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'12 Strong': When The Afghan War Looked Like A Quick, Stirring Victory

When Army Capt. Mark Nutsch and 11 fellow Green Berets jumped off their helicopter into the swirling dust of northern Afghanistan in October 2001, their Afghan partner informed them they would be battling the Taliban - on horseback. "In that situation, they're certainly not going to give you their v

NPR - 2018-01-18 16:06:25

US Rejects Accusations It Gave Rise to IS in Afghanistan

The United States reiterated its resolve Thursday to help local forces eliminate Islamic State from Afghanistan and strongly refuted accusations Washington was behind the emergence of the terrorist group in the war-shattered country. The remarks by the U.S. ambassador to Kabul, John Bass, are the f

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-01-18 18:04:29

US Warns Afghans against Violence to End Rift over Ousted Governor

The United States again has called on leaders in Afghanistan to resolve peacefully and expeditiously an ongoing dispute over the leadership transition in a northern province, where the powerful governor is refusing to relinquish control despite being ousted by the country's president. The political

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-01-18 15:54:02

How Do We Make Movies About a War That Never Ends?

Another January, another film that plays off American fear of foreign invaders. Hot on the heels of 2017's Patriots Day and 2016's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, comes 12 Strong, a film about the early days of the Afghanistan War. And it will come as a shock to nobody that critics aren't

FILM SCHOOL REJECTS - 2018-01-18 08:47:32

Afghan President Criticizes Pakistan's Anti-Terror Islamic 'Fatwa'

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he believes an anti-terrorism Islamic edict, or fatwa, issued by Pakistan, should have covered the entire Muslim world, including Ghani's war-torn nation. Ghani spoke Wednesday, a day after more than 1,800 Pakistani clerics unveiled the edict at a government-sponso

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-01-18 03:01:46

10 Years On, The Iraq Surge May Offer Our Best Hope For Afghan Stability

Soldiers and Airmen from Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul return to base after a quality assurance, quality control patrol near the city of Qalat, Zabul Province, Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson T&P on Facebook Ten years ago next month, the U.S. military changed

TASKANDPURPOSE.COM - 2018-01-17 21:13:56

US ambassador says Trump policy in Afghanistan is working

Edith M. Lederer, Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018Updated: January 17, 2018 10:01am UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy in Afghanistan is working, saying talks between the government and Taliban extremists, and a peace process, are

SFCHRONICLE.COM - 2018-01-17 17:58:00

US ramps up airstrikes in Afghanistan under Trump administration

The U.S. military dropped more bombs in Afghanistan in 2017 than in 2012 when the U,S, military had nearly 100,000 troops on the ground, according to newly released airstrike figures from the Air Force. The spike in airstrikes began after President Trump took office in late January. As the war again

FOXNEWS - 2018-01-17 15:47:33

Taliban leader approved Islamabad meeting on Afghanistan peace talks: sources

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A delegation approved by the Taliban's supreme leader visited the Pakistani capital this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan's 16-year war, two senior officials in the movement said. It was unclear if any progress was made in the unof

REUTERS - 2018-01-17 16:05:44

Pence urges peaceful end to standoff over Afghan Governor

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called for a peaceful change of leadership in the northern Afghan province of Balkh, where the powerful governor has defied attempts by the central government to oust him for the past month amid sensitive ethnic rivalries. The standoff between Presid

REUTERS - 2018-01-17 16:11:26

'12 Strong': Chris Hemsworth's Afghan cavalry flick turns out to be a decent yarn

The fact-based action movie 12 Strong touts itself, a little breathlessly, as the "declassified" story of a daring 2001 mission in Afghanistan. Yes - it's declassified, but not recently. The movie's been in the works for five years, and in fact is adapted from the 2009 Doug Stanton book The Horse So

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - 2018-01-17 15:31:00

Russia calls for talks between Afghan government and the Taliban

January 17, 2018 / 8:07 AM / a few seconds ago MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia called on Wednesday for urgent talks between the government in Afghanistan and the Taliban, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding Russia could host such talks. "We strongly recommend that negotiations start as soon

REUTERS UK - 2018-01-17 08:05:22

Watch: Two real-life 'horse soldiers' open up about their mission to battle the Taliban

Opening this weekend, "12 Strong" is a movie based on the true story of a U.S. Special Forces team sent to Afghanistan to work with local forces to battle the Taliban and Al Qaeda. On today's show, real-life horse soldiers Mark Nutsch and Bob Pennington joined "The Morning Blaze" crew to talk about


Afghan Taliban Political Officials Visiting Pakistan

The Taliban insurgency has quietly sent political negotiators to Pakistan from its Qatar-based office amid a new diplomatic push for encouraging peace talks between parties to the Afghanistan war. A three-member Taliban delegation headed by Shahabuddin Dilawar, a senior member of the Doha office, is


Afghans Celebrate Trump's Decision to Cut Aid to Pakistan and Award Him With Gold Medal

After President Donald Trump and his administration cut financial aid to Pakistan because they considered the country too soft on terrorism, some in neighboring Afghanistan have praised the decision and shown their gratitude in a personal way. Stars and Stripes reported hundreds of Afghans in Logar


Taliban Fighters Using High-Tech Gear Kill Afghan Forces

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents using sophisticated night vision and laser targeting equipment overran Afghan Army positions near the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and wounding five more, Afghan officials said. The officials blamed what they said


The President, the Strongman, and the Next U.S. Headache in Afghanistan

Atta Muhammad Noor talking to an aide at the governor's compound in Mazar-i-Sharif. Since being fired by the Afghan president, he has been at work every day.Credit Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan - Atta Muhammad Noor, a strongman who has ruled a prosperous northern


Russia is looking to engage with the Taliban. Here's why.

Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events In December, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Indian diplomats that Moscow supported diplomatic engagement with the Taliban. Lavrov's justification


Afghans Say Talks With Taliban Are Underway; Insurgents Deny It

KABUL, Afghanistan - Senior Afghan officials said on Sunday that meetings were underway in Turkey between their government and representatives of the Taliban, although the insurgents denied that any talks were taking place. BREAKING: Five members of the Taliban (four of them in the video) have sat


Revealed: How Prince Harry carried out first aid on 'decimated' villagers with 'limbs hanging off' after Taliban rocket attack

Chilling recollections shatter the misconception that Prince Harry was protected from danger while on his first Afghanistan tour, as one soldier wonders whether the Royal suffers the same flashbacks and anxiety he experiences Fellow soldiers who battled alongside Prince Harry in Afghanistan have re