from David Rohde:

Looking to Afghanistan’s future

By David Rohde
October 7, 2011

As the 10th anniversary of the start of the Afghan war is marked around the world, looking forward is more important than looking back. As I noted in an earlier post, staggering mistakes have been made over the last decade. While individual Americans and Afghans have performed heroically, the Afghan and American governments – particularly their civilian arms – have performed anemically. And Pakistan’s intelligence service - the ISI - is the single largest impediment to stability in the region.

from Photographers' Blog:

38 days and 10 years in Afghanistan

October 7, 2011

By Erik de Castro

As I write this blog, I am on the 38th day of my current assignment to Afghanistan as an embedded journalist with U.S. military forces. I have been assigned here several times since 2001 to cover the war that is still going on 10 years after the al Qaeda attack on U.S. soil. Mullah Omar, popularly known as the one-eyed Taliban, was the first member of the Taliban I met back in 2001. He held press conferences almost daily at the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan a few weeks before U.S. forces and its allies attacked Afghanistan to remove the Taliban government.

from Full Focus:

Photographer notebook: Finbarr O’Reilly

October 7, 2011

Africa-based Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly has been going on embeds with Canadian and U.S. forces since 2007, documenting the military struggle in southern Afghanistan. On the war's tenth anniversary, he recounts his experiences covering the daily lives of soldiers and tells of Sir Elton John's interest in one of his images of a dusty Marine.

from Full Focus:

Afghan war: Iconic images

October 6, 2011

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Ten years ago, U.S. forces began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation against its Taliban rulers who refused to hand over the al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Within weeks, the air strikes had helped Afghan opponents topple the Taliban, but in the decade since, the deposed Islamist fighters have returned to mount an ever more aggressive insurgency against an Afghan government backed by the United States and NATO. Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. force has tripled in size, but Washington and NATO now plan to begin withdrawing and to hand over responsibility for Afghanistan's security to Afghan forces by 2014.

from The Great Debate:

Awlaki and the Arab autumn

By David Rohde
September 30, 2011

By David Rohde
The opinions expressed are his own.

The death of Anwar al-Awlaki this morning is welcome news, but Washington policymakers should not delude themselves into thinking the drone that killed him is a supernatural antidote to militancy. Yes, drone strikes should continue, but the real playing field continues to be the aftermath of the Arab spring; namely vital elections scheduled for October in Tunisia and November in Egypt.

from The Great Debate:

Don’t overestimate Afghanistan pessimism

By James Dobbins
September 29, 2011

This is a response to Rory Stewart’s book excerpt “My uphill battle against the Afghanistan intervention.” David Rohde’s response can be read here and Anne-Marie Slaughter's response can be read here.

from Afghan Journal:

In the U.S.-Pakistan fight, India an anxious spectator

September 29, 2011

Pakistan and the United States are in the middle of such a public and bruising fight that Islamabad's other pet hate, India, has receded into the background.  A Pakistani banker friend, only half in jest, said his country had bigger fish to fry than to worry about India, now that it had locked horns with the superpower.

from The Great Debate:

Where the Afghanistan effort broke down

By Anne-Marie Slaughter
September 26, 2011

This is a response to Rory Stewart's book excerpt "My uphill battle against the Afghanistan intervention." David Rohde's response can be read here.

from Expert Zone:

U.S. should react strongly to Pakistan’s involvement in embassy attack

By Lisa Curtis
September 26, 2011

(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

from Expert Zone:

Rabbani assassination and Pakistani defiance crush prospects for Afghan peace

By Lisa Curtis
September 23, 2011

(The views expressed in this column are the author's own and do not represent those of Reuters)