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Post by Jim » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:12 pm

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Breaking: The Trump administration is considering a substantial drawdown of the roughly 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan
Wonder how much or what the Saudi terrorists promised Trump to clear out and let them recreate their training camps?

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Breaking: The Trump administration is considering a substantial drawdown of the roughly 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan
Did they reach a deal with the Taliban. There have been leaks mentioning secretive meetings to allow the US to pull out of Afghanistan.

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Post by Volkonski » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:14 pm

Taliban greets Pentagon's withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan with cries of victory

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/tali ... ry-n950811
News that the White House had ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan provoked widespread criticism that the move would kneecap efforts to broker a peace deal to end America's longest war.

But there was one group on Friday celebrating the reports — the Taliban.

Senior members told NBC News the news was a clear indication they were on the verge of victory.

“The 17-year-long struggle and sacrifices of thousands of our people finally yielded fruit," said a senior Taliban commander from Afghanistan’s Helmand province. "We proved it to the entire world that we defeated the self-proclaimed world’s lone super power."
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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:15 pm

Al Jazeera English wrote: Published on 8 Jan 2019

The Afghan Taliban have cancelled peace talks with officials from the United States in Qatar this week, following disagreements over the agenda of the meeting, the group confirmed on Tuesday.

The two-day talks were scheduled to begin on Wednesday in the capital, Doha. The Taliban had rejected the participation of Afghan government officials in the deliberations.

The Taliban had called off their meeting with the US officials in Saudi Arabia this week following Riyadh's insistence on bringing the Western-backed Afghan government to the table.

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:51 pm

:o
The village built from missiles

Residents of Qezelabad in Afghanistan have lived for years in homes held up by unexploded weapons.
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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:14 pm

Hundreds of Taliban fighters storm check posts in Afghan border region

Some 500 Taliban fighters stormed a government compound in Badghis province, killing at least 50 Afghan security personnel.

April 5 (UPI) -- At least 50 members of the Afghan security and police forces were killed or wounded in ongoing combat with hundreds of Taliban fighters in Badghis province, officials said.

Some 500 Taliban fighters overran several check posts in the Bala Murghad district Thursday, Western Badghis provincial council head Abdul Aziz Beg said, Bloomberg reported.

In a Ministry of Defense statement, the attack was launched at around 12:30 a.m., adding that heavy clashes continue and additional ground and air support was deployed.

In a statement, the Taliban said it had gained control of a number of check posts in the district, Afghanistan's Tolo News reported.

In early March, the Taliban attacked the district, killing more than two dozen security forces members.

The latest attacks are part of its yearly spring offensive, despite ongoing peace talks with the United States.

On March 12, the United States and the Taliban had reached a draft agreement on counter-terrorism assurances.


https://www.upi.com/Hundreds-of-Taliban ... 554455660/
Note: according to some other news reports the Taliban may be controlling the whole of the district.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:07 pm

President Ghani seeks to restore his legitimacy with a Loya Jirga
Afghanistan is holding a rare consultative assembly of tribal elders to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban. Kabul is facing pressure from the US government, militant groups and opposition parties.

On Monday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani opened a Loya Jirga, a grand assembly of tribal elders, to discuss the ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the United States.

"It is a proud moment for me to have representatives from all over the country here, and today we are gathered to speak about the peace talks," Ghani said in an opening ceremony in in central Kabul.

The four-day grand consultative assembly is being attended by 3,200 trial elders and community and religious leaders from all 34 Afghan provinces. Milad Sikanderi, a spokesperson for the Loya Jirga, told DW that the participants include members of parliament, civil society organizations, Afghan media, and members of Afghan refugee organizations. "This covers the whole of Afghanistan," he said.

The Loya Jirga has a purely consultative function, but it carries huge significance in Afghan politics and society. Many consider it to be superior to even the Afghan parliament or the presidency.

The Loya Jirga is held on extraordinary occasions. The last such assembly, which took place in 2013, endorsed the so-called Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington.

President Ghani, whose government has so-far played a marginal role in the ongoing US-Taliban talks, believes that the backing from his country's influential tribal elders will strengthen his position as Afghanistan's legitimate representative in the peace talks.

The Taliban has so far refused to talk to Kabul and have labeled the Afghan government as a "US puppet."


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Post by RTH10260 » Thu May 02, 2019 11:54 pm

Osama Bin Laden wins once again :sharky;
U.S. Military Stops Counting How Much of Afghanistan Is Controlled by Taliban

By David Zucchino
May 1, 2019

KABUL, Afghanistan — The American military command in Afghanistan has halted regular assessments of how many people and districts the government and insurgents there control, it emerged on Wednesday — eliminating what has long been an important public measure of progress in the war.

The military said the assessments had “limited decision-making value” for commanders. As recently as November 2017, the previous American commander in Afghanistan had called them “the metric that’s most telling in a counterinsurgency.”

The decision to end the assessments, which have been produced in various forms since at least 2010, was published in the latest quarterly report by the American special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

“We’re troubled by it,” the inspector general, John F. Sopko, said in an interview. “It’s like turning off the scoreboard at a football game and saying scoring a touchdown or field goal isn’t important.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/worl ... liban.html

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri May 03, 2019 8:00 am

What has dotus to say over the release of terrorist fighters?
Afghanistan vows to release 175 Taliban prisoners after peace summit

Afghanistan's president has announced the release of 175 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture.

Ashraf Ghani was responding to demands submitted to him by a traditional council, or loya jirga, which met in Kabul this week to discuss peace.

The grand assembly called for an immediate ceasefire between the Afghan government and Taliban militants.

But the Taliban has so far refused to engage in direct peace talks with Mr Ghani's government.

The militants are negotiating directly with a US envoy in Qatar, as Washington seeks to wind up the longest war in its history, which began in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks.


https:// www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48147066

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Post by RTH10260 » Sun May 05, 2019 1:19 am

Afghan Air Force pilot training program in US ends after nearly half go AWOL

By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon quietly ended a program to train Afghan Air Force pilots in the United States after nearly half of the course attendees disappeared, according to a Defense Department watchdog report released this week.

More than 40 percent of the Afghan pilots sent to train on the AC-208 Combat Caravan lightweight reconnaissance aircraft went absent without leave while in the United States, according to a quarterly report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR. The report, which was released Tuesday, did not detail precisely how many Afghan pilots deserted the training program, which has been conducted at the Fort Worth Meacham Airport in Texas.

One class of Afghan aviators successfully completed the course in the United States, according to the report. Two subsequent classes have been suspended. Their pilots – the ones who did not desert – have already been sent back to Afghanistan, where they will continue training on Cessna-built aircraft capable of carrying Hellfire missiles, which has been used in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Post by Suranis » Sun May 05, 2019 6:53 am

Obviously you need a wall around Military bases.
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Post by Hurtzi » Sun May 05, 2019 7:17 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 8:00 am
What has dotus to say over the release of terrorist fighters?
Afghanistan vows to release 175 Taliban prisoners after peace summit

Afghanistan's president has announced the release of 175 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture.

Ashraf Ghani was responding to demands submitted to him by a traditional council, or loya jirga, which met in Kabul this week to discuss peace.

The grand assembly called for an immediate ceasefire between the Afghan government and Taliban militants.

But the Taliban has so far refused to engage in direct peace talks with Mr Ghani's government.

The militants are negotiating directly with a US envoy in Qatar, as Washington seeks to wind up the longest war in its history, which began in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks.


https:// www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48147066
The US started this war in 2001 against a country that hadn't anything to do with 9/11. Hard to imagine something more crazy. (And criminal ).

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Post by Suranis » Sun May 05, 2019 8:16 am

Ya but the US is much better than Alexander the Great, the British Empire and the Soviet Union.
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Post by Hurtzi » Sun May 05, 2019 11:03 am

Suranis wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 8:16 am
Ya but the US is much better than Alexander the Great, the British Empire and the Soviet Union.
And still is laid to rest in the "Graveyard of Empires".

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Post by Dolly » Wed May 15, 2019 8:41 pm

Pentagon asked for funds to reimburse Taliban expenses: report

Earlier this year, the Pentagon reportedly asked Congress for funding to reimburse the Taliban for transportation and other expenses the group incurs by attending peace negotiations.

“The Defense Department requested fiscal 2020 funding to support certain reconciliation activities, including logistic support for members of the Taliban and, in March 2019, they sent a notification letter to the Committee on using fiscal year 2019 funds for similar activities,” a spokesman for House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense Chairman Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.) told Roll Call.

The money would pay for the terrorist organization's transportation, lodging, food and supplies, the spokesman said. He also said the Defense Department's request “would implicate provisions of law concerning material support to terrorists, the Taliban’s ongoing offensive operations against U.S. service members, and their continuing lack of acknowledgement of the government of Afghanistan or the rights of women in Afghan society.”
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The subcommittee on Wednesday approved a spending bill for fiscal year 2020 that prohibits reimbursing Taliban expenses.

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay the expenses of any member of the Taliban to participate in any meeting that does not include the participation of members of the Government of Afghanistan or that restricts the participation of women,” the legislation said.

Roll Call noted that the Taliban are well-funded, making most of their money trafficking drugs. The group reportedly makes at least $800 million a year from activities related to opium sales.
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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:54 pm

12th Century Minaret
Ghazni's ancient tower collapses in Afghanistan

An ancient tower in the Afghan city of Ghazni has collapsed, raising questions over the government's ability to protect the country's artefacts.

Footage uploaded to social media shows a fort in the old city crumbling.

The tower was one of dozens already destroyed in the city. Officials blamed heavy rain, but some critics accuse the government of negligence.

Ghazni's Islamic and pre-Islamic architecture is widely admired although war has taken its toll.

Mohammad Saber Mohmand, a spokesman for the ministry of information and culture, told Tolo News the fort was "vulnerable to rainfall and mostly damaged by rain".



https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48629680

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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:56 pm

check also for pictures of the city
In pictures: Ghazni's undiscovered Afghan treasure trove
13 April 2013

The BBC's Hedayatullah Hamim travels to the Afghan city of Ghazni, whose famous Islamic and pre-Islamic architectural wonders have won special recognition.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-22124146

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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:41 am

Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan, says ‘the hour has come for peace’

By Carol Morello June 25 at 3:54 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reassured Afghans on Tuesday that the United States will not negotiate behind their backs even as it seeks to foster a peace deal with the Taliban leading to the withdrawal of 14,000 U.S. troops.

After meeting with President Ashraf Ghani during an unannounced visit to Kabul, the capital, Pompeo declared that after 18 years of war, “the hour has come for peace.”

Pompeo’s stop in Afghanistan while en route to India comes as U.S. officials and Taliban leaders plan to sit down together in Qatar for a seventh round of talks aimed at ending the war. Pompeo said he hopes for a peace deal before Sept. 1, ahead of the presidential election in Afghanistan. The talks are expected to focus on Taliban demands for the withdrawal of foreign troops, most of them American, and a U.S. demand for an end to militant attacks plotted from Afghan soil.

“While we’ve made clear to the Taliban that we’re prepared to remove our forces, I want to be clear, we’ve not yet agreed on a timeline to do so,” Pompeo told reporters in a news conference after spending about seven hours in Kabul.

Pompeo said participants in the Qatar talks, led by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, are nearly ready to finish a draft text outlining the Taliban’s commitment to ensuring that the country is never again used as a safe haven for terrorists. Khalilzad accompanied the secretary to his meetings with Afghan leaders.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:59 pm

While Pompeo chats with the Taliban to get the US out of Afghanistan
Latest Taliban Attacks Kill At Least 42 Afghan Forces
By Ayaz Gul
June 29, 2019 05:50 AM

ISLAMABAD - The Taliban has killed dozens of government forces in its latest battlefield attacks in Afghanistan as the insurgent group opens a new round of peace negotiations with the United States in Qatar to discuss a political settlement to the deadly Afghan war.

Officials in northern Baghlan province said Saturday a large group of insurgents assaulted several security outposts in Nahreen district, triggering hours-long fierce clashes.

The district chief, Fazluddin Mardi, told VOA the attack killed 26 in the pro-government anti-Taliban forces and wounded eight others. He asserted that insurgents also suffered heavy casualties but gave no further details.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid gave a much higher casualty toll for Afghan forces, saying several senior commanders were also among those killed.


https://www.voanews.com/south-central-a ... han-forces

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:45 am

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Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks Afghan Capital, Scores Wounded

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful bomb blast rocked the Afghan capital early Monday, rattling windows, sending smoke billowing from Kabul's downtown area and wounding at least 65 people, including nine children hurt by flying glass, officials said.

The Taliban claimed the attack, which came as the insurgents were holding their latest round of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where they have a political office.

The explosion occurred as the streets in the capital were packed with morning commuters. Officials and police were at the scene of the blast and few details were available. Ambulance sirens screamed throughout the downtown area.

Mohammad Karim, a police official in the area of the attack, said a car bomb exploded outside a Defense Ministry building. Militants then ran into a nearby high-rise located in a crowded market and began firing down on the ministry. Police and special Afghan security forces poured into the area and cordoned it off.

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