A paratrooper from the 173rd Airborne Brigade looks out over the perimeter of Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province on Jan. 22, 2013. Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR for TIME
Afghanistan In Retrograde: America Prepares To Withdraw -- Nate Rawlings, Time
For the past few years, American troops in Afghanistan have used the winter months to make progress in counterinsurgency before the next fighting season. But with the end in sight for the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, American forces have a different kind of mission this winter. This is the first in a series of stories by Nate Rawlings, assigned to document the dismantling of the U.S. installations in Afghanistan in the walk-up to the withdrawal of troops by the end of 2014.
You can be forgiven, upon landing in Kabul, for initially forgetting you’ve entered a war zone. Leaving the city’s slightly shoddy airport, I descended into its frenetically congested streets and saw thousands of people go about their daily lives, seemingly unaware that the rest of the world always attached the word war next to their country.
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More News On Afghanistan
ISAF Joint Command operational update, Jan. 25 -- ISAF
Over 1,000 Afghan army soldiers killed in six months -- Khaama Press
Afghan bomber targets NATO convoy, kills 5 civilians -- L.A. Times
Reports: Afghan Civilians Killed After Suicide Bomber Missed NATO Convoy -- RTT
Afghanistan last: 'Five killed' in car bomb attack in Kapisa -- BBC
Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader -- US Department of Defense
Three Georgian Soldiers Wounded in Afghanistan -- Civil.ge
Explosion rocks Mazar-e-Sharif city of Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
Afghanistan's special forces are a bastion of hope -- Javid Ahmad, Foreign Policy
Workshop: Identifying behavior cues before an insider attack -- Stars and Stripes
Potential 'Mutiny' Of Overworked Afghan Contractors Put US Embassy At Risk -- Business Insider
John Kerry uses Senate hearing to warn Afghanistan over elections -- The Guardian
Iran is a major threat for Afghanistan security: ex-spy chief -- Khaama Press
USAF delays Afghan Light Air Support source selection -- Flight Global
US blacklists Afghan airline accused of smuggling opium -- BBC
Kam Air, Afghanistan's leading airline, blacklisted for smuggling opium, WSJ says -- Global Post
Kam Air smuggling bulk opium from Afghanistan: US military -- Khaama Press
'Games Without Rules' dominate Afghanistan's tangled history: Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary tracks the past of his native country. -- Randy Dotinga, BBC