Tag: Taliban

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.

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.

Captured alleged Taliban fighters being presented to the media by police in Jalalabad earlier this month

Afghan Taliban Controlling More Territory in Years Despite Ramped Up Trump Offensive

Terrorist groups in Afghanistan, predominantly the Taliban, have reached the “highest level” of “control or influence” of the country’s districts despite the unprecedented airstrike campaign launched against jihadists under U.S. President Donald Trump, an American watchdog agency revealed in an assessment of the conflict released Tuesday.