Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Michael Flynn: Reports find Trump pick shared classified intel in Afghanistan

Michael Flynn: Reports find Trump pick shared classified intel - CNNPolitics.com

In a separate incident, the two officials with whom CNN spoke said Flynn did not follow established security procedures when he shared classified intelligence with allies.

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Why It's Time For America To Leave Afghanistan Behind

Why It's Time For America To Leave Afghanistan Behind: Approaching 16 years of combat operations, $1 trillion in cost and the lives of approximately 179,000 people—including nearly 2,400 American military personnel—the question needs to be asked, when is enough really enough?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Attack on Afghan Army Base Reportedly Killed Over 250 Soldiers

Attack on Afghan Army Base Reportedly Killed Over 250 Soldiers

The government has been under fire for refusing to reveal the number of casualties several days after the attack targeting the Afghan National Army’s 209th Shaheen Corps in the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif.
The deputy chairman of the Afghan Senate, the upper house of the parliament, informed lawmakers on Sunday that security officials told him the death toll stood at around 131, while provincial politicians had put it at more than 150 from the outset.



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Torture of detainees in Afghanistan persists: UN

Image result for US Military torture AFGHANISTANTorture of detainees in Afghanistan persists: UN | Pajhwok Afghan News

According to UNAMA, the prisons are administered by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghan National Police (ANP) and other Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) across the country.
More than a third of the interviewees gave credible accounts of being subjected to torture or ill-treatment. As many as 45 percent of those detained by police alleged they had been tortured or ill-treated -- the highest level documented since 2010.



Suicide attack kills 4 Special Force members SE Afghanistan

Suicide attack kills 4 Special Force members SE Afghanistan - Security - 24/04/2017



Monday, 24 April 2017

Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack

Overturned tables and chairs inside army baseAfghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack - BBC News

Many of those who died were young recruits training at the base. Witnesses described chaotic scenes as the young soldiers struggled to work out who was friend or foe.
The attackers were armed with guns, grenades and some were wearing suicide vests, reports said. The defence ministry said the attackers were all killed.
It is not clear exactly how many soldiers died. The Afghan defence ministry has not released firm casualty figures, only saying more than 100 people were killed or injured.

Bomb attack near US army camp in Khost

Bomb attack near US army camp in Afghanistan as Defense Sec Mattis visits Kabul – reports — RT News: 

Photos on social media show a plume of smoke rising from the scene.

The attack, which reportedly happened in the eastern province of Khost, comes after Mattis’ arrival to discuss the situation on the ground, as President Donald Trump contemplates sending more troops to Afghanistan.


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Afghan Security Forces Continue To Torture Detainees: U.N. Report

Afghan Security Forces Continue To Torture Detainees: U.N. Report

Torture and mistreatment of detainees by Afghan security forces is as widespread as ever, according to a U.N. report released on Monday, despite promises by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and new laws enacted by the government.
At least 39 percent of the conflict-related detainees interviewed by U.N. investigators "gave credible and reliable accounts" of being tortured or experiencing other mistreatment at the hands of Afghan police, intelligence, or military personnel while in custody.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Afghanistan reels from Taliban's deadliest attack on army since 2001

Afghanistan reels from Taliban's deadliest attack on army since 2001 | World news | The Guardian

The president, Ashraf Ghani, called for a national day of mourning and travelled to Mazar-i-Sharif to visit the base, but many among a grieving population called for answers, reassurances - and government heads to roll.
In an apparent attempt to save face, the central administration has continuously downplayed the death toll, which has been confirmed by anonymous officials in many corners of government.