Move out? US Army soldiers at Kandahar Airfield watch President Obama's public announcement of
bin Laden's death, 2 May
Image: Staff Sgt Stephen Schester
As news of the killing of Osama bin Laden in neighbouring Pakistan broke early that Monday morning, it sent most international organisations based in Kabul into alert mode. Afghanistan, after all, was the country that had sheltered the al-Qaeda chief and given him support during the time he launched his most spectacular acts of terrorism. The internationals were told either to stay at home or to restrict their movements. In the event, nothing happened.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
From our archive:
Subel Bhandari looks at the Strategic Partnership Agreement, noting its avoidance of contentious issues. (April 2012)
Vijay Prashad reviews Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, discussing Taliban strategy in the context of NATO withdrawal. (October 2011)
Aunohita Mojumdar explores questions of accountability in relation to the West’s “hasty exit strategy”. (February 2011)