The Taliban’s Plot to Assassinate the UAE’s Ambassador Relied on an Inside Man
Before anything else, Sayeed Mahboob Agha was a cook. He had been one for nearly three decades, and for a time served dutifully to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the founder of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Agha’s most significant contribution to the jihad waged by the Taliban was to ensure that... Read more
Blood Runs in Nangarhar
An Afghan soldier reportedly killed three U.S. troops — and injured another American and an Afghan — in a so-called “insider attack” in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on June 10, 2017. “Two foreign soldiers have been killed in an attack on Saturday,” Attaullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the governor of Nangarhar,... Read more
The United States Is Making the Soviet Union’s Mistakes
Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I’m tantalized by the cover article. “Russia is finished,” the magazine announces. The subtitle minces no words: “The unstoppable descent into social... Read more
Another Afghan Surge Is a Terrible Idea
How many soldiers does America need to turn the tide in Afghanistan? The Taliban controls half the country and continues to gain ground. The Pentagon and generals in the field want U.S. president Donald Trump to send an additional 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to help win the... Read more
‘Lately I Feel Like I Have Been Cleaning Up After Attacks a Lot’
Enayatullah Noori, a 30-year-old employee of Roshan, the Afghan telecom, stood outside the site of the explosion, dressed in a traditional Afghan outfit and a brown jacket, covered in blood. “This is not my blood,” he explained. “It’s the blood of my colleagues.” Noori was on his way to... Read more
‘War Machine’ Is a Rorschach Test
This post contains spoilers for both War Machine and America’s war in Afghanistan. Halfway through Netflix’s War Machine, Stanley McChrystal stand-in Glenn McMahon sits on a fancy jet waiting to meet with U.S. Pres. Barack Obama. State Department asshole Pat McKinnon plops down in a chair across from him... Read more
The Hazards of Military Worship
More, more, more. I was guilty of it myself. Commanding a small cavalry troop of around 85 soldiers in southwest Kandahar Province back in 2011, I certainly wanted and requested more. More troopers, more Special Forces advisers, more Afghan police, more air support, more supplies, more money, more …... Read more
After MOAB Strike, No Word on the Fate of Kidnapped Civilians
Two weeks after U.S. forces dropped one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs to target Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, there has been no official word on the number of casualties. A U.S. Air Force MC-130 dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, nicknamed “Mother Of All Bombs,” in... Read more
By the Way, Russia Is Supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan Now
The American public turned its attention to Afghanistan on April 13, 2017 when U.S. Special Operations Forces dropped a huge bomb on the Islamic State. Media coverage of America’s longest war picked up as talking heads mooned over the impressive weapon. But when most Americans weren’t paying attention, their longest war had... Read more
The MOAB Is One of the Biggest Non-Nuclear U.S. Bombs
The United States Air Force has dropped one of the largest non-nuclear bombs ever built on an ISIS tunnel network in Afghanistan. The weapon—called the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast—was dropped from an MC-130 belonging to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The Pentagon stated that the bomb targeted a... Read more
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