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  • Russia Says Afghan Situation Can Swiftly Worsen, Pledges Help if Needed

    07/09/2021 11:54:29 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 17 replies
    Reuters via US NEWS ^ | July 7, 2021, at 3:30 a.m. | By Reuters |
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the situation in Afghanistan had a tendency to swiftly deteriorate and said Moscow was ready to defend its regional allies if necessary. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday told Emomali Rakhmon, the president of Tajikistan, that Moscow would help the impoverished former Soviet republic contend with the fallout from NATO's exit from neighbouring Afghanistan if needed. Rakhmon has ordered the mobilisation of 20,000 military reservists to bolster his country's border with Afghanistan after more than 1,000 Afghan security personnel fled across the frontier in response to Taliban militant advances. Lavrov, speaking...
  • 'No compromises' Terrifying footage shows Taliban with brand new US weapons and vehicles

    07/06/2021 12:43:15 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 88 replies ^ | Jul 6, 2021 | By TOM HUSSEY
    TALIBAN insurgents have captured a brand new cargo of thousands of US weapons and vehicles as Afghanistan spirals out of control. Following the takeover of a former Afghan National Army base, the Taliban have come into the hands of thousands of unused weapons and vehicles intended for US and Afghan troops. From one base in Wardak province in the north of the country, Sky News showed how the insurgents have snatched an astonishing 900 brand new guns, 30 hummvies, 20 armoured pick-up trucks, thousands of rounds of ammunition and boxes upon boxes of brand new missiles and mortars.
  • Angry Joe Biden Snaps At Reporters: “I’m Concerned That You Guys Are Asking Me Questions” (Video)

    07/02/2021 9:10:54 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 49 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 07.02.2021 | Mark Van der Veen
    U.S. President Joe Biden hailed Friday’s strong monthly jobs report, saying it was a sign that his economic and pandemic-fighting strategies were working. “This is historic progress, pulling our economy out of the worst crisis in 100 years, driven in part by our dramatic progress in vaccinating our nation and beating back the pandemic as well as other elements of the American Rescue plan,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “To put it simply, our economy is on the move,” Biden said. This is what every mainstream media reported about. But no one mentioned the fact that Biden...
  • Citizens in Various Provinces Take Up Arms to Fight Taliban

    06/21/2021 12:29:09 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 13 replies ^ | 6/21/2021 | B] Anisa Shaheed
    People in various provinces including Takhar, Balkh and Baghlan in the north, Badghis in the west, and Parwan in central Afghanistan, have taken up arms to fight the Taliban amid an escalation of violence by the group. Public uprising forces commanders in the provinces said they will stand beside the security forces to retake the lost districts. Some politicians said that it is necessary that people have taken up arms to defend the country under the current circumstances. In Takhar, the Taliban has attacked at least 10 districts. Now some residents have taken up arms to support the fight against...
  • Taliban Overrun Afghan Base, Capture Troops as US, NATO Forces Exit

    05/01/2021 10:12:18 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 57 replies
    VOA ^ | 05 01 2021 | Ayaz Gul
    Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan attacked and overran a key army base in southeastern Ghazni province Saturday, capturing dozens of soldiers and killing several others. The latest attack came on a day when the United States and NATO partners formally began withdrawing their militaries from the country after almost 20 years of war. Two senior provincial council members told VOA the Afghan army had stationed dozens of its forces at the base outside the provincial capital, also named Ghazni, before the pre-dawn insurgent attack. Local media reports said the ensuing clashes had lasted several hours and killed at least 17 soldiers....
  • Taliban IED experts blown up by own bomb in a mosque in North of Afghanistan

    08/20/2020 1:58:10 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | 8/20/20
    A group of Taliban sustained casualties as they were busy manufacturing an improvised explosive device, roadside bomb, in a mosque in North of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the incident took place in a mosque in Chahabar Bolak district of Balkh. The statement further added that a group of 8 Taliban IED experts were busy manufacturing a bomb inside a mosque in Sikandar Khel Village. The premature explosion caused by IED killed four Taliban militants and wounded at least four others, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement. According to Shaheen Corps, the explosion killed...
  • Donald Trump expresses optimism about peace deal with Taliban in Afghanistan

    02/23/2020 10:16:27 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 20 replies
    USA TODAY ^ | 2/23/2020 | David Jackson, USA TODAY
    President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday he would sign a peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan if negotiators can work out the final details.
  • U.S. Peace Talks With Taliban Trip Over a Big Question: What Is Terrorism?

    03/08/2019 1:33:01 AM PST · by blueplum · 10 replies
    New York Times via msn ^ | 08 Mar 2019 | Mujib Mashal
    DOHA, Qatar — Nearly 11 days after peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban began with high hopes, it has become clear that any resolution to the 18-year war could be frustratingly slow. One of the most prominent issues thwarting progress is a disagreement over a fundamental question: What is terrorism, and who is a terrorist?... ...American negotiators have insisted on specifying that Afghanistan not be used by “terrorist” groups, but the Taliban have resisted, saying there was no universal definition of terrorism. The Taliban dragging their feet on one term might seem to be killing time, but...
  • Foreign troops to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal: Taliban sources

    01/26/2019 10:42:14 PM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Jan 2019 | Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Jibran Ahmad, Rupam Jain
    KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban officials said U.S. negotiators on Saturday agreed on a draft peace pact setting out the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 months, potentially ending the United States’ longest war. The details of the draft were given to Reuters by Taliban sources …{snip} U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrote on Twitter that he had received “encouraging news” from Khalilzad about the talks. “The U.S. is serious about pursuing peace, preventing #Afghanistan from continuing to be a space for international terrorism & bringing forces home,” Pompeo tweeted. He did not give a...
  • 3 US service members killed in Afghanistan roadside bomb blast; deadliest incident this year

    11/28/2018 12:39:57 AM PST · by ZeroToHero · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/28/18 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Three American service members were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan on Tuesday, marking the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the embattled country this year. Three American troops were killed and three others were wounded in the attack in the notorious Taliban hotbed – Ghazini city – after their armored vehicle drove over a massive bomb buried under the road. An American contractor was also wounded in the attack. Including Tuesday’s attack, 12 Americans have been killed in combat in Afghanistan this year. Five Americans have been killed this month alone.
  • WATCH: Circling US Drones Bombard Taliban Column Near Farah, Afghanistan

    05/17/2018 3:29:21 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 32 replies
    Sput ^ | 17.05.2018 | staff
    As battle rages near the important city of Farah in western Afghanistan, the US military has released footage of drone strikes killing large numbers of Taliban fighters in support of Afghan army efforts to push the Islamist group from the city. The US Air Force's new MQ-9 Reaper drones killed about 28 Taliban fighters Wednesday, Task and Purpose reports, revealing the carnage in footage posted on the US Forces Afghanistan Twitter account. The drones circled the battlefield from far overhead, striking Taliban forces in conjunction with the Afghan Air Force, which used its new A-29 Super Tocano ground attack aircraft...
  • Commander of Taliban 'special forces' killed in Afghanistan - officials

    12/03/2017 6:30:44 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Dec. 3, 2017 | Staff
    KABUL (Reuters) - The commander of the Taliban’s “special forces” branch, known asthe “Red Unit,” was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Mullah Shah Wali, also known as Mullah Naser, was killed in an air operation in Helmand. The province is a Taliban stronghold in the heartland of Afghanistan’s lucrative drug trade. [snip]
  • Senator Hillary! Women better off with Saddam - Transcript (long, know thy enemy)

    02/27/2004 7:30:51 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 79 replies · 2,366+ views
    THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED TRANSCRIPT. P R O C E E D I N G S MR. STEINBERG: Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Brookings. I'm Jim Steinberg, the Director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program here. And it's my privilege to welcome and introduce Senator Hillary Clinton from New York as our speaker this morning. It's a cliché when somebody comes up to start an introduction to say, of course our speaker needs no introduction--but in this case it's no cliché. Our speaker, clearly, needs no introduction to this or any other audience. She's had a remarkable...
  • Pregnant girl, 14, allegedly burned to death by her in-laws

    07/18/2016 10:36:36 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 17, 2016 | Kaeim Sharifi, AP
    KABUL - An Afghan father was on a quest for justice Monday after saying that his pregnant 14-year-old daughter was burned to death by her in-laws, the latest reported case of violence against women in the country. Afghanistan faces serious human rights issues, including physical and sexual violence against women and so-called honour killings that often involve immolation. The 45-year-old father, Mohammad Azam, said that he came to the capital, Kabul, to seek justice for his daughter Zarah. He told The Associated Press that she was tortured and set on fire by her husband's family last week. She died in...
  • Groundbreaking lesbian Air Force officer killed in Afghanistan

    12/22/2015 11:10:46 AM PST · by windcliff · 67 replies ^ | 12-22-15 | Barbara Goldberg
    A female officer in the Air Force who was one of the first openly gay service members to marry was identified on Tuesday as among the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan. Facebook postings on Tuesday by friends and family of Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen mourned her death on Monday and sent condolences to her wife Heather and son Jacob, who live near Washington, D.C. "We do find comfort in knowing that Heather and Jacob are no longer in the shadows and will be extended the rights and protections due any...
  • U.S. Soldiers Eliminate Three Taliban Fighters During Ambush (video)

    08/27/2014 3:36:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 8-26-2014 | FUNKER530
    The cameraman had this to say to after submitting the footage to FUNKER530: "This patrol was a relief in place and I was on point leading the new guys in for the RIP. We hadn't taken much contact in this area, and it was generally considered a "safe" zone in Logar Province. We patrolled the area frequently, and the locals would regularly thank us for pushing the Taliban away from their village so they could live their daily lives without constant threat. The Taliban that we came across during this patrol were actually setting up to shoot down our new...
  • Morning Update: Two-Stars No Shows (Rush)

    08/19/2014 9:18:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies ^ | 8-19-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Almost two weeks ago, the Washington Post ran a story with this headline: “Obama’s Silence on Death of Major General Harold Greene Comes Under Fire.” General Greene, a two-star general, was killed during an ambush in Kabul, Afghanistan that wounded at least 15 others. He was the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a war zone since Vietnam. The Washington Post put it this way: “The shooting has been met with silence from another member of Greene’s chain of command: President Obama. The commander-in-chief has said nothing about the incident, leaving it to the Defense Department and his own press...
  • The Coming Bergdahl Pardon

    06/09/2014 1:15:58 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies ^ | 6-6-2014 | Bill Otis
    Most reliable reports suggest that five years ago, as the battle against the Taliban was fully underway, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl voluntarily left his post after becoming disillusioned with what he viewed as the enormous damage the United States had done to Afghanistan. In other words, he deserted. He may have defected; that is unknown for the moment. In recent days, the Administration has justified releasing five top terrorist commanders to return to the battlefield (after a fig-leaf stopover in Qatar) on the grounds that Bergdahl was still an American soldier, and America does not leave its people behind. The President's...
  • Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

    06/02/2014 12:55:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 2, 2014 12:31pm EDT | HAMID SHALIZI AND JESSICA DONATI
    Kabul (Reuters) - The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday. The five prisoners were flown to Qatar on Sunday as part of a secret agreement to release Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who left Afghanistan for Germany on the same day. :snip: "The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country," said the source close to President Hamid...
  • Adulterers may be stoned under new Afghan law, official says

    11/26/2013 11:54:14 AM PST · by edcoil · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-25-2013 | Mirwais Harooni and Katharine Houreld
    Adulterers may be stoned under new Afghan law, official says By Mirwais Harooni and Katharine Houreld KABUL Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:54am EST 4 Comments inShare4 Share this Email Print (Reuters) - Death by stoning for convicted adulterers is being written into Afghan law, a senior official said on Monday, the latest sign that human rights won at great cost since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 are rolling back as foreign troops withdraw. "We are working on the draft of a sharia penal code where the punishment for adultery, if there are four eyewitnesses, is stoning," said Rohullah Qarizada,...