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The military intervention in Afghanistan by the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a consequence of the heinous terrorist attacks on US soil in September 2001 was welcomed by a large majority of Afghans and received unconditional support from regional stakeholders. After decades of ...
The lack of precipitation in late 2017 and early this year is leading to food insecurity and water scarcity that could worsen the already high malnutrition rates among children. KABUL, 23 April 2018 – The extremely dry winter has affected 22 provinces across Afghanistan and now threatens to negatively ...

In line with the directive of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support the Afghan government's housing development goals, the construction was funded by the ADFD-managed Abu Dhabi government grant earmarked for Afghanistan. Not only will this crucial project provide ...
Most of those returning have lived outside of Afghanistan for decades, and will need support from the government and humanitarian actors both on arrival and as they seek to reintegrate. As the rate of return is influenced by a number of political, security and other related factors both in Afghanistan and ...
The solider's injury in Afghanistan also required the amputation of both legs above the knee. The surgery, done in March by a team of 11 doctors, including nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons, was the result of years of research, studies and cadaver work. Doctors are hopeful if the transplant ...
Barkatullah is 13. He lost his right arm and leg in a mine explosion on May 2017. But that does not deter him from dreaming of a brighter future. "The policemen were among the people who rescued me and saved my life," he says on a chilly evening in the children's playground at the Emergency War and ...

KABUL, Afghanistan. As a crowd of Afghans lined up outside a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 57 people in the deadliest of a spate of attacks on Afghanistan's upcoming elections, officials said. Six people were also killed when a vehicle struck a ...
Afghan police say many of the people killed were waiting in line outside the center, attempting to receive national identification cards in order to vote. Parliamentary elections are currently scheduled for October. Voter registration in Afghanistan has been low - groups in opposition to the government have ...
Militants from Islamic State have beheaded three brothers, all working in the medical profession, in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said on Monday. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, the main stronghold of Islamic State in Afghanistan, said the brothers ...
Afghanistan's fledgling air force has accelerated bombardments in recent months as the Americans beef up the country's aerial capability with more aircraft and better weapons. Earlier this month, the Afghan Air Force dropped its first laser-guided bomb on a Taliban compound in the western province of ...
Sergeant First Class Terry Gottke, a National Guardsman, was stationed in Afghanistan for the last year and returned home over Easter weekend, according to KTVU. Wife Brittany Gottke said his absence had taken a toll on the girls, with the oldest suffering from unspecified health issues while he was gone.
Young boys and girls should not be terrified to go to school, and parents should feel assured that their children are safe," said William Carter, the Norwegian Refugee Council´s Head of Programmes in Afghanistan. More than a hundred Afghan civilians - including many boys and girls - were killed and ...
OAKLAND — Two men have been convicted of charges related to what authorities call a large-scale conspiracy to smuggle heroin from Afghanistan into the United States. One of the defendants, Shamsuddin Dost, reportedly bragged to an undercover federal agent during a meeting in San Jose that he had ...
The US Department of State's Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells on her visit to Pakistan noted the meaningful role that Pakistan, partnering with the United States, could play in achieving a peaceful resolution in Afghanistan, a press releases by ...
Some 110,000 tons of India wheat bound for Afghanistan will be transported annually to Afghanistan through Chabahar, he said. From Chabahar, the load will be transported via road to Milak, a border city on the Iran-Afghanistan border. India's first consignment arrived in Chabahar in November 2017. India ...
He said the strategic direction of Daesh toward Pakistan is less than to the Central Asian states, and that is why the group's fighters had been involved in attacks in northern Afghanistan in recent months. He observed Daesh could have up to 3,000 sympathizers in Pakistan in view of their attacks in the ...
It is a city where the sound of bombs is part of growing up, recently becoming the epicentre of the violence that plagues Afghanistan. In western Kabul, however, a big blue bus is bringing joy to some of the capital's younger generation. Children emerge from alleys and houses, surrounding the vehicle and ...

Violence across Afghanistan killed 121 civilians and injured 322 others in March, according to a Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG) report. The deadliest attack was on March 21, when a suicide bomber targeted civilians returning from a New Year celebration in the Kart-i-Sakhi area of Kabul.
The US accuses Russia of trying to destabilise Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban. Senior US officials have been saying for months that Moscow is even supplying the militants with weapons. Russia and the Taliban, who are historic foes, deny the charges. They come amid what some observers see as a ...
The 1st SFAB arrived in Afghanistan last month as part of the Pentagon's increase in strength from 11,000 to 14,500 troops. It has moved much of its formation to locations across the country to partner with Afghan Army kandaks — units of several hundred soldiers similar to U.S. battalions — as those units ...
Two Chinese militants were killed in an operation by Afghan military forces in the country's northeast on Friday, which left at least seven people dead and 13 injured, according to local media reports. The operation took place in Afghanistan's remote Badakhshan province, a volatile area close to the border ...
KABUL - The United Nations welcomes the progress made by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in setting an October 2018 date to hold Afghanistan's parliamentary and district council elections. “Setting a firm date for elections is a notably positive and important development in the work of the IEC ...
A hunger strike that called for peace in Afghanistan's southern province has ended after the country's Council of Religious Scholars, known as the Ulema ... Afghanistan suffered more than 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017, as deadly attacks killed and injured more people than any previous year in the ...
Afghanistan will hold long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections on October 20 despite major security and logistical challenges, election authorities said on Sunday. President Ashraf Ghani, his credibility on the line with both Afghan voters and increasingly impatient international partners, has ...
Long, a graduate of Marple Newtown High School, enlisted in the Army following high school and served in the 82nd airborne, said his father, James Long Sr. During his time in Afghanistan he performed numerous patrol operations, receiving a combat medal. He spent much of his time in the Kandahar ...
Louis, 30, died Tuesday because of heart complications, according to his grandmother. Despite living a relatively short life, she said, he made a tremendous impact on the world and those around him. An Afghanistan War veteran, Sgt. Louis did two tours in the U.S. Army and was strongly affected by his ...
At least 23 militants, including two Islamic State (IS)militants, were killed in operations by Afghan security forces in the last 24 hours, according to Afghanistan's defence ministry. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement that the operations were conducted in Ghazni, Farah, Badghis, Baghlan, ...
Protesters told Al Jazeera they would later march to the Taliban-controlled districts in Helmand, which is a source of Afghanistan's opium cultivation and has remained the stronghold of the Taliban group for years. In a statement released by the Taliban, the group's spokesman told protesters to demonstrate ...
India will supply Afghanistan with four gunship helicopters ahead of the upcoming fighting season, the Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday. According to the report, Afghanistan reached out to India for assistance in acquiring some helicopters urgently needed to help in counter-terrorism operations.
The weakening of the casual labor market since 2014 has made it more difficult for poor households to earn sufficient income to support dietary needs during the lean season. Furthermore, 2017 rainfed production was poor in some provinces, including in Ghor, Balkh, Jawzjan, Takhar, Badakhshan, ...
Perception and composite indicators show that political instability and uncertainty have heightened in Afghanistan since around 2013. The Survey of Afghan People indicates that the percentage share of people who are optimistic about the country's situation has fallen since its peak in 2013 to a record low ...
Washington (CNN) Dramatic new video released by the US military on Tuesday reveals rare footage of American special operators and Afghan Special Security Forces conducting a nighttime raid targeting ISIS-affiliated fighters in Afghanistan -- footage that the Pentagon said documents the latest in a string ...
Indeed, IS stronghold in the country is equally frightening for Afghanistan neighboring countries in particular and Eurasia in general. IS is breeding fear and insecurity by unleashing suicidal attacks at both the civilian and law enforcement agencies in Afghanistan. Its recent attacks validate a sectarian ...
Efforts to bolster Afghanistan's armed forces, along with an increased use of American air power, seem to be doing little to change the country's reputation as a magnet for foreign fighters and jihadists. Afghan officials have been warning for months about the flow of 3,000 foreign fighters, many of whom had ...
After years of criticizing America's war in Afghanistan, President Trump followed his two predecessors by sending U.S. soldiers to the country. His South Asia strategy involved pressuring Pakistan, which he accused of giving “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt,” by suspending security assistance to ...
Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses U.S. service members assigned to Train Advise Assist Command North during a visit to Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, March 20, 2018. Dunford discussed the current security environment in Afghanistan with senior leaders, the progress of Afghan ...
To be sure, the ability of Afghanistan's A-29 crews to drop GBU-58/Bs on the Taliban is an important development. It's an essential capability for exactly these sorts of situations in which a less precise weapon could pose a serious risk to innocent bystanders. The same benefits apply in instances where ...
About six months ago, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new Afghanistan policy. While Trump's policy called for an aggressive military campaign against the Afghan Taliban, it also considered Pakistan's alleged support for a number of insurgent groups in Afghanistan a major issue that ...
Russia has fired back at accusations by U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson that the Kremlin is providing material support to the Taliban. In an interview with the BBC last week, Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in an interview taped there: "We've had weapons brought to this headquarters ...
The Netherlands does not have to give asylum to people from Afghanistan because the country is safe enough to go back to, the highest Dutch administrative court said on Wednesday. The Council of State was ruling on an appeal brought by an Afghan man whose request for asylum had been rejected.
John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman, have a conversation aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after a visit to Train Advise Assist Command East at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, March 21, 2018. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro.
In the present report, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights describes the situation of human rights in Afghanistan from 1 January to 30 November 2017, and provides an overview of the work and technical assistance conducted by the Human Rights Service of the United Nations ...
The United States has conducted sixteen years of counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan at a high-operational tempo, which has helped to prevent a catastrophic terror attack from occurring on the homeland. The last one occurred on September 11, 2001. However, in the aftermath of Operation Enduring ...
Persistent insecurity and intensified conflict continue to cause large-scale suffering and displacement of people throughout Afghanistan and into the neighbouring region. The lack of protection for civilians highlights an urgent need to promote International Humanitarian Law across all parties to the conflict.
As the Trump administration continues advocating for a peace process in Afghanistan, U.S. officials are accusing the Russian government of hindering their efforts. Moscow has increased its support for the Taliban over the last year and a half amid decaying U.S.-Russia relations, according to administration ...
Amid the deteriorating security situation, General John W Nicholson Jr of the US Army said in December that his country would deploy more troops in an advisory role to Afghan forces in 2018, on top of the 14,000 American soldiers already stationed in the country. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to ...
Every day, 15,000 U.S. forces deployed in Afghanistan fight Washington's longest war. In 2018, their mission will cost Americans $45 billion in defense spending alone, almost enough to build U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico twice. Trump, who had campaigned on getting ...
On May 21, 2017, Nelson was commanding a clearance operation in Afghanistan to drive enemy fighters out of village homes they were occupying, ... 16, 2017, U.S. soldiers with the Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan conducted a dismounted mission alongside the Afghan National Army's 8th ...
YOUNTVILLE — He had earned a rifle marksman badge, one of several commendations, during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Back on U.S. soil, however, the Army veteran lived a tortured life, where sleep and shaking the things he saw in combat were hard to come by, the woman who raised him said ...
Kabul [Afghanistan], Mar 11 (ANI): At least 22 insurgents have been killed in ground and air operations conducted by the Afghan forces across the country. Tolo News quoted Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Sunday as saying that the operations against the insurgents were carried out in the vicinity of Basram in Mihtarlam, ...


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