The Afghanistan War

Starting in October 2001, the United States has been engaged in a war in Afghanistan against insurgents associated with the Taliban.
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Armored vehicles patrol a customs check point in Khowst province in 2009.

Effort to Help Afghanistan Collect Customs Revenue Found Lacking

April 15 Watchdog says USAID and CBP contracts need performance metrics.

fghan women in burqas arrive to take part in a election campaign rally of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadza in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, Friday, March 28, 2014.

USAID Calls Accusations of Afghanistan Cover-Up 'Offensive'

April 3 Inspector general and House members attack 'generalities' on spending and waste.

Iraqi Army M1A1 Abrams tanks, purchased from the U.S.

U.S. Military: Sorry, Pakistan. You Won't Get Our Extra Equipment.

March 27 U.S. stresses its support for Afghanistan, which opposed the reported move.

Kajakan Valley in the Shinwari District of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan From the Air

March 14 What does an airport say about a country? More than you might think.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, and Robert Hale Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller.

Congress to Pentagon: Hand Over the War Budget

March 13 Defense officials want to wait until a decision on post-2014 involvement in Afghanistan is made.

A POW-MIA flag flies in front of a pharmacy displaying a sign in support of bringing home U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is currently being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Wants to Negotiate a Prisoner Swap with the Taliban

February 18 American officials are attempting to reopen negotiations with the Taliban in order to secure the release of Bowe Bergdahl, an Army Sergeant who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009.

Taliban Attack U.S. Consulate in Afghanistan

September 13, 2013 Similar attacks have grown more frequent in the northern and western region of the country.

The Afghanistan Negotiations Are Not Going Well

July 9, 2013 Neither side is willing to talk.

Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai spoke in Washington in January.

U.S. and Afghanistan Commit to Taliban Talks, Again

June 26, 2013 Taliban continues attacks on Afghanistan's infrastructure.

How Obama Learned to Deal with the Taliban

June 21, 2013 The militants' willingness to talk signals weakness—and is the most hopeful sign for the U.S. in Afghanistan in years.

Four U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Hours After Taliban Talks Announced

June 19, 2013 Negotiations are likely to be very messy.

The Taliban Is Ready for Peace Talks

June 18, 2013 Qatar to host direct negotiations among the Taliban, the Karzai government and the U.S.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets U.S. Army troops on the tarmac of Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

Chuck Hagel's First Afghanistan Trip Got Off to a Scary Start

March 11, 2013 Two separate suicide bomb attacks greeted the newly confirmed Defense Secretary.

Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Abdul Wakil Warzejy, left, gives orders on his radio at his base in Logar province.

Afghan forces likely won’t be ready when U.S. troops leave

November 1, 2012 IG gives reasons for concern about viability of transition in 2014.

Joint U.S.-Afghan operations resuming

September 28, 2012 Initial ban came after a sharp increase in insider attacks.

In Afghanistan, an increase in 'Green-on-Blue' killings

August 17, 2012 With the deaths of two U.S. troops on Friday, the Pentagon is investigating the trend of Afghan security forces killing Americans.

A U.S. soldier holds security duty in Wardak province.

Three Americans killed by gunman in Afghan army uniform

August 10, 2012 This is the third such attack on coalition forces this week.

"President Karzai believes that the Taliban will not come back. I am not so sure,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Congressional intelligence leaders say Taliban is stronger

May 7, 2012 President Obama argues the United States has broken the organization's momentum.

NATO soldiers watch smoke billow after a Talban attack Wednesday in Kabul.

Taliban announces 'spring offensive'

May 2, 2012 Annual campaign comes on the heels of President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Afghan Special Operations Units will lead the way in the country in the future, a memo says.

Afghan forces to lead special operations under new agreement

April 9, 2012 Deal gives the Afghan military more control over controversial night raids