Tag: Afghanistan

Russia and Tajikistan have begun large-scale military drills close to the Central Asian state's border with Afghanistan (Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/File)

Russian Soldiers Begin Drills Near Afghan Border

Thousands of troops from Russia and the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan recently participated in joint military exercises along the Afghanistan border to prepare against possible spillover violence from the northern Afghan provinces where the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are fueling deteriorating security conditions, Khaama Press (KP) reports Thursday.

A sign marks the location of a former Civil Defense fallout shelter in Washington, one of dozens built during the Cold War as the United States braced for the possibility of a nuclear attack

7 Times America Kept Talking to Russia After Severe Provocations

President Donald Trump has been roundly criticized for holding a diplomatic summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia’s ostensibly unforgivable “attack on democracy” by “hacking” the 2016 election. Leaving aside that Russia’s influence on the election is hysterically overestimated by the critics and very little actual “hacking” was involved, the simple fact is that American presidents of both parties have conducted diplomacy with Russia after far worse and more obvious provocations.

In this photograph taken on November 3, 2015, Afghan Taliban fighters listen to Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund (unseen), the newly appointed leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, at Bakwah in the western province of Farah. A breakaway faction of the Taliban has appointed its own leader in the …

Afghanistan: Taliban-Islamic State Clashes Leave 62 Dead, Injured

The Taliban and U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) respectively launched offensives in northern Jawzjan and eastern Nangarhar provinces against their mutual enemy the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), killing more than 180 jihadists, the government announced this week.

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Afghanistan Vows End to Using ‘Virginity Exams’ to Arrest Girls and Women

A new measure unveiled in Afghanistan in July to prohibit government health personnel from performing “invasive and medically meaningless vaginal and anal exams” on women and girls to ascertain whether they are “virgins” is a step in the right direction to protect women’s rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week in a statement welcoming the policy.

Afghan alleged former Taliban fighters carry their weapons before handing them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad on February 24, 2016. More than a dozen former Taliban fighters from Nazyan district of Nangarhar province handed over their weapons as part of …

Mike Pompeo: Afghan Taliban ‘Cannot Wait Us Out’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that President Donald Trump’s conditions-based strategy to end the nearly 17-year war in Afghanistan is “working,” slowing down the Taliban’s momentum on the battlefield and pressuring the group into realizing “they can’t win on the ground militarily.”

**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 …

Report: Obama Admin ‘Shelved’ Plan to Prosecute Taliban Heroin Traffickers

The Obama administration, citing “political concerns” in 2013, derailed a plan to prosecute Taliban drug kingpins in U.S. courts that could have curtailed unprecedented heroin operations in Afghanistan that fueled the deadly opioid crisis across the United States, a Politico investigation found.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center is greeted by Chief of Staff Abdul Salam Rahimi, center right, as he arrives at Gul Khanna in the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 9, 2018. Pompeo is on a trip traveling to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. …

Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday while returning from his trip to Asia. At a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pompeo stressed that Kabul must take the lead in peace talks with the Taliban.

Marine Corps retired Sgt. Kirstie Ennis. (Courtesy of Pin-Ups for Vets)

Veteran Amputee Kirstie Ennis Poses as Pin-Up for Good Cause

Marine Corps veteran Kirstie Ennis’s helicopter crashed in Afghanistan in 2012, leaving her with an above-the-knee amputation, a broken neck, and facial reconstruction. Since then, she added competitive snowboarder and mountain climber to her accomplishments, and recently, she added pin-up model.

An airplane of Meridiana airline, chartered to deport refugees back to Afghanistan waits to take off at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany on December 14, 2016. / AFP / DANIEL ROLAND (Photo credit should read DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Deports 69 Failed Afghan Asylum Seekers

BERLIN (AP) – German authorities say they have deported 69 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected back to their home country. A plane carrying the men from Munich to Kabul landed in the Afghan capital early Wednesday. It was one

An Afghan soldier points his gun at an Islamic State group banner as he patrols during ongoing clashes in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on July 26, 2016

Afghan Islamic State Believed Behind Beheadings, Arson at Children’s School

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has “grown stronger” over the last few years despite the record number of ongoing U.S.-NATO-led coalition airstrikes launched against the group, the Washington Examiner reported in the last few days, citing the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Two senior Taliban figures said that Pakistan has issued a stark warning to the militant group, apparently surprised over being excluded from the …

Feds Sentence Afghan Man to 10 Years for Smuggling Taliban Heroin into U.S.

A U.S. federal court reportedly sentenced an Afghan national to a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison this week in connection to a multi-million-dollar conspiracy to smuggle heroin used to fund the Taliban’s terrorist activities from Afghanistan into the United States.

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

U.S. Suspends Anti-Taliban Airstrikes amid Kabul’s Unilateral Truce

The U.S. military has suspended airstrikes targeting the Taliban in Afghanistan while intensifying its air campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) wing in the country, which has already attempted to officially establish a “caliphate” twice this year alone, an American commander told reporters this week.

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Afghan President: ‘I Will Negotiate with the Taliban’s Leader Anywhere’

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in an op-ed published Wednesday, again supplicated the Taliban terrorists to embrace his U.S.-backed offer of a truce and official acceptance of the group as a political organization, stressing that he is willing to “negotiate” with the Taliban’s chief “anywhere he wants.”

Taliban fighters ride in their vehicle in Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 16, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing …

Taliban Threatens Clerics Who Commit ‘Great Sin’ of Helping Americans

The Afghan Taliban, who have reportedly stepped up attacks against Islamic clerics who disagree with them, on Tuesday denounced the so-called Islamic Scholars’ conferences in Asia and the Middle East as an American “scheme” intended to delegitimize their “jihadic resistance.”

Taliban fighters ride in their vehicle in Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 16, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as mostly Taliban fighters gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, killing …

Afghan Government Ready to Extend Ceasefire with Taliban for 1 Year

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s administration and the government in charge of the provincial capital of Kandahar, the Taliban’s birthplace, seem desperate to convince the narco-jihadist group to accept an unconditional ceasefire, offering the terrorist group incentives like the ability to visit relatives this week to embrace a truce proposal of up to one year.

In jubilant scenes, an Afghan Taliban militant armed with a rocket launcher celebrated the ceasefire with residents of Jalalabad

Taliban to Punish Members for Ceasefire Selfies with Afghan Troops

Taliban jihadists posing for selfies with Afghan security forces and government officials in the midst of the historic three-day truce over the weekend triggered anger among senior members of the terrorist group who have vowed to discipline those who took pictures.

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.