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Face-covered militants who they say are Talibans pose with an RPG in Zabul province, southern of Kabul, Afghanistan Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. A Taliban commander said in a sit-down interview that insurgent fighters will battle "Christian" troops until they leave Afghanistan and a fundamentalist government is established in Kabul, warning that hundreds of militants are ready to launch suicide attacks to again install strict Islamic law. The regional-level commander, Mullah Nazir Ahmed Hamza, said the Taliban still has thousands of fighters despite heavy losses in recent battles, that support for the hardline movement is increasing every day and that U.S. and NATO forces would have a tough time beating the fighters without air support. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

No Optimism on Afghanistan from DNI: Taliban ‘Likely to Make Gains in 2017’

WASHINGTON, DC —Afghanistan will “continue to deteriorate” this year despite U.S-led international support, primarily because of capability lapses among the American-trained Afghan forces and the expected “gains” by a resurgent Taliban that grew stronger under former President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Daniel Coats warns lawmakers in the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment.

Afghan warlord and ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar gestures as he speaks at a rally in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, on April 30, 2017. Hekmatyar has returned to public life after more than 20 years in exile, calling on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join a 'caravan of peace'. Hekmatyar, white-bearded and clad in his trademark black turban, spoke to supporters at a gathering in Laghman province widely broadcast in Afghanistan, where his return to the political mainstream months after etching a landmark peace deal with Kabul has been hugely controversial. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA (Photo credit should read NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Urges Taliban ‘Brothers’ to End ‘Pointless Holy War’

United States-backed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the return to the country’s capital of a notorious U.S.-designated global terrorist known as the “Butcher of Kabul” who has urged his alleged Taliban “brothers” to “stop this pointless holy war” in Afghanistan, therefore ending “all reasons for the presence of foreign troops.”

Judge Revokes ‘Illegally Procured’ U.S. Citizenship of al-Qaeda Jihadist

A federal judge, at the request of President Donald Trump’s administration, has revoked the “illegally procured” U.S. citizenship of an Egyptian-born “confessed al-Qaeda operative” who was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in the late 1990s for terrorism-linked offenses in Egypt, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced.