Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Afghan Government, Taliban To Discuss Prisoner Release ‘Face To Face’

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Afghan Government, Taliban To Discuss Prisoner Release ‘Face To Face’

Afghan government officials are set to meet with a Taliban delegation in the coming days to discuss an initial release of militant prisoners, Afghanistan’s National Security Council says.

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Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

A lingering dispute over Afghanistan’s presidential election and an outbreak of coronavirus in the country appear to have complicated further an already troubled effort the United States is making to help find a negotiated end to nearly 19 years of war.

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Kabul Chaos: Afghan Election Dispute Could Spill Over Into Peace Process

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Kabul Chaos: Afghan Election Dispute Could Spill Over Into Peace Process

Afghanistan has averted a full-blown political crisis after the two main contenders in a bitterly disputed presidential election — each claiming victory — agreed to back down from their escalating feud.

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Fighting could disrupt U.S.-Taliban truce in Afghan hinterlands

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Fighting could disrupt U.S.-Taliban truce in Afghan hinterlands

The road to Zabol province is specked with craters. Army outposts line a raw landscape of mountains and open steppe. Winds snap hard; signs warn of minefields. The Taliban has blown up most of the bridges.

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Trump: If Partial Truce Holds, ‘I Would Put My Name’ on Taliban Peace Deal

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Trump: If Partial Truce Holds, ‘I Would Put My Name’ on Taliban Peace Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday a seven-day partial truce with the Afghan Taliban has “been holding up” and it could eventually lead to his signing of a peace deal with the insurgent group scheduled for this week.

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Pentagon Slashes Black Hawk Numbers it Planned to Supply to Afghan Forces

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on Pentagon Slashes Black Hawk Numbers it Planned to Supply to Afghan Forces

In a new report, the Pentagon said it would be slashing the number of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it planned to supply to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) by nearly two-thirds. Instead, it plans to supply CH-47 Chinook heavy-lifting choppers in a bid to replace the AAF’s Russian-made helicopters.

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Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Escalating U.S.-Iran tensions mean Afghanistan, which shares a border with Iran, could be the next proxy battleground between Washington and Tehran, a clash that threatens to undermine the Trump administration’s pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban and eventual drawdown of American troops.

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Erdogan says Turkey ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate IS

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Erdogan says Turkey ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate IS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey would give all the necessary support for the eradication of the Islamic State (IS) from Afghanistan.

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Qatar’s Role In 9/11 And Hosting Jihadi Commanders; Afghan Taliban’s Hideouts Move To Safe Haven Of Doha

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar’s Role In 9/11 And Hosting Jihadi Commanders; Afghan Taliban’s Hideouts Move To Safe Haven Of Doha

Introduction This report examines Qatar’s relationships with jihadi organizations. Right through the 1980s, Afghan mujahideen – backed by the U.S., Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Arab donors – fought against the Soviet troops from their hideouts in the mountainous terrains of Afghanistan. Since the 9/11 attacks on New York, the Pentagon, and other American targets, the […]

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US Peace Envoy Makes First Afghan Visit After Trump Ended Taliban Talks

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Comments Off on US Peace Envoy Makes First Afghan Visit After Trump Ended Taliban Talks

The U.S. chief peace negotiator for Afghanistan met leaders in Kabul Sunday after arriving in the country on an unannounced visit, his first since President Donald Trump halted talks with Taliban insurgents on ending the Afghan war.

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US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, without providing further details. Last week, President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks with the Taliban to end American’s longest war, citing the killing of a U.S. service member in a Taliban attack days earlier.

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Isis gains traction in Afghanistan as US talks collapse

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Isis gains traction in Afghanistan as US talks collapse

Minutes after the younger brother of Afghanistan’s Taliban chief rose to lead Friday prayers at a Pakistan mosque last month, a bomb ripped through the building.

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After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence

President Trump’s decision to break off peace talks with the Taliban, at least for now, left Afghanistan bracing for a bloody prelude to national elections this month, while the administration declined on Sunday to rule out a withdrawal of American troops without a peace accord.

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U.S. INCHES CLOSER TO A DEAL WITH THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. INCHES CLOSER TO A DEAL WITH THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN

America’s longest war – soon approaching its 18th year in Afghanistan – is not over although it may be entering a new phase.

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Taliban Attack Kabul as US Nears Peace Deal

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Attack Kabul as US Nears Peace Deal

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an explosion in Kabul late Monday, just hours after a U.S. negotiator shared with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani “key details” of a deal that would see thousands of American troops leaving Afghanistan.

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Here’s what’s left of ISIS — and why they still pose a major threat

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Here’s what’s left of ISIS — and why they still pose a major threat

-The US declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in March of 2019, but multiple reports show that the group is still active in those countries, and gaining traction elsewhere. -A blistering Pentagon report blamed Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria and cut diplomatic staff in Iraq for the resurgence of ISIS in […]

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Taliban, US End Latest Round of Talks Without Announcing Outcome

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban, US End Latest Round of Talks Without Announcing Outcome

The United States and the Taliban have concluded the eighth round of talks aimed at reaching an agreement between the two adversaries to end the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan and jumpstart intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

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UN Security Council continues to report on al Qaeda-Taliban alliance

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on UN Security Council continues to report on al Qaeda-Taliban alliance

Since July 2018, the UN Security Council has published at least four reports highlighting the ongoing and close relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda.

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Trump: US, Pakistan Cooperating to Try to End War in Afghanistan

Thursday, July 25, 2019 Comments Off on Trump: US, Pakistan Cooperating to Try to End War in Afghanistan

The United States and Pakistan are jointly seeking a way to end the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump said alongside Pakistani Prime Imran Khan in the Oval Office on Monday.

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Pentagon: ‘Robust’ counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan must continue — even if peace deal is reached

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Pentagon: ‘Robust’ counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan must continue — even if peace deal is reached

The Pentagon is warning that a “robust” counter-terrorism capability must remain in Afghanistan against groups including al-Qaida, even if a peace deal with the Taliban is secured.

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Afghan government unable to administer 64 districts

Monday, July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan government unable to administer 64 districts

The Afghan government is unable to administer 64 districts from the district centers, according to a recent survey. The 64 districts, which are located in 19 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, are either being administered remotely, or the district centers have been moved due to heavy fighting with the Taliban. The data track with an ongoing […]

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Dozens Killed as Taliban Bombs in 4 Humvees Rip Through Afghan District

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Dozens Killed as Taliban Bombs in 4 Humvees Rip Through Afghan District

When the Taliban overran the district center of Maruf in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar this year, the government resorted to a familiar tactic: Simply relocate the district office 25 miles to the south to say it had not fallen.

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Finland: Will the Social Democrats Retain a Pro-Iran Anti-Semitic MP in Its Ranks?

Monday, May 27, 2019 Comments Off on Finland: Will the Social Democrats Retain a Pro-Iran Anti-Semitic MP in Its Ranks?

A few days after the Finnish elections, Hussein Al-Taee, the son of the governor of Najaf in Iraq and a pro-Iranian regime advocate, was exposed for having spent eight years posting anti-Semitic, anti-American and homophobic comments on Facebook… For four of these years, Al-Taee served as an adviser on Middle Eastern affairs to the Crisis […]

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US, Taliban Blame Each Other for Acting Against Afghan Peace

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on US, Taliban Blame Each Other for Acting Against Afghan Peace

Taliban and American military officials have taken to social media to accuse each other of acting against peace building efforts in conflict-torn Afghanistan.

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Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Afghan officials are downplaying the significance of the United States diverting funds from its military mission in Afghanistan, as a senior American diplomat has arrived in Kabul for high-level discussions.

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Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

A Taliban attack on two aid organizations last week, the deadliest episode in a recent surge of violence against humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, is a signal to many that as peace talks falter, the insurgents are lashing out against so-called soft targets.

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Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Thousands of Afghans taking part in a rare grand assembly to discuss a possible peace deal with Taliban militants are demanding a ceasefire on both sides as a first step, officials said on Thursday.

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US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

The U.S. military and NATO have stopped producing an assessment that was considered key for measuring progress against the jihadist insurgency in Afghanistan, according to a report released on April 30 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The metric, which tracked district stability, was one of the “most widely cited Afghan security […]

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Taliban, ISIS-aligned fighters engage in deadly Afghanistan clashes

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban, ISIS-aligned fighters engage in deadly Afghanistan clashes

At least 12 Taliban and six Islamic State fighters have been killed in bloody clashes that erupted in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, according to the Afghan military.

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Abdullah Says Won’t Attend Afghanistan’s Planned Peace Loya Jirga

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Abdullah Says Won’t Attend Afghanistan’s Planned Peace Loya Jirga

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says he will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at discussing negotiations with the Taliban.

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Islamic State Operatives Captured as Afghan Forces Battle Taliban

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Operatives Captured as Afghan Forces Battle Taliban

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Counterterrorism forces have captured 16 operatives of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, including online recruiters, authorities in Afghanistan said Thursday. The operation comes as Taliban insurgents have staged a major assault on a troubled northwestern district, killing at least a dozen Afghan security forces. The Afghan spy agency, National Directorate of […]

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Pakistan PM: Afghan Peace Within Reach

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan PM: Afghan Peace Within Reach

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday that peace in Afghanistan is “around the corner,” citing ongoing negotiations between the United States and Taliban insurgents.

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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

The longest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban has ended with “real strides” being made but without an agreement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on March 12.

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Taliban: Afghan Peace Talks With US Heading in ‘Right Direction’

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban: Afghan Peace Talks With US Heading in ‘Right Direction’

American and Afghan Taliban officials have temporally paused ongoing peace talks in Qatar to consult with their respective leaderships before returning to the table on Saturday.

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U.S. and Taliban Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. and Taliban Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

The highest-level negotiations yet between American diplomats and the Taliban began in Qatar’s capital on Monday, with the presence of the Afghan insurgents’ deputy leader raising hope of progress toward ending the long conflict that is taking lives in record numbers.

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