Afghanistan war

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Taliban Agrees to Cease-Fire

Brief pause could allow for a peace deal to be signed

(Newser) - The Taliban said Sunday they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide. It provides a window during which a peace agreement with the US could be signed, the AP reports. A peace deal would allow the US to bring home its troops from Afghanistan and end its 18-year military engagement... More »

Lawsuit: US Contractors Basically Funded the Taliban

The civil suit was filed on Friday

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed Friday claims that US and international contractors paid the Taliban protection money to complete projects in Afghanistan—and says that money was used to kill Americans, the Wall Street Journal reports. The plaintiffs are family members of 143 US service members and contractors who were wounded or... More »

20th US Service Member of 2019 Killed in Afghanistan

Taliban tweets alleged photo of soldier's ID

(Newser) - An American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the US military said without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the US soldier. The Taliban now control or hold sway over practically half of Afghanistan... More »

This News Could Finally Tip the Odds in Taliban Talks

Looks like President Ashraf Ghani has a 2nd term

(Newser) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears to have narrowly won a second term, according to preliminary results from September's balloting that were announced Sunday, although his main challenger rejected the outcome as illegitimate, the AP reports. If the outcome stands despite the complaints of ballot fraud, it could give Ghani... More »

US Lied and Lied About Afghan War: Bombshell Report

'Washington Post' obtains government interviews with officials, generals

(Newser) - The Washington Post is out with a damning picture of the 18-years-and-counting Afghanistan war, and it's based on the government's own interviews with key players in the conflict. The upshot: US officials have lied to the public repeatedly since the war began in 2001, "making rosy pronouncements... More »

Trump Pays Respects at Dover Air Force Base

He attends return of 2 fallen US soldiers

(Newser) - President Trump has said the toughest part of his job is receiving the remains of fallen service members. On Thursday night, he was at Dover Air Force Base for the return of two more Americans killed overseas. The White House said the president would be at the Delaware base to... More »

2 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Chopper Crash

Taliban claims responsibility

(Newser) - Two US service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the US military said. The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation but that preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire. However, the Taliban promptly claimed to have shot... More »

Trump Speaks of Something More Powerful Than Nukes

President marks 9/11 anniversary at the Pentagon

(Newser) - Speaking at the Pentagon to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Trump promised that if "they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before." He added, per the... More »

Collapsed Camp David Meeting Leaves Big Questions

The big one: What happens to the expected withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan?

(Newser) - President Trump surprised many over the weekend with the revelation that he had canceled secret peace talks that were about to take place at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan leaders. Trump said he called off the meeting following a Taliban attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier. Now... More »

Top US Envoy Says Peace Deal With Taliban Agreed

He says troop pullout deal still needs Trump's approval

(Newser) - After almost 18 years of war, a peace deal between the US and the Taliban has been agreed to "in principle," according to Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief American negotiator. Khalilzad said Monday that as part of the deal, some 5,400 American troops out of around 14,000... More »

Trump Begins Strategy Talks on Leaving Afghanistan

President huddling with top advisers Friday to review talks with Taliban

(Newser) - Last month, President Trump raised eyebrows with the claim that he could win the Afghanistan war in 10 days by wiping the nation "off the face of the Earth." On Friday, Trump begins a more measured approach to ending American's nearly two-decade military involvement in the country.... More »

Afghanistan Civilians See Grim, New Low

July has worst civilian casualties since 2017

(Newser) - July saw the highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan in a single month since 2017, the UN mission said Saturday, per the AP . Its preliminary findings indicate more than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded, mainly due to a spike in casualties from insurgent attacks. It did not... More »

US, Taliban Close In on Deal That Would Cut US Force

Troop levels would fall below 9,000

(Newser) - The US is nearing an agreement under which it would remove thousands of troops from Afghanistan, and the Taliban would denounce al-Qaeda and agree to a cease-fire. That would take US troop levels from about 14,000 to fewer than 9,000, roughly the number there when President Trump took... More »

Trump: Afghanistan Could Be 'Wiped Off' the Planet in Days

Says he could 'win that war' in 10 days

(Newser) - The commander-in-chief made a bold pronouncement Monday: "If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone. It would be over in, literally in 10 days ... I don’t want to go that route." The comments came... More »

Watchdog: Americans 'Don't Know What's Going On' in Afghanistan

US military no longer releasing district control data

(Newser) - Amid a battlefield stalemate in Afghanistan, the US military has stopped releasing information often cited to measure progress in America's longest war, calling it of little value in fighting the Taliban insurgency, reports the AP . A government watchdog agency that monitors the US war effort, now in its 18th... More »

4 Americans Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Taliban claim responsibility for roadside bomb

(Newser) - Three American service members and a US contractor were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main US base in Afghanistan, the AP reports. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The US and NATO Resolute Support mission said in a statement that the four... More »

One-Eyed Leader Was Hiding Under Our Noses: Report

Mullah Mohammad Omar may have been smoking his local tobacco near a US base

(Newser) - The Taliban's founder may have been hiding in plain sight—or at least near a US base—when America thought he was really in Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal reports. A new research-based report says Mullah Mohammad Omar spent his final years in Afghanistan, partly with his driver, and... More »

2 US Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

NATO says they died during operation Friday

(Newser) - Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, US and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths. The fatalities, which bring to four the number of US soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore the difficulties in bringing peace... More »

Trump Responds to Senate Rebuke on Troop Withdrawals

He defends plan to get US military out of Syria and Afghanistan

(Newser) - On Thursday, senators sent a clear message to President Trump: They think his plan to pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan is dangerously hasty. On Friday, Trump pushed back with a pair of tweets, reports Politico . "I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the '... More »

Deal Reportedly Close to End Long US War in Afghanistan

'We have a draft of the framework,' US envoy tells 'New York Times' after Taliban talks

(Newser) - The wording is couched to be sure, but the New York Times reports that a deal is in the works to end America's nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan. Here is how the chief US negotiator in talks between the US and the Taliban puts it to the newspaper: "... More »

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