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Ten girls die in Afghanistan explosion as US pushes for permanent presence

By Bill Van Auken, December 18, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a press conference in Kabul last week that “we are not departing Afghanistan.”

Labor steps up Australian commitment to Afghan war

By James Cogan, November 2, 2012

Prime Minister Gillard said additional Australian forces were likely to be deployed over the next year.

Four Afghan children killed in US raid

By Bill Van Auken, October 24, 2012

The killing of Afghan children in a US raid and the disappearance and murder of civilians at the hands of occupation troops have provoked growing anger and protests.

Afghan schools and clinics built by British military to be closed down

By Harvey Thompson, October 23, 2012

A recently leaked report reveals that schools and health clinics built by the British military across Helmand province are to be closed down by 2014.

Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation

By Bill Van Auken, October 20, 2012

With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.

US troop deaths in Afghanistan top 2,000

By Bill Van Auken, October 2, 2012

The 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan last weekend as the result of a so-called “insider” attack, underscoring the crisis of the 11-year-old US war.

Anti-US protests spread throughout Muslim world

By Alex Lantier, September 18, 2012

Protests that began one week ago at US embassies in Egypt and Libya against an anti-Islamic YouTube video are rapidly spreading throughout the Muslim world.

The US debacle in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, August 20, 2012

The proliferation of attacks on US soldiers by uniformed Afghan soldiers and policemen is an expression of popular hatred for the occupation regime.

US Army suicides nearly double from June to July

By Nick Barrickman, August 20, 2012

Reports received this month show that 26 active-duty members of the US Army died last month due to suicide. Though not all confirmed, the figure would be the highest amount in a single month on record since the military started tracking figures in 2009.

Afghan launches legal challenge over UK role in Washington kill list

By Harvey Thompson, August 14, 2012

An Afghan man has started legal proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and the Serious Organised Crime Agency to reveal whether the UK had a role in supplying information to a US military joint integrated prioritised target list in Afghanistan.

Afghan police chief kills three US special forces troops

By Bill Van Auken, August 11, 2012

The slaying Thursday night of three members of a US Marines special operations unit by a uniformed commander in the US-backed security forces brought to eight the number of Americans killed this week in Afghanistan.

US and Pakistan end standoff over Afghan supply routes

By Peter Symonds, July 6, 2012

The decision to lift the seven-month ban followed a limited apology by the Obama administration over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in US air strikes last November.