Afghanistan http://nhpr.org en All Eyes On Afghanistan: Elections, The Taliban, And The U.S. Military Drawdown http://nhpr.org/post/all-eyes-afghanistan-elections-taliban-and-us-military-drawdown <p>The results of this weekend’s elections, many say, will have enormous consequences for the country’s future - from the status of ongoing U.S. military support, to whether recent civil rights gains are maintained.&nbsp; But the balloting has been marred by violence, and deep-seated concerns about fraud.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 46222 at http://nhpr.org All Eyes On Afghanistan: Elections, The Taliban, And The U.S. Military Drawdown N.H. Welcomes National Guard Unit Back From Afghanistan http://nhpr.org/post/nh-welcomes-national-guard-unit-back-afghanistan <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's elected officials joined the state's military leaders to welcome home a </span>medevac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> unit that recently returned from Afghanistan. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>169th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>MEDEVAC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> unit went to Afghanistan in September 2012. Made up of National Guard units from New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri, the group became known as "Jigsaw'' to reflect the merger of different units. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 17:36:34 +0000 Amanda Loder 39745 at http://nhpr.org What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran http://nhpr.org/post/what-its-being-drone-war-veteran <p>A full decade into the drone war in the Middle East, we’re still asking questions: what does an unmanned military mean for the future of warfare?&nbsp; Who chooses who lives and who dies? What does it mean to pull the trigger on a target half a world away?</p><p>And what is like being a veteran of the drone war?</p><p><strong>Matthew Power</strong> is a freelance print and radio journalist and a contributor to <em>GQ Magazine</em>, where he <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2013/10/23/confessions_of_a_drone_warrior_318452.html">wrote a profile </a>of former drone operator and Airman First Class <a href="http://youtu.be/i_l6ec62l6I">Brandon Bryant.</a></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:35:50 +0000 Taylor Quimby 38462 at http://nhpr.org What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War http://nhpr.org/post/andrew-bacevich-cheap-grace-and-american-way-war <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-full"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Drawing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's concept of "cheap grace," Andrew Bacevich exposes the chronic defects in the current U. S. approach to waging war. &nbsp;He explains why the world's most powerful military doesn't win and why the nation's reliance on professional soldiers has turned out to be such a bad bargain. When American soldiers deploy to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, what is the cause for which they fight? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32207 at http://nhpr.org Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War Tumbling the Drone War http://nhpr.org/post/tumbling-drone-war <p>We look into a Tumblr&nbsp; account that <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2012/nov/12/dronestagram-website-us-drone-war">lends perspective</a> to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of <a href="http://dronestagram.tumblr.com/">Dronestragram</a>.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:27:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17874 at http://nhpr.org Where Soldiers Come From http://nhpr.org/post/where-soldiers-come <p>A new documentary follows the poignant journey of a group of three small town friends to Afghanistan and back again.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:10:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 358 at http://nhpr.org Where Soldiers Come From The New Dogs of War http://nhpr.org/post/new-dogs-war <p>When we call dogs ‘man’s best friend’, we’re typically referring to their value as companions and protectors - but canines have a long history of helping people with affairs far more solemn that playing fetch.&nbsp; For centuries, dogs have played a pivotal role in aiding the disabled, in hunting, for search and rescue operations, and for their service in police and military applications.&nbsp; After a long hiatus,&nbsp;U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs were re-introduced to the battlefield in 2007.&nbsp; There are now some six-hundred military dogs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:12:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13029 at http://nhpr.org The New Dogs of War The War Within the War for Afghanistan http://nhpr.org/post/war-within-war-afghanistan <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">An inside look at the war in Afghanistan. Recently, an increasing number of American troops have died at the hands of their Afghan counterparts, raising questions about American efforts there. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 12201 at http://nhpr.org The War Within the War for Afghanistan After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces? http://nhpr.org/post/after-us-leaves-who-pays-afghan-forces This week, NATO Cabinet ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, will try to tackle the problem of Afghan security. The basic plan for bringing American troops home from Afghanistan is to let Afghan security forces fight for their own country. But there's a hitch — finding a way to pay for the Afghan army.<p>Right now, the Afghan national security forces are growing, and will surpass 350,000 troops and police later this year. For the West, that's the idea — once those troops are well trained, Western forces can leave. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:59:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 3171 at http://nhpr.org After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces? Phillip Walker and an Economic Look at Afghanistan http://nhpr.org/post/phillip-walker-and-economic-look-afghanistan <p>Noted Granite State attorney and advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Finance explores the economic and political future of Afghanistan.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 2971 at http://nhpr.org Phillip Walker and an Economic Look at Afghanistan Dreams Of A Mining Future On Hold In Afghanistan http://nhpr.org/post/dreams-mining-future-hold-afghanistan Afghanistan faces the daunting prospect of a drastic reduction in foreign aid, which currently makes up about 90 percent of the country's revenue. Some have seen an economic life raft in geological surveys that indicate huge deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium in various parts of the country. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:13:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 2955 at http://nhpr.org Dreams Of A Mining Future On Hold In Afghanistan Grieving Afghan Father: 'All My Dreams Are Buried' http://nhpr.org/post/grieving-afghan-father-all-my-dreams-are-buried Afghans say they're so inured to civilians killed in wars that they bury their dead and move on. That's not so easy for Muhammad Wazir. He lost his mother, his wife, a sister-in-law, a brother, a nephew, his four daughters and two of his sons in last week's mass shooting in two villages.<p>"My little boy, Habib Shah, is the only one left alive, and I love him very much," says Wazir.<p>The boy cried next to his father as Wazir spoke by cellphone. The 4-year-old is his favorite, Wazir says, and that's why he took the boy as he traveled to the eastern side of Kandahar province last week. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 2626 at http://nhpr.org Grieving Afghan Father: 'All My Dreams Are Buried' U.S., Pakistan At Impasse Over Afghan Supply Routes http://nhpr.org/post/us-pakistan-impasse-over-afghan-supply-routes Nearly four months after Pakistan closed the main supply lines for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, the shutdown is creating hardship for Pakistani truckers and is forcing the U.S. to turn to costly and less-efficient alternatives.<p>The Pakistani move came after an errant U.S. airstrike left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead along the Afghan frontier back in November.<p>Shortly after that episode, the Shirin Jinnah terminal in the southern port city of Karachi ground to a halt. Normally it's a busy place, with oil tankers rumbling through the facility day and night. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:55:00 +0000 2550 at http://nhpr.org U.S., Pakistan At Impasse Over Afghan Supply Routes Killings A Blow To U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan http://nhpr.org/post/killings-blow-us-strategy-afghanistan The killings of some 16 civilians in Afghanistan on Sunday allegedly by a U.S. soldier are raising new questions about U.S. military strategy: whether the surge of American troops worked, and whether the U.S. troops have won over the Afghan people or alienated them.<p>The place where the killings happened was a "no-go zone" for American and even Afghan troops as recently as two years ago — it was Taliban country.<p>That changed when soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division swept into the rural district in the dead of night in November 2010. Back then, Capt. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 2457 at http://nhpr.org Killings A Blow To U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan For Afghan Policewomen, Sex Abuse Is A Job Hazard http://nhpr.org/post/afghan-policewomen-sex-abuse-job-hazard The image of Afghan women wearing police and army uniforms is meant to inspire pride and hope for a future where the rights of women will be protected in Afghanistan.<p>So why would female police officers in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif be ashamed to admit they wear the badge?<p>"Except my very close family members, no one really knows that I am a police officer," said one woman at a NATO training session.<p>The woman, who asked not to give her name, says she tells most of her family that she works with a foreign aid organization. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 19:43:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 2412 at http://nhpr.org For Afghan Policewomen, Sex Abuse Is A Job Hazard