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Afghan Government Releases 100 Taliban Prisoners due to US Pressure

KABUL – The Afghan government has released 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday, a government official said, a day after the armed group said it was walking out of talks with Kabul. Javid Faisal, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Office of the National Security Council, said, “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan released 100 Taliban […]

Gunmen Take 200 Hostage at Sikh-Hindu Temple in Afghan Capital

KABUL – Unidentified gunmen have attacked a Sikh-Hindu temple in the Afghan capital, Kabul, taking up to 200 worshipers hostage. Afghan Interior Ministry Spokesman Tariq Arian said on Wednesday that Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and were battling the gunmen in an attempt to rescue the Sikh hostages, PressTV reported. “People are […]

US to Cut $1 Billion in Afghanistan Aid Over ‘Leadership Failure’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the continued disagreement in Afghanistan between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah about which of them won the September 2019 presidential election, Washington announced it will reduce its aid to the country by $1 billion and is prepared to cut another $1 billion in 2021. “The United States is disappointed […]

Former Afghan President Karzai Blames US for Crisis in Afghanistan

KABUL – Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai blamed the United States’ policies and “insulting” and “divisive” treatment of Afghan people for the current political crisis in the country. “In all my meetings with US officials in recent months, especially with US special envoy [Zalmay Khalilzad], I expressed my deep concern about the lack of sincerity […]

REPORT: US Negotiates With Taliban Leaders From Pentagon’s ‘Kill or Capture’ List

WASHINGTON, D.C./KABUL – United States national security officials are criticizing President Donald Trump for talking on the phone with Taliban leaders mentioned on the Pentagon’s secret “kill or capture” list. Officials considered the president’s deed an “unprecedented breach of protocol”, according to the Daily Beast. “It’s ground-shaking that the president spoke to individuals on a […]

US Starts Pulling Troops Out Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – US troops began their initial troop withdrawal as part of the US-Taliban peace agreement, with hundreds of soldiers leaving the country on Monday with no plans for replacements. Speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, a US official confirmed the beginning of the withdrawal process, with plans to drop […]

On Trump’s Nixonian “Peace With Honour” In Afghanistan

So over the past few days in Afghanistan, there’ve been more than six dozen Taliban attacks and the US has resumed airstrikes against them. Yet I seem to keep running across people hailing Trump as some kind of visionary diplomatic savant (as opposed to the *other* kind of savant) who’s scored some kind of history-diverting […]

ESPER: US-Taliban Deal Seeing ‘Mixed’ Results

WASHINGTON, D.C./KABUL – Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday the US has seen “mixed” results in the first days of a peace deal with the Taliban. Esper’s comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee come after USAF conducted its first airstrike since the US administration signed the deal, which US Forces Afghanistan said was […]