07 Nov 2018

Taliban tax collectors help tighten insurgents’ grip in Afghanistan

‘Given the strictness of Taliban regarding implementation of their rules and regulations, I think they raise more from tax collection than the Afghan government,’ said one resident from an area largely under Taliban control. ‘They have proper tax collection and people cannot disobey them in areas they control.’ “According to

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22 Oct 2018

Taliban Assassins threaten multibillion-dollar US efforts to keep Afghan airmen flying

The Taliban is training assassins and using them to target Afghanistan’s tiny number of trained airmen, personnel that are of great importance to Afghanistan’s counter-Taliban efforts and that have been trained at great cost to the U.S. The U.S. is currently spending $11.4 billion dollars to modernize the Afghani Air

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26 Sep 2018

Afghan Governor: The Taliban Are ‘Going To Win’ If Death Toll Continues To Rise

“A provincial governor in Afghanistan says the Taliban is ‘going to win’ if the death toll among Afghan security forces — which the New York Times reports is double the average from two years ago — continues unabated. ‘The Taliban don’t want peace, because they think they can win the war,’ Baghlan Province

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21 Sep 2018

Pakistan continues to harbor Taliban, including al Qaeda-linked Haqqanis

The State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2017 is a treasure trove of U.S. positions, statistics, and public statements on the current state of terrorism, and in its report on Pakistan, it states that “the Pakistani government pledged support to political reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban

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11 Sep 2018

Taliban Fighters Massacre Scores Of Afghanistan Security Forces — Again

A leading U.S. struggle in Afghanistan is increasingly demoralized Afghan military personnel. Driven by continued attacks, contests, and losses, recent attacks have been characterized by reports of fleeing security forces during Taliban attacks and offensives. Furthermore, a disparity between official U.S. government statistics and those from the Special Inspector General

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27 Aug 2018

Russian peace talks raise specter of shifting influence in Afghanistan

“Vladimir Putin’s Russia appears to have emerged as a player in Afghanistan after 17 years of Western involvement that has left the country no closer to peace than before. To some, Russia’s offer to host talks next month might contain at least the seeds of a positive pivot if the

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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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