SPECIAL REPORT

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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SPECIAL REPORT
"I can not find anybody who's lost their job for screwing up, and there have been a lot of screwups in Afghanistan, and that's a problem," John Sopko said.

IG: Corruption in Afghanistan Getting 'Significantly Worse'

November 18 A top watchdog said it "seems like nobody is responsible for anything."

A hallway in the half-renovated Pol-i-Charkhi Prison.

U.S. Halted Work on Half-Renovated Prison in Afghanistan

October 28 Watchdog faults State Department oversight of contract.

Bowe Bergdahl's father Bob Bergdahl speaks to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho.

Why There Are So Few POWs From Today's Wars

June 2 Americans are taken captive at a much lower rate than in past conflicts.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Bergdahl's Release Upsets Soldiers Who Saw Him as a Deserter

June 2 Bergdahl was reportedly seized by the Taliban in 2009, after he left the camp where he was stationed, without authorization.

Afghan security personnel line up for the registration process before they cast their votes at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan May Be Significantly Reduced

April 22 Officials have said that the troop count in Afghanistan could “drop well below 10,000.”

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