Michael Hughes: It is quite baffling to continually hear American military leaders say U.S. troops must remain in Afghanistan to ensure the country will never again be used as a terrorist launching pad given that it is already is. For, despite years of airstrikes and counter-terror operations, the local franchise known as the Islamic State Khorasan
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 16, 2019 KABUL — Two federal prosecutors have been shot dead by unidentified gunmen as they were driving to Bagram Airfield, north of the capital, Kabul. Jamshid Rasouli, spokesman for the national Attorney General’s Office, said two other prosecutors were wounded in the attack on November 16. According to Rasouli,
Ayaz Gul VOA News November 15, 2019 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The Afghan Taliban are blaming the United States for this week’s failed prisoner swap between the two adversaries, saying the American side did not show up at a mutually agreed upon venue, somewhere inside Afghanistan. Zabihullah Mujahid, the chief spokesman for the insurgent group, told VOA on
OpenDemocracy: In April 2004, a year after the start of the Iraq War, US troops were embroiled in a bitter urban insurgency that was to last another five years and leave Iraq deeply insecure. One particular incident that month in the disputed city of Fallujah powerfully illustrated the problem for the US. It also showed
Ariana: At least 10 civilians were burned after Taliban militants set ablaze several shops in northern Jawzjan province, Abdul Marof Azar, a spokesman for Jawzjan governor said. According to Mr. Azar, the shopkeepers were sleeping in their shops, fearing that Taliban fighters would not loot them during nights. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: The Taliban militant group has confirmed that the exchange of Haqqani network prisoners with the two kidnapped professor of American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) did not take place. In a phone call with Ariana News, the group’s spokesman Zabihulla Mjujaheed said, Anas Haqqani, Hafiz Rashid and Mali Khan were expected to be transferred to Qatar
Tolo News: A source said that the prisoner exchange of captured Haqqani Network members Anas Haqqani, Hafiz Rashid and Mali Khan for two kidnapped professors from the American University of Afghanistan, did not take place. Three days earlier, President Ghani announced that the three Haqqani Network members would be “conditionally” released. According to a source who
Ariana: Afghan lawmakers on Wednesday described the release of Taliban’s top prisoners by President Ashraf Ghani as a national treason. Nilofar Ibrahimi, a member of parliament from Badakhshan province, said it was “a shameful deal” for the releasing of the killers of Afghan people. “If peace is an excuse, the releasing of 850 prisoners was enough.
Ayaz Gul VOA News November 13, 2019 ISLAMABAD – A car bomb explosion in the Afghan capital of Kabul Wednesday killed at least 12 people and wounded about 20 others, including children. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi tweeted the early morning blast targeted a foreign private security company vehicle. He said four foreign employees of
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan November 12, 2019 KABUL — The Afghan government has released three key Taliban prisoners, including Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajjuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, in exchange for two professors of the American University of Afgahnistan in Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced. The prisoners