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With Trump's OK, US unleashes air offensive to take out Taliban drug labs

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he is using new authority given him by President Trump to launch a bombing campaign against Taliban drug production facilities to cut off the revenue streams that have been funding the insurgency against Afghan government forces. "In striking northern Helma

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2017-11-20 16:12:15

Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles Amid Taliban Threats

As the Taliban gains growing amounts of territory across Afghanistan, more and more members of the Afghan military are from homes which are no longer under Afghan government control. That's bad news for them, and worse news for relatives back at home. One Afghan soldier described getting a call from

ANTIWAR.COM - 2017-11-20 04:01:20

US targets Taliban drug labs under new Afghan strategy

KABUL, Afghanistan - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan says American aircraft have targeted drug producing facilities for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding. Gen. John Nicholson said Monday that the raids involving an F-22 bomber were carried out the day befor

FOXNEWS - 2017-11-20 14:27:26

U.S. bombs Afghan opium plants in new strategy to cut Taliban funds

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. has opened a new front in America's longest war, bombing opium production plants in Taliban-controlled southern Afghanistan in a bid to shut off revenue, commanders said Monday. "We hit the labs where they turn poppy into heroin," Gen. John Nicholson told reporters i

NBC NEWS - 2017-11-20 17:16:00

U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today. General John Nicholson, citing counter-insurgency doc

REUTERS - 2017-11-20 17:46:01

More than 30 rescued in Afghan raid on Taliban prison

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province on Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, according to army and provincial officials. Those rescued in the raid in Helmand's Nawzad district included four children under the a

REUTERS - 2017-11-19 06:38:04

Suspicious officer gave man a bear hug. He died gruesomely - but saved so many others

No one will ever know what went through the mind of Afghan Police Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha in those moments when he came face to face with a man he suspected of being a suicide bomber on Thursday afternoon, but whatever it was, he did not hesitate to act. At his back was a crowd of civilians, many of

MIAMI HERALD - 2017-11-19 19:06:00

Iowa attorney spends year serving in Afghanistan

Assistant U.S. Attorney Forde Fairchild poses for a photo in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Fairchild recently returned home from a yearlong detail as Justice Attache for Afghanistan, the U.S. attorney general's representative in the country. While serving, Fairchild received a number o

MIAMI HERALD - 2017-11-19 06:01:00

Afghan commandos rescue 15 people from Taliban prison

(CNN)Fifteen people were freed from a Taliban prison in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand on Sunday, the international coalition said in a statement. Afghan and coalition forces conducted the nighttime raid in Now Zad village, said US Navy Capt. Tom Gresback, a spokesman for the NATO-led

CNN - 2017-11-19 22:44:21

Afghan Officials: Islamic State Fighters Finding Sanctuary in Afghanistan

Battered and beaten in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State terror group is surging fighters into Afghanistan, rebuilding its presence and perhaps setting up a new base for attacks on both the West and Russia. Afghan officials tell Voice of America that Islamic State may now have as many as 3,000 forei


Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles as Taliban Threatens Families

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan - Rahimullah served in the Afghan Army for two years, deployed to the bloody front lines of the southern province of Helmand. When he quit, it was not because of the combat: It was when the Taliban went after his family back home, telling them that if he didn't leave the army the


Losing the War in the Colony of Afghanistan

The latest news about Afghanistan varies from the profoundly dismal to the fatuously absurd. One depressing story is the UN Office of Drugs and Crime report of November 15 that opium production for manufacture of heroin jumped to 9,000 metric tons so far in 2017, up 87 percent from 4,800 metric tons


Defense bill leashes Afghanistan watchdog

Since he took over at SIGAR in 2012, John Sopko has uncovered many genuine problems in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, especially when it comes to security-related projects. | Charles Dharapak/AP Lawmakers are moving to rein in John Sopko, the special inspector general who has angered many governm


Were Any U.S.-Backed Afghan Troops Punished for Raping Kids? That's Classified.

The Pentagon investigated claims that American forces were discouraged from reporting sexual assault. Now the report is here, but its most important finding is secret. Two years after it was revealed U.S. forces in Afghanistan were discouraged from reporting child rapes by their Afghan counterparts,


Trump's Afghanistan Troop Surge is Complete, Raising Total Number of U.S. Servicemen to 14,000

President Donald Trump's pledge to expand U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan has been realized, bringing the total number of American soldiers in the country to 14,000, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Thousands of troops have poured into Afghanistan since Trump's announcement in August of a broa


Hero Dog Who Helped Free Soldiers From Taliban Lives to Receive Military's Highest Honor

A British special forces dog has been awarded the highest honor for an animal in the country after helping soldiers clear a tower block of Taliban militants in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Mali, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois trained as a sniffer and attack dog, is to receive the animal equivalent


The devils you (don't really) know - The Boston Globe

Robert Mugabe was overthrown in a coup this past week, after nearly four decades of disastrous rule, and news of his house arrest has been welcomed at home and abroad. This turn of events would have surprised the Western leaders who once touted Mugabe as a promising reformer. But it shouldn't - the


NATO Chief Says They'll Have 'Enough' Troops in Afghanistan in 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reported on Wednesday that the alliance is close to having its goal of 16,000 troops for Afghanistan, and said he is "absolutely confident" they'll have enough by 2018. After the US announced their own escalation of the Afghan War, they began to push NATO to c


Opium production has set another record in Afghanistan - here's where it increased the most

Afghan men harvest opium in a poppy field in a village in Golestan district of Farah province, May 5, 2009.REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic Afghanistan's opium cultivation and production both hit record levels in 2017, despite an increase in opium eradication by the government. The Taliban has also expanded


Suicide bomber kills nine near Afghan political meeting

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital near a meeting of supporters of an influential regional leader on Thursday killed at least nine people and wounded many, the interior ministry said. People look at a destroyed vehicle after a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan Nov