Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Mother Of Killed Marine Demands Answers On Bounties

CNBC reports: The mother of a Marine killed last year in Afghanistan said Monday that she wants a thorough investigation of reports that her son and two other Marines may have been the targets of Taliban-linked fighters who collected a bounty on U.S. soldiers offered by a Russian military intelligence unit. Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died in …

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NYT: Russia Offered Militants Bounties To Kill US Troops

The New York Times reports: American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter. The United States concluded months ago that the Russian …

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Taliban Resumes Offensive Despite US Deal Signing

Agence France-Presse reports: The Taliban said Monday they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington. The declaration comes only a day after President Ashraf Ghani said he would continue the partial truce at least until talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban kick-off, …

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US Signs “Historic” Deal With Taliban To End Conflict

The BBC reports: The US and the Taliban have signed an agreement aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict. The US and its NATO allies have agreed to withdraw all their troops from the country within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and …

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Pompeo Claims New “Understanding” With Taliban

Politico reports: U.S. officials and the Taliban have reached an “understanding” that could result in a “reduction in violence” in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday, paving the way for an agreement later this month that would bring to an end America’s longest war. “After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban on …

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US Claims New Truce Agreement With The Taliban

The Associated Press reports: A senior U.S. official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan. The official said the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 …

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Trump To Announce Afghanistan Force Drawdown

NBC News reports: The Trump administration intends to announce the drawdown of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan as early next week, according to three current and former U.S. officials. The withdrawal will leave between 8,000 and 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the officials said. The announcement would come just days after Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad rejoined diplomatic …

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Docs Show US Lied About “Unwinnable” Afghan War

The Washington Post reports: A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable. The documents were generated by a federal project examining …

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Trump Makes Surprise Visit To Troops In Afghanistan

The New York Times reports: President Trump paid an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to American troops in Afghanistan on Thursday, and said that he had restarted peace negotiations with the Taliban less than three months after he scuttled talks with the group. “The Taliban wants to make a deal, and we’re meeting with them,” Mr. Trump said here during a meeting …

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Trump Says Peace Talks With Taliban Are Now “Dead”

Axios reports: President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday that U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are “dead” after the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week that killed an American service member. The big picture: Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David this weekend as a result of the bombing, …

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Former Trump Official: Bomb Afghan Civilians [VIDEO]

“I would say that at this point, say to the Afghanistan government, say to the Taliban, we’re leaving. And here’s the deal: You don’t kill Americans, you don’t kill Americans in Afghanistan, you don’t kill Americans anywhere in the world, and you sure as heck don’t kill Americans in the American homeland. And if you do, you will not get …

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Afghanistan Is Unhappy About Trump’s Comment On Nuking Them: What Happened To “Mutual Respect”?

The New York Times reports: Afghanistan demanded a clarification on Tuesday of President Trump’s comments a day earlier that he could have had the country “wiped off the face of the earth” but did not “want to kill 10 million people.” In a sharply worded statement, the government of President Ashraf Ghani noted that Afghanistan expected its relationship with the …

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Trump: I Could Win The Afghanistan War In A Week But I Just Don’t Want To Kill Ten Million People [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump said Monday he could end the Afghanistan war “in a week,” but that doing so would cause millions of deaths. “I could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people,” Trump said during a White House meeting with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan. The president added that Afghanistan …

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Four-Star General And Former Commander Of Forces In Afghanistan: Trump’s A Dishonest Immoral Liar [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: The former top commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, criticized President Donald Trump’s behavior and handling of the presidency, saying the commander-in-chief is dishonest and immoral. “I don’t think he tells the truth,” McChrystal said in an exclusive interview on “This Week” when asked by Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz if …

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Erik Prince Takes War Privatization Campaign To Fox & Friends Because He Knows Trump Will Be Watching

Mediaite reports: A fairly well-known tactic in today’s political world is this: if you want to get President Donald Trump’s attention, there is no more effective way than to go on Fox & Friends (his favorite television show) and make a public appeal for a policy change. Such was the case when Blackwater founder Erik Prince appeared on the right-of-center …

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REPORT: Trump Mulls Privatizing Afghanistan War

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said. Prince’s idea, which first surfaced last year during the president’s Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Swedish Activist Thwarts Deportation Of Afghan Man By Refusing To Take Her Seat On Flight

The Washington Post reports: Around the world — from Chicago to Munich to Roskilde, Denmark — airports have become centers of political protest over deportations. Activists have blocked airport entrances, demonstrated outside terminal fences and even stormed a runway in attempts to stop flights carrying deportees. This week, one Swedish student tried a different approach. When Elin Ersson learned that …

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Trump Accuses Pakistan Of “Lies And Deceit”

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump threatened to end U.S. foreign aid for Pakistan Monday in his first tweet of 2018 — a move that comes amid strained ties over America’s decade-long war in Afghanistan. In an early-morning post, he accused Islamabad of harboring terrorists. The U.S. has repeatedly called on Pakistan to crack down on extremists in its border …

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Trump Rages About “Disgraceful” Bergdahl Verdict

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump called the news that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not be facing any prison time a “complete disgrace” today, but that’s far from the harshest comment he’s had on the issue. His most recent previous remark came on Oct. 16, when Trump declined to comment on the Bergdahl case, saying, “They’re setting up sentencing, …

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No Prison Sentence For Army Deserter Bowe Bergdahl

CNN reports: US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has received a dishonorable discharge but will avoid prison time for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after abandoning his outpost in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday. He originally faced the possibility of life in prison, but the prosecution asked the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, for a 14-year sentence. Bergdahl’s …

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