Firefight in the Waterpur Valley

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

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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

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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

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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

A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walks with his rifle, after returning from a mission at forward operating base Gamberi, in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

America Accelerates its Asian Decline in Afghanistan

The US is drawing down in Afghanistan. When the Soviets drew down in Afghanistan, this is what happened to their Kabul client: Embarrassing. To be avoided. So the Obama administration is doing all it can to ensure the continued survival and viability of the Ghani administration in Kabul. Even though the Taliban is feeling its … Continue reading America Accelerates its Asian Decline in Afghanistan

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the President of Afghanistan, Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at Heart of Asia, in Amritsar, Punjab on December 04, 2016.

The Hole in the Heart of Asia

There was one word missing from Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s speech at the “Heart of Asia” conference at Amritsar concerning Afghan security and Pakistan.  So let me say it: ChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChinaChina The last few months have seen Ghani and the US government working assiduously to construct a “light at the end of the tunnel” narrative foretelling … Continue reading The Hole in the Heart of Asia

This image was posted in a batch with little to no context. However, the Multimedia Branch, a subagency of the Cultural Commission, manages the Taliban's online community. Rumors suggest that it runs clandestine computer labs in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city, and Quetta, a Pakistani city alleged to host the Taliban's leadership.

From WhatsApp to Hawala, How the Taliban Moves Money Around

The Taliban has been trying to fundraise on the internet longer than Afghanistan’s current government has existed. In recent years, however, the insurgents have turned to internet messaging platforms secured by end-to-end encryption, such as Telegram, Viber, and WhatsApp, to solicit donations. On September 9, the Taliban posted a statement to its English Telegram channel … Continue reading From WhatsApp to Hawala, How the Taliban Moves Money Around

FILE PHOTO: A view of Bagram Airfield. © Shah Marai / AFP

4 Killed as Blast Rocks US Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan

An explosion rocked Bagram airfield, the largest US base in Afghanistan, early Saturday morning, killing at least four people and injuring 14 others, according to a NATO-led Resolute Support Mission press release. “An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have … Continue reading 4 Killed as Blast Rocks US Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan