Every day is a bad day for the people of Afghanistan, living under U.S. military occupation. But March 11 was a terrible day beyond description. ... Posted Mar 22, 2012

The Pentagon says one U.S. soldier went berserk. However, Afghan authorities say as many as 20 soldiers could have been involved.... Posted Mar 20, 2012

Not even the most vicious warmonger can defend the inhumane actions of a U.S. sergeant who stormed into the homes of Afghan civilians and blew away 16 people, including babies. But the war makers will try to find a way to use this as a reason to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which is the underlying crime.... Posted Mar 13, 2012

No longer can soothing words from the White House, the State Department or the Pentagon cover up the intolerable brutality of the U.S.-NATO war of occupation in Afghanistan. ... Posted Feb 29, 2012

President Barack Obama has praised the targeted assassination of Osama bin Laden as a turning point and “one of the greatest military and intelligence operations in U.S. history.” However, events in the week running up to the execution exposed the limits of U.S. imperialist power and showed why the imperialists are so desperate to project an all-powerful image.... Posted May 12, 2011

Already bogged down in a bitter war of occupation, the U.S. has found itself facing renewed outrage by Afghans who are protesting both the U.S. and its NATO allies. Otherwise “pacified” cities have joined with guerrilla forces operating mainly in the countryside to demand that U.S. and NATO forces leave immediately.... Posted Apr 17, 2011

On March 1 in the village of Nanglam in Afghanistan, the people heard gunfire in the nearby mountains. They became worried when some of their children did not return home. The boys had been out collecting firewood since morning, and the villagers went to look for them.... Posted Mar 12, 2011

On Jan. 6 Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved sending an additional 1,400 Marines to the Afghan front. Now there are more than 98,000 U.S. troops in the country, not to mention NATO troops and thousands more mercenaries and contractors performing both logistical and combat tasks.... Posted Jan 13, 2011

In an affront to peace-loving people across the United States and around the world, Washington is walking away from a promise to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. According to the McClatchy Report, the White House has decided to postpone the withdrawal until 2014.... Posted Nov 20, 2010

There is much to be learned from the indisputable fact that the U.S. military, despite all its high-tech weaponry and the billions of dollars at its disposal, has lost control of the situation in Afghanistan and has forced even the corrupt Pakistani government to denounce Pentagon attacks as “intolerable” and close parts of its border with Afghanistan.... Posted Oct 15, 2010

U.S. efforts to supply its troops and the puppet regime in Afghanistan came to a standstill on Sept. 30. Convoys of trucks bearing fuel and other supplies were backed up for hundreds of miles on the long supply route that runs from Karachi, the main port of Pakistan, to the mountain passes leading into Afghanistan.... Posted Oct 11, 2010

The threat to burn the Qur’an at a small church in Gainesville, Fla., on the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center stirred up worldwide outrage, especially in Muslim countries in Central and South Asia.... Posted Sep 15, 2010

On Aug. 31, USA Today reported 1,985 NATO coalition deaths in Afghanistan, with 1,248 of them U.S. troops. More than 7,000 have been seriously wounded. July and August were the most costly months to NATO forces in almost a decade of war and invasion. ... Posted Sep 9, 2010

Recent WikiLeaks disclosures reveal just how low the U.S. government and its media mouthpieces will stoop to revive support for its occupation of Afghanistan.... Posted Sep 9, 2010

The Aug. 9 Time magazine featured a shocking cover photo: a portrait of an Afghan woman named Aisha whose nose had been cut off, allegedly by the Taliban, for resisting abusive in-laws. Time used this picture to build support for U.S. troops as a “last line of defense” that will not “abandon” Afghan women against an advancing Taliban. None of this was true.... Posted Aug 26, 2010

To test the U.S. government’s “concern” for the women of Afghanistan, it is useful to examine Washington’s record on helping women in other Muslim countries. Take Saudi Arabia, for example.... Posted Aug 26, 2010

A new generation of “Plumbers” seems to be at work, trying to discredit the leak of secret government war documents. Their first attempt has failed. An arrest warrant on a rape charge filed in Sweden on Aug. 21 against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was withdrawn within hours.... Posted Aug 25, 2010

It is shocking and disturbing. Time magazine’s cover has a picture of a young Afghan woman whose nose has been cut off. The headline reads, “What happens if we leave Afghanistan.” Time’s goal? Answering WikiLeaks. The recent WikiLeaks publications showed that a U.S. special forces death squad killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents.... Posted Aug 13, 2010

A top secret unit of U.S. Special Forces called Task Force 373 set out on June 17, 2007, in the Patika province of Aghanistan to purposely commit a war crime. Task force 373 is a death squad organized by the NATO coalition in Afghanistan to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. Details of more than 2,000 alleged leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaida are held on a “kill or capture” list, known as Jpel for Joint Prioritized Effects List.... Posted Aug 13, 2010

The media explosion following the publication of reports of some 90,000 classified cables between U.S. officials may accelerate the struggle to end the imperialist occupation of Afghanistan.... Posted Jul 28, 2010

Suddenly this July 13 the British media was filled with stories of an Afghan soldier or soldiers who opened fire on Britain’s Gurkha Rifles, killing three, two of them British nationals. Given the increase in NATO forces in Afghanistan with more combat, and especially with more U.S. troops in battle, there will undoubtedly be more such incidents in the coming months involving U.S. as well as other NATO troops.... Posted Jul 18, 2010

A look at Google News shows that tens of thousands of articles have reported or commented on President Barack Obama’s firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his replacement by Gen. David Petraeus. This exposure of disarray and demoralization within U.S. imperialism’s military and civilian leadership provides a welcome opportunity to accelerate efforts to force Washington and its allies to withdraw and end the illegal U.S.-NATO war and occupation of Afghanistan.... Posted Jul 5, 2010

An imperialist politician was forced to resign May 31, not for a scandal, not even for getting caught lying to the public. This time German President Horst Köhler, a Christian Democrat (CDU), was forced to resign for giving everyone a moment of truth about Germany’s role in the war in Afghanistan.... Posted Jun 2, 2010

In one remote region of Afghanistan, the Korengal Valley, the Pentagon has decided to close down its embattled outpost, seeing that its efforts are useless and that the people of this region will not submit to occupation.... Posted Apr 25, 2010

The U.S.-NATO occupation of Afghanistan, begun in 2001 under President George W. Bush’s leadership, continues nine years and hundreds of billions of dollars later. Another episode typifying this criminal war recently took place when German troops shot and killed a group of soldiers in the puppet Afghan National Army who were delivering supplies to a German military base.... Posted Apr 8, 2010

On the eve of what is supposed to be a major U.S.-NATO offensive against the resistance stronghold of Kandahar, the more than eight-year-old occupation is crumbling... Posted Apr 7, 2010

There are nearly 100,000 U.S. troops in Iraq seven years after the illegal aggression, plus an equal number of “contractors” — mercenaries. The U.S. occupation has left more than 1 million dead and created 5 million refugees. Anyone who opposes this war should join the protests in Washington or other regional centers on March 20.... Posted Mar 11, 2010

Two street meetings held on Feb. 19, one in Los Angeles and the other in New York City, confirmed mass opposition to the war in Afghanistan and disillusion with the government by a population reeling from unemployment, foreclosures and budget cuts.... Posted Feb 28, 2010

More than 4,000 people from 70 different German cities came to Berlin Feb. 20 to demand that German troops be withdrawn from Afghanistan.... Posted Feb 28, 2010

With most media focusing on Haiti and people here in the U.S. gripped by the humanitarian crisis, they may have missed the dramatic news out of Afghanistan. Even as thousands of U.S. troops were landing in Port-au-Prince, Afghan resistance fighters carried out a coordinated attack in the heart of occupied Kabul, the Afghan capital.... Posted Jan 24, 2010

The murderous mercenary outfit formerly known as Blackwater and now called Xe has been making headlines all January, with most stories showing how deeply committed the CIA and Pentagon are to outsourcing a portion of the task of re-conquering the former colonial world.... Posted Jan 17, 2010

Despite the Pentagon’s unmatched high-tech weapons and firepower, the U.S. military is bogged down by glaring weaknesses rooted in the capitalist system it operates to defend. The resistance fighters, with far less firepower, have shown the ability to innovate and adapt their tactics to the needs of their war to liberate Afghanistan.... Posted Jan 17, 2010

The United States had 167 unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in 2002 and more than 6,000 in 2008.... Posted Dec 23, 2009

At a national assembly of U.S. Labor Against the War held in Chicago Dec. 4-6, a resolution was passed unanimously that called for “an immediate end to the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan and military attacks in Pakistan.” The resolution also declared that “USLAW calls for the immediate and complete withdrawal of all U.S. military forces and contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan and the closing of all U.S. military bases in both countries.”... Posted Dec 17, 2009

Washington has already begun to send more troops to occupy Afghanistan following President Barack Obama’s Dec. 1 speech at West Point. In Afghanistan as in Iraq, the U.S. occupation will bring death to more Afghan civilians and more U.S. troops. It threatens to open a civil war in Pakistan, while the occupation of Iraq continues.... Posted Dec 9, 2009

It’s not often that a commercial publication in the United States allows an Afghan to speak freely about the benefits of life under the progressive government overthrown by Washington two decades ago. However, the Queens Chronicle broke the silence when it published “View from Afghanistan—A Queens man’s view of living in wartorn country” on Oct. 29.... Posted Dec 9, 2009

Recent events in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan have again put the spotlight on U.S. imperialist designs to continue to subjugate and dominate these south-central Asian countries. They have also shown that the besieged peoples of these nations will not bow down to what the belligerent occupation forces have in store for them.... Posted Nov 8, 2009

The war to subjugate Afghanistan and use it as a launching pad for Anglo-U.S.  domination of the whole region is in big trouble. Even though they face more than 100,000 foreign troops equipped with the highest-tech weapons of death available, the Afghan resistance has been growing.... Posted Oct 25, 2009

Coordinated anti-war demonstrations took place around the U.S. on Oct. 17 to mark the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and to demand an end to the U.S.-led war and occupation there as well as in Iraq.... Posted Oct 25, 2009

Let’s put the fierce debate taking place over the war in Afghanistan in the proper historical and class context—from a Marxist point of view, a Leninist, anti-imperialist point of view. The war to make Afghanistan a U.S. satellite in Central Asia, just like the war against Iraq and the threats to Iran, is part of an historic effort to re-conquer that part of the world.... Posted Oct 18, 2009

Imperialist interests are the very opposite of the best interests of the Afghan peasants and working people as well as those of the workers, unemployed and oppressed in the U.S. The only acceptable strategy to serve those popular interests is to get the U.S. and all NATO troops out of Afghanistan, now. The anti-war movement here is hitting the streets this October to oppose this war. Join those protests! ... Posted Oct 12, 2009

“Rethink Afghanistan,” a documentary directed by Robert Greenwald, is available as a DVD or online in six parts at It opened Oct. 1 in a limited number of U.S. theaters.... Posted Oct 12, 2009

With Defense Secretary Robert Gates expected to ask for 45,000 more U.S. troops for Afghanistan, it looks like a U.S. escalation of that ugly war will be the next big issue to be fought out in Congress, with most opposition coming from Democrats. Will the administration rely on support from the most rightist forces in Congress to continue to promote the war against the Afghans, sending many thousands of U.S. youth and contract mercenaries to kill and die occupying that Central Asian land... Posted Sep 18, 2009

As the decision day for escalating the U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan grows closer, a mass slaughter of Afghans in northern Kunduz province has put the war on center stage worldwide and sharpened popular opposition within the NATO countries, including inside the U.S. itself.... Posted Sep 11, 2009

The hint is becoming loud and clear in the official media of the U.S. ruling class: The Pentagon is on the verge of a massive escalation of the war in what they now call the “Af/Pak theater.” An Aug. 31 attack on a NATO arms convoy in Pakistan near the Afghan border that blew up 18 trucks served to underscore the drama of this decision.... Posted Sep 4, 2009

The fraud-filled and inconclusive Afghan presidential election exposed the weakness of the U.S.-NATO occupation regime. President Barack Obama’s defense of the phony election and of the U.S. intervention failed to cover this up at a time when the people in the U.S. are growing increasingly unhappy with the Afghan war.... Posted Aug 26, 2009

More than 100,000 troops from the Pentagon and its NATO allies now occupy Afghanistan. They are inflicting more deaths and terror on the Afghans. They are also dying in record numbers now, nearly eight years after the initial U.S. invasion. The occupation forces imposed a presidential election on that suffering country on Aug. 20.... Posted Aug 20, 2009

Iraq War veteran Victor Agosto was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Aug. 5 for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan after the Army extended his enlistment. Agosto returned from a 13-month combat tour in Iraq in late 2007. Victor told the court martial in Fort Hood, Texas, he believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan violate international law.... Posted Aug 17, 2009

The casualties among the U.S.-led occupation forces in Afghanistan are headed toward a new high this year, reaching 67 killed in July alone. The step-up in deaths—mostly from the large U.S. and British contingents on an offensive in Helmand Province—signals the new U.S. administration’s focus on this Central Asian country of just 29 million people.... Posted Jul 30, 2009

Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture in Afghanistan has brought that war into living rooms across the United States. The heavy media coverage should lead to the U.S. population rethinking Washington’s arguments for invading and occupying Afghanistan and now escalating the war there.... Posted Jul 24, 2009

The U.S. Air Force bombed and strafed villages with heavy machine guns in the Farah province of Afghanistan on the evening and night of May 4. Survivors buried 113 bodies, including many women and children. Later, more bodies were pulled from the rubble and some victims who had been taken to the hospital died.... Posted May 13, 2009

Hundreds of angry Afghan women demonstrated in Kabul on April 15. Led by young activists, they marched to Parliament to demand the repeal of a new law denying women basic rights.... Posted Apr 23, 2009

Those planning demonstrations April 3-5 in Strasbourg, France, to counter the 60th anniversary celebrations of NATO, also oppose the use of NATO troops in Afghanistan and the U.S. attempt to expand the war. They point out in their call, “Proponents and opponents of NATO both view the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to which the U.S. is committing significantly more troops, as a key test” for allowing NATO to intervene worldwide.... Posted Apr 4, 2009

Protests across the country on March 19 and 21 marked the sixth anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan in varied ways. Clearly the charge that “Occupation is a crime—from Iraq to Palestine” will not stop until the U.S. troops are withdrawn, regardless of the economic crisis or any change in the political administration of the U.S. government.... Posted Mar 25, 2009

Sending 17,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to reinforce that country’s occupation will just add another chapter to the nightmare caused by 30 years of U.S. imperialist intervention in that country.... Posted Mar 2, 2009

U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is undergoing a major re-evaluation, since its major local ally and its occupation forces are both showing glaring weaknesses.... Posted Feb 22, 2009

The U.S. and its NATO allies face an extremely difficult challenge in Afghanistan. How can they supply the troops they have there?... Posted Feb 15, 2009

The day Vice President-elect Joseph Biden visited Kabul, the current capital, and Khandahar, the major city in southern Afghanistan, more than 600 Afghan resistance fighters left Afghanistan and attacked a Frontier Corps outpost in northwest Pakistan.... Posted Jan 25, 2009

The movie "Charlie Wilson's War" is no more truthful about Afghanistan than "Gone with the Wind" was about slavery.... Posted Jan 2, 2008

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