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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan sign MoU on railway construction

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 04:55:27 GMT

The Turkmen Railway Transport Ministry and the Afghanistan Railway Authority have signed an agreement which will give additional impetus to Afghanistan's economic development and provide possibilities for the country's access to third states. The MoU envisages a major overhaul of the railway track at the border station of Torgundi in Afghanistan, the Turkmen state news agency reported.

Key Haqqani network leader among dozens killed in Afghanistan

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:14:46 GMT

Kabul [Afghanistan], Nov 24 : A key leader of the Haqqani terrorist network was killed, along with dozens of other terrorists, by Afghan special forces in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. The operation was carried out in the Nerkh district, the Khaama Press reported.

Three Georgian military personnel wounded in Afghanistan

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:40:40 GMT

None of their injuries was considered life-threatening, Resolute Support spokesman Capt. Tom Gresback said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

Afghanistan says Russia must pressure Taliban to seek peace

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 02:22:36 GMT

Russia must press the Taliban to enter peace talks in Afghanistan, while an international inquiry should establish whether the Kremlin is arming the insurgent group, according to a senior Afghan official. Russia has "a significant role" in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar told reporters in Moscow on Thursday.

ISIS beheads 15 of its own fighters in Afghanistan, separate terror attack kills at least 8

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:47:01 GMT

The Islamic State terror group beheaded 15 of its own fighters Thursday due to infighting in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, while a suicide attack in another part of the country left at least eight people dead. The fighters were executed in the Surkh Ab bazaar of Achin district along the country's border with Pakistan after infighting in the group, a spokesman for the provincial governor, Attaullah Khogyani, told Reuters .

On Thanksgiving, President Trump praises troops: 'We're really winning'

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:16:58 GMT

President Donald Trump marked the Thanksgiving holiday by paying tribute to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East, telling them "we're really winning" because his administration has given them a greater ability to succeed. "I'm letting you do your job," Trump said to the troops in a video call from Mar-a-Lago, his resort here where he is spending the holiday.

Afghan official: Suicide attack kills 8 people in the east

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:45:21 GMT

An Afghan official says a suicide attack has killed eight people and wounded 17 in the country's eastern Nangarhar province. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the suicide bomber targeted a local police commander who was recently dismissed from his job.

Maryam Monsef still waiting on citizenship paperwork after birthplace revelation

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:33:47 GMT

More than a year after Maryam Monsef revealed she was not actually born in Afghanistan, as she had previously believed, the Liberal cabinet minister is still waiting for the government to update her documents. "Just like everybody else, I'm waiting my turn," the status of women minister said in an interview with The Canadian Press last week.

'Call Me by Your Name,' '1945' and other movie picks for Nov. 24

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:21:02 GMT

Battle of the Sexes This enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, is most involving when it deals not with sports or society but with the personal struggles both players, especially King, were going through in the run-up to their 1973 tennis match. PG-13.

Afghan Village Looks to Life Beyond IS in Recently Cleared Areas

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:06:01 GMT

The local police commander pointed toward a graveyard. Several of the graves lay partly open.

Chris Hemsworth Heads to Afghanistan in New '12 Strong'...

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:44:57 GMT

Chris Hemsworth leads the first U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan after 9/11 in the latest trailer for "12 Strong." The film is based on the true story of 12 U.S. Special Forces troops who adapted to Afghani horse soldier tactics to fight the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

UN Report: Access to energy crucial for escaping poverty

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:01:45 GMT

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, file photo, Afghan internally displaced children stand in a muddy yard at a poor neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan. A United Nations report says the world's least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty.

SitRep: New Afghan Plan Pits B-52s Against Opium Facilities

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:22:33 GMT

Where we are. For the first time in six years, the number of U.S. troops killed in overseas operations has increased over the previous year, Military Times points out .

Reconciling With Extremists in Afghanistan

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:43:28 GMT

As the war in Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year, the Trump administration has begun looking for ways to make a deal with the Taliban, offering Taliban officials leadership positions in the Afghan government. In August, President Trump alluded to the possibility of a deal when he announced in a televised speech to the nation that "perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan."

The convoluted arguments underlying U.S. Afghanistan strategy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:19:30 GMT

Petraeus said, "We need to recognize that we went there for a reason and we stayed for a reason, to ensure that Afghanistan is not once again a sanctuary for al-Qaida or other transnational extremists, the way it was when the 9/11 attacks were planned there.

Anand Gopal: As US Continues Strikes in Afghanistan & Syria, Where is Coverage of Civilian Deaths?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:27:22 GMT

In an extended conversation, we speak with reporter Anand Gopal about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, where the U.S. Air Force is on track to triple the number of bombs dropped this year compared with last year. The major increase in bombing comes as the Trump administration has deployed thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in recent months.

Trump On Pace To Bomb Afghanistan 300 Percent More Than Obama

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:31:38 GMT

The aircraft was decommissioned in 2008 and has spent the last seven years sitting in the "Boneyard," but was selected to be returned to active status and will eventually rejoin the B-52 fleet. The B-52 was flown by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group.