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Rules of Engagement for the War in Afghanistan in 2015

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

As reported in an article in the New York Times back on November 21, President Obama recently decided to expand the set of circumstances in which the U.S. military might use force in Afghanistan during 2015. What is the precise nature of that expansion, so far as we can tell from that story? Or put . . .
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End of Forever War Watch, Weekend Edition

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt report: President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year. Mr. Obama’s order allows American . . .
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The Foreign Policy Essay: Why Iran Won’t Leave Afghanistan

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Editor’s Note: The United States plans to draw down its military forces in Afghanistan at the end of this year, and for most Americans, this move will put the conflict behind us. One country, however, will continue to play an active role: Iran. Afghanistan offers Iran’s leaders an opportunity for influence, but instability there is . . .
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Why Drone Strikes in Pakistan Have Stopped (and Will It Last?)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Did you know that we have not carried out drone strikes in Pakistan since 2013?  A story from Ken Dilanian (now at AP) today does a nice job of laying out the many reasons why: 1. Fewer targets  (“Many of the senior al-Qaida figures in Pakistan have been killed”; “Hardcore al-Qaida militants from Pakistan have . . .
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The Uncertain Future of Military Detention Authority as “Combat Operations” in Afghanistan End

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Scooping his own speech tomorrow at West Point, President Obama today announced his decision on future US force levels in Afghanistan.  Assuming that the winner of the Afghan presidential election will indeed sign the new Bilateral Security Agreement (which both leading candidates have pledged to do), the US will: – reduce its presence to 9800 . . .
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Brookings Event on Afghanistan Elections and Security

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM

I haven’t listened to this event yet, but I certainly plan to. Here’s how Brookings describes it: Today, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted a discussion on the upcoming elections in Afghanistan as well as the planned drawdown of foreign troops by the end of 2014. Participants included General John Allen (USMC, Ret.), . . .
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Bipartisan Group of Senators Push for Congressional Vote Before Extending Afghanistan Troop Presence

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

That is the title of this press release by Senator Jeff Merkley, announcing a resolution “calling for Congress to have a role in approving any further United States military involvement in Afghanistan after the current mission ends on December 31, 2014.”  The Resolution is sponsored by Merkley (D-OR), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Joe Manchin . . .
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Afghanistan May Release Hundreds of Detainees Transferred from US Military Custody

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Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

The unwinding of US detention operations in Afghanistan continues.   The latest development concerns the population of some 880 Afghan detainees whom the United States has transferred to Afghan control as part of the drawdown process (the United States continue to hold a smaller population of non-Afghan detainees, the long-term disposition plan for which is unclear . . .
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Detention in Afghanistan: The End Draws Closer

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Friday, January 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The meeting between Presidents Obama and Karzai today appears to have produced an agreement that will revive the process of shutting down U.S. detention operations in Afghanistan.  As reported in the Wall Street Journal: With Mr. Obama at his side, Mr. Karzai said on Friday that the two have agreed on what he called the complete . . .
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