Topic archives: Afghanistan

Afghanistan is no closer to peace, despite what the US claims

January 29, 2018 9

16 years on and despite peace talks, the corrupt Kabul government is still on the back-foot in its war with the Taliban.

Happy warmonger Trump joins the circle of a perpetual war

August 23, 2017 18

While the foreign policy establishment applauds Trump's conversion to military intervention, they never ask the question of why the War on Terror has been such a spectacular failure.

Crikey Worm: what Trump’s Afghanistan call means for Australia, tech giants avoiding tax and Tasmanian murder mystery

August 23, 2017

Will we commit more troops to Afghanistan? How much is Google really earning in Australia and the "most pure" Aussie in parliament. It's the news you need to know.

Actual soldier refutes Devine in the value of women in combat

April 5, 2017 16

Gender diversity is not a PC buzzword -- it saves lives and wins wars, a senior Defence servicewoman has said.

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.

The devil wears Shahada: how IS uses radicalised women to market jihad

The devil wears Shahada: how IS uses radicalised women to market jihad

February 18, 2015 5

The increased use of female suicide bombers by Islamic State militants is, in large part, due to the increased media coverage they generate.

US Senate torture report: the essentials

US Senate torture report: the essentials

December 10, 2014 6

The CIA engaged in a torture program that didn't work, tortured and killed innocent people, and the agency lied systematically to the authorities while intimidating those who raised concerns, a congressional report finds.

Follow Friday: @combatjourno, live-tweeting battle in Afghanistan

Follow Friday: @combatjourno, live-tweeting battle in Afghanistan

June 13, 2014 1

In a country bound by government-related media restrictions, live-tweeting breaking news is both a sensible and revolutionary act, says Mustafa Kazemi.

Afghanistan’s second election: not exactly democratic consolidation

Afghanistan’s second election: not exactly democratic consolidation

April 7, 2014 2

Afghanistan went to the polls with minimal violence. But it was hardly a triumph in democracy. Irregularities were many, and the Taliban sits in wait for the main presidential run-off.