February 21st, 2011
09:18 AM ET

Rumsfeld defends Afghan troop levels

CNN's Candy Crowley asks former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about Afghanistan, terrorism and the Obama administration.


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February 21st, 2011
09:16 AM ET

Suicide attack kills more than 25

At least 26 civilians were killed in a suicide attack at the office of a district governor in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Monday, officials said. Another 36 people were wounded. FULL POST

February 18th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

The 'Afghan Oprah' opens up

The "Afghan Oprah," Mozhdah Jamalzadah, discusses her talk show and why she decided to return to Afghanistan.

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Senators question Afghanistan's ability to fund force build-up
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Under Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense Robert F. Hale arrive to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee.
February 18th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Senators question Afghanistan's ability to fund force build-up

Some U.S. senators are questioning whether the ambitious plans to increase the size of Afghanistan's security forces are coming at a cost that Afghanistan can never afford to underwrite.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says the size of Afghanistan forces - what he called "our ticket out of Afghanistan" - is under discussion inside the Obama administration.
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Bringing new life to an ancient fortress
February 17th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Restoring Herat's legendary citadel

The ancient citadel building in Herat is undergoing a massive restoration, which officials say they hope to finish by May with an extended deadline just announced. Late last year, CNN's Tommy Evans and Nic Robertson explored the citadel, where workers were on the way to completing restoration of the baked brick parapet around the perimeter wall, consolidation of existing historic structures within the site and the clearing of accumulated debris from the area.

February 17th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Opinion: Myths about 'unwinnable' Afghanistan

The future of the war in Afghanistan is hotly debated around Washington. Hearings are promised - the latest from Sen. John Kerry's Foreign Relations Committee - as a growing number of reporters, lawmakers and activists wonder why we are in Afghanistan and what the United States can gain by remaining at war in this remote, conflict-scarred and presumably ungovernable nation.

Look more closely at the conventional wisdom on Afghanistan, however, and it is clear that some facts have been left out of the well-trod arguments about the "unwinnable" battle that has become America's longest war.

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February 17th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Security improves in Afghanistan

Brigade commanders update security operations in Afghanistan and respond to questions about "don't ask, don't tell."

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Pakistani judge delays hearing for jailed U.S. diplomat
February 17th, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Pakistani judge delays hearing for jailed U.S. diplomat

A Pakistani judge on Thursday postponed until March 14 a hearing for a jailed American diplomat accused of shooting and killing two men, a government official said.

Thursday's hearing was delayed after the Foreign Ministry asked that it be given three weeks to respond to questions from the Lahore High Court about whether Raymond Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity, according to Khawaja Haris, a senior government attorney.

Davis was not in court and neither was his lawyer or any representative from the U.S. Embassy, Haris said.

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February 15th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Official: Veteran diplomat to be U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Former ambassador Marc Grossman will be named this week to replace the late Richard Holbrooke as the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior Obama administration official said.

The official was not authorized to speak on the record about who would assume the position as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile region.

Grossman is currently vice chairman of the Cohen Group, a Washington-based consulting group headed by former U.S. defense secretary and senator William Cohen.

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February 15th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Feds: Seven men charged with conspiring to supply Taliban

Seven men, including two Americans, have been charged for allegedly conspiring to sell surface-to-air missiles and cocaine to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement released Monday. FULL POST

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