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Taliban Expects US to Announce Afghan Pullout Date During Next Round of Talks

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Taliban negotiator spokesman Mohammed Sohail Shaheen, currently in Moscow from the recent talks between Taliban and Afghan officials, reported that he expects, during the next round of talks with the US, the Americans will announce a specific date for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The US and Taliban have been known to be advancing toward a […]

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Posted by Danny Sjursen at 8:01am, May 30, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Think of U.S. policy in the Middle East as the proverbial broken record. Explain it as you will, Washington’s focus always comes back to Iran. Seldom has a country that remains anything but a superpower (even a regional one) loomed larger. It […]

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Blast Near Afghan Military Training Center Kills At Least Six

May 30, 2019           |                                       

A suicide bombing at the entrance to a military training center in Kabul has killed at least six people and wounded six, police and security officials say. The attacker detonated his explosives on May 30 outside the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, to the west of the Afghan capital, police said. The explosion occurred as […]

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Afghan Peace Talks Suspended Amid Conflict Over Delegates

April 18, 2019           |                                       

Disputes over the size of delegations have roiled critical peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with new talks in Qatar now suspended and Washington urging both sides to return to the table. The talks, which had been scheduled for April 19, were considered a significant first step toward finding a negotiated end […]

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The case for an immediate withdrawal from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. It is time to revive the anti-war movement in the U.S. in order to push the political establishment (both liberal and rightwing) to abandon its imperialist policies and white-savior tendencies. Trump’s December 19 announcement of troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan led to immediate […]

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In general, IS-K was more attractive due to its more efficient organisational structure and discipline in military rank, where tribal-affiliations played a lesser role than in the Taliban and positions were allocated more on merit than connections or status. Moreover, IS-K provided better equipment, as well as higher and more regular salaries, ranging between 400 […]

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Afghan Opposition Politicians To Boycott Peace Loya Jirga

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Several Afghan opposition politicians say they will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at reaching national consensus on future peace talks with the Taliban. Former national security adviser Hanif Atmar, ex-intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil, and Ahmad Wali Masud announced their decisions on April 15. The […]

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Taliban Launch Another Offensive Against Key North Afghan City

April 14, 2019           |                                       

Shocking everyone when it fell to the Taliban in 2015, the city of Kunduz has repeatedly been contested since then, with the Afghan government desperately trying to keep a strategically vital northern city under control. This weekend, the battle for Kunduz started again, with Taliban forces carrying out a series of pushes from different fronts […]

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Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 4:48pm, April 14, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. American War Is Off the ChartsHow the U.S. Military Feeds at the Terror TroughBy Tom Engelhardt Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain — but I’m nervous about […]

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Assange and the Cowardice of Power

April 14, 2019           |                                       

Donald Trump has never heard of WikiLeaks, the publishing organization whose work he repeatedly and unequivocally touted during the 2016 election campaign. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” he told reporters after Julian Assange was illegally arrested, after being illegally detained for seven years, in London. “It’s not my thing and I know there is something […]

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UN Lifting Sanctions on Key Taliban Leaders to Support Negotiations

April 12, 2019           |                                       

According to sources within the Taliban movement, the UN has been steadily removing the names of their political leadership from the terror blacklist for the past nine months. This is meant to facilitate ongoing US-Taliban peace talks. The removal from the blacklist is officially “temporary,” and it’s not exactly clear who all has been removed. […]

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Taliban Say UN Temporarily Lifts Sanctions On Members Of Negotiating Team

April 11, 2019           |                                       

KABUL — A Taliban spokesman says the UN Security Council has at least temporarily removed sanctions on members of the militant group’s negotiating team. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid late on April 11 told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal and the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the Taliban’s negotiation team in Qatar had been informed by the Security Council […]

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Pentagon to Extend ‘Defeat ISIS’ Coalition

April 10, 2019           |                                       

The Trump Administration has made much of its military defeat of ISIS, portraying the group as virtually wiped out and hyping the victory in Syria to such a point that for a time he was even intending to withdraw from Syria outright. Having backed away from the Syria pullout, the Pentagon is now hard at […]

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Three U.S. Soldiers, One American Contractor Killed In Afghanistan

April 8, 2019           |                                       

Three U.S. service members and an American contractor have been killed in a roadside bombing near the main U.S. air base in Afghanistan, U.S. forces in Afghanistan said on April 8. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission said in a statement the four Americans were killed on […]

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