Monday, 27 March 2017

Afghanistan - America Digs It's Own Grave

Fifteen years and counting.America’s longest war keeps getting longer.The very duration of the expedition, with an end no more in sight now than it had been at any of several points one could have chosen over the last several years, ought to indicatethe need for a fundamental redirection of policy.And yet there continue to be calls, includingfrom influential members of Congress, to sustain and even enlarge the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin killed in US Airstrike in Afghanistan, say Officials

American University of Afghanistan Reopens

American University of Afghanistan Reopens Months after Deadly Terrorist Attack

The university seemed to have been a target of the militants for a while. Prior to the attack, but during the same month, an American and an Australian professor were kidnapped at gunpoint while on their way to the campus.

Both professors appeared in a video in January asking the American government to negotiate and secure their release, but they have yet to be freed.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Kabul Street Artist

NATO Resolute Support Commander Calls for More Troops in Afghanistan

NATO Resolute Support Commander Calls for More Troops in Afghanistan: 

The request for more troops, which will be made at a NATO summit in May, is backed by US Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the news outlet.
Nicholson said the key aim of 12,000 troops he leads in Afghanistan was to defeat the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group (banned in Russia, the United States and many other countries), adding that the Afghan government was controlling only about 75 percent ofthe country's territory.

Afghan Forces, Civilians Suffer Casualties in Nangarhar Attack

According to the local officials, the assailants also suffered casualties after the Afghan forces responded to their fire but the exact number has not been ascertained so far.
Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in Eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in some parts of the province during the recent years. LINK

Friday, 24 March 2017

Fall Of Sangin

Taliban retakes Afghan town that American and British troops fought hard to capture – VICE News

Helmand, a large, sparsely-populated province bordering Pakistan, is a Taliban stronghold and produces the bulk of the country’s opium crop, a key source of funding for the insurgency. The province has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in Afghanistan.

Trump’s Next Challenge: Russia Returns to Afghanistan

Trump’s Next Challenge: Russia Returns to Afghanistan | The Fiscal Times

Events have moved swiftly since the start of the year. Moscow is advancing the peace process it launched in December with a group that includes China and Pakistan, the latter a U.S. ally and one of Russia’s longtime adversaries.
Not to be missed, Russia is also bringing the Taliban into this process, as Zamir Kabulov, Moscow’s special envoy to Afghanistan, confirmed last month. That puts Russia directly at odds with U.S. strategy.

Taliban Signal Growing Strength

Taliban Denies Talks With Pakistan on Afghan Peace Prospects

Taliban Denies Talks With Pakistan on Afghan Peace Prospects

The Taliban have long refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, calling it a “puppet” of the United States.
“We strongly reject [the media reports] because none of our leaders has traveled to Islamabad, nor has he met with any official there,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the insurgency’s main spokesman, told VOA Friday.
But he did not outright deny reports his group may attend a Moscow meeting, if invited.