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US House defeats an amendment to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

The US House of Representatives soundly defeated an amendment to the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that would establish a plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.

Op-Ed: Withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan continuing

US troops are continuing their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Even though there is no specific number provided by the Pentagon they do claim that they are taking place at a pace that is expected to meet the terms of the Taliban US peace deal.

Op-Ed: Trump wants all troops out of Afghanistan amid coronavirus fears

With a peace deal signed in February between the Taliban and the 12,00 US, troops are already being withdrawn from Afghanistan. However, as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic rise Trump would like to remove all US troops sooner rather than later.

Op-Ed: Taliban quits talks with Afghan government on prisoner swap

The Taliban walked out of talks with the Afghan government on Tuesday complaining that the face-to-face peace talks had been fruitless. The talks were to negotiate a prison swap that was part of a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban.

Op-Ed: Afghan government and Taliban hold talks on prisoner swap

Taliban and Afghan officials have met once again but this time by video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, they are to schedule a face-to-face meeting with the next couple of days.

Afghan government continues to reject immediate prisoner swap

The Afghan government claims there are between 10,000 to 15,000 Taliban prisoners in Afghan jails including some foreigners arrested because they helped the Taliban.

Op-Ed: Taliban resumes attack against government but US deal holding

On Monday a partial truce ended in Afghanistan as the Taliban has ordered resumption of attacks against the Afghan government. The Afghan government had refused to agree to a prisoner swap that was part of a peace deal with US forces.

Op-Ed: Peace deal between Taliban and US signed on February 29

It took 18 months of talks to reach an agreement signed in Doha Qatar between the Taliban and the US that hopefully paves the way for peace in Afghanistan and the departure of all foreign troops.

US Taliban negotiations on Afghanistan appear to be progressing

Negotiations between the Taliban and the US to reach an agreement in Afghanistan appear to be gathering momentum. A partial ceasefire is expected to be agreed upon soon.

Thousands killed in US reconstruction projects in Afghanistan

There has been much documentation to show that the Afghan war has been quite expensive with considerable sums spent on reconstruction but little has been achieved.

Pentagon asks for over $705 billion for 2021 military budget

For 2021 the US Pentagon has requested $705.4 billion. This includes a 3 percent pay raise for military personnel and also $15.4 billion of the new Space Force.

Taliban kill at least 29 in two attacks on Afghan forces

The Afghan Defense Ministry bragged that Afghan forces had killed 51 Taliban fighters during last weekend. The Taliban appear to have retaliated hitting security checkpoints in Kunduz and the neighboring Baghlan province,

Taliban support a week-long ceasefire in Afghanistan

The Taliban has announced that they are in favor of a week-long ceasefire in Afghanistan. The group hopes that this will help seal a deal with the US and lead to the US withdrawing eventually after being in the country for 18 years.

Op-Ed: US pauses peace talks after Taliban attack on Bagram air base

Last September as the US Taliban talks had reached a deal in principle, President Trump declared the talks dead after a Taliban attack that killed one US soldier among others. Trump was angered at the attack even though no ceasefire had been agreed,

Many US veterans angered by report of lies about Afghan war

The Washington Post released numerous documents created by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The documents show that presidents, politicians and Pentagon officials misled and also lied to the US public about the war.

Trump claims that peace talks with the Taliban are on again

After successful negotiations all the way to an agreement in principle with the Taliban, Trump called off negotiations after a Taliban attack during negotiations killed several including one US service person.

US air support destroys Afghan outpost kills four Afghan troops

Afghan National Army Force came under fire at a post in Logar Province last Tuesday. The Afghans called in US air support. However, the US support attacked and destroyed the outpost killing 4 Afghan soldiers and wounding another six.

Op-Ed: US general predicts US to stay in Afghanistan several more years

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Mark Milley predicted that US troops would stay in Afghanistan for several more years. This is the first such estimate since President Trump refused to accept a peace plan in principle negotiated with the Taliban.

US has spent $132 billion on Afghan reconstruction since 2002

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has issued a new report that estimates that the US has spent $132 billion on Afghan economic development since 2002.

Op-Ed: US officials make plans for possible withdrawal from Afghanistan

Washington - Pentagon officials are quoted by NBC news as claiming they are engaged in prudent planning for a quick withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan should US President Trump decide to do so.

Op-Ed: US Afghan envoy meets with Taliban officials in Pakistan

The US special envoy to Afghanistan and former peace negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad was in Pakistan yesterday and reports indicate he spent an hour meeting with a top Taliban delegation.

Op-Ed: Afghan Taliban seek Pakistani aid in restarting peace talks

Islamabad - Senior Afghan Taliban officials have visited the Pakistan capital of Islamabad to discuss the stalled Afghan peace talks with Pakistani officials. They hope that Pakistan will aid in restarting the talks with the US.

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.
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