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US drone strike kills at least 30 farm laborers in Afghanistan

A US drone strike whose intended target was an ISIS hideout in Afghanistan instead killed at least 30 farm laborers resting after their day of labor in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.

Op-Ed: Two Taliban suicide attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 48

Two Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 48 people in Kabul the capital and in the city of Charikar. The Charikar attack targeted an election rally for Ashraf Ghani the president who is running for another term. Ghani was not hurt.

US Green Beret killed in action in Afghanistan

A US Green Beret service member has been killed in action in Afghanistan. The death was announced in a release by NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

Taliban ends ban on Red Cross offers Afghan security guarantees

Taliban leaders in Afghanistan announce that they are revoking their ban on Red Cross operations in parts of the country they control. They are now offering security guarantees for any Red Cross staff doing humanitarian work in Taliban-held areas.

Op-Ed: US increased attacks during peace talks imitating Taliban tactics

In rejecting a recent peace agreement with the Taliban Trump concentrated on the fact that the Taliban escalated attacks during the talks to gain leverage and were not willing to grant a cease fire.

Op-Ed: After rejecting peace agreement Trump vows to hit Taliban harder

In a speech at the Pentagon on the anniversary of 9/11 US President Donald Trump focused on the Afghan war against the Taliban. He said that the US has hit them harder than they have ever been hit before.

Op-Ed: Secretary of State Pompeo says the US has won the Afghan war

Even though the Trump administration has not yet signed the peace deal with the Taliban on Afghanistan, there are signs that he will do so the most recent being a new interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Op-Ed: US envoy says Afghan peace deal with Taliban agreed in principle

US negotiator, special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad reports that the US and Taliban have agreed to a peace deal in principle and is pending approval by US President Trump. The Afghan government has been given a copy of the deal.

Amid reports of imminent Afghan peace deal fighting intensifies

While officials on both sides insist that a US Taliban peace deal is imminent fighting is actually intensifying. The Taliban has started battles in two cities and the Afghan forces launched airstrikes in the northern province of Faryab.

Op-Ed: Hawks try to prevent a Trump Taliban Afghan peace deal

After some 18 years of US involvement in Afghanistan there have been reports lately that a deal with the Taliban is near and an announcement could be made any day now.

Op-Ed: Trump claims 8,600 US troops will remain in Afghanistan

Trump claims that the US will withdraw some troops from Afghanistan. He says that once a determination has been made 8,600 troops will be left less than half the number present now. Trump said Afghanistan would remain very well controlled

Taliban and US said to have reached agreement on Afghanistan

Sources at the Taliban US peace talks in Doha Qatar claim that the recent talks have worked out a peace deal for Afghanistan. The plan is to announce the deal formally in a few days. This will give the US time to brief the Afghan government on the deal.

Op-Ed: Trump has no consistent policy position on Afghanistan

Donald Trump has often said that the US should withdraw from Afghanistan. Although he appears to want to end the war he remains non-committal on the peace plan negotiated with the Taliban saying only that he would see what happens.

Afghan peace deal expected to be signed some time next week

Doha - Peace talks between the US and the Taliban are paused for the Eid al-Adha holiday that ends on August 13, next Tuesday. When discussions begin after that the expectation is that a deal will be finalized.

Taliban leader claims "incredible strides" in peace negotiations

Doha - Taliban leader Mullah Akhundzada in a recent message talked of the "incredible strides" that are being made in peace negotiations with the US to end the Afghan war. He said the goal was to end 18 years of US occupation.

Taliban official claims talks with US in Doha resolve differences

Doha - The much-anticipated talks in Doha, Qatar between the US and the Taliban have ended. A Taliban official has claimed that they and the US have resolved differences on US troop withdrawal and Taliban promises to cut ties with terrorist groups.

US may agree to remove 5,000 troops from Afghanistan

Doha - As the new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US get underway in Doha there are reports that a peace deal could be reached soon. The deal could include the US withdrawing 5,000 troops as an initial cut.

Op-Ed: Pompeo says that US will reduce Afghan troops by 2020 election

Washington D.c. - Mike Pompeo US Secretary of State confirmed Monday that the Trump administration plans to reduce the number of US ground troops in Afghanistan before the 2020 election. However the timing and size of the reduction are not yet settled.

Taliban spokesperson claims significant progress in talks with US

Doha - Mohammed Shaheen a Taliban spokesperson said that the Taliban and the US are getting close to an Afghanistan peace deal and an agreement could be concluded if the US makes a reasonable and convincing proposal.

Taliban kill 25 Afghan elite commandos in clash

Abdul Malakazi, governor of the Badghis province in Afghanistan claims that 25 members of the country's elite commando units have been killed in clashes with the Taliban.

Public and vet majorities claim Afghan and Iraq wars not worth it

A majority of both US veterans and the US general public agree that the US wars in Iraq as well as Afghanistan were not worth fighting, Similar views are held about the US military campaign in Syria.

Taliban Afghan attack kills at least 14 and wounds more than 180

The Afghan Taliban attacked a government security compound in central Afghanistan in the city of Ghazni. The attack killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 180. Casualties included many children.

Last week shows highest casualty rate in Afghanistan this year

During the last few days of June and the beginning days of July at least 246 pro-government forces and 58 civilians were killed in Afghanistan. This is the highest toll so far this year.

US and Taliban plan 7th round of Afghan peace talks in Qatar

The United States and the Taliban are to start new negotiations in Qatar in another attempt to find a peaceful agreement to end the war in Afghanistan that has now been going on for 18 years.

Op-Ed: Trump says NATO has made great strides in ridiculous Afghan war

While Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of NATO and has demanded that members increase their defense spending he claimed yesterday that NATO had made great strides in Afghanistan while the war was also unfortunate and ridiculous.

Op-Ed: Eric Prince presents plan to privatize much of Afghan war

Washington - The Trump administration is considering a plan to turn over much of the Afghan US war effort to private contractors supposedly as a means of breaking the stalemate in the war against the Taliban.

29,000 contractors versus 9,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan

Kabul - Data compiled by the Congressional Research Service shows that private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan by more than a three to one margin.

Op-Ed: Investigation of U.S. attack on Afghan hospital hard to believe

Kunduz - A U.S. military fact-finding investigation into an October 3 attack by an AC-130 gunship that killed 30 people found the pilot aimed at the hospital by mistake, intending to hit a compound nearby from which Taliban were firing.

U.S. may keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2016

Kabul - Although the Afghan war was supposedly "ended" as far as foreign combat troops were concerned a couple of years ago, almost 10,000 US troops still remain.

Op-Ed: Obama sees expanded role for US in Afghanistan in 2015

Washington - While US combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year, under an agreement signed by the new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani almost 10,000 troops will remain through 2015 at least.
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