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DOD Anticipates Significant Troop Reduction in Afghanistan

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Comments Off on DOD Anticipates Significant Troop Reduction in Afghanistan

Based on the current conditions in Afghanistan, the Defense Department expects there will be fewer than 5,000 U.S. military service members in that country by the end of November, said David F. Helvey, who is currently performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs.

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Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war.

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James Carafano: In Afghan-Taliban peace talks, here’s message Pompeo needs to give

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on James Carafano: In Afghan-Taliban peace talks, here’s message Pompeo needs to give

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Qatar Saturday for the opening of peace talks there between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Hopefully, the Taliban have figured out by now that these talks are not simply a face-saving exercise for the U.S. to exit South Asia. If they haven’t, Pompeo ought to make that […]

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The Road to Peace In Afghanistan no Longer Runs Through Pakistan

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on The Road to Peace In Afghanistan no Longer Runs Through Pakistan

Toward the end of August, a delegation from the Afghan Taliban led by the group’s deputy, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, travelled to Islamabad. There, they met with Pakistan’s foreign minister and head of its Inter-Services Intelligence, the military’s intelligence wing. The first gathering, held at Pakistan’s Foreign Office, was meant to give boost to an […]

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The Hard Truths About 9/11’s Aftermath and America’s Legacy in Afghanistan

Monday, September 14, 2020 Comments Off on The Hard Truths About 9/11’s Aftermath and America’s Legacy in Afghanistan

In the 19 years that have passed since I watched the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapse, not a single moment of that day has faded from memory.

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Islamic State claiming more attacks in all but three of their regions of operation during August 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State claiming more attacks in all but three of their regions of operation during August 2020

Islamic State built upon on the increased operational tempo initiated late last month during Eid al-Adha, claiming more attacks in all but three of their regions of operation during August 2020. Despite concerted counter-terror operations undertaken by the differing branches of the Iraqi security establishment, Islamic State cells claimed 100 attacks across the country, particularly […]

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France asks Afghans not to free Taliban who killed its citizens

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on France asks Afghans not to free Taliban who killed its citizens

France objects to release of three men jailed for the murders of French nationals in Afghanistan.

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Afghan Peace Talks: Prisoner Release Paves Way for Direct Negotiations

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on Afghan Peace Talks: Prisoner Release Paves Way for Direct Negotiations

Can the Afghan government and the Taliban agree to a political settlement to end decades of conflict? Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said that his government would release the last batch of Taliban prisoners, ostensibly removing the final hurdle to direct negotiations with the insurgent group. Intra-Afghan negotiations were originally slated for March 10 […]

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Kabul Calls On Tehran to Prevent pro-Taliban Activities

Monday, August 10, 2020 Comments Off on Kabul Calls On Tehran to Prevent pro-Taliban Activities

Afghan Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Sadiq Siddiqui called on Iran Monday to prevent Taliban activities in Tehran, in the first comment after some Afghans were seen in pictures waving the Taliban flag at a park in Iran’s capital.

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Russia did pay extremists to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan, according to 3 separate Taliban sources

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Comments Off on Russia did pay extremists to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan, according to 3 separate Taliban sources

Taliban commanders have confirmed that Russia has offered financial and material support to its members in exchange for attacking US forces in Afghanistan.

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Iran’s influence in Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s influence in Afghanistan

Despite strong religious and cultural ties and a long shared border, Iran has a somewhat complicated relationship with Afghanistan. Revolutionary Iran’s tumultuous birth coincided with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan some four decades ago. Since then, Iran’s attempts to preserve its interests in conflict-ridden Afghanistan have not received much attention from the outside world, […]

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Jihadist group confirms arrest of Uzbek commander

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Jihadist group confirms arrest of Uzbek commander

Jabhat Ansar al Din (JaD), a longstanding pro-al Qaeda group in Syria, has confirmed the arrest of Abu Saloh al Uzbeki earlier this week. Uzbeki was the founder and former emir of Hay’at Tahrir al Sham’s Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad (KTJ).

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Taliban denounces ‘deviant beliefs,’ including ‘satanic western and disbelieving ideologies’

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Taliban denounces ‘deviant beliefs,’ including ‘satanic western and disbelieving ideologies’

As Western and Afghan officials cling to the hope that they can make peace with the Taliban and integrate the group into the government, the Taliban continues to display its true colors. In a recent video, the Taliban extolled the virtues of jihad and its Islamic Emirate while denouncing “deviants … who are trained in […]

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French troops kill Al-Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Comments Off on French troops kill Al-Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel

Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed by French troops on Thursday in northern Mali near the Algerian border, where the group has bases it uses to carry out bombings and abductions of Westerners, Defence Minister Florence Parly said.

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Taliban Rejects Afghan Truce Calls During Ramadan

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Taliban Rejects Afghan Truce Calls During Ramadan

The Taliban has turned down calls for a cease-fire in Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins Friday. The Afghan government and others had hoped to enable health officials to better respond to the “common threat” of the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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