27 Aug 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, government says

“The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday. Ten other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground and air operation by Afghan and foreign

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16 Aug 2018

Al Qaeda’s alliance with the Taliban ‘remains firm,’ UN says

The alliance between the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan “remains firm,” according to a new UN report. While ISIS has expanded worldwide, Al Qaeda remains stronger in places like Somalia, Yemen, South Asia, and the Sahel region. Some states have assessed the threat from Al Qaeda as a greater

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08 Aug 2018

Mattis says peace talks with the Taliban are underway

“Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Tuesday that peace talks are underway to end the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan. ‘It is still early in that reconciliation process. I will have to give you an update to date as it matures,’ Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday. Mattis faced

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30 Jul 2018

Taliban official says group spoke with US official

A senior Taliban official announced a recent meeting with U.S. officials in Qatar to discuss future peace talks. U.S. officials have remained silent on the meeting. The Taliban has demanded direct talks with the U.S., while the U.S. has emphasized that any talks must occur between the Taliban and the

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26 Jul 2018

Taliban overruns 2 districts in eastern Afghanistan

After ongoing contestation and several back-and-forths, the Taliban again overran two districts in Eastern Afghanistan. Of 19 districts in the province, the Taliban controls three while the Afghan controls four. The 12 remaining district are contested. This Taliban victory comes amidst announcements from the Afghan military of 1,700 insurgents killed

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25 Jul 2018

US strikes in Afghanistan continue increasing

Recent statistics show that airstrikes in Afghanistan against the Taliban are on the rise while they continue to decrease in Iraq and Syria. In 2018, the U.S. has dropped 2,911 munitions in Afghanistan as part of the American-led offensive against the Taliban, and is on track to reach a record

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20 Jul 2018

Taliban, Islamic State continue battle in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban and Islamic State continue to battle each other in northern Afghanistan, with dozens of casualties on each side. The two groups remain in competition with each other for legitimacy, and a number of major defections to IS has weakened the Taliban in the area. The fighting has forced

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17 Jul 2018

Drought in Afghanistan aggrevates political tensions with Iran

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector has been hit by severe draughts, whose impact is made worse by its extremely limited water storage and irrigation capacity. These environmental and infrastructural problems damage not only the Afghan economy, but spill over into heightened tensions with neighboring Iran, which many in Afghanistan believe to be

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13 Jul 2018

Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to take over Afghan war

Blackwater founder Erik Prince has released a video on Youtube calling for a change in policy concerning the Afghan war, away from a “conventional” military approach and towards a smaller fusion force of CIA operatives and 6,000 private contractors. Prince has remained active in private security/military services since leaving Blackwater

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12 Jul 2018

The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban

“A high-stakes plan to indict Afghan drug lords and insurgency leaders on criminal conspiracy charges ran afoul of the Obama team. Five years later, it remains buried under Trump.  Source: The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban – POLITICO

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