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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 ...
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 ...

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 ...
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, ...
WASHINGTON: With metronomic regularity, every thousand days or so, Americans should give some thought to the longest war in their nation's history. The war in Afghanistan, which is becoming one of the longest in world history, reaches its 6,000th day on Monday, when it will have ground on for ...
YOUNTVILLE (AP) — When Albert Wong returned from an Army deployment in Afghanistan in 2013, he knew it had affected him. He had trouble adjusting to regular life, couldn't sleep at night and was hyper-vigilant about his surroundings. But when he found a treatment program for veterans of the Iraq and ...
(AP) — The Army veteran who killed three women after a siege in California had long dreamed of serving his country in the military, but his skill as a marksman led to dangerous missions in Afghanistan that left him anxious and wary when he came back home, according to people who knew him. Authorities ...
It's 17 years since Australian forces entered Afghanistan as part of the coalition. They arrived with weapons drawn, and fought bravely on the frontline. But what many Australians don't realise is that today, 300 Australian servicemen and women remain in Afghanistan. They're located in military bases across ...
Consider this: At a Senate hearing this past week on top U.S. security threats, the word "Afghanistan" was spoken exactly four times, each during introductory remarks. In the ensuing two hours of questions for intelligence agency witnesses, no senator asked about Afghanistan, suggesting little interest in a ...
Air Force pararescuemen, assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, exit an Army Ch-47 Chinook helicopter at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2018. The pararescuemen primarily fly their missions on Army CH-47F Chinooks. Air Force photo by Tech.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Data the Pentagon issued last year to spotlight the success of operations against militant groups in Afghanistan were inaccurate, raising questions about the real progress of the secretive counterterrorism campaign being conducted by the U.S. and Afghan military. Key figures in the ...
COLOGNE, Germany — The Cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday approved an extension of global military missions, including an uptick of forces for Afghanistan. The move would bring an end to the training of Kurdish peshmerga battling the Islamic State group in favor of what ...
Inside the Afghanistan Powerlifting Federation's cramped gym, Rasheda Parhiz lies on a bench wearing a tunic over sweatpants and holding a ... Several times a week Afghanistan's female powerlifting team squeezes into a small carpeted room in Kabul where they strip off their body-covering abayas and ...
KABUL: The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is inviting Muslims worldwide to come to the war-torn country if they cannot reach Syria or Iraq, as it seeks to expand its foothold. A 25-minute propaganda film released by the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K) on March 4 promotes IS strongholds in ...
Kabul, Afghanistan — Journalists, editors and producers gather for an editorial meeting in a coral painted building in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. The day's agenda? Women. This is the office of Zan TV — made for and run entirely by women. Zan, which means "woman" in the Dari language, is the first ...
(CNN) Here in the 17th year of American conflict in Afghanistan, and in the 39th year overall of nearly continuous strife there, everyone seems to be grasping for solutions to end the misery. The Americans are asking the Afghans to do more to secure the stability of the country, while asking the Taliban to do ...
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has launched a strategy to tackle youth unemployment, which stands at more than 40 percent. by Tony Birtley. 13 hours ago. Play Video. Play. Mute. Current Time 0:00. /. Duration Time 0:00. Loaded: 0%. 0:00. Progress: 0%. 0:00. Progress: 0%. Stream TypeLIVE. Remaining ...
WASHINGTON, March 6. /TASS/. The United States plans to participate in an international conference on peace and security in Afghanistan, which will be held in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent in late March, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at ...
AFGHANISTAN captain Rashid Khan said the drastic change in playing conditions was the reason behind his team's shock seven-wicket loss to Scotland in their opening 2019 World Cup qualifier in Bulawayo on Sunday. Calum MacLeod starred for the Scottish with a spectacular unbeaten 157 that gave ...


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