Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Islamic State under pressure in Afghanistan?

Islamic State under pressure in Afghanistan- Nikkei Asian Review
More than a year ago, the group's presence prompted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to warn members of the U.S. Congress of the "terrible threat" the group posed to Afghanistan and Central Asian neighbors Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan and Kazakhstan. Ghani's call for more action against the local IS offshoot convinced the Obama administration to postpone plans to reduce U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan last year.


The Taliban and the Divided Afghan State

The Taliban and the Divided Afghan State | Geopolitical Futures


For the past several months, there has been no shortage of reports about Taliban fighters going on the offensive in various parts of the country. In the past few weeks, the situation has gotten grim. After surging forces in several districts of southern Helmand province, the Afghan jihadist movement is threatening the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. But the province is in the Taliban’s core turf in the country’s south.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Afghanistan, Iraq Wars Major Push Factors for Extremism, Terrorism - Report

Afghanistan, Iraq Wars Major Push Factors for Extremism, Terrorism - Report: 

An Australian government sponsored report looking at violent extremism in southeast Asia has identified Islamaphobia, religious intolerance and western military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq as major "push" factors leading to extremism.


Afghanistan 1972


Afghanistan 1972 from Peter M. Newman on Vimeo.

Afghanistan's Rare Emeralds


Explosion killed 6 members of a single family in South of Afghanistan

Explosion killed 6 members of a single family in South of Afghanistan - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
Provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident took place late on Monday evening in Nawa district.
He said the civilians belonged to a single family and at least five others also sustained injuries in the explosion which triggered due to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on a roadside.



Monday, 29 August 2016

Refugees


Australian Aidworker Freed


Explosion in Ghor province leaves 3 dead, 8 others wounded - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

Explosion in Ghor province leaves 3 dead, 8 others wounded - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency: 
The incident took place late on Sunday night in Maidan Bara Khana area of Ghor province after a vehicle struck with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
A doctor in provincial hospital Mohammad Sharif Qazi Zada confirmed the death toll and said a kid and a woman were among those killed.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

More US Troops for Afghanistan


New review of surveillance video of a 2002 Afghanistan firefight generates controversy

New review of surveillance video of a 2002 Afghanistan firefight generates controversy | Fox News
A new review of surveillance video of a 2002 firefight between a US special ops team and Al Qeada fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan that left seven Americans dead is now the focus of controversy—with the Air Force secretary pushing the Medal of Honor for one of their own killed during the battle.

New Front Opens in Afghanistan

Taliban Overrun Afghan Border District, Opening a New Front - The New York Times
Local officials expressed alarm that the attack in the Jani Khel district overnight Friday was led by fighters of the Haqqani network. The network, an arm of the insurgency based in Pakistan, is known for its urban assaults, and the officials say it is trying to create a foothold to re-establish its headquarters in Afghanistan.