A string of deadly attacks in Afghanistan exposes government weakness, limits of U.S. training effort - Washington Post

Monday, January 29, 2018

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Three deadly attacks in Afghanistan's capital have killed more than 130 people in just over a week, a nearly unprecedented urban terrorism blitz that seemed likely to prompt a sobering international reassessment of Afghan defense capabilities as the Trump administration begins building a new, ramped-up military presence and intensified combat-training role.

Afghanistan’s Hipsters Have Found Themselves A Pocket Of Calm - BuzzFeed

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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You summon a ride using the Kaweyan Cabs taxi-hailing app, listening to upbeat Pashtun pop as your driver takes you through streets clogged with traffic. You get to the workshare space at the Hub, where you rent a desk and spend a few hours responding to emails on your laptop, and perhaps play a few rounds...

“At 3 P.M. My Son Came Home. By 9 P.M. He Was Dead.” - BuzzFeed

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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fter four months on the front line fighting the Taliban, Ahmad Zai was exhausted. It had been a hot, demanding summer for the Afghan National Police, holding territory taken from the Taliban or rushing to reinforce...

Experts Say Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy Will Require Nation-Building - Breitbart

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), pointed to the upcoming Afghan presidential elections in 2019. The last election in 2014 required heavy U.S. involvement. Scott Worden, director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs at USIP, said that, on one hand, Trump wants to protect the U.S. from terrorism emanating from Afghanistan, but on the other, 30 years of non-democratic institutions in Afghanistan have led to more violence. Belquis Ahmadi, a senior program officer as USIP, said it is now “up to the Afghans to address the needs of its people.”

Trump Embraces Afghanistan Ideas That Failed Obama, Bush - Bloomberg

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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“There is pressure on Pakistan to change,” said Scott Worden, the director of Afghanistan and Central Asia programs at the U.S. Institute for Peace. “That’s been tried in the past. A lot will depend on what carrots and sticks are offered to see whether it marks a change."

Despite expected U.S. troop hike, no end in sight to Afghan war - Reuters

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Sending more U.S. troops could "buy time for the Afghan government to increase its legitimacy and gain support for the Afghans, which will help them negotiate an end of the conflict,” said Scott Worden, an expert with the U.S. Institute for Peace. But Worden, also speaking before Trump's speech, said more U.S. troops "alone are not going to outright defeat the Taliban. The military components of the strategy have to be coupled with an equal - if not greater - emphasis on managing the politics of Afghanistan and the politics of the region."

Scott Worden on Afghanistan - SiriusXM POTUS

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Scott Worden spoke to SiriusXM POTUS Ch. 124 about the current state of affairs in Afghanistan as the Trump administration prepares to announce its strategy in the country. Worden explained why winning the peace should be the goal because a political solution is the only way to win the war there.