As the Chicago Tribune's South Asia bureau chief from 2004 to 2009, Kim Barker witnessed Afghanistan go from Bush’s “Forgotten War” to Obama’s “Good War.” Barker details the transitions in her book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As the U.S. tightens its belt, some in Congress are calling for more scrutiny of the budgets Americans are boosting abroad.Last week, Vermont Democrat Peter Welch called on Congress to investigate corruption in Afghanistan, where the U.S. is spending billions of dollars.
Hundreds of veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabilities that make it hard or impossible for them to get a job. Many are eligible for disability benefits, but with a wait time that can last months or even years, the veterans are at risk of serious financial trouble.The U.S.
The pastor of a Florida church says he does not plan to burn any more Qurans — but Terry Jones has said that before.Jones first made headlines around the world last September, when he announced — and then called off — plans to publicly burn a copy of the Quran at his church in Gainesville, Fla.
Nine people are dead and scores are wounded in Afghanistan in a second day of riots protesting the burning of a Quran by a Florida preacher.Hundreds of protesters marched through Kandahar on Saturday, carrying signs and shouting slogans against American and the U.S.-supported Afghan government.