War in Afghanistan

The Afghan war between US-lead Nato forces and Taliban insurgent groups was triggered by the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It has cost more than 3,000 lives on the Nato side and some 13,000 civilian lives. On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden, a major target of the war, was killed by US special forces.   

Obama distrusted his own Afghan war plan, ex-defence chief claims in memoir

Robert Gates. Photo: Reuters

Former defence secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan in a revealing new memoir, US media reported on Tuesday.

Thursday, 9 January, 2014, 4:56pm

Taliban likens US Afghan role to Vietnam war

Afghan special forces trained by US soldiers demonstrate a raid for rescuing a hostage at the commando training centre in Kabul. Photo: AP

The Taliban on Wednesday likened the planned withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan to America’s pullout from Vietnam, calling it a “declare victory and run” strategy.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:53pm

Briefs, November 21, 2012

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21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

War-weary Afghans shrug off Obama re-election

An Afghan man poses next to cutout figures of President Barack Obama (left) and Mitt Romney at the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday. Photo: AP

In Afghanistan, where US troops are fighting and dying in America’s longest conflict, the re-election of President Barack Obama was met with a war-weary shrug on Wednesday as foreign forces prepare to withdraw.

7 Nov 2012 - 5:00pm

Seven British marines arrested over a killing in Afghanistan last year

Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder after one of their colleagues came forward and claimed an insurgent had been killed in a manner that broke the British military's strict rules of engagement.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Nato charts path out of Afghanistan, 'post-combat' role

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) listens to ISAF Commander US General John Allen prior to the start of a Nato Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Nato defence ministers looked to the future in Afghanistan on Wednesday, planning for their mission after combat forces are withdrawn in 2014 in the knowledge that the transition is fraught with danger.

11 Oct 2012 - 1:43pm

Afghan civil war feared as Taliban survive US surge

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the US-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

With the end of the US surge in Afghanistan, the Taliban have survived the biggest military onslaught the West will throw at them – and fears are growing that a disastrous new civil war looms.

The last of the extra 33,000 soldiers President Barack Obama deployed nearly three years ago left late last month, and the remaining Nato force of some 112,000 will follow by the end of 2014.

4 Oct 2012 - 3:29pm

Withdrawal of Western forces from Afghanistan may be speeded up

Withdrawal of Western forces from Afghanistan may be speeded up

The retreat of Western forces from Afghanistan could come sooner than expected, the head of Nato said, as he conceded that the Taliban strategy of "green on blue" killings - Afghan security forces turning on their trainers and mentors - had been successful in sapping Western morale.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

US military deaths in Afghanistan reach 2,000

A burial service at Arlington cemetery, Virginia, for US Army Chief Warrant Officer Thalia Ramirez who was killed on duty in Afghanistan. Photo: EPA

The killing of an American serviceman in firefight with allied Afghan soldiers pushed US military deaths in the war to 2,000, a cold reminder of the perils that remain in the 11-year conflict.

1 Oct 2012 - 8:55am

Nato halts work with Afghan allies to stem insider attacks

Nato troops arrive at the scene of a suicide bombing in Kabul on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Nato ordered a cutback on Tuesday on operations alongside Afghan forces in response to a surge of “insider attacks” on foreign servicemen.

18 Sep 2012 - 8:46pm

Australian PM cuts Pacific trip after troop deaths

Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard speaks to the media and guests on the theme "Women in the Pacific" during the Pacific Islands Forum in Avarua on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands on August 29. Photo: AFP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard cut short her trip to a major Pacific summit on Wednesday after five of the nation’s troops were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.

Gillard cancelled all appointments at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Cook Islands so she could return to Canberra after Australia’s worst day for casualties since the war started.

30 Aug 2012 - 2:43pm

China offers hope for Afghanistan

Developed nations have always had good intentions towards Afghanistan. But the peaceful and prosperous country envisaged at their first donors' meeting a decade ago remains a dream despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on aid and military operations.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Who wants to receive welfare if they can work? Before 1997, I earned a living by myself. Now, I haven't even been given that dignity

Egg-Waffle man Ng Yuk-fai

There's obviously going to be nerves and pressure, but I need to try and stay focused

Andy Murray, on becoming Britain's first men's finalist at Wimbledon for 74 years

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The good, the bad and the ugly - from both sides of the fence

Your latest novel, The Watch, uses the plot of Sophocles' Antigone to bring home the human costs of the conflict in Afghanistan. How did it come about?

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We have conducted two studies to broaden the tax base, but there was no consensus

Chu Yam-yuen, reporting on another bumper year for the taxman

This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end

U.S. President Barack Obama, addressing troops during a surprise visit to Bagram air base, near Kabul

3 May 2012 - 12:00am