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Top US military officer says Taliban 'are not losing'

"They are not losing right now, I think that is fair to say," Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said of the Taliban during a discussion at a security forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "We used the term stalemate a year ago and, relatively speaking, it has not changed much."

CNN - 2018-11-17 22:57:14

Taliban say no pact struck with U.S. over deadline to end Afghan war

U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, talks with local reporters at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan November 18, 2018. U.S embassy/Handout via Reuters

REUTERS CANADA - 2018-11-19 09:03:59

U.S. peace envoy hopes for deal with Taliban in 2019

The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.The US envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, who is in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told local reporters that "he hopes a

JERUSALEM POST - 2018-11-18 12:36:00

Why Are The Taliban Attacking Hazaras In Afghanistan?

The fighting was apparently provoked by the breakdown of a longstanding agreement between the two, according to former Taliban members and Ghazni locals. Hazara leaders, for their part, deny they had engaged in any written or verbal understanding with the insurgents. The Taliban regime is accused of


First Full Year of Trump-Run Foreign Policy Sees Record Number of Bombs Dropped on Afghanistan

The Melania Trump–led firing of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel has prompted some speculation about whether this means the influence of Ricardel's boss, superhawk John Bolton, ison the waneand a new dawn for non-interventionism is on the way.


Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan honored at funeral

This undated photo provided by the Utah National Guard shows Maj. Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard. Taylor, former mayor of North Ogden, died in Afghanistan on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, City Councilman Phillip Swanson said. Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Gu

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-11-17 16:52:00

Ghani Says Nearly 29,000 Afghan Troops Killed Since 2015

The death toll among Afghanistan's security forces since 2015 is close to 29,000, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has revealed, providing a figure far higher than anything previously acknowledged by the government.


Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

In the "graveyard of empires," Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged to use its diplomatic muscle to spur peace efforts in the war-torn country.


Trump appears ready to cut and run in Afghanistan

The situation in Afghanistan is murky no longer – because it has, to a large extent, spiraled out of control. Rather than seeking a win-win scenario in which the United States might forge a deal with the Taliban for a more peaceful country, U.S. officials instead seem hell-bent on delivering to the


Afghanistan’s "National Air Corridor Program": Economic Gain and Loss

Afghanistan has long been suffering from what Paul Collier describes in his bookThe Bottom Billionas a “landlocked trap”—a landlocked situation with bad neighbors. Afghanistan’s lack of direct access to the sea and a capricious political relationship with neighboring Pakistan has marginalized the co


Afghan Military Deaths Since 2015: More Than 28,000

ImageThe bodies of commandos were lined up outside the governor’s office in Sang-e-Masha, Afghanistan, on Sunday. Their company was almost entirely destroyed fighting the Taliban.CreditCreditJim Huylebroek for The New York Times


Afghan election, Taliban talks may be on collision course

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —An important upcoming milestone for Afghanistan’s Western-backed democracy and a separate, crucial chance to settle the country’s 17-year war appear to be crashing into each other.


Price tag of the ‘war on terror’ will top $6 trillion soon

WASHINGTON — The price tag of the ongoing “war on terror” in the Middle East will likely top $6 trillion next year, and will reach $7 trillion if the conflicts continue into the early 2020s, according toa new reportout Wednesday.


Pakistan PM orders probe after policeman found dead in Afghanistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at the opening ceremony for the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/Pool


Afghan officials: Taliban kill 30 policemen in west province

In this Oct. 26, 2018 photo, Afghan National Security Forces search passengers and their vehicles at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghans, who once welcomed Americans as liberators, now increasingly see them as the architects of their country’s demise. The United States has lost more than 2,4


Dozens Killed In Taliban Attack On Afghan Security Forces

Taliban insurgents attacked a joint police and army outpost in Afghanistan’s western Farah Province, killing at least 38 officers and soldiers, as the onslaught against the country’s security forces mounts, officials say.


Why victory isn't the goal in Afghanistan

“The very first slide in the briefing that I gave to him was, ‘Afghanistan ≠ Iraq.’ And I then laid out to him the areas and issues in which you could compare and contrast the two countries and situations,” Petraeus recalled in an interview this month. “That comparison clearly established why, frank


The US could face a 'decisive military defeat' in a war with China or Russia today, an alarming new report warns

Were the US to go to war with China or Russia today, it might lose, a new report to Congress from a panel of a dozen leading national security experts warns.


Thousands flee as Taliban attack Afghanistan's 'safe' districts

GHAZNI, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - Thousands of members of Afghanistan’s mainly Shi’ite Hazara ethnic minority have fled their homes in the central province of Ghazni as the Taliban have pressed into two previously safe districts, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.


As George W. Bush Gets "Liberty Medal," Afghan People Suffer 17th Year in Nation "Made a Hell" by US Invasion

Seventeen years after the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and just a day after former president and "war criminal" George W. Bushwas granted the National Constitution Center's "Liberty Medal"at a ceremony in Philadelphia, theAssociated Pressreports Tuesday on the anger and sorrow of the Afghan peo