Afghanistan Topics

Democracy Now! has regularly covered the Afghanistan War since it was launched Oct. 7, 2001. Over the years, we have interviewed dozens of independent journalists, civilians living in the conflict zones, scholars, veterans, and antiwar activists.

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  • Obama-address
    President Obama announced Tuesday night that he would send an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan in the coming months, bringing the total number of American troops occupying Afghanistan to nearly 100,000. Describing the war as "not just America’s war," Obama vowed to start bringing the troops back home by the middle of 2011. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Kucinich-web
    As President Obama unveils his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Ohio Congress member Dennis Kucinich. "The United States is going deeper and deeper into debt," says Kucinich. "We have money for Wall Street and money for war, but we don’t have money for work...for healthcare. We have to start asking ourselves, why is it that war is a priority, but the basic needs of the people of this country are...
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Bacevich-web
    Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and a Vietnam War veteran who spent twenty-three years in the US Army, responds to President Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and the author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Rosen-dn-web
    Nir Rosen, independent journalist and fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, responds to President Obama decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Rosen has covered both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. His latest articles cover the current state of the US occupations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Afghanistan-web
    President Obama has issued orders for a major escalation of the US occupation of Afghanistan by sending 34,000 additional troops. Has the media helped beat the drum for war? A new study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting reveals pro-war voices outnumbered antiwar ones by a huge margin in the op-ed pages of the nation’s two leading newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 01, 2009 | Story
  • Soldiers-web
    Administration officials say President Obama will unveil his decision on sending tens of thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan next week. Obama is expected to announce the plan in a prime-time address next Tuesday night. At the White House yesterday, Obama said he intends to "finish the job" in Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 25, 2009 | Story
  • Bagram-web
    The Obama administration has promised to begin moving the 700-odd men held in the Bagram prison in Afghanistan into a new $60 million facility by next month. But in a video released by Brave New Films, two men who were held in the notorious detention center ask how much of a difference this will make when it’s unclear why people were arrested in the first place. The two brothers, Abdel and Noor Raqeeb, say they were held without formal...
    Nov 24, 2009 | Story
  • Taliban-ben-web
    In a last-minute dissent ahead of a critical war cabinet meeting on escalating the Afghan war, US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry has cast doubt on a troop escalation until the Afghan government can address corruption and other internal problems. Meanwhile, a report reveals how the US government is financing the very same insurgent forces in Afghanistan that American and NATO soldiers are fighting. Investigative journalist Aram Roston traces how...
    Nov 12, 2009 | Story
  • Greenwald-web
    One of the leading political and legal bloggers in the country, Glenn Greenwald, joins us to talk about about the war in Afghanistan, the Obama administration’s use of state secrets, the healthcare debate, the renewed military commissions at Guantanamo, and the coverage of it all by the corporate media. Greenwald is a constitutional law attorney who writes for Salon.com and is the author of three books. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 30, 2009 | Story
  • Afghan-un-web
    At least six international United Nations workers were killed in Afghanistan today when a team of gunmen and bombers raided their private guest house in Kabul. About an hour later, a rocket struck the luxury Serena Hotel located near the presidential palace. The attacks come one day after eight US soldiers were killed, making October the deadliest month for the US in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. The New York Times meanwhile reports the...
    Oct 28, 2009 | Story