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The ceasefire triggered spontaneous street celebrations involving Taliban fighters and security forces

Report: U.S. ‘Underestimates’ 77,000-Strong Afghan Taliban

An Indian newspaper on Tuesday accused the U.S. government of underestimating the Taliban’s strength and influence as American officials continue in their efforts to convince the terrorist group to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government.

Taliban attacks that have killed 60 Afghan security force members have stoked fears of the group's extraordinary raid last month on the provincial capital of Ghazni

Afghan Taliban Launches Deadly Attacks amid Peace Negotiations

Multiple Taliban attacks on police and military bases and checkpoints in different parts of Afghanistan reportedly left at least 27 members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) dead, Afghan officials revealed on Monday.

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Life with Al-Qaeda ‘Extremely Boring,’ Says First American Recruit After 9/11

35-year-old Bryant Neal Vinas of New York has been described as the first American to join al-Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attack. In an interview published on Monday, Vinas said he joined because he was enraged at U.S. policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East, but was disappointed to find the experience “extremely boring” after his combat missions into Afghanistan were aborted and he was told he lacked the religious qualifications to become a suicide bomber.

In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Taliban fighters gather with residents to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. On Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a conditional cease-fire with Taliban insurgents for the …

Report: Taliban Prepares for Peace Talks with United States

Taliban leaders are reportedly putting together a team to negotiate with the United States and signaling which concessions they will require to make such talks possible, prominently including a release of Taliban prisoners taken during the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, accompanied by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday for meetings with President Ashraf Ghani to discuss security issues and the prospect of peace talks with the Taliban.

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Taliban Confirms Death of Terrorist Network Founder Jalaluddin Haqqani

The Taliban released a statement on Tuesday confirming the death of Mawlavi Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the notorious Haqqani Network (HQN), a terrorist organization allied with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The Haqqani Network quickly made it known that new leaders are prepared to take over and Haqqani’s death will not hinder its operations.

An Afghan Police officer mans a checkpoint on the Ghazni highway, in Maidan Shar, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Tareq Shah Bahrami said Monday that about 100 policemen and soldiers as well as 20 civilians have been killed in past four days of …

China Denies Reported Military Base in Afghanistan

The South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday that China is constructing a military base in a remote region of Afghanistan close to Xinjiang, the troubled province where much of China’s Muslim population lives. Both Chinese and Afghan officials quickly denied the report and said China is merely helping to train Afghan counter-terrorist forces.

An Afghan army helicopter swooped in low over the street near the Eidgah Mosque in a central district of the city and fired a rocket on a militant position

Taliban Rejects Ceasefire, Denies Launching Rocket Attack on Kabul

Reports on Monday indicated Taliban leadership has rejected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of a three-month ceasefire coinciding with the Muslim holiday of Eid. The Taliban also denied responsibility for a rocket attack on Kabul during a televised speech by President Ghani on Tuesday.

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. With U.S. support, the Afghan government has made a surprising new peace offer to the Taliban, only to immediately run into a wall. The insurgents …

Taliban Kidnaps 170 Civilians After Afghanistan Declares Ceasefire

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire plan on Sunday, but the Taliban promptly kidnapped 170 people from buses in an act of highway banditry. On Monday morning, Ghani all but abandoned the ceasefire and instructed his armed forces to continue operations against the Taliban until the terrorist group scales back its violent activities.

In this Friday, May 27, 2016 photo, Taliban fighters guard as senior leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, not pictured, delivers a speech to his fighters, in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. In the rugged terrain of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, …

U.N.: Al-Qaeda-Taliban Relationship in Afghanistan ‘Remains Firm’

The relationship between al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the jihadi allies behind the 9/11 attacks on the American homeland, “remains firm” nearly 17 years after the United States declared war on the two terrorist groups in Afghanistan, the United Nations recently reported.

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 …

Report: U.S. Airstrikes on 200 Taliban Targets Fail to Cripple Heroin Trade

The unprecedented air campaign against the Taliban’s opium and heroin trade, seen as the group’s primary economic engine and worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the narco-jihadis, has failed to meet to expectations according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report on Wednesday.

The Taliban denied involvement but in recent years the Islamic State group has carried out attacks on Shiites in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Wave of Taliban Attacks Kills 30-Plus amid Peace Talks

A wave of attacks perpetrated by the Taliban, recently deemed by a U.S. government-linked study as the world’s second most lethal terrorist group, killed more than 30 people in Afghanistan since Sunday. The killings came as negotiations reported get underway between the United States and the ruthless narco-jihadis to end to the nearly 17-year-old war.