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User: newstrust Topic: Afghanistan
Category: war
Last updated: Dec 26 2018 20:04 IST RSS 2.0
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Australian 'war crimes': Troops to be fired over Afghan killings 26.11.2020 BBC: World
The soldiers are separate to the 19 elite troops who could face prosecution for murdering civilians.
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Taliban praises Trump’s decision to slash troop levels in Afghanistan as McConnell warns of a ‘humiliating departure’ 18.11.2020 Raw Story
The US will slash troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to their lowest in nearly 20 years, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, prompting security worries among allies and fear on Kabul’s streets after President Donald Trump pledged to end conflicts abroad. Rejecting concerns that precipitous drawdowns could give up security gains after years of fighting, […]
Trump cuts troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq and Afghanistan 17.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

At President Trump's order and despite Pentagon skepticism, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced a cut in troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Trump Wants to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan. The Antiwar Movement Is Cheering Him On. 17.11.2020 Mother Jones
President Donald Trump only has about two months left in office—despite his persistent claims to the contrary—and in that span of time, his administration seems intent on withdrawing a significant number of US troops from Afghanistan. Nothing is definite in Trumpworld until it happens, but on Monday night, CNN reported that the Defense Department is […]
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At least 22 dead as gunmen target students at Afghanistan’s Kabul University 2.11.2020 Raw Story
At least 22 people were killed when attackers stormed one of Afghanistan’s main universities on Monday, detonating a suicide bomb and spraying classrooms with bullets in a brazen hours-long assault claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. The attack on Kabul University, which came as violence surges across Afghanistan, marked the second time in less […]
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Trump says wants US troops out of Afghanistan by Christmas 8.10.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump has said he wants all US troops to leave Afghanistan by Christmas, speeding up the timeline for ending America’s longest war. “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!” Trump wrote on Twitter late Wednesday. The Taliban welcomed the announcement as […]
How the UAE emerged as a regional powerhouse 23.9.2020 BBC: World
From a mission to Mars to military expeditions, what is driving the UAE to punch above its weight?
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Trump to announce US troop withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan 9.9.2020 Raw Story
US President Donald Trump was expected to announce further troop withdrawals Wednesday from Afghanistan and from Iraq, where several thousand US troops hunting down jihadist sleeper cells have faced increasing attacks blamed on pro-Iran factions. The deadly bomb and rocket attacks have put additional pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, who has pledged to […]
Russian bounties: Pentagon vows ‘action’ if intel confirmed 10.7.2020 Raw Story
Top Pentagon officials pledged Thursday to “take action” if the US military could corroborate intelligence suggesting Moscow paid militants linked to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke before a congressional committee as the Trump administration comes under […]
Russia Paid Bounties To Mercenaries In Afghanistan To Kill American Troops 27.6.2020 Crooks Liars
Donald Trump put in a call to Vladimir Putin earlier this month to talk about the upcoming G7 summit, and how much he wants to invite Russia. But it’s a pretty good bet that while they were chatting about money, Trump and Putin didn’t talk about the rubles Russia has been paying out to entice militants linked to the Taliban into killing members of the American military. As The New York Times reports, Russian military intelligence has been offering “bounties” for the killing of American forces stationed in Afghanistan. Those bounties were still on offer during the peace talks being conducted to supposedly end the decades-old conflict in that country. It’s not clear how many of the 20 Americans who were killed in Afghanistan during 2019 resulted in a payday from Moscow, but militants “are believed to have collected some bounty money.” And as Trump continues to talk up his friend Putin, it’s not like any of this is a surprise—because Trump has known about it since ...
US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule 27.5.2020 Raw Story
The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home. The developments came as questions loomed over the next phase of Afghanistan’s long war, with the expiry of a three-day ceasefire and an anxious wait […]
Pompeo urges Kabul, Taliban cooperation after ‘appalling’ attack 13.5.2020 Raw Story
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the Afghan government and Taliban to cooperate after grisly attacks on a maternity hospital and a funeral dealt a blow to US efforts to end the war. Pompeo called the twin assaults “appalling” but noted that the Taliban, who signed a February 29 accord with the United […]
The Trump Administration Is Now Hiding Information About Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan 2.5.2020 Mother Jones
The NATO-led military coalition in Afghanistan has stopped releasing details about Taliban attacks against the Afghan government even as the United States prepares to draw down its forces there, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction revealed in a report Friday morning.  The decision to shield that information was another step back for Pentagon transparency […]
Afghanistan conflict: US to cut $1bn in aid over political feud 24.3.2020 BBC: World
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the sanction after failing to get rival politicians to agree.
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UN Security Council endorses US-Taliban deal 11.3.2020 Hindu: Rx
The US military has begun withdrawing troops as part of the pullout agreed in the February 29 pact with the Taliban.
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Afghanistan conflict: US begins withdrawing troops 10.3.2020 BBC: World
The withdrawal is part of an historic peace deal with the Taliban that aims to end the 18-year war.
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Afghanistan: Rival 'presidents' plan rival inaugurations 9.3.2020 BBC: World
Both men insist they won the presidential election, which took place in September.
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NATO chief warns of hard road to Afghan peace as violence soars 5.3.2020 Hindu: Medicine & Research
The militants have ramped up violence against Afghan forces since signing a deal with Washington at the weekend, casting doubt over peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban
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US launches airstrike against Taliban, days after peace deal 4.3.2020 Raw Story
The US launched an airstrike against Taliban fighters to defend Afghan forces Wednesday, an American military spokesman said, as violence spirals after a string of deadly attacks by the insurgents, throwing the country’s nascent peace process into grave doubt. News of the airstrike in southern Helmand province — the first in 11 days — came […]
Afghan conflict: US conducts first air strike on Taliban since deal 4.3.2020 BBC: World
It comes just hours after President Trump talked with the group about keeping peace efforts on track.
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