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[23 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Andrew deGrandpre in Washington Post, August 22 at 11:23 AM
(Andrew deGrandpre is a staff writer at The Washington Post. Previously, he spent more than 11 years as an editor and reporter for Military Times).
President Trump delivered a sharp warning to Pakistan on Monday, saying he intends to hold its leaders to account for harboring militant groups responsible for perpetuating instability across the border in Afghanistan.
During a prime-time address to the nation, Trump said the United States would once more accelerate its longest military mission and bring renewed focus to …

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[26 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Mark Landler & James Risen in The NY Times online July 25, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.
Mr. Trump has discussed the country’s mineral deposits with President Ashraf Ghani, who promoted mining as an economic opportunity in one of their first conversations. Mr. Trump, who …


[5 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

AFP report in Dawn, July 5th, 2017
KABUL: The United States is counting on Pakistan’s support to eliminate militancy, in particular the Haqqani network, Senator John McCain said during a visit to the Afghan capital on Tuesday.
“We have made it very clear that we expect they (Pakistan) will cooperate with us, particularly against the Haqqani network and against terrorist organisations,” said McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, in Kabul.
“If they don’t change their behaviour, maybe we should change our behaviour towards Pakistan as a nation,” he insisted.
The senator’s …

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[3 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report of the Southen Group (TSG), May 2, 2017
.Bottom Line Up Front: ‘
• It has been six years since U.S. Navy SEALs raided a compound in Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda.
• In those six years, the group he founded and its ideology have expanded in scale and threat.
• In Afghanistan, which the U.S. invaded because the Taliban sheltered bin Laden, the U.S. is once again being pulled into a conflict it cannot win with a strictly military strategy.
• The killing of bin Laden and …

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[3 May 2017 | Comments Off on Why are the Taliban still capable of mounting deadly attacks in Afghanistan? | ]

By Arwin Rahi in The Express Tribune, May 2, 2017
The writer is a former adviser to the Parwan governor in Afghanistan.
The Taliban, in a show of force, attacked the Afghan Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps on April 21. With estimates of up to 300 soldiers killed and as many wounded, the attack was the largest single-day military loss for Afghanistan since the Taliban’s resurgence. And the actual casualty count could be even higher.
A source in the National Directorate of Security – the Afghan intelligence agency – said on condition of anonymity …

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[1 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by ANWAR IQBAL in Dawn, May 1st, 2017
WASHINGTON: The United States should condition its military aid to Pakistan to force Islamabad to rethink its alleged support to the Afghan insurgency, says a report released by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Sunday.
The transnational think tank, which provides policy inputs to the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Union, emphasises the need for the international community to get more actively involved in resolving the Afghan conflict.
In a report released simultaneously in Europe and the United States, the group warns …

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[14 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON (CNN): The US military dropped America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials.
A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission. A MOAB is a 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition. President Donald Trump called it “another successful job” later Thursday. The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 …

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[27 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, China and Russia will hold talks in Moscow on December 27 to discuss regional peace and stability, including situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday.
The foreign secretary will lead the Pakistani delegation in this meeting. “We have said this earlier also that peace and stability in Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the entire region. In this spirit, we remain committed and extend all cooperation to the efforts towards bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the spokesman told his weekly briefing …

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[27 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office dismissed on Thursday Pentagon’s latest assessment that the Taliban and Haqqani network were freely operating from Pakistan and instead accused Afghanistan of being an epicentre of terrorism in the region.
“This is more of a rhetoric than anything else. Afghanistan is infested with most terrorist organisations due to the instability there, which has created space for these terrorist elements,” Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said.
He was reacting to the recent biannual report of the US Department of Defence on security and stability situation in Afghanistan, which had …

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[27 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

PESHAWAR: The Iranian foreign ministry has said the Afghan media reports about the arrival of Taliban members in Iran were groundless.
In a statement emailed to The News, the ministry’s spokesman Bahram Ghasemi clarified that the claims about the presence of Taliban members in Iran were completely baseless.
“Tehran’s relations with Kabul have been founded on friendly and brotherly grounds as the two governments seek common interests and security,” he added.