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Op-Ed: Reports of US scaling back operations in Afghanistan untrue

There have been hopes for a new peace deal soon in Afghanistan, and also reports that the US military was scaling back further operations including support and advisory missions.

Taliban threaten northern Afghan city of Kunduz once again

Kunduz - Everyone was shocked when the city of Kunduz in the far north of Afghanistan fell to the Taliban back in 2015. Since then the city has been contested repeatedly.

U.S. general claims 20 percent of Afghanistan contested

The Taliban and allies control about 10 percent of the population. However, another 20 percent is contested leaving the Afghan government with control of 70 percent of the population.

Op-Ed: Obama breaks promise on troop reduction in Afghanistan

Warsaw - Obama had pledged to reduce U.S. troop deployment in Afghanistan to 5,500 troops by the end of this year but instead he is withdrawing about 1,400.

Op-Ed: Perpetrator of Kandahar massacre lost compassion for Afghans

Washington - Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who was convicted of the murder of 16 villagers including seven children in Afghanistan in 2012, says in a recent letter that he lost his compassion for both Iraqis and Afghans over the period of his four combat deployments.

Op-Ed: Afghan elections — The dream for freedom is far from over

An Iraq-like sectarian crisis looms over Afghanistan as rifts are already apparent amongst the country’s diverse ethnicity, following allegation of widespread rigging in the recent presidential elections and scheduled pullout of US troops this year.

Human Rights Watch calls for better treatment for addicted vets

New York - A recent report published by Human Rights Watch has found half a million veterans returning home from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have become dependent on drugs.

Op-Ed: Effects of Afghanistan violence felt in Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa - With all the coverage of violence in the Middle East over the last ten years, it's a wonder if even grabs headlines anymore. Unfortunately, as a society, we have become slightly desensitized to these horrific acts; accepting them as the new normal.

Murdered soldier Lee Rigby was in wrong place at wrong time

London - The trial of the two men accused of brutally killing British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in May entered its fifth day Thursday. The court heard that Rigby was not the intended target, as any military person would have sufficed.

Lee Rigby Woolwich murder trial, court views CCTV footage

London - The Old Bailey trial of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, the two men accused of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in May, entered its third day Tuesday.

Bipartisan criticism greets Obama move to extend Afghan presence

With members of Afghanistan's grand assembly pushing for a timely signature of the bilateral security agreement with the U.S. - effectively extending the war more than 10 years out - American senators are pushing for bipartisan approval.

Op-Ed: No leniency for Marine A convicted of killing injured insurgent?

London - The trial of a British military marine accused of killing an injured insurgent ended late last week. The man was found guilty and is awaiting sentence. Two other soldiers in the Dock were found not guilty. Should this man be shown leniency?

Op-Ed: Governor of Afghan province killed by microphone bomb

Kabul - Arsalah Jamal, the governor of the eastern Afghan province of Logar was killed by a bomb in a mosque just as he was delivering a speech to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Op-Ed: American and Russian involvement in Syria reflects Cold War era

Russia and America take sides in the Syrian civil war. Moscow remains committed to providing the Assad regime the S-300 air defense missile systems, while Washington remains committed to arming the Syrian rebels. Will Russia win the new Cold War?

CIA has been bribing Karzai for a decade

Kabul - President Hamid Karzai at least shows a rare frankness among politicians when he acknowledged today that the CIA has been dropping off money at his office for nearly a decade now.

Op-Ed: Karzai orders American special forces leave Wardak province

Kabul - The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has ordered US Special Forces to leave Wardak province following allegations of mistreatment of civilians both by US troops and linked Afghans.

Op-Ed: Karzai and Obama mum on US troop levels after 2014

Kabul - High on the agenda of the meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US President Obama were the number of US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 and how fast the draw-down would be.

Video: Following the Taliban's money trail

When combating terror across the world, there is the focus on going after the financial streams of terrorist organizations and crime organizations with ties to terror.

Op-Ed: Preliminary hearing begins in Kandahar massacre case

A preliminary hearing began today (November 4) into the case of Staff Sargent Robert Bales who is accused of slaughtering 16 people on March 11, 2012 in raids on two villages in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Op-Ed: Stop the wars and name the dead

London - The Stop the War Coalition is organising two events in London for Sunday and Tuesday of next week with the focus on both Afghanistan and the Middle East.

U.S. elections: Referendum on economy and foreign policy?

Washington - In the final stretch before U.S. elections, foreign policy has turned on Barack Obama as surely as Afghan “insiders” that the U.S. and coalition forces are deployed to train and protect are increasingly killing coalition troops.

NATO: Taliban sent a 14-year-old suicide bomber to kill children

Kabul - Near well fortified NATO Headquarters in Kabul, a 14-year-old suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing 6 locals, including children, officials said.

Afghanistan: Three Australian troops killed by 'inside' gunmen

This time around, it was three Australian soldiers killed by gunmen wearing Afghan army uniforms, bringing to 15 the number of coalition troops to die at the hands of uniformed Taliban insurgents.

In Afghanistan suicide bomber kills three U.S. troops

Kabul - Two suicide bombers attacked a foot patrol in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan. The attack killed three U.S. soldiers and one civilian as well.

Op-Ed: Recent massacre in Afghanistan raises questions

After the massacre of seventeen Afghani civilians on March 11, American opinion regarding the war has seen a seemingly concurrent change.

Pakistani PM calls emergency cabinet meeting after 'NATO attack'

Pakistan has reacted in fury after it says 26 soilders were killed in a "Nato attack" on an Afghan border checkpoint. Officials are claiming 26 soilders were killed and a further 14 were wounded.

Ron Paul campaign disrupts perceptions on his foreign policy

Ron Paul's official campaign blogger Jack Hunter released a video for the Conservative-leaning web property The Daily Caller, disputing claims that the Paul campaign does not have a foreign policy that can be endorsed by the GOP.

Taliban suicide bomber kills former Afghan President Rabbani

Kabul - Former Afghanistan president and Afghan High Peace Chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani has been killed in a suicide attack by two Taliban insurgents on Tuesday, officials say.

Canadian soldier dies on eve of combat withdrawal

Kandahar - Canada's last combat mission has been completed. The troops are packing up and preparing to leave. The tanks have all come back to base. But today, one soldier's family has received the worst news imaginable.

Afghan President Lauds American Troop Pullout

Following the announcement of President Obama that there will a significant troop draw-down in Afghanistan, the country's president, Hamid Karzai has issued a very favorable response.
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U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan ...
U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan, Zabul, Afghanistan
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The rescued children said the recruiters had promised their families they would be taken to Pakistan...
The rescued children said the recruiters had promised their families they would be taken to Pakistan to be educated
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Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
Afghan man receives treatment from a U.S. Navy corpsman after being injured in a grenade attack
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A U.S. Army soldier reacts as he sits inside an armoured vehicle after his comrade  Sgt. Matt Krumwi...
A U.S. Army soldier reacts as he sits inside an armoured vehicle after his comrade, Sgt. Matt Krumwiede, was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan in this June 12, 2012 file photo
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File photo: Canadian soldiers carry the remains of Trooper Brian Good during a ramp ceremony.
File photo: Canadian soldiers carry the remains of Trooper Brian Good during a ramp ceremony.
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U.S. Army soldiers carry Sgt. Matt Krumwiede  who was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED...
U.S. Army soldiers carry Sgt. Matt Krumwiede, who was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED), towards a Blackhawk Medevac helicopter in southern Afghanistan in this June 12, 2012 file photo. On June 12, 2012, Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED, which tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. The 22-year-old has since undergone around 40 surgeries and is learning to walk with prosthetic legs. He is keen to re-join
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A Canadian soldier on patrol in Kandahar City high-fives some young Afghan children.
A Canadian soldier on patrol in Kandahar City high-fives some young Afghan children.
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Canadian and Afghan soldiers on a search mission in Panjwai i District  Kandahar  October 2010.
Canadian and Afghan soldiers on a search mission in Panjwai'i District, Kandahar, October 2010.
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