Tag Archives: Afghanistan War

Who are the private contractors fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? An inside look at this invisible military force

A contractor walks between trucks returning from Iraq to Camp Arafjan in Kuwait, Dec. 16, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Ori Swed, Texas Tech University and Thomas Crosbie, Royal Danish Defence College The debate on privatizing the war in Afghanistan is heating up yet again, with Democratic lawmakers pledging to end so-called “forever wars.” The public is slowly recognizing the war’s hidden costs and global scale. In 2016, 1 in 4 U.S. armed personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was a …

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Afghanistan’s peace process is stalled. Can the Taliban be trusted to hold up their end of the deal?

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images Sher Jan Ahmadzai, University of Nebraska Omaha Five months after the United States signed an historic accord with the Taliban – the Islamic militant group that sheltered al-Qaida …

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