Thursday, 23 November 2017

Suicide blast kills eight in eastern Afghan city

Suicide blast kills eight in eastern Afghan city:

Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesman for provincial governor, said that the blast happened near the house of a former district local police commander, Sheikh Akram.

3 Georgian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan

3 Georgian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan | Pajhwok Afghan News: 

In the second month of their tour of duty, the servicemen were involved in the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, a statement from the ministry said.

Indentified as Papuna Khorava, Omar Beridze and Nugzar Osanadze, the troops were evacuated to a hospital on the Bagram Airfield for medical examinations.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

US reduces transparency while escalating air war in Afghanistan

US reduces transparency while escalating air war in Afghanistan — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: 

It is not clear why the data has stopped. Resolute Support had said they would provide the figures on November 5 and again on November 8, but have failed to respond to more recent emails.

In July and August, we received a breakdown of US strikes in Afghanistan by province which offered an unusually detailed picture of how the air war was being conducted. However, that has since stopped with Resolute Support citing “capacity” issues.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Pentagon: The Taliban Control at Least a Third of Afghanistan

The Pentagon: The Taliban Control at Least a Third of Afghanistan - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency


In order to limit their financial resources, US aviation launched bombings against drug production workshops.
The blows were in the southern province of Helmand, where eight opium labs were destroyed. American estimates of poppy cultivation and drug production make the Taliban earn about USD 200 million a year.



Monday, 20 November 2017

Thousands more US troops arrive in Afghanistan: general

Thousands more US troops arrive in Afghanistan: general | at DefenceTalk:

“The new number for Afghanistan is now approximately 14,000. Might be a little above that, might be a little below that as we flex according to the mission.”
The extra troops will help train and advise Afghan security forces, who are struggling to beat back a resurgent Taliban

Sunday, 19 November 2017

UN Concerned by US plans to revive Militias

UN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militias | World news | The Guardian:
The so-called Afghan National Army Territorial Force, essentially self-defence units of locally recruited men serving in their own villages, will be piloted with 1,000 men, once Afghan president Ashraf Ghani approves the proposal, and will eventually number some 20,000, officials say.Its aim, according to a Nato proposal circulated among embassies, will be to stabilise areas cleared by regular security forces and establish law and order.Yet some worry that the force will amplify existing rivalries and be difficult to regulate. The national army, which will oversee the new force, is already fraught with poor leadership.

Taliban attack kills six policemen in Afghanistan

Taliban attack kills six policemen in Afghanistan:

Farah police spokesman Aqbal Baheer confirmed the incident saying eight police soldiers were also injured in the incident.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Afghanistan Metrics




Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles as Taliban Threatens Families

Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles as Taliban Threatens Families - The New York Times

Interviews with residents and army recruitment officers across several provinces suggest the Taliban pressure is taking a serious toll, with officials in some provinces reporting recruitment down by as much as 50 percent. Exact data on Afghan forces has been classified by both the Afghan government and the United States, which largely bankrolls the security forces.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Pentagon Says 3,000 More U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Since August

Pentagon Says 3,000 More U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Since August

The Pentagon had previously put the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan at about 11,000 but Trump in August authorized an increase requested by General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and head of NATO's Resolute Support Mission.
"We've just completed a force flow into Afghanistan," Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie told Pentagon reporters.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

US Centcom commander, Pak Army chief discuss Afghanistan

US Centcom commander, Pak Army chief discuss Afghanistan | Pakistan | thenews.com.pk

The statement said discussion focused on regional security situation and Afghanistan, Pak-Afghan border management and Pakistan’s positive contributions towards peace and stability in the region.

It said the army chief told the American commander that peace in Afghanistan is more important for Pakistan than any other country.

He also reiterated that Pakistan has done its best despite constraints and would continue efforts for the sake of it’s future, in line with aspirations of Pakistani people.

Kabul Blast Kills at Least 18 - Reports

Kabul Blast Kills at Least 18 - Reports (PHOTO) - Sputnik International: 

An attacker detonated himself near the hall in Afghanistan's capital, where an event was held, killing eighteen people, among which were 8 police officers.
According to the Pajhwok news agency, several people were wounded.