Tag: Afghanistan

FILE -- In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Afghan farmers harvest opium, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. For the past month, the Taliban have held control over most of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where the majority of the world’s opium is grown -- and as insurgent attacks intensify around the provincial …

Watchdog: Afghans Turn to Heroin Production for Job Security

The historic production of opium and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan — with a record output value of up to $6.6 billion last year, or nearly a third of the country’s entire gross domestic product — appears to provide better prospects for job security than any other industry in the nation.

The Afghan authorities have accused the Taliban of defying the start of a government ceasefire with them

Afghan Taliban Begins Unprecedented Ramadan Truce

The Afghan government may get to enjoy an unprecedented respite from the nearly 17-year-old war if the Taliban honors its three-day ceasefire that started Friday in honor of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

Afghan Taliban Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and Donald Trump

Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.

The Afghan Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, renewed calls this week for direct discussions with the United States to end the nearly 17-year-old war — this time in a statement personally signed by the leader stressing that the withdrawal of “occupying forces” is the “only path” towards peace.

An Afghan police officer stands outside a voter registration center which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Report: U.S.-NATO Coalition Denies Pay to 30,000 Afghan Cops to Punish Corruption

The U.S.-NATO coalition has for months held back the funding stream for the salaries of up to 30,000 Afghan police officers on the frontline against the Taliban to prevent corrupt leaders from inflating the rosters with so-called “ghost,” or nonexistent, personnel to receive more money, the New York Times (NYT) reports.

Humvees of the combined Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilization units advance through the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul August 26, 2017

Report: U.S. Has Destroyed 40 U.S.-Supplied Humvees Captured by Taliban

U.S. warplanes over the last few years have pulverized an estimated 40 American taxpayer-funded Humvees worth about $70,000 each that fell into the hands of the Taliban after the United States provided them to the Afghan security forces, USA Today reported this week.

Pakistani Taliban (TTP) out training in some new, not so cool, outfit. Not really sure what the 'no tension' is about.

Report: Taliban Jihadists Debut Punk-Inspired Uniforms

Pakistani Taliban terrorists debuted new uniforms that mirror the style of Western punk rockers in a recently released propaganda video showing “martyrdom-seeking mujahideen” training at a “war college,” the Military Times reported this week.

Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of suicide attack in Kabul Monday, June 4, 2018. A suicide bombing targeted a gathering of Afghanistan's top clerics on Monday in Kabul, killing at least seven people and wounding nine. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghanistan: Jihadists Bomb Anti-War Clerics Less than an Hour After Fatwa on Attacks

A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of nearly 2,000 top Islamic clerics in Kabul on Monday, less than an hour after the scholars declared a fatwa condemning suicide attacks as “unforgivable sins,” or haram, under Islamic law and urging the Taliban to engage in peace talks with the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

**FILE** A Taliban militant is seen with an AK- 47 rifle gun, right, as farmers collect resin from poppies in an opium poppy field in Naway district of Helmand province, southwest Afghanistan in a Friday, April 25, 2008 file photo. Drought and anti-drug campaigns helped slash Afghanistan's opium poppy cultivation …

Trump’s Air Campaign Prompting Taliban to Shut Down Heroin Labs

U.S. airstrikes targeting drug labs in Afghanistan reportedly drove a Taliban commander in Helmand, the most opium-producing region in the world and one of the group’s major strongholds, to move heroin factories away from urban areas into the mountains to avoid detection.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS group leaders sumit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 16, 2014. Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers ( Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met today …

Russia, India Agree to First Joint Project in Afghanistan

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have reportedly agreed to break ground on their countries’ first joint project in Afghanistan despite backing opposing sides in the Afghan war.

An Afghan Army soldier adjusts his helmet during an exercise at a training facility in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. The Afghan National Security Forces depend exclusively on billions of dollars in funding from the United States and its allies, money that is now at risk …

Taliban Offers ‘Amnesty’ to U.S.-Backed Afghan Forces Who ‘Leave Enemy Ranks’

Taliban jihadists released a statement last week offering a “life of peace” through “amnesty” to the very same U.S.-backed Afghan National Security Forces (ANDSF) they have massacred for years if they renounce their ranks, citing the “very high number of casualties” sustained by the troops as a reason to abandon American support.

Recent attacks have made Kabul the deadliest place in Afghanistan for civilians for months

Ramadan Rage: Jihadists Kill 41, Injure 102 in First 4 Days

Islamic terrorists have massacred at least 41 people and injured 102 in the first four days of the holiest month for Muslims, Ramadan, a time when some adherents of Islam believe jihad and martyrdom to be especially heroic and rewarded in paradise.

General John Nicholson, who commands US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, says "well over 1,000" advisors would be closer to the front lines during next year's fighting season

U.S., U.N. Urge Taliban to ‘Halt the Fighting’ in Ramadan Message

The top commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan urged Taliban narco-jihadists “to accept” Kabul’s offer of a ceasefire and recognition as a legitimate political group in a message marking the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Afghanistan has sent commandos to battle the Taliban in Farah

Taliban Offensive Resumes Near Afghan-Iranian Border

Confrontations between the Taliban and U.S.-backed Afghan forces resumed again in the provincial capital of Farah Thursday less than a day after the American military and Kabul asserted that the Afghan government remains in control of the urban center, located close to the Iranian border.

Trump Era Brings Home 14 Unjustly Detained Americans and Counting

Trump Era Brings Home 14 Unjustly Detained Americans and Counting

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration — less than a year and a half into its tenure — has helped secure the release of at least 14 Americans, including three children born in captivity to an American woman and her Canadian husband held by the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network.

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad on November 23, 2017. A suicide bomber struck at a crowd of people in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on November 23 killing at least eight, officials said, in an attack that underscored worsening security. …

Bombing at Mosque in Afghanistan Kills 12, Wounds 33

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan that was being used as a voter registration center killed at least 12 people and wounded 33, officials said.

A member of the Iraqi forces holds the Islamic State group flag upside down in Mosul on July 1, 2017

Former ISIS Fighter Warns Islamic State Ideology Will Make a Comeback

In an interview with Fox News conducted from a prison run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces coalition, former ISIS fighter Hamza Nmeie warned that the Islamic State’s ideology will survive the collapse of the “caliphate” and inspire new groups obsessed with defeating the United States.