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Trump wants to send more troops to Afghanistan - here are the territories controlled by the Taliban and ISIS

President Trump recently announced he would send more troops to Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan is the longest conflict in US history, and it has been primarily against the Taliban and now ISIS. Both insurgencies have made ground against the Afghan army and are now in full control or have suppor

BUSINESS INSIDER - 2017-09-22 20:55:00

Watchdog: US troops used cop shows for help training Afghan forces

U.S. troops watched cop shows and used slides from an operation in Eastern Europe for help training Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said Thursday in a new report slamming U.S. training efforts in Afghanistan. "One U.S. officer watched TV shows like Cops and NCIS to learn what he should teach

THE HILL - 2017-09-21 16:51:13

Trump touts 'great progress' in Afghanistan amid troop surge

Getty President Trump during a meeting with Afghanistan's president on Thursday touted the "great progress" in the conflict there as the U.S. prepares to send more troops. "We are working very well together, we are working very hard," Trump said. "Our military is as you know over there right now an

THE HILL - 2017-09-21 14:54:44

UN Mission: 80 civilians dying in terror attacks daily in Afghanistan

Soldiers in Afghanistan are looking forward to support from additional American troops. It has been 16 years since the U.S. launched the War on Terror in Afghanistan, yet civilians still are bearing the brunt of the bloodshed. Mahmoud Saikal, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the Unit

FOXNEWS - 2017-09-21 11:30:39

Afghan Province, Squeezed by Taliban, Loses Access to Medical Care

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Muhammad Anwar, 8, was vomiting all night and had severe diarrhea. His father, Hajji Aslam, did not know what to do. Most, and perhaps all, of the clinics in Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan are shut, including the one in their village, Shawali Karez. The province rem

NEW YORK TIMES - 2017-09-23 18:41:47

India Does Not Need Boots on Afghan Ground

Afghan soldiers marching near the largest Afghan flag in Kabul, in 2014. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, raised the flag after Mr. Swaraj announced a $1 million donation to build a park on Wazir Akbar Khan hill.Credit Shah Marai/Agence France-Presse

NEW YORK TIMES - 2017-09-22 18:47:11

Afghan President Just Dropped a Bombshell on How Different the Relationship Has Been Under Trump

During a meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday, it was made clear just how respected President Donald Trump was compared to past administrations. The Afghan president started off by thanking American soldiers for all the sacrifices they have made and how it will lead to a "stab

IJR - 2017-09-21 14:25:38

Afghan government accused of ethnic bias

KABUL - A leaked memo from a staff member in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office this week has set off a storm of criticism and accusations that the note lays bare systematic favoritism to Ghani's own Pashtun ethnic group. The undated memo, about appointments in the Administrative Office of the P

NEW YORK POST - 2017-09-21 14:06:28

Some U.S. troops watch 'Cops' to train Afghan police. That's a problem, watchdog says.

An Afghan policeman stands at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 13, 2017. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail) An American infantry officer in Afghanistanwas tasked with training indigenous police.Lacking any law enforcement experience, he looked to TV shows like "Cops" and "NCIS" to fill in

WASHINGTON POST - 2017-09-21 13:19:00

Afghan president says Trump war plan has better chance than Obama's

(Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor's failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan. Ghani also said tha

REUTERS - 2017-09-20 18:20:19

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani emphasizes terrorist threats, backs new U.S. strategy

The annual U.N. General Assembly has generated sometimes powerful comments by world leaders on issues involving North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and the flight of minority Muslims from Myanmar as more than 100 heads of state and government gathered in New York. What's happening: President Trump: In hi

LA TIMES - 2017-09-20 01:30:00

Afghanistan Again?

Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round li

HUFFINGTONPOST - 2017-09-19 21:33:49

Trump is sending more than 3,000 troops to Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced on September 18 that the US will send more than 3,000 troops to Afghanistan in an effort to win America's 16-year war there - the longest in US history. It's also a reversal for President Trump, who entered office promising to minimize America's involvement

VOX - 2017-09-19 16:10:01

America Could Be in Afghanistan for Another 16 Years

The country may never become a fully-fledged democracy, but staying the course may be the only option. American forces could still be in Afghanistan sixteen years from now-or even generations from now-under the White House's current strategy of maintaining an open-ended commitment to that war-torn n

NATIONALINTEREST.ORG - 2017-09-18 23:46:17

CIA Honors Officer Who Saved Karzai's Life

He had many names and nicknames during his long and storied undercover CIA career: "Spider," "the Wolf," "Craig" and even "Casper." And he's had many more operational code names that will forever remain classified. But his real name is Vogel, Greg Vogel. The CIA officially confirmed that Monday when

NEWSWEEK - 2017-09-18 23:09:05

Mattis: US Will Be Sending More Than 3,000 Additional Troops to Afghanistan

The U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons On Monday, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters the U.S. military would send at least 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. "It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven't signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elemen

IJR - 2017-09-18 21:36:46

The Afghanistan strategy we've been waiting for [Commentary]

The hot, dry air hit us like a wave as we stepped off the ramp of the CH-47 helicopter onto the gravel surrounding Technical Base Gamberi in East Afghanistan. As a young U.S. Army officer greeted us, he warned that the base was often the target of indirect fire. Another jarring reminder that Americ

DEFENSENEWS.COM - 2017-09-18 17:51:57

Stop Asking The Taliban To Surrender

Imagine for a second that you are a member of the Taliban. Let's say you are in your early thirties so you were an impressionable teenager in 2001 when, in your opinion, US troops flooded into your country under the cover of aerial bombardments that you didn't know were possible. Life as you knew it

MSN.COM - 2017-09-18 16:27:29

Four killed in market explosion in eastern Afghanistan

September 17, 2017 / 10:59 AM / Updated an hour ago KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Four people were killed and 15 wounded by an explosion in a marketplace in the eastern Afghan city of Khost on Sunday, officials said. Local police chief Faizullah Ghairat said the blast, which happened around midday

REUTERS - 2017-09-17 10:58:53

U.S., NATO still trying to map out Afghanistan strategy

A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter conducts a medical mission in support of Afghan Commandos in Afghanistan, April 10, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara Wakai/ Released) TIRANA, Albania - Even though President Trump announced his strategy for the war in Afghanistan in August, the Pentagon and NATO are s

WASHINGTON POST - 2017-09-16 11:44:00