Tag Archives: Taliban

CIA Briefs Congressional Leaders On Russian Bounties

ABC News reports: CIA Director Gina Haspel led a slate of intelligence officials to the U.S. Capitol Thursday to brief a select group of lawmakers on reports Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan. Members of the so-called “Gang of Eight” were expected to attend Thursday’s briefing. The exclusive group is comprised of the legislative …

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REPORT: Taliban Sources Confirm Russian Bounties

The Insider reports: Taliban commanders have confirmed that Russia has offered financial and material support to its members in exchange for attacking US forces in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump has since strongly denied that he was told of this intelligence and attacked its credibility, characterizing the existence of Russian bounty payments as fake. But three separate Taliban sources told Insider …

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Trump: Russian Bounty Story Is A “Fake News Hoax”

Politico reports: President Trump claimed early Wednesday that reports about suspected Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan were a “hoax” meant to damage him politically. The White House has denied that Trump was personally briefed on the intelligence before it became public, though it has sidestepped questions about subsequent reports that the information was cited in one of Trump’s …

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“Large Bank Transfers” Back Intel On Russian Bounties

The New York Times reports: American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, which was among the evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence. Though the …

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NYT: US Officials Were Told About Bounties In January

The New York Times reports: United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter. They believed at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties, …

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Intel: Taliban Doesn’t Intend To Abide By New US Deal

NBC News reports: The U.S. government has collected persuasive intelligence that the Taliban do not intend to honor the promises they have made in the recently signed deal with the United States, three American officials tell NBC News, undercutting what has been days of hopeful talk by President Donald Trump and his top aides. “They have no intention of abiding …

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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 Lied About Cease-Fire Talks With Taliban

The Washington Post reports: Declaring that the U.S.-Taliban talks he abruptly canceled in September are back in motion, Trump said during a Thanksgiving Day visit to troops in Afghanistan that the Taliban “wants to make a deal. And we’re meeting with them, and we’re saying it has to be a cease-fire.” “They didn’t want to do a cease-fire, but now …

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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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Rep. Justin Amash Blasts Trump Over Taliban Invitation

Politico reports: Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) on Sunday denounced President Trump for inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace talks just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “How about we end the war without inviting the Taliban to dinner on the week of 9/11?” Amash, an Independent who left the GOP earlier this year, said …

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Mike Pompeo Defends Inviting Taliban To Camp David

CNN reports: The secretary of state said Sunday’s now-canceled meeting at Camp David was in the works “for a while” and defended Trump’s decision to invite Taliban leaders on US soil. “It was the case that when the Taliban tried to gain a negotiating advantage by conducting terror attacks inside the country, President Trump made the right decision” to walk …

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Trump Reveals Canceled Meeting With Taliban Leaders

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Saturday night that he had canceled a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban leaders and the president of Afghanistan and was calling off monthslong negotiations that had appeared to be nearing a peace agreement. “Unbeknownst to almost everyone,” Mr. Trump wrote in a series of tweets, Taliban leaders and the …

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Tapper: Trump Told The Taliban That Pelosi Is Coming

Mediaite reports: A visibly astonished and displeased Jake Tapper took pains to point out that when President Donald Trump ostentatiously canceled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s secret trip (with a congressional delegation) to Afghanistan, he compromised the entire delegation by announcing “to the world, including the Taliban,” that Pelosi was headed to the war-torn region. Tapper led Thursday’s edition …

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Bowe Bergdahl: Taliban Asked Me If Obama Is Gay

Teabagistan, as you’d expect, absolutely LOVES this story. Via the New York Post: Bowe Bergdahl compared his first year in Taliban captivity — starved, stinking and chained to a bed — to being tossed in a closet and forgotten. “Picture someone taking a bag, throwing it into the closet, shutting the door and just forgetting about it. That was basically …

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Obama Delays US Departure From Afghanistan [VIDEO]

CNN reports: President Barack Obama announced Thursday that U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan at their current levels throughout much of 2016, yet another delay in their scheduled withdrawal and an acknowledgment that America’s longest war won’t be concluded on his watch. Obama campaigned as the president who would end two wars, and Thursday’s decision was a major political reversal …

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Afghanistan War Formally Ends

Via CBS News: The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks. The symbolic ceremony marked …

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Today In Crazy People

“President Palling Around With Terrorists: Good God, Mr. President. To partner with Iran is to trust the enemy, which is insane. Iran has complicity in the rise of ISIS as it supports radical militias and arms Islamic terrorists. You’ve been the luckiest man in the world, in an un-American Democracy sort of way, to have had the liberal media in …

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