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  • Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

    11/11/2019 11:08:04 PM PST · by knighthawk
    Fox News ^ | November 11 2019 | Associated Press
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his government has released three Taliban figures in effort to have the insurgents free an American and an Australian professor they abducted in 2017. Ghani said at a press event broadcast live on state television on Tuesday that the release of the three prominent insurgents was very hard decision he had to make in the interest of the Afghan people.
  • Afghanistan: Muslims bomb rival mosque, murdering 62 at Friday prayers

    10/18/2019 10:56:11 AM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | OCT 18, 2019 12:30 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Afghanistan: Muslims bomb rival mosque, murdering 62 at Friday prayers OCT 18, 2019 12:30 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER This story highlights the fact that Muslims themselves have an interest in curbing jihad violence, rather than stigmatizing and demonizing those who call attention to it. Yet there is no large-scale Muslim movement to stop jihad activity, and self-proclaimed Islamic reformers are often insincere opportunists, profiteering off nervous conservatives anxious to prove they’re not “anti-Muslim.” “Blasts collapse roof at Afghan mosque, killing at least 62 at Friday prayers,” by Abdul Qadir Sediqi and Ahmad Sultan, Reuters, October 18, 2019: KABUL (Reuters) –...
  • Exclusive: Inside the U.S. Fight to Save Ghazni From the Taliban

    09/21/2019 3:16:33 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Time ^ | August 23, 2018 | W.J. Hennigan
    For the men of ODA 1333 and their detachment of around 100 U.S. soldiers and Afghan commandos, the orders sounded straightforward: help secure two Afghan helicopters downed by the Taliban near Ghazni. They knew they would have to take the long way around, because the Taliban had buried so many land mines along the direct road leading into Ghazni that it was impassable. What was usually a 60-mile trip westward from Paktia province would instead cover 160 miles of terrain. The troops loaded up their weapons and clambered aboard hulking RG-33 and M-ATV armored vehicles, which rumbled into the night...
  • Fifteen years of regret: The ex-Taliban commander who now lives in hiding

    09/20/2019 2:08:53 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2019 3 AM | Stefanie Glinski
    Abdullah said most of his orders came from Peshawar, a city in Pakistan where many Afghan Taliban commanders still live and are educated, and a short drive — about two hours on well-paved roads — from Bati Kot. It was the health facility explosion, in which several workers were injured and a much-needed clinic being built was left in rubble, that made him rethink his role. “Before giving orders to destroy it, I went to have a look. I saw the construction workers. They were laboring away in the hot sun, stacking heavy bricks. We desperately needed healthcare at that...
  • NYC Commissioner Wants To Remove Statues Of Men. It’s About Time.

    09/20/2019 3:00:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 73 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/19 | Katherine Timpf
    The existence of statues depicting men in Central Park is the biggest problem that I face as a woman living in New York City.Amember of the Public Design Commission in New York City has called for removal of all of the statues of men that are currently in Central Park — and honestly, it’s about time.During a hearing at City Hall on Monday, Hank Willis Thomas, a painter, stated:“There are what, five or six [male] statues that I think could easily be replaced by individual statues of each of these women.”Thomas could not be more right. Even if it cannot...
  • John Bolton unloads on Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ foreign policy

    09/18/2019 4:57:58 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 120 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 18, 2019 | 6:15pm | Bob Fredericks
    Ex-national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday ripped President Trump’s aborted plan to invite the Taliban to Camp David, saying the move sent a “terrible signal” and was “disrespectful” to the victims of 9/11 because the Taliban had harbored al Qaeda. Bolton, speaking at a private luncheon, also said that negotiations with North Korea and Iran were “doomed to failure” on the president’s watch, two people who were there told Politico. All the North Koreans and Iranians want is relief from sanctions to support their economies, Bolton told guests at the event hosted by the Gatestone Institute, a conservative think...
  • Economizing Defense: A Roadmap for Building Sustainable Afghan Security Forces

    09/17/2019 12:05:28 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    Global Security Review ^ | Jun 12, 2019 | Tamim Asey
    Back in 2004, when Afghan and American generals were laying the foundations for the post-Taliban Afghan army and security forces the number one question in the minds of everybody around the table was “who will pay for it?” In those days, it was assumed the burden would fall on the United States and its allies, but that calculation is changing fast with President Trump in office and war fatigue across the capitals in Europe. Today, the answer is simple: Afghans will pay for it through revenues from its vast natural resources and geographical position combined with a national conscription system....
  • Meghan McCain Roasts Trump’s Taliban Meeting: “If That Ended Up Happening, I Would Create a Coup”

    09/15/2019 7:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Decider ^ | September 11, 2019 | Claire Spellberg
    Meghan McCain has some thoughts about President Trump’s canceled meeting with leaders of the Taliban. This morning on The View, the conservative co-host absolutely skewered the “secret” Camp David summit, which Trump revealed (and then promptly canceled) in a series of tweets on Saturday. McCain described the Taliban meeting as “the dumbest” idea out of “all the bad crap things” Trump has done, adding, “If that ended up happening, I would create a coup.” News of the secret Taliban meeting first surfaced on Saturday night, when Trump tweeted, “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President...
  • Taliban revoke ban on Red Cross, provide security guarantees

    09/15/2019 1:30:31 PM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/15/2019 | Reuters
    13 hrs ago Brown scores in Pats debut, almost wrecks himself after Dem candidates call for Kavanaugh's impeachment KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban on Sunday revoked their ban on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan and gave a guarantee of security for its staff doing humanitarian work in areas under their control. Taliban leaders imposed a ban on the ICRC and the World Health Organization (WHO) in April saying the organizations were carrying out "suspicious" activities during vaccinations campaigns and not sticking to their declared missions. "The Islamic Emirate restores the former security guarantees to ICRC...
  • Al Qaeda growing stronger under Taliban’s umbrella, UN finds

    09/10/2019 2:29:07 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 11 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 23, 2019 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Al Qaeda and the Taliban remain close allies, according to a report by a United Nations Security Council monitoring team. Indeed, Al Qaeda “has grown stronger operating under the Taliban umbrella across Afghanistan and is more active than in recent years.” While some are eager to portray the Taliban as a purely nationalist organization, the UN notes that the Taliban is the “primary partner for all foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, with the exception of” the Islamic State’s Khorasan branch, which seeks to undermine the Taliban’s legitimacy. Al Qaeda “members act as instructors and religious teachers for Taliban personnel...
  • Pompeo: The Taliban’s Position Is ‘About to Get Worse’ After Aborted Talks

    09/09/2019 7:22:17 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 31 replies
    freebeacon ^ | SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 | Graham Piro
    'In the last ten days we've killed over 1,000 Taliban' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "conditions are about to get worse" for the Taliban in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump called off a meeting between Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, Taliban leaders, and the United States. "We're going to make sure that everyone in the region understands that America will always protect its national security interests," he said. Pompeo emphasized that the objective was to get a deal that would have both sides stand back and reduce violence, and that would require the Taliban to make a public announcement that...
  • Afghanistan peace talks scuttled because Taliban ‘overreached,’ Pompeo says

    09/09/2019 4:20:13 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Sept 8, 2019 4:27 p.m. ET | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Taliban “overreached” with a car bomb attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier, leading President Donald Trump to call off closely-held Afghanistan peace talks planned for Camp David. Pompeo said the Trump administration has recalled envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been negotiating with Taliban leaders for months in Qatar, and it will be up to the insurgent group whether talks will resume. Pompeo said Trump wanted to look the Taliban leaders “in the eye” while Khalilzad worked to finalize an agreement that would allow the U.S. to start withdrawing...
  • Afghan peace deal: Taliban says US has most to lose from cancelled talks

    09/08/2019 3:34:17 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 38 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Sept. 9 , 2019 | BBC World News
    The Taliban says Americans have the most to lose from canceling peace negotiations that sought to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. In a statement, the group claimed all was going well until the last moment.
  • Trump Cancels Secret Camp David Meeting with Taliban and Afghan President

    09/07/2019 4:12:22 PM PDT · by be-baw · 60 replies
    Twitter ^ | September 7, 2019 | President Donald J. Trump
    "Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to.. "....an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they.... "....only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire...
  • Afghanistan: Three dead, over 70 wounded in Taliban attack

    08/31/2019 12:18:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/8/19
    Three civilians were killed and over 70 others were wounded in a large-scale attack by the Taliban on Kunduz, Afghanistan, government officials said Saturday. .....
  • Pro-Government Afghan Commander Killed By His Own Son's Taliban Unit

    08/28/2019 1:26:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | August 28, 2019 | Farangis Najibullah , Alem Rahmanyar
    An pro-government commander in Afghanistan has been killed in a battle against a group of Taliban fighters that included his own son. The battle also involved two Afghan brothers who fought on opposite sides – a pro-government militia fighter who was killed and his brother, a Taliban militant, who was wounded and escaped from the battlefield. The overnight battle in Afghanistan's northern province of Jowzjan took place just hours after the slain commander, Baz Muhammad, spoke to RFE/RL about the need to end a war which pits "sons against fathers and brothers and against brothers." Baz Muhammad's involvement in the...
  • The Afghan Mess: How To Get Out Without Creating Another

    08/28/2019 7:38:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2019 | Andrew Malcolm
    The initial goal of invading Afghanistan in the immediate weeks after 9/11 could not have been more clear: Get Osama bin Laden and oust the Taliban regime that gave his fanatical pack of beards safe haven to plan and practice the deadly attacks.It was the first and so far only time NATO allies invoked the Article 5 mutual defense pact. That familiar mission creep, however, seeped in and with the best of naive intentions, the foreigners stuck around to attempt nation-building to protect the power vacuum they created.It’s had some good days (a new Constitution now gives equal rights...
  • When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?

    08/20/2019 5:08:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2019 | Pat Buchanan
    Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America's longest war. U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, in a war that has cost 2,400 American lives. Following the meeting, Trump tweeted, "Many on the opposite sides of this 19 year war, and us, are looking to make a deal -- if possible!" Some, however, want no deal; they are fighting for absolute power. Saturday, a wedding in Kabul with a thousand guests was...
  • Rare Earth: Afghanistan Sits on $1 Trillion in Minerals

    08/18/2019 2:56:43 PM PDT · by mikeIII · 43 replies
    NBC ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | Charles Q. Choi
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, scientists say. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004.
  • Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal

    08/07/2019 1:34:53 AM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 29 replies
    AP via YAHOO ^ | August 6, 2019 | CARA ANNA and KATHY GANNON
    The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said Tuesday. The U.S. side did not immediately provide details about the latest round of talks held in Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office. But Zalmay Khalilzad, the American envoy who has been leading the talks since they began late last year, tweeted that they had made "excellent progress." The two sides have been meeting for the last two days, and...