Thursday, 8 December 2016

Vedic Afghanistan


Relations between US and UN strained over Afghanistan war reports

Relations between US and UN strained over Afghanistan war reports | World news | The Guardian
In a recent incident, the most senior US commander in Afghanistan, Gen John W Nicholson, considered banning or restricting the UN’s access to a military base in Kabul, according to informed sources in both organisations.
The dispute followed a UN report in late September claiming that a US drone had killed 15 civilians. Washington insists it only killed members of Islamic State.
UN and US military officials declined to speak to the Guardian, but various sources confirmed that working relations were “a nightmare”, as a UN staff member put it.

US Soldier Dies

Soldier succumbs to wounds received during November suicide bombing in Afghanistan - The Washington Post: U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown died Tuesday, nearly a month after he was wounded during a suicide bombing at Bagram air base in northeastern Afghanistan.

Does Vladimir Putin Have Plans for the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Does Vladimir Putin Have Plans for the Taliban in Afghanistan?
Leaders in Kabul say Russian support for the Afghan Taliban appears to be mostly political so far.
But a series of recent meetings they say has taken place in Moscow and Tajikistan has made Afghan intelligence and defense officials nervous about more direct support including weapons or funding.
A senior Afghan security official called Russian support for the Taliban a "dangerous new trend", an analysis echoed by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson.

Earthquake rocks E. Afghanistan, felt in Kabul - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Earthquake rocks E. Afghanistan, felt in Kabul - Xinhua | English.news.cn
An earthquake rattled eastern Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon and was felt in capital Kabul, causing panic among the recidents.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

US cannot eliminate the Taliban or end violence in Afghanistan: Obama

US cannot eliminate the Taliban or end violence in Afghanistan: Obama - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
In his speech on Administration’s approach to counterterrorism, Obama said he ‘don’t want to paint too rosy a picture’, admitting that the situation in Afghanistan is still tough.
“War has been a part of life in Afghanistan for over 30 years, and the United States cannot eliminate the Taliban or end violence in that country,” Obama said.
However, he said “But what we can do is deny al Qaeda a safe haven, and what we can do is support Afghans who want a better future, which is why we have worked not only with their military, but we’ve backed a unity government in Kabul.”

Donald Trump is going to keep wrecking Afghanistan

Donald Trump is going to keep wrecking Afghanistan | openDemocracy
In 2013, Donald Trump tweeted, “Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.”
His isolationist message struck a nerve with voters, but later Trump tried to nuance his position.
While making clear that he believes the US “made a terrible mistake getting involved there in the first place,” he also said that the US would “probably have” to keep US troops in Afghanistan “because that thing will collapse in about two seconds after they leave.”

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Jailed marine secures new Afghan murder appeal hearing

Jailed marine secures new Afghan murder appeal hearing - BBC News
The CCRC said the fresh appeal would look at a number of issues including new expert evidence relating to Blackman's mental state at the time of the offence and the fact that an alternative verdict of unlawful act manslaughter was not available at his original trial.

Suicide bomber dies in botched attack in Kunduz

Suicide bomber dies in botched attack in Kunduz | Pajhwok Afghan News
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber died on Tuesday when he detonated his explosives-filled vest before reaching target in northern Kunduz province, an official said.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Qasim Jangal Bagh told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in Kunduz City, the provincial capital, near a Kabul Bank’s branch at around 1:40pm.

1 killed, 3 injured in N. Afghan explosion

1 killed, 3 injured in N. Afghan explosion - Xinhua | English.news.cn
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- One militant was killed and three Afghan civilians were wounded after an explosion ripped through a intersection in Kunduz city, capital of northern Kunduz province on Tuesday, police said.

'Militants', Jalalabad, 5th December, 2016

Jalalabad, Afghanistan Suspected Islamic State and Taliban militants

Ghani At Heart of Asia Conference