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, 2014 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, 2014 Watchdog faults State Department oversight of contract.

$7 Billion Bid to Wean Afghanistan From Opium Trade Is a Bust

October 21, 2014 Special inspector general reports poppy farming levels are at an all-time high.

"For those who think we don't need an Army, look around the world and see the things we do every single day," said Gen. Raymond Odierno.

The Army's Answer to Its Identity Crisis

October 15, 2014 Service leaders laid out what the future looks like without a large ground operation and with a smaller budget.

Pentagon Scraps Afghan Air Fleet for Pennies on the Dollar

October 9, 2014 After spending $486 million on 20 planes for the Afghan Air Force, the Pentagon sold 16 for just $32,000.

U.S. Army Pfc. Perry Price patrols the village of Aliabad in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Finally Signs Elusive Security Pact With United States

September 30, 2014 Agreement will allow for nearly 10,000 American forces to remain in the country.

Taliban Suicide Blast Near U.S. Base Kills Three Soldiers in Kabul

September 16, 2014 The car bomb was set off just a couple hundred yards from the U.S. embassy, killing three and wounding more than a dozen others.

Afghan National Army instructors take notes as a group of officer candidates work together during a team-building exercise in October at Camp Qargha, where the attack took place today.

Army Major General Killed in 'Inside' Attack at Afghan Military Academy

August 5, 2014 This is the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities surrounding the Afghanistan war.

Crates of weapons for the Afghan National Security Forces.

The Afghan Military’s Tracking of U.S.-Supplied Weapons Is Sloppy at Best

July 28, 2014 Watchdog warns that incomplete inventory could help arming of insurgents.

On Campus, Young Veterans Are Learning How to Be Millennials

July 18, 2014 They spent their early 20s in combat zones. Now they're back in school, struggling to fit in with their peers and figure out the rest of their lives.

Secretary of State John Kerry

For Now, Kerry's Afghan Election Deal Makes Him the Hero

July 15, 2014 20 hours of talks over the course of two days defused the crisis.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is returning to the United States and is expected to arrive at the Brooke Army Medical Center early Friday morning.

Bergdahl Is Now Back in Texas

June 13, 2014 This is the start of the final step to reintegrate the sergeant back into society.

Smoke rises above the Jinnah International Airport where security forces battled militants in Karachi, Pakistan.

Taliban Claims Responsibility for Deadly Airport Attack in Pakistan

June 9, 2014 The hours-long overnight attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi killed dozens of people and left several injured.

Obama on Bergdahl Swap: I Make No Apologies

June 5, 2014 "We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind," the president said at a press conference Thursday morning.

Afghan police recruits who just finished their first training at the police academy, line up as they arrive with their sleeping bags at a police station in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Program to Pay Afghan Police Through Mobile Money Transfers Could Curb Corruption

June 2, 2014 Such systems prevent locals from siphoning off portions of the salaries.

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, 2014 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, 2014 Bergdahl was reportedly seized by the Taliban in 2009, after he left the camp where he was stationed, without authorization.

Debate Begins Over Wisdom of Prisoner Swap that Freed American P.O.W.

June 2, 2014 Critics say the deal could endanger American soldiers for years to come.

President Barack Obama, center, gets a briefing after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit.

White House Accidentally Blows Cover of CIA Station Chief in Kabul

May 27, 2014 The CIA officer was one of many senior U.S. officials identified as taking part in a military briefing for Obama.

Veterans, military spouses, and transitioning service members meet with employers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes job fair on March 27, 2014 in New York.

Putting Veterans on a Path to Careers

April 23, 2014 Public-private coalitions provide certification programs in skilled trades.

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, 2014 Officials have said that the troop count in Afghanistan could “drop well below 10,000.”

Armored vehicles patrol a customs check point in Khowst province in 2009.

Effort to Help Afghanistan Collect Customs Revenue Found Lacking

April 15, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 What does an airport say about a country? More than you might think.

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, 2014 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