04 Aug 2020

Afghan forces retake prison after deadly attack by IS group

In Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Islamic State militants overtook a prison in a lengthy attack that lasted almost a day and left 39 people dead. The group of militants was able to free nearly 400 of their fighters before Afghan security forces were able to re-establish control over the prison. The attack

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17 Jul 2020

New Taliban Attacks Complicate Afghan Peace Process

On Monday morning, 11 security forces and dozens of civilians were injured after a car bomb was detonated near government intelligence headquarters in the city of Aybak, Afghanistan. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban, straining a peace process that was meant to end with a withdrawal of American

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13 May 2020

Afghan President orders resumption of offensive operations against the Taliban in blow to Trump’s deal

On Tuesday, the Afghan government announced that it plans to resume offensive operations against the Taliban after a series of deadly terrorist attacks within the region. This deals a significant blow to the Trump administration’s peace deal, which was signed in late February. After several attacks, including one that killed

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01 May 2020

Watchdog group says US not releasing data on Taliban attacks

According to an American watchdog, the US mission in Afghanistan has, for the first time, refused to publicly disclose data on insurgent attacks during the implementation of a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban. The Trump administration wishes for the deal to be seen as successful so President

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23 Mar 2020

Pompeo Arrives in Kabul on a Diplomatic Rescue Mission

Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, arrived in Kabul on Monday for an unannounced diplomatic rescue mission to Afghanistan. Pompeo visited Afghanistan for one day, to bridge a political impasse that has interfered with US efforts to withdraw all of its troops from the country. Pompeo also looks to promote

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12 Mar 2020

Afghans Agree to Release Taliban Prisoners to Advance Talks

On Tuesday, the Afghan government agreed to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a gesture of goodwill before beginning negotiations with the terrorist group, causing controversy in Washington. Last month, the US signed a deal with the insurgent group to withdraw all troops within 14 months, under specific conditions including that

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05 Mar 2020

U.S.-Taliban Deal Comes Under Pressure Amid Military Action

After a resurgence of violence and diplomatic tension between Washington and Kabul, the Trump administration is facing problems trying to uphold a landmark agreement with the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday, declined to meet with Trump’s special envoy that arrived in Kabul in an attempt to salvage an agreement.

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28 Jan 2020

US says mystery crash in Afghanistan was US Air Force plane

An American military aircraft went down in eastern Afghanistan earlier this week according to the US military. It remains unclear how the plane crashed, as there were no indications that it had been brought down by enemy fire as of today. The investigation to find the cause of the crash

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12 Nov 2019

Deal With Taliban Will Free American and Australian Professors, Officials Say

The Afghan government and the Taliban negotiated a prisoner exchange that would liberate American professor Kevin King and Australian professor Timothy Weeks, both former professors at the American University of Afghanistan. Three senior Taliban figures will also be released, including Anas Haqqani. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan stated that the

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09 Oct 2019

US denies report civilians killed in airstrikes on Taliban meth labs

In May of this year, the United States army killed 30 civilians in Afghanistan as part of a military campaign targeting sites said to be used by Taliban members for the production of methamphetamine,  an investigation by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concluded. UNAMA stated that

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