Tag: Haqqani Network

Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, speaks to reporters Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Bagram air base north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Nicholson spoke about prospects for peace talks with the Taliban. (AP Photos/Robert Burns)

U.S. Expands Operations to Protect Afghan Capital: ‘We Have a Lot of Work to Do’

The United States has deemed protecting the sprawling Afghan capital of Kabul the “main effort” of an intensified U.S.-backed offensive following a series of high-profile terrorist assaults at the hands of the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), revealed the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces escort suspected Islamic State and Taliban fighters at police headquarters in Jalalabad. The alleged torture or mistreatment of prisoners being one of the possible war crimes the ICC wants to investigate.

Pentagon: Iran, Russia, Pakistan Continue to Support Afghan Taliban

Russia, Iran, and Pakistan continue to undermine U.S. interests in Afghanistan by engaging with the Taliban, the most prominent terrorists fighting against American troops in the war-ravaged country, the Pentagon claimed in a new assessment.

Jim Mattis

Pentagon Chief on Working with Pakistan: ‘We Need to Try One More Time’

WASHINGTON, DC — American President Donald Trump is ready “to take whatever steps are necessary” to pressure Pakistan into taking action against terrorist groups killing and maiming American troops in neighboring Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis tells lawmakers.

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 …

Pentagon Withholds Pakistan Military Funding over Tolerating Taliban

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress this week that Pakistan will not receive some $50 million in outstanding military reimbursements from the 2016 fiscal year because the Pakistani government has not done enough to fight the Taliban and its allies, such as the Haqqani network.

TOPSHOT - Afghan security forces and residents stand near the crater left by a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of …

Afghanistan Blames Haqqani Network, Pakistan for Kabul Massacre

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the intelligence agency in Afghanistan, accused Pakistan, considered a willing terrorist safe haven, and the Haqqani Network, a terrorist group affiliated with allies al-Qaeda and the Taliban, of being behind the recent carnage in Kabul.

Masked Pakistani pro- Taliban militants who are supporters of Maulana Fazlullah in Pakistan's Swat valley November 2, 2007. REUTERS/SHERIN ZADA KANJU/FILES

Congressman Renews Call to Label Pakistan a State Sponsor of Terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A top Republican lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives has reintroduced a bill for the American government to officially designate “untrustworthy ally” Pakistan as a state-sponsor of terrorism, insisting that Islamabad has long “aided and abetted enemies of the United States.”

FILE - In this April 24, 2009 picture, Pakistani Taliban leave Buner, Pakistan. Coordinated attacks - along with threats to women, shops selling CDs and barbers - suggest that the Taliban are bleeding out of their traditional havens in the Northwest Frontier Province into Pakistan's Punjab heartland, home to more …

Official: ‘Some’ Taliban-Linked Terrorists Still Hiding in Pakistan

A top Pakistani official has conceded that Pakistan is still serving as a safe haven for “some” members of the Haqqani Network, a jihadist group the American military believes poses the greatest threat to U.S. forces and their allies fighting in Afghanistan.

U.S. Government via AP

Russian Taliban Recruit Argues He Is a ‘Lawful Combatant’

Irek Hamidullin, a former Russian army officer who defected to fight against U.S. troops in Afghanistan on behalf of jihadists linked to the Taliban, has reportedly argued before a U.S. federal court that the government should treat him as a “lawful combatant” and prisoner of war (POW) who is immune to the civilian court system in the United States.