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Trump to bring all US troops in Afghanistan home by year's end

US President Trump repeated on Thursday a surprise declaration he had made via Twitter on Wednesday night. In his Wednesday tweet Trump said that all US troops in Afghanistan would be back home by the end of 2020.

No confirmation yet of Russia paying bounties to kill US troops

No links have been found that would verify the claim that Russia offered the Taliban bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

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With a peace deal signed in February between the Taliban and the 12,00 US, troops are already being withdrawn from Afghanistan.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.

Taliban claims that US is violating terms of recent peace deal

The Afghan Taliban have issued an announcement warning that the US-Taliban peace deal is now close to the breaking point after weeks of violations by the US. In particular, they noted that the Afghan government had not met the terms of the prisoner swap.

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.

US and Afghan troops killed in Nangarhar province

News about an incident in Nangarhar province in Aghanistan involving US and Afghan forces and perhaps the Taliban or ISIS is unclear with conflicting reports on what happened.

US E-11A communications plane down in Afghanistan

On Monday a US Air Force E-11A was brought down or crashed over Taliban-controlled territory in Ghazni province Afghanistan. The Taliban issued a statement shortly after the crash claiming they had shot the plane down.

US airstrikes in Afghanistan kill rebel Mullah plus 15 civilians

US airstrikes against a splinter group of the Taliban killed Mullah Raaz Mohammed Nangyalai. However, according to the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan (IHRC) 15 civilians were also killed.

Trump to announce withdrawal of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

White House officials claim that President Trump is set to announce that 4,000 US troops will leave Afghanistan over the next few months. The Afghan government in turn has confirmed this to be the case,

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 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 claims some farm workers killed in Afghanistan were IS members

The US defended its attack that allegedly killed at least 32 farm workers and wounded 40 others including many children claiming that the group were actually ISIS fighters pretending to work as harvesters.

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: 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.

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 and US rewriting draft of recent Afghan peace agreement

Taliban and US rewriting the draft agreement to verify that all foreign troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan and the Taliban will ensure that neither Al Qaeda ISIS or other terrorists will operate from the country.

Op-Ed: Trump claims he would leave intelligence officers in Afghanistan

Trump said Monday that he would like to have a complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan but wants to leave a "strong intelligence" there a number of intelligence officers. He called Afghanistan the "Harvard of terrorists".

Op-Ed: US Afghan bombing reportedly kills 17 Afghan police

After one report claims that US airstrikes in the Helmand Province hit the 601 highway battalion of the Afghan police killing 17 and wounding 11, the US is trying to blame the Afghan military for the incident.

US general insists that US should not withdraw from Afghanistan

At the US Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee yesterday Gen. Joe Dunford insisted that he thought that no one wanted more to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan than himself. He then argued against withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan.

US and allies killing more Afghan civilians than the Taliban

The most recent UN report on civilian deaths in Afghanistan during the US occupation indicates that so far this year the US and its allied forces have killed more civilians in the country than the Taliban has.

Op-Ed: U.S. general: 10,000 to 20,000 troops needed to beat Taliban

General Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the U.S. army said that the 16-year-old U.S. involvement in Afghanistan was a disgrace.

Op-Ed: U.S. to send about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan

Washington - President Donald Trump recently gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan. Mattis could officially announce the increased troop level as early as next week.

Bomb hits convoy, U.S. accused of killing three Afghan civilians

In Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan three civilians were killed after soldiers opened fire after a roadside bomb hit a vehicle according to Afghan officials.

Op-Ed: U.S. considering sending 3,000 up to 5,000 troops to Afghanistan

The Trump administration is considering options that involve sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. They would advise Afghan military and police units but also include additional special operations forces.

Op-Ed: Two U.S. troops killed and one wounded in Afghanistan

Pentagon spokesperson, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis confirmed that two U.S. troops had been killed and one wounded in the Achin District of Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan that borders on Pakistan.

Op-Ed: U.S. general wants 5,000 more troops for Afghanistan

General John Nicholson the top U.S. general in Afghanistan claims that the U.S. and Europe need to send 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan in order to break a stalemate between Afghan forces versus the Taliban and Islamic State.

Op-Ed: U.S. aims to defeat Islamic State in Afghanistan in 2017

United States military officials said that US forces in Afghanistan would be upping the fight against ISIS-K or the Islamic State (IS), Khorasan Province branch, and are determined to defeat the group this year.

U.S. pays Afghanistan for soldiers who do not exist

Kabul - The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is seeking information from the Pentagon on discrepancies found in the $68 billion in funding between 2002 and now.

U.S. Afghan drone strike said to kill at least 15 civilians

U.S. drones attacked an area in eastern Nagarhar Province in Afghanistan where there has been a resurgence of activity by the Islamic State. The UN and some locals claim that at least 15 civilians were killed and another 13 wounded.

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.
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