Topic: Afghanistan War

World Wide Web: Four and a half minutes in Zardari’s shoes

For the next four and a half minutes, imagine that you’re Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistan. You’re looking westward at your neighbor, Afghanistan, and you see an unstable Afghan government plagued by corruption. You see a weak Afghan military incapable of protecting civilians – let alone defeating the Taliban – without American support.…

JCU freshman Matthew Hoyt offers a first-hand account of the War in Afghanistan

Pfc. Mathew Hoyt in his gunner position atop a Hummer in Afghanistan. Hoyt, a Chicago native, is now a freshman at John Carroll University and plays offensive line for the Blue Streaks' football team. It seemed like just another ordinary day for Police Mentor Team Viper. Enduring the scorching heat of summer in southern Afghanistan,…

Word for Word: With JCU’s Matthew Hoyt

Police Mentor Team Viper, made up of U.S. Army soldiers and members of the Afghan National Police force. Pfc. Matthew Hoyt is in the top row, third from the left. PMT Viper was stationed in Shar-E-Shafa, where it trained Afghan recruits for the Afghan National Police force. CN: What is your perception of the Afghan…

Obama orders 30,000 extra troops for Afghan war

President Barack Obama greeted cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where he announced his plan to immediately send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. While most of the troops will be sent to southern and eastern Afghanistan, where violence is at its highest level since the beginning of the war, Obama also said that they would begin removing forces in 2011.

Afghan president agrees to runoff election in face of fraud allegations

Afghanistan made its first step towards re-establishing credibility to its government after President Hamid Karzai conceded the need for a runoff in the recently disputed presidential election. According to CNN, Karzai won the Aug. 20 election outright.  However, a subsequent recount of the votes by a U.N. panel of election monitors voided nearly one-third of…

Obama debates options on troop level

U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, are seen here patrolling the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province on Sept. 28. President Barack Obama has vowed not to decrease the U.S. troop level in Afghanistan, but remains uncertain as to whether or not he will increase the number, as many military officials…