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Afghan Air Force Receives First U.S.-Made Black Hawk Helicopters

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:45:33 GMT

The Black Hawk choppers are part of a planned replacement of part of the Afghan Air Force's aging fleet of Russian-made helicopters. The Afghan Air Force has received its first U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a planned replacement of its aging fleet of Russian-made helicopters.

Taliban 'kill three abducted Afghanistan government workers'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:52:23 GMT

Gelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor in Herat, said the three were two employees from the customs department and their driver. Mr Farhad added that there had been ongoing negotiations with the Taliban, carried out by local tribal leaders but despite that, the bodies of the three were uncovered near a road in Islam Qalah area in Herat.

The U.S.-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:52:22 GMT

A village alleges dozens of civilian deaths at the hands of a single U.S.-trained strongman-just one example of the "Afghan special forces" to whom the U.S. has delegated its war. "Every day I have thought about him," says Hanifi of the warlord who reportedly killed seven of his family members.

UN: Islamic State Expands Activities to Seven Afghan Provinces

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:23 GMT

Afghanistan's branch of the Islamic State terrorist group has expanded its extremist activities to the country's seven provinces, as opposed to only one province last year, a United Nations report revealed Monday. While fighting over territorial control between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents escalated in 2017, rise in attacks by Islamic State of Khorasan Province, or ISK-P fueled insecurity in the country, said a report by U.N. Office for the Humanitarian Affairs .

The CIA acknowledges the legendary spy who saved Hamid Karzai's life - and honors him by name

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:41:46 GMT

Up until Monday, the CIA had never publicly released the full name of its legendary spy. Even former director George Tenet couldn't completely identify him for his 2007 bestselling memoir, "At the Center of the Storm," which reveals only his first name and last initial: Greg V. Within the halls of Langley and in the pages of prominent newspapers, Greg V. enjoyed his fair share of lore.

Suicide Blast Prompts Pakistan to Close Busy Afghan Border Crossing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:01:58 GMT

A Pakistani soldier keeps guard at the Friendship Gate, crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan, March 7, 2017. A suicide blast near one of Pakistan's two main border crossings with Afghanistan has wounded at least 22 people, including several members of the security forces.

Pakistan: Attack at Afghan border kills 1, wounds 11

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:13:36 GMT

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Three problems with Trump's Afghanistan strategy

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:46:13 GMT

Last month, President Trump outlined his new strategy for Afghanistan that calls for increasing troops on the ground, a reverse of the Obama administration's policy of gradual withdrawal. The President also reprimanded Pakistan for continuing to harbor militants while urging India to assist the United States in developing Afghanistan's economy.

Airstrike kills 9 IS militants in eastern Afghanistan

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:50:12 GMT

Nine IS militants were killed Sunday in an airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, the Interior Ministry said Monday. "Yesterday, nine Daesh terrorists were killed after Afghan Air Force targeted militants' hideouts in Achin district, Nangarhar province," the ministry said in a statement.

Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:07:46 GMT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The militant Pakistani Taliban group said it carried out an attack on Sunday that killed five people in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Mohammad Khurassani said the militants planted an improvised explosive device "to target security personnel" in the Bajaur Agency area that is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas .

4 killed in market explosion in Afghanistan

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:38:14 GMT

Kabul, Sep 18 At least four people have died and another 14 wounded in an explosion Sunday in southeastern Afghanistan, according to an official source. The bombing took place at 11.00 a.m. at a mobile phone market in Khost city, Efe news reported.

Trump Administration Preparing To Stay In Afghanistan For The Long Haul

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:03:03 GMT

Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter ride to cross the street to a military base less than 100 yards outside the present Green Zone security district. Instead, the boundaries of the Green Zone will be redrawn to include that base, known as the Kabul City Compound, formerly the headquarters for American Special Operations forces in the capital.

Rudd accused of contempt of court

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:18:05 GMT

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is being accused of contempt of court after an asylum seeker was flown to Afghanistan despite a High Court injunction. Samim Bigzad, 22, had been living in Ramsgate, Kent, after entering the UK illegally two years ago in order to join his father who was granted asylum.

Afghan officials say bombings kill 6 civilians

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:43:09 GMT

Habib Shah Ansari, the provincial health director in the eastern Khost province, says a bomb went off Sunday in a computer and mobile phone market, killing at least four civilians and wounding 15 others. Another two civilians were killed in a separate bombing in the eastern Laghman province.

Four killed in market explosion in Afghanistan: Officials

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:43:08 GMT

Afghan security forces have been struggling to beat back a resurgent Taliban since US-led NATO forces ended their combat mission in 2014 AFP/Jose CABEZAS KHOST, Afghanistan: Four people were killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion at a mobile phone market in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday , officials said, in the latest attack to hit the war-weary country. The deadly blast comes as the Afghan government considers a plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups which have gained ground since US-led NATO combat troops left in 2014.

Afghanistan blast: a Four killed in market explosion,a say officials

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:43:07 GMT

Afghan security forces have been struggling to beat back a resurgent Taliban since US-led NATO forces ended their combat mission in 2014. Four people were killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion at a mobile phone market in southeastern Afghanistan today, officials said.

Taliban spokesman: - Saudi Arabia, Taliban like brothers'

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:15:07 GMT

In an Interview with the International Desk of Mehr News Agency , Mojahed shared his views on political issues in Afghanistan as well as position of the Taliban insurgent group in the country. When asked whether the time was ripe to put an end to ongoing wars in Afghanistan to prevent more bloodshed, the official said "people of Afghanistan are bound to fights since war, rather than being their own choice, has been imposed upon them by foreigners.