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How the Islamic State got a foothold in Afghanistan

Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events An Afghan soldier guards the site of an attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy in Kabul on Jan. 29, 2018. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) Last April, t

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-03-21 15:29:00

ISIS Bombing Kills 29 During Persian New Year Celebrations

A suicide bomber killed 29 people and wounded 52 others in an attack near a Shiite shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting "a gathering of Shiites celebrating Nowruz," the Persian New Year, according to SITE intelligence group.

DAILY BEAST - 2018-03-21 14:36:22

The Latest: Pentagon says general in Kabul day before attack

View all (3) 3:25 p.m. The Pentagon says the suicide bombing near a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital Kabul took place a day after U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford was in the city. Dunford had been in Kabul for meetings with top Afghan leaders Tuesday. But on Wednesday he traveled into the mountainous

AP - 2018-03-21 13:27:05

Czechs to increase number of soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq

PRAGUE - The Czech Republic's defense ministry has proposed increasing the number of its service members deployed in Afghanistan and other countries. Between this year and 2020, the ministry is planning to deploy 390 soldiers in Afghanistan, up from the current 230 as part of the NATO-led Resolute S

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-03-21 11:52:00

Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks must include women negotiators defending their rights

Afghan women have long feared that negotiators for a peace agreement with the Taliban would trade away women's rights for the chance to end more than 16 years of war. This apprehension may soon be tested. In the wake of Kabul's recent overture to the Taliban, proposing negotiations without precondi

USA TODAY - 2018-03-21 11:00:07

The Latest: IS claims suicide bombing in Afghanistan

The Latest on a suicide bombing near a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan (all times local): 2:45 p.m. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing near a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital that targeted minority Shiites celebrating the Persian new year. Afghan official

ABC NEWS - 2018-03-21 10:17:00

U.S. says Russian support for Taliban hurts peace process in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis lands in Kabul, March 13, 2018, on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. REUTERS As the Trump administration continues advocating for a peace process in Afghanistan, U.S. officials are accusing the Russian government of hindering their efforts. Moscow has increased

CBS NEWS - 2018-03-21 09:46:08

Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 26 in Kabul

Afghan policemen arrive at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 21, 2018. Afghan officials say a suicide bomb went off Wednesday in Kabul, killing at least 26 people and wounding many more. A big crowd of Shi'ite Muslims had gathered in the Afghan capital in connection with the Persian n

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-03-21 09:32:21

Kabul Suicide Bombing Kills 26 in Holiday Crowd, Officials Say

Victims' bodies at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, after the suicide bombing of a crowd celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on Wednesday.Credit Rahmat Gul/Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber killed at least 26 people among a crowd in Kabul celebrating the Persian New Year

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-03-21 09:24:43

Suicide bomber kills 26 in Kabul attack: interior ministry

Provided by AFP Afghan policemen near the site where a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of Kabul University, killing at least eight people as Afghans celebrate the Persian new year holiday A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, many of them teenagers, in front of Kabul Uni

MSN.COM - 2018-03-21 09:24:31

Suicide attack in Kabul as Afghans mark national holiday

Police patrol the streets after a suicide attack in front of the Kabul university in Kabul, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. AP Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 5:53 AM EDT KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber blew himself up on the road to a Shiite shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, where people had gathered to m

CBS NEWS - 2018-03-21 09:14:06

Fate of 'disappeared' stirs anger among Pakistan's Pashtuns

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - When Mohammad Ayub Khan heard his nephew had been picked up by Pakistani security officials in Karachi, it brought back painful memories of another nephew who had gone missing in similar circumstances years before. Khan, an ethnic Pashtun, says he had been calling at army and

REUTERS - 2018-03-21 01:34:38

Sustaining U.S. Counterterrorism Pressure in Afghanistan

The United States has conducted sixteen years of counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan at a high-operational tempo, which has helped to prevent a catastrophic terror attack from occurring on the homeland. The last one occurred on September 11, 2001. However, in the aftermath of Operation Enduring

NATIONALINTEREST.ORG - 2018-03-20 23:40:55

Appeals court considers 'how long is too long' in challenge to Guantanamo detention

A federal appeals court in Washington confronted the question Tuesday of whether the Trump administration has the power to indefinitely detain prisoners at Guantanamo Bay more than 15 years after the conflict in Afghanistan began. The case takes on new significance after President Trump promised in

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-03-20 17:29:00

Taliban militants pay dearly when hostage steals gun and opens fire - while they are praying

Taliban militants paid dearly after Afghan man they kidnapped stole a gun and opened fire - while they were praying. (Image source: YouTube screenshot) The Taliban's first mistake was kidnapping 36-year-old Awal Khan last week in Paktika, Afghanistan. They had no idea what they were in for. Khan an

THE BLAZE - 2018-03-20 14:05:27

Ex-refugees struggle with their Afghanistan homecoming

Abdul Rahim and his family, among thousands of returning former refugees who lived in Pakistan, spent the night outside a refugee verification center in Afghanistan. (Haroon Janjua) NANGARHAR, Afghanistan - On a cold and windy morning, Saed Mohammad was busy organizing his possessions on the groun

FOXNEWS - 2018-03-20 10:17:26

IS claims responsibility for Afghan sports stadium explosion

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for a bombing outside a sports stadium in eastern Nangarhar province that killed three people and wounded 10. In a statement posted late on Monday on an IS-linked website, the militant group said the motorcycl

WTOP - 2018-03-20 08:17:18

No Shelter in Afghanistan

Members of civil society organizations chant slogans during a protest to condemn the killing of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on Thursday, in Kabul March 24, 2015. 2018 Reuters More than 8 out of 10 Afgha

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - 2018-03-19 20:17:33

Nicholson: US Planning Religious, Diplomatic, Military and Social Pressure on Taliban

The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said a combination of religious, social, diplomatic and military pressure will be applied to the Taliban this year to force them to start negotiating for peace in the war-torn country. General John Nicholson, who is leading U.S. and NATO forces in Afgha

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-03-19 18:05:45

Dunford visits Afghanistan to review US military campaign

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) - The top U.S. military officer visited Afghanistan on Monday to evaluate the military campaign and ensure new American advisory teams and an upgraded Afghan Air Force are on target as the next fighting season with the Taliban looms. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of