Friday, 18 August 2017

Afghan official: 7 die in violence in western Herat province

Afghan official: 7 die in violence in western Herat province - The Globe and Mail: 

The fighting erupted overnight and lasted into early morning on Friday.
In the same district, also on Friday, a roadside bombing killed three civilians driving in a car.
No one claimed responsibility for the deadly explosion but Hekmat blamed the Taliban for planting the bomb.

Trump’s Search for an Afghan War Policy Takes Him to Camp David

Trump’s Search for an Afghan War Policy Takes Him to Camp David - Bloomberg

Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster back a proposal to add troops focused on training Afghan special forces. It’s intended to show a U.S. commitment to stay in the country, prod Taliban fighters to the negotiating table and stem the increased presence of terrorist groups including Islamic State, according to people familiar with the plan who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan: The United States military said on Thursday that one of its soldiers died after suffering wounds a day earlier in eastern Afghanistan.

Ralph Nader: The 16 Year War In Afghanistan, Headlines Tell The Story

Ralph Nader: The 16 Year War In Afghanistan, Headlines Tell The Story – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Karzai: Plot Had Roots in Pakistan

Afghans Say Assistance Will Be Needed for Years

US Faces New Afghan Test

Taliban Fighters Attack Afghan Government Center

US-Taliban Peace Talks Reached Tentative Accord

Outspoken Afghan Rights Official Ousted

US General in Afghanistan Says Troops May Stay Past ‘14

US Shift May Push Afghans Into Lead Role

US’s Afghan Headache: $400-a-Gallon Gasoline

Karzai Says Foreigners Behind Afghan Corruption

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Afghanistan war strategy, if such exists, should change

Afghanistan war should be changes to focus on intelligence - Washington Times:

For filing under the 'No shit, Sherlock' heading

During a Pentagon press conference, Mr. Mattis responded to questions on the delay of the Afghan war strategy by stating, “Seriously, this is hard and anyone who says otherwise is someone who has not had to deal with it.” The argument was a straw man. No one would ever suggest it was easy.

Taliban Warn Trump

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice?

When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice? | The Diplomat

Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, civilian deaths caused by U.S. and NATO forces have been a serious concern. Actual investigations are quite rare and incidents seldom publicized by the U.S. military. Even when investigations are made, as in the case of the Alingar killings of four women and four children, the results are not made public. Despite appeals from human rights organizations, the U.S. and NATO forces have failed to clarify on the pre-engagement and precaution measures taken before the launching of airstrikes. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted a sharp rise in civilian casualties due to U.S. strikes in Nangarhar. As compared to 18 civilian casualties during 10 aerial operations in 2015, UNAMA recorded 89 civilian casualties in 13 aerial operations in Nangarhar province in 2016.

Clash in Balkh airport leaves 2 dead during arrest of Asif Momand

Clash in Balkh airport leaves 2 dead during arrest of Asif Momand - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

The Balkh security chief Syed Kamal Sadat confirmed that Momand was arrested on Monday night and at least two of security guards were killed while two security personnel were wounded.
There are conflicting reports regarding the parties involved in the arrest of Momand as some officials are saying that he has been arrested by the forces belonging to Ata Mohammad Noor.

Taliban Open Letter To Trump

Mujahid says Trump should not hand control of the U.S, Afghan policy to the military but rather, announce the withdrawal of U.S. forces - and not an increase in troops as the Trump administration has planned.
The note, which is 1,600 words long, also says a U.S. withdrawal would "truly deliver American troops from harm's way" and bring about "an end to an inherited war." Read More

Monday, 14 August 2017

Gunmen Attack Police Check Post Near Qargha Lake, 3 Killed

Gunmen Attack Police Check Post Near Qargha Lake, 3 Killed | TOLOnews

Kabul police headquarters has confirmed the killing of at least two officers in the incident.
The check post was stormed by armed men located between Qargha Lake and Company Bazaar in the western part of the capital Kabul where criminal cases have frequently sparked outrage among residents.
“They attacked the check post at night and killed three people, security threats have increased," said Haroon, an eyewitness.
“We were stuck inside the shop, the security situation was critical as it was dark,” said a resident of Qargha Romal.
“We confirm the incident, we lost three officers in the incident," said Mohammad Salim Ehsas, commander of Kabul police

Half US military aid to Afghanistan stolen, expert says

Half US military aid to Afghanistan stolen, expert says: 

Since the U.S. began training and supplying the police and military in 2002, more than $76 billion has been spent on Afghan security, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

However, Kabul Khan Tadbeer, a former Afghan intelligence official and a security analyst, said “brazen corruption” had seen a large proportion of the money and weapons siphoned off.

“Those internal forces who grabbed power after the fall of the Taliban regime notoriously armed private militias and even embezzled numerous small arms and ammunition that are not accounted for yet,” he said.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Taliban Gain Major Ground

Nasratullah Jamshidi, an army corps spokesman for the northern region, said Sunday that Afghan security forces withdrew from the Ghormach district to avoid civilian casualties and confirmed that the Taliban has seized control of the district.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, confirmed the report.
Last week the insurgents seized control of the strategic Mirzawalang in Sayad district in the northern Sari Pul province. Local authorities believed the capture of the area was jointly carried out by the Taliban and militants from the Islamic State group. Link