT is responsible for the training and mentorship of the local Afghan police and routinely conducts training with side by side with them.

Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent Last Modified: 11:19 p.m. EST, 28 May 2015 AFGHANISTAN – In March, President Obama announced that troop levels in Afghanistan would not be reduced, despite the president’s pledge to decrease the number by half. In the following weeks a flood of diplomatic engagements, press conferences and speculation by world leaders unraveled […]

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The Radical Feminist, Afghanistan’s Sara Bahayi



Afghanistan's Northern Militia, Photo Courtesy of Faculty of Journalism Moscow State University, AP Photo - Ivan Sekretarev

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 03:01 a.m. EDT, 28 February 2015 AFGHANISTAN, Mazar-i-Sharif – Yesterday, U.S. citizens awoke to ‘news reports’ that a YouTube video of a dress that changed colors had received 25+ million hits. People spoke about it on elevators, argued their selection of colors in cafeterias, shared and watched the video on their […]

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The Smartest Girl in all of Afghanistan



"Students and teacher in a Biology class at Sorya High School " Photo by: Graham Crouch/World Bank

Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 13:36 p.m. DST, 24 June 2014 BALKH, Afghanistan — During Afghanistan’s university entrance exams last month, a girl named Shohreh Ghaderi scored the highest of anyone in the country. She beat over 225,000 other test-takers. Considering Afghanistan’s history of repressing women’s education, Ghaderi’s feat is challenging the status quo of […]

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Did Bergdahl Desert in Afghanistan? Questions Remain for Families of Slain Soldiers



"afghanistan" Photo by: The U.S. Army

Michael Ransom, Contributing Editor Last Modified: 01:56 a.m. DST, 6 June 2014 THE NEGOTIATIONS that freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban insurgents are continuing to amass criticism as more and more controversial information about Bergdahl and the deal surface. While Republicans originally condemned the bargaining agreement because Congress was not notified about the […]

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Bowe Bergdahl Freed by Taliban, But at What Cost?


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"You are not forgotten" Photo by: Dave 77459

Michael Ransom, Contributing Editor Last Modified: 12:42 p.m. DST, 2 June 2014 AN AMERICAN SOLDIER captured in Afghanistan in 2009 is returning home. 28-year-old Bowe Bergdahl was the last prisoner of war from the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom conflicts. His homecoming marks the end of an ongoing discussion with Taliban executives, which were […]

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