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

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

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?

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

Crikey says: Afghanistan justification doesn’t pass muster

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

Afghans forced to swallow the pill of progress at gunpoint

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

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

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

Blood on the Mexican border squeezed by opportunistic GOP

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