Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack on an army compound in Dihdadi District of Balkh province © Farshad Usyan / AFP

Afghan Military Top Brass Resign after Devastating Taliban Attack

Afghanistan's defense minister and army chief of staff have resigned following a deadly Taliban attack on a military base in the north of the country. The resignations come just ahead of a visit by US Defense Secretary James Mattis. https://twitter.com/ARG_AFG/status/856394797753520128 "Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down with … Continue reading Afghan Military Top Brass Resign after Devastating Taliban Attack

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Taliban Releases Map of Territory It Controls in Afghanistan

The Taliban Islamic fundamentalist movement has published a ‘report’, which determines various regions of Afghanistan, controlled by the group, as well as contested territories and areas that are under the influence of the Afghan government. The report, entitled ‘Percent of Country under the control of Mujahideen’, was published on the Voice of Jihad website, which … Continue reading Taliban Releases Map of Territory It Controls in Afghanistan

US to Review Its Strategy in Afghanistan

Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told lawmakers on February 9 that thousands more American or NATO troops are needed to break the «stalemate» between Afghan forces and the Taliban insurgent group while the Islamic State also remains active in the nation. According to him, outside powers, including Russia and Iran, complicated … Continue reading US to Review Its Strategy in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s Eurasian Solution for Afghanistan

Moscow will host six-party talks about Afghanistan on 15 February, with Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Iran, India, and naturally Russia expected to be represented. Moreover, ZamirKabulov – thought of as being the leader of the “Islamophile” South Asian faction in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – extended an invitation to the US as well, though stipulating … Continue reading Pakistan’s Eurasian Solution for Afghanistan

3 Realities You aren’t being Told about Afghanistan

US commander of US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) General John Nicholson’s December 2016 briefing was paradoxical and perhaps indicative of the bankrupted foreign policy that defines America’s occupation in Afghanistan. The US Department of Defense published General Nicholson’s full briefing titled, “Department of Defense Press Briefing by General Nicholson in the Pentagon Briefing Room.” In it, … Continue reading 3 Realities You aren’t being Told about Afghanistan

Russia’s New Favorite Jihadis: The Taliban

More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban. Last week, Moscow hosted Chinese and Pakistani emissaries to discuss the war. Tellingly, no Afghan officials were invited. However, the trio of nations urged the world to be “flexible” in dealing with the Taliban, which … Continue reading Russia’s New Favorite Jihadis: The Taliban