from The Great Debate:

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

By David Rohde
July 30, 2015

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province in this December 13, 2010 picture. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

U.S.-funded Afghan police prey on those they’re paid to protect

By Graeme Smith
June 10, 2015

A member of the Afghan local police meets with soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment at a checkpoint near Combat Outpost Hutal in Maywand District

A member of the Afghan local police meets with soldiers from the U.S. Army in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

from The Great Debate:

Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

By Paula Newberg
May 26, 2015

India's PM Modi shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Sharif as Nepal's PM Koirala and Afghanistan's President Ghani watch during the closing session of 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front L) shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (front C) as Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (back 2nd L) and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (front R) look on at the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Kathmandu, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Niranjan Shrestha/Pool

from David Rohde:

Exclusive: U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases

By Reuters Staff
March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON | BY ARSHAD MOHAMMED, DAVID ROHDE AND PHIL STEWART

U.S. soldiers from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne walk while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 24, 2012. REUTERS/BAZ RATNER

U.S. soldiers from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne walk while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 24, 2012.
REUTERS/BAZ RATNER

from The Great Debate:

Prediction: Obama will decide to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016

December 22, 2014

U.S. Marines prepare to board a plane at the end of operations for U.S. Marines and British combat troops in Helmand

In 2015, I predict that President Barack Obama will rethink his plan to have all operational U.S. combat forces out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

from Stories I’d like to see:

What we don’t know about Qatar and what we don’t know about key Senate races

By Steven Brill
August 5, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Qatari Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha

1. Inside Qatar:  the terrorists’ benefactor and America’s friend

As the war in Gaza continues, we keep hearing that one pipeline for negotiations with Hamas goes through Qatar, the tiny, oil-rich kingdom in the Gulf that has friendly relations with Hamas. In fact, Qatar hosts the leaders of Hamas and provides financial support.

from The Great Debate:

Bergdahl reveals the impossible choices faced by hostages’ families

By David Rohde
June 6, 2014

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl waits in a pick-up truck before he is freed at the Afghan border

The furor surrounding the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this week has exposed the murky world -- and impossible choices -- of the families of Americans taken captive by militants.

from The Great Debate:

Leave no soldier behind – no exceptions

By Charles J. Dunlap Jr.
June 4, 2014

dunlop -- top!

The deal for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s return has hardly generated the praise the Obama administration might have hoped. Hard questions abound.

from David Rohde:

Analysis: Afghanistan’s surprises

By David Rohde
April 9, 2014

Election officials hold a ballot paper during the vote counting process at a polling station in Herat Province, April 5, 2014. REUTERS/OMAR SOBHANI

Election officials hold a ballot paper during the vote counting process at a polling station in Herat Province, April 5, 2014.
REUTERS/OMAR SOBHANI

from The Great Debate:

Afghan elections redefine U.S. role

By Senator Robert Menendez
April 4, 2014

On Saturday, Afghans will go to the polls to elect a new president, marking a critical turning point in Afghanistan's history and our role in the country.