U.S. Foreign Policy And Wars


At least 75 pro-government forces and 42 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this month.


Credit…Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan for the month. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The report includes government claims of insurgent casualty figures, but in most cases, these cannot be independently verified by The Times. Similarly, the reports do not include Taliban claims for their attacks on the government unless they can be verified. Both sides routinely inflate casualty totals for their opponents.

[Read the Afghan War Casualty Report from previous weeks.]

June 5-11, 2020

At least 47 pro-government forces and nine civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. The deadliest attack took place in Zabul Province, where the Taliban attacked a military base in the Jaldak area of Sharesafa District, killing 15 police officers and wounding another. The Taliban lit fire to several police vehicles and left the area when reinforcements arrived. In Badakhshan Province that same day the Taliban attacked security outposts in the Darkhan area of Khash District, setting off a roadside bomb that killed 11 local police officers who had been providing reinforcements.

June 11 Balkh Province: one soldier killed

A Humvee hit a roadside bomb in Arzankar area of Charbolak District, killing one soldier and wounding four others.

June 11 Paktika Province: one police officer killed

Afghan security forces and the Taliban engaged in a firefight in the Karolo area of Baki Khail District, where the district police chief was killed and two police officers were wounded. Local officials claimed that seven Taliban fighters were killed and two others were wounded.

June 11 Kabul Province: one civilian killed

A vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Hewad-wal Square area of Kabul City, the capital, killing one civilian and wounding another.

June 11 Badakhshan Province: two soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a military base in the Pul-e-Khoch area of Wardoj District, killing two soldiers. Local officials claimed that a Taliban commander was also killed in the clash.

June 11 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed

Unknown gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer in Third Police District of Kandahar City, the provincial capital. The attackers managed to escape.

June 10 Ghor Province: one civilian killed

One child was killed and three others were wounded when a bomb planted by the Taliban detonated in the village of Tarbulaq in Du Layna District.

June 10 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed

Attackers on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer in the Fifth Police District of Kandahar City before escaping from the area.

June 9 Badghis Province: one police officer killed

One police officer was kidnapped and killed by the Taliban in the village of Qarchaghi in Qadis District. The officer killed two Taliban fighters as they tried to wrest away his gun.

June 6 Badakhshan Province: two police officers killed

Two police officers were shot and killed by unknown gunmen in the Zoo village of Yawan District. The attackers managed to escape from the area.

June 5 Takhar Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban shot and killed a police officer who was traveling with a private vehicle in Chonzei area of Taloqan City, the provincial capital.

June 5 Ghor Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Men-Qoolak village of Dawlatyar District, killing one police officer.

June 5 Badakhshan Province: 11 police officers killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Darkhan area of Khash District, setting off a roadside bomb that killed 11 local police officers who had been providing reinforcements. Local authorities claimed that two Taliban fighters were also killed in the clashes.

June 5 Zabul Province: 15 police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a military base in the Jaldak area of Sharesafa District, killing 15 police officers and wounding another. The Taliban burned down several police vehicles and left the area when reinforcements arrived.

May 29-June 4, 2020

At least 28 pro-government forces and 33 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. The deadliest attack took place in Paktia Province, where the Taliban advanced on Afghan border force security outposts in Dandi Patan District, killing 14 soldiers and wounding three others. Local authorities claimed that more than 30 Taliban fighters were killed and dozens of others were wounded. In Kandahar Province, a civilian vehicle struck a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban in the Khushkroad area of Arghistan District, killing nine civilians and wounding five others.

June 4 Kabul Province: one civilian killed

A bomb detonated in a bazaar area in Qarabagh District, killing one civilian and wounding three others.

June 9 Balkh Province: four security forces and one civilian killed

While traveling to the Ariq Batur Village in Shor Tepa District, the district governor, along with four pro-government militia members, including a commander, were killed by a roadside bomb explosion.

June 9 Takhar Province: one security force killed

The Taliban attacked a military base in the Kata Qorogh village of Ishkamish District, killing one member of the police special forces and wounding four others when a Humvee of reinforcements was blown up by a roadside bomb.

June 9 Logar Province: one civilian killed

A former Afghan senator, Abdul Wali Ahmadzai, was kidnapped and killed by the Taliban in the Chawni area of Logar, the provincial capital, while attending his sister’s funeral ceremony. Ahmadzai was in his home with his relatives when the kidnapping occurred.

June 6 Kabul Province: three police officers killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Dasht-e-Nasari area of Guldara District, killing three police officers.

June 6 Uruzgan Province: two police officers and two civilians killed

Two police officers were shot and killed by unknown gunmen on a motorcycle in the Kazalbash village of Gizab District. The district police chief then entered the village and brought both gunmen to the police headquarters where he killed them.

June 6 Ghor Province: one civilian killed

A civilian man was kidnapped and killed by the Taliban in the village of Shaidan in Dow-Lina District. A motive for the incident remains unclear.

June 6 Sar-i-Pul Province: two civilians killed

The Taliban attacked a private vehicle in the Takhta area of Sar-i-Pul, the provincial capital, killing two civilians and wounding three others.



The Taliban stand on the brink of realizing their most fervent desire: U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan. They have given up little of their extremist ideology to do it.


ALINGAR, Afghanistan — Under the shade of a mulberry tree, near grave sites dotted with Taliban flags, a top insurgent military leader in eastern Afghanistan acknowledged that the group had suffered devastating losses from American strikes and government operations over the past decade.

But those losses have changed little on the ground: The Taliban keep replacing their dead and wounded and delivering brutal violence.

“We see this fight as worship,” said Mawlawi Mohammed Qais, the head of the Taliban’s military commission in Laghman Province, as dozens of his fighters waited nearby on a hillside. “So if a brother is killed, the second brother won’t disappoint God’s wish — he’ll step into the brother’s shoes.”

It was March, and the Taliban had just signed a peace deal with the United States that now puts the movement on the brink of realizing its most fervent desire — the complete exit of American troops from Afghanistan.


The Taliban have outlasted a superpower through nearly 19 years of grinding war. And dozens of interviews with Taliban officials and fighters in three countries, as well as with Afghan and Western officials, illuminated the melding of old and new approaches and generations that helped them do it.

After 2001, the Taliban reorganized as a decentralized network of fighters and low-level commanders empowered to recruit and find resources locally while the senior leadership remained sheltered in neighboring Pakistan.

The insurgency came to embrace a system of terrorism planning and attacks that kept the Afghan government under withering pressure, and to expand an illicit funding engine built on crime and drugs despite its roots in austere Islamic ideology.


At the same time, the Taliban have officially changed little of their harsh founding ideology as they prepare to start direct talks about power-sharing with the Afghan government.



They have never explicitly renounced their past of harboring international terrorists, nor the oppressive practices toward women and minorities that defined their term in power in the 1990s. And the insurgents remain deeply opposed to the vast majority of the Western-supported changes in the country over the past two decades.

“We prefer the agreement to be fully implemented so we can have an all-encompassing peace,” Amir Khan Mutaqi, the chief of staff to the Taliban’s supreme leader, said in a rare interview in Doha, Qatar’s capital, with The New York Times. “But we also can’t just sit here when the prisons are filled with our people, when the system of government is the same Western system, and the Taliban should just go sit at home.”

“No logic accepts that — that everything stays the same after all this sacrifice,” he said, adding, “The current government stands on foreign money, foreign weapons, on foreign funding.”

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At war with the truth

U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it, an exclusive Post investigation found.

By Craig Whitlock

The U.S. government tried to shield the identities of the vast majority of those interviewed for the project and conceal nearly all of their remarks. The Post won release of the documents under the Freedom of Information Act after a three-year legal battle.

The Afghanistan Papers

Part 1: At war with the truth

Part 1

At war with the truth

U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it.

Part 2

Stranded without a strategy

Bush and Obama had polar-opposite plans to win the war. Both were destined to fail.

Part 3

Built to fail

Despite vows the U.S. wouldn’t get mired in “nation-building,” it has wasted billions doing just that

Part 4

Consumed by corruption

The U.S. flooded the country with money — then turned a blind eye to the graft it fueled

Part 5

Unguarded nation

Afghan security forces, despite years of training, were dogged by incompetence and corruption

Part 6

Overwhelmed by opium

The U.S. war on drugs in Afghanistan has imploded at nearly every turn

Interviews and memos

Explore the documents

Key insiders speak bluntly about the failures of the longest conflict in U.S. history

Post Reports

‘We didn’t know what the task was’

Hear candid interviews with former ambassador Ryan Crocker and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn

The fight for the documents

About the investigation

It took three years and two federal lawsuits for The Post to pry loose 2,000 pages of interview records

More stories

A visual timeline of the war

Interviewees respond

In the interviews, more than 400 insiders offered unrestrained criticism of what went wrong in Afghanistan and how the United States became mired in nearly two decades of warfare.

With a bluntness rarely expressed in public, the interviews lay bare pent-up complaints, frustrations and confessions, along with second-guessing and backbiting.

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“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House’s Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations, told government interviewers in 2015. He added: “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.”

“If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction .?.?. 2,400 lives lost,” Lute added, blaming the deaths of U.S. military personnel on bureaucratic breakdowns among Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department. “Who will say this was in vain?”

Since 2001, more than 775,000 U.S. troops have deployed to Afghanistan, many repeatedly. Of those, 2,300 died there and 20,589 were wounded in action, according to Defense Department figures.

The interviews, through an extensive array of voices, bring into sharp relief the core failings of the war that persist to this day. They underscore how three presidents — George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — and their military commanders have been unable to deliver on their promises to prevail in Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan Papers

See the documents More than 2,000 pages of interviews and memos reveal a secret history of the war.

Part 2: Stranded without a strategy Conflicting objectives dogged the war from the start.

Responses to The Post from people named in The Afghanistan Papers

With most speaking on the assumption that their remarks would not become public, U.S. officials acknowledged that their warfighting strategies were fatally flawed and that Washington wasted enormous sums of money trying to remake Afghanistan into a modern nation.

The interviews also highlight the U.S. government’s botched attempts to curtail runaway corruption, build a competent Afghan army and police force, and put a dent in Afghanistan’s thriving opium trade.

The U.S. government has not carried out a comprehensive accounting of how much it has spent on the war in Afghanistan, but the costs are staggering.

Since 2001, the Defense Department, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development have spent or appropriated between $934 billion and $978 billion, according to an inflation-adjusted estimate calculated by Neta Crawford, a political science professor and co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University.

Those figures do not include money spent by other agencies such as the CIA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is responsible for medical care for wounded veterans.

“What did we get for this $1 trillion effort? Was it worth $1 trillion?” Jeffrey Eggers, a retired Navy SEAL and White House staffer for Bush and Obama, told government interviewers. He added, “After the killing of Osama bin Laden, I said that Osama was probably laughing in his watery grave considering how much we have spent on Afghanistan.”

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Wounded American Soldier

These are the five lies Bush told that Ralph Nader documented to impeach him.

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction. The weapons have still not been found. Nader emphasized, “Until the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was our government’s anti-communist ally in the Middle East. We also used him to keep Iran at bay. In so doing, in the 1980s under Reagan and the first Bush, corporations were licensed by the Department of Commerce to export the materials for chemical and biological weapons that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney later accused him of having.” Those weapons were destroyed after the Gulf War. George W. Bush’s favorite chief weapons inspector, David Kay, after returning from Iraq and leading a large team of inspectors and spending nearly half a billion dollars told the president We were wrong. See: David Kay testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee, 2004-01-28.Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) ’s Europe division, revealed that in the fall of 2002, George W. Bush, Vice President Cheney, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and others were told by CIA Director George Tenet that Iraq’s foreign minister — who agreed to act as a spy for the United States — had reported that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction program.

  • Iraq Ties to Al Qaeda. The White House made this claim even though the CIA and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) repeatedly told the Administration that there was no tie between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. They were mortal enemies — one secular, the other fundamentalist.

  • Saddam Hussein was a Threat to the United States. In fact, Saddam was a tottering dictator, with an antiquated, fractured army of low morale and with Kurdish enemies in Northern Iraq and Shiite adversaries in the South of Iraq. He did not even control the air space over most of Iraq.

  • Saddam Hussein was a Threat to his Neighbors. In fact, Iraq was surrounded by countries with far superior military forces. Turkey, Iran and Israel were all capable of obliterating any aggressive move by the Iraqi dictator.

  • The Liberation of the Iraqi People. There are brutal dictators throughout the world, many supported over the years by Washington, whose people need liberation from their leaders. This is not a persuasive argument since for Iraq, it’s about oil. In fact, the occupation of Iraq by the United States is a magnet for increasing violence, anarchy and insurrection


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Save The Children Organization


Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children and has been working with families, communities and local authorities in Iraq since 1991, leading NGOs in general relief and development programs.Save the Children is currently responding to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDP) and the Syrian refugees in Iraq, in camps and non-camp settings. Our goal is for children in Iraq to be supported in raising their voices and attaining their rights, especially the right to participate in decisions affecting their lives. They should have access to quality education, health and protection services. We are increasing access to community based services that protect, educate and improve quality of life for children. We are ensuring that there is an increased participation of boys and girls in age appropriate activities and services. We are ensuring that children benefit from government actions that create an environment of awareness and accountability to uphold child rights. We are also developing new resources and innovative practices that support our work for children and youth.In Iraq, Save the Children’s interventions include Child Protection, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, Shelter and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), reaching vulnerble children and families in northern and central Iraq. Save the Children’s programs are implemented through field offices in Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Kalar, with a country office located in Erbil.

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One Response to “U.S. Foreign Policy And Wars”

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    Paul Says:

    THE NEVER ENDING WAR. Which apparently is just fine with most Americans as our nation and the planet hurls itself towards a new Dark Age.

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