Topic archives: afghanistan war

An Australian soldier begs to be punished for a crime we forced him to commit

October 18, 2016 2

Returned Sergeant Kevin Frost cannot deal with the pain and guilt of what happened in Afghanistan any longer. It's a pain foreign correspondent John Martinkus knows well.

He saved my life in Afghanistan. So why did Australia want to send him to Nauru?

August 26, 2016

Many people in Afghanistan risked their lives and their families to help foreign journalists. But foreign correspondent John Martinkus says after the West has no need for such people anymore, we often leave them to be killed.

The grim, deadly reminders that the war in Afghanistan has failed

April 26, 2016 5

Since Australian troops left, Afghanistan has become even more dangerous, writes former foreign correspondent John Martinkus.

Flanagan on war and the ‘poisonous language that seeps into the soul’

Flanagan on war and the ‘poisonous language that seeps into the soul’

November 12, 2013 4

One of Australia's pre-eminent authors spoke movingly at The Lowy Institute about the horrors of war, the power of language and the nature of evil.

In Afghanistan, we fought a smart war in dumb ways

In Afghanistan, we fought a smart war in dumb ways

October 29, 2013 21

Australian troops leave behind a better Afghanistan. We made the right decision to commit. But the prolonged, unpopular campaign could have been fought smarter, says Army veteran and Lowy fellow James Brown.

Failure in Afghanistan and how the Iraq war poisoned support for western intervention

Failure in Afghanistan and how the Iraq war poisoned support for western intervention

February 6, 2013

Australia’s mission in Afghanistan is a failure, as Fairfax's Hugh White says, but that failure derives from a much larger failure of American policy, writes Charles Richardson.

Crikey says: Afghanistan justification doesn’t pass muster

August 30, 2012 21

Once again we go through what has become a wretched ritual: early reports of casualties in Afghanistan, then the horrible confirmation that Australians soldiers have died this time.

Afghans forced to swallow the pill of progress at gunpoint

April 27, 2012 3

How can we bring development to Afghanistan if we don’t have security? asks Benjamin Gilmour, a writer and filmmaker.

Ware: Oz and Iran’s spheres of influence in Afghanistan side by side

February 21, 2012 4

Australia’s and Iran’s spheres of influence in the war-torn country lie devilishly close to each other; indeed, side by side, if not in fact overlapping, writes former CNN and Time correspondent Michael Ware.

Blood on the Mexican border squeezed by opportunistic GOP

October 14, 2011 6

Rick Perry has a knack for making comments that cause large swathes of the electorate to wince.

Rabbani’s assassination ‘a death knell for peace’

September 21, 2011 1

The head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council and former president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, was assassinated in his home yesterday by the Taliban, which has sent a clear message it will not be negotiated with, writes Catherine James, a freelance journalist in Kabul.

Vale Brett Wood, honourable man, Australian hero

May 25, 2011 8

Rob Burgess paid tribute yesterday, along with the rest of parliament, to Australia's latest casualty in the bloody Afghanistan conflict -- and his brother-in-law -- Sergeant Brett Wood.

My enemy’s enemy is my friend: fragile US-Pakistani relations

May 23, 2011 2

Pakistan needs to retain a strong alliance with Afghanistan, no matter who is in power, more than it needs the US.

US deficit is unsustainable … watch out for the ramifications

March 7, 2011 4

Like a drug addict who has cleaned out his pockets, it’s time to start stealing from the neighbours.

Is America defeating the Haqqani network?

December 27, 2010

A key group of Taliban fighters known as the Haqqani network have not conducted a large scale attack in Kabul for seven months, which suggests recent tactics from US troops are working, writes Eric Schmitt.

What did America think about our Afghan debate?

November 4, 2010

Plenty of Australians were skeptical of the "furious agreement" espoused by both major parties during parliament's debate on the war in Afghanistan, but United States Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich was glued to the screen and chuffed with the results, writes Leo Shanahan.

Mungo: cue applause for Greens on Afghanistan … but what have we learned?

October 25, 2010 4

The debate on Afghanistan was long overdue and the Greens are to be congratulated for forcing it upon a reluctant Government. But it must be said that we have learned very little from it to date.

Afghanistan: OK to be partisan

October 18, 2010 28

Watch closely in the parliamentary debate on Afghanistan this week for how often the speaking MPs remind you of their support for the troops. But there's nothing wrong with being partisan on military policy, writes Special Forces Afghanistan veteran and Lowy Institute associate James Brown.

Two virility symbols and a saint … lucky country indeed

Two virility symbols and a saint … lucky country indeed

October 18, 2010 20

Judging from the shambling swagger he affects these days (part-Western gunslinger, part-silverback gorilla) Tony Abbott is brimming with confidence.

Rethinking Afghanistan: risks, consequences need to be assessed

Rethinking Afghanistan: risks, consequences need to be assessed

October 14, 2010 9

The quality, relevance and consequent utility of general public debate concerning Australia’s military commitment to the UN-endorsed International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan is often problematic at best, writes Neil James, executive director, Australia Defence Association.