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7 Afghan Military Students AWOL from US Training Facilities in September

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:56:29 GMT

Afghan military students are coming to America under the pretense that they will one day return to Afghanistan and defeat the Taliban, ISIS, and Al-Queda using U.S. tax payer funded training. Four students were considered absent without leave, or AWOL, from International Military Student programs over Labor Day weekend, and three more during the September 17-18 weekend, Patrick L. Evans, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed to Fox News in an email.

In a first for post-Taliban Afghanistan, a grass-roots protest movement challenges the government

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:32:26 GMT

Afghans led by members of the Hazara ethnic minority took to the streets of Kabul on May 16, 2016, to protest the controversial rerouting of a new power line away from Bamiyan province, which has a large Hazara population. Afghans led by members of the Hazara ethnic minority took to the streets of Kabul on May 16, 2016, to protest the controversial rerouting of a new power line away from Bamiyan province, which has a large Hazara population.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan join India in boycotting Islamabad Saarc Summit

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:05:01 GMT

New Delhi, Sep 28 - Following the diplomatic blitzkrieg launched by New Delhi, Pakistan is virtually getting isolated in the region with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan joining India in boycotting the annual Saarc Summit scheduled to be hosted by Islamabad in November. Due to increased level of violence and fighting as a result of imposed terrorism on Afghanistan, President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani with his responsibilities as the Commander in Chief will be fully engaged, and will not be able to attend the summit, sources quoted Kabul as saying in a message to Saarc chair Nepal on Tuesday.

Afghan official: 13 civilians killed in airstrike on house

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:47:31 GMT

KABUL, Afghanistan - At least 13 civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a residential building in a volatile district of eastern Nangarhar province early Wednesday, an Afghan official said. Esmatullah Shinwari, a Nangarhar lawmaker, told The Associated Press that a crowd had gathered at the house in Achin district, near the Pakistan border, to welcome home a tribal leader returning from the Hajj, an annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. strike in Afghanistan kills 18, most militants but possibly civilians too

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:47:30 GMT

A suspected U.S. drone strike against Islamic State in Afghanistan killed 18 people on Wednesday, most of them militants but possibly including some civilians, Afghan officials said. Civilians casualties in U.S. air strikes against Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan have long been a source of friction between the allies who have been fighting since 2001 to end militant opposition to the government in Kabul.

Soldiers will die because they are too scared to pull the trigger in Afghanistan

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:34:21 GMT

Soldiers will die because they are too scared to pull the trigger over worries they will end up in court, warns former Army officer turned MP Tory MP James Heappey who was in command of the Rifles Regiment during the war in Afghanistan, revealed how his troops once killed four innocent civilians in the heat of the battle Soldiers will be killed on the battlefield because they won't have the confidence to pull the trigger over fear of being dragged through the courts, a former army officer warns today. Tory MP James Heappey, who was in command of the Rifles Regiment during the war in Afghanistan, also revealed how his troops once killed four innocent civilians in the heat of the battle.

Daily Press Briefing: Afghanistan

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:27:43 GMT

QUESTION: Afghanistan. First, do you have anything on the overnight attack at a security outpost near Kunduz, because reportedly Taliban was behind it? MR TONER: Well, we've seen reports, obviously, that Afghan soldiers were killed.

Bomb suspect's sister: He was going to hit me with dumbbell

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:14:14 GMT

This Sept.2016 file photo provided by Union County Prosecutor's Office shows Ahmad Khan Rahami. The sister of a Rahami, the man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring 31 people this month, says he was getting ready to hit her with a dumbbell in August 2014 and stabbed another brother who came to her aid.

Afghan Forces Struggle in Increasingly Deadly Fight

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:14:13 GMT

Afghan National Army soldiers stand in formation following weeks of heavy clashes with Taliban fighters in Dahna-e-Ghori district, Baghlan province, Afghanistan, Mar. 15, 2016. Ja Jaan, a member of the Afghan national police, was traveling home from his job in the provincial capital of southern Uruzgan province to spend a few days off with his family when he came under attack from the Taliban.

Barriers used to protect soldiers now stopping floodwaters

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:59:32 GMT

A flood wall made of Hesco barriers line the banks of the Cedar River, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

'A Kingdom of their Own' tries to make sense of Afghanistan and the Karzais

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:34:48 GMT

Washington Post journalist Joshua Partlow takes a deeper look at Afghanistan, the Karzai clan, and their complex relationship to the United States. If you want to know why the United States is still in Afghanistan nearly 15 years on, and why its forces, together with Afghan allies, could not defeat a dirt bike-riding cadre of 35,000 or so rebels, Joshua Partlow has some insights to share.

12 Soldiers Shot Dead In N Afghan Insider Attack

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:03 GMT

Some 12 Afghan army soldiers were shot dead by their fellow comrades in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz Monday night, an official said on Tuesday. "Twelve Afghan National Army soldiers died after two of their comrades turned their weapons at a security checkpoint in Zakhil neighborhood on the western outskirts of provincial capital Kunduz city at around mid-night," Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, an army press officer in the region, told China's Xinhua news agency.

Taliban Watches Clinton, Trump Debate from Secret Afghanistan Location

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:02 GMT

Taliban leaders tuned into Monday night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militant group told NBC News. The spokesman added that "Trump ... [says] anything that comes to his tongue" and branded the Republican candidate as "non-serious."

Official: 13 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:56:15 GMT

An Afghan official says that at least 13 Afghan army soldiers were killed when a group of Taliban militants attacked their checkpoint in northern Kunduz province. Mahmod Danish, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kunduz, said Tuesday that 15 soldiers were at the checkpoint, two of whom had links to the insurgents and facilitated the attack.

Twelve Afghan soldiers killed in their sleep by fellow troops: official

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:56:14 GMT

As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by comrades in an outpost near the northern city of Kunduz, an official said on Tuesday, in the latest so-called "insider attack". Two soldiers with suspected links to the Taliban fled and joined the insurgents after carrying out the attack overnight, said Sher Aziz Kamawal, a senior police commander in Kunduz.

Meet Zari, the Afghan Muppet inspiring girls to seek a better life

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:53:36 GMT

It's not every day you see a Muppet live and in person. But there I was at the Social Good Summit in New York City watching a presentation featuring a personal appearance by Zari, a 6-year-old Afghan girl who appears in "Baghch-e Simsim," Afghanistan's version of "Sesame Street."

8 years of combating corruption in the Afghanistan government hasn't gone anywhere

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:21:38 GMT

An eight-year effort to identify and root out corruption in the government of Afghanistan was largely window dressing, and cases of bribery and embezzlement amounting to as much as $100 million went unprosecuted, according to a new report by a U.S. government watchdog. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the High Office of Oversight, set up in 2008 to combat corruption in the Afghan government, was largely ineffective because high-level officials failed to cooperate.