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  • Where Al Qaeda Began: 48 Photos From The Soviet-Afghan War

    09/11/2018 2:02:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    All That's Interesting ^ | Apr 2017 | Mark Oliver
    The Soviet-Afghan War changed the world. This nine-year power struggle in a small, landlocked country ultimately led to some of the most profound moments in modern history. This one conflict sparked the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Osama bin Laden, the age of jihadist terrorism, and the birth of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. In time, the ripples of the Soviet-Afghan War brought the Twin Towers to the ground, brought American troops to the Middle East, and created a new era of wars and terrorism that plague the world today...
  • A Cheer for Trump’s Outreach to the Taliban

    09/07/2018 7:03:07 PM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 September 2018 | Douglas Lute and Denis McDonough
    Direct talks between America and the insurgents would be the best way to start diplomacy that might end the war in Afghanistan. U.S. officials have sought that goal in vain before, but now the time may be ripe. In July, The Times reported that the Trump administration directed the State Department to open direct talks with the Afghan Taliban, to see whether formal talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are possible. Taliban officials soon claimed to have met with American diplomats, an assertion that American officials have not publicly commented on. This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...
  • Losing a War

    08/28/2018 12:48:22 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 36 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 27, 2018 at 4:53 AM | Thomas Joscelyn
    The United States lost its bearings in Afghanistan long ago. Some of the Taliban’s most senior leaders escaped in late 2001, as did Osama bin Laden. They eventually regrouped and launched an insurgency that continues to engulf Afghanistan in violence. The Bush administration entered the war with a light footprint that was supposed to demonstrate the overwhelming technological superiority of American forces. The Taliban openly ridicules this view in its statements. The Bush administration added more soldiers to the fight over time, but the war effort was always secondary to other concerns. President Obama and his advisers made a conscious...
  • Russia says Taliban plan to attend Afghan talks in Moscow

    08/22/2018 1:03:21 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 22, 2018 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    Russia said Tuesday that the Taliban have accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group's biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The announcement of the planned talks comes as the Taliban have expanded their footprint across Afghanistan and launched an unrelenting wave of attacks, including a prolonged assault on Ghazni, a strategic city near Kabul, earlier this month. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow invited the Taliban to the Sept. 4 talks and was hoping for "productive" negotiations. He rejected claims by the Afghan government that Russia is...
  • Taliban chief wants direct talks with US

    08/19/2018 1:55:05 AM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 15:23 August 18, 2018
    Taliban chief wants direct talks with US Group committed to regional security and would not pose a danger to other countries KABUL: The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign “occupation” continues, reiterating the group’s position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. In a message released on occasion of the Eid Al Adha holiday, Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzadah said the group remains committed to “Islamic goals,” the sovereignty of Afghanistan and ending the war. The Taliban have had...
  • Taliban capture northern Afghan base

    08/19/2018 2:00:08 AM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 17:03 August 14, 2018
    The fall of the base in Ghormach district of volatile Faryab province came with security forces already stretched by the days of fighting in Ghazni Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters overran a northern Afghan army base, officials said on Tuesday, killing at least 14 soldiers with dozens feared captured in a stinging blow to security forces already struggling to push insurgents from eastern Ghazni. The fall of the base in Ghormach district of volatile Faryab province came with security forces - who have struggled to hold back the Taliban since NATO combat troops pulled out in 2014 - already stretched by...
  • Taliban attack on Afghan military outpost kills dozens

    08/19/2018 2:05:38 AM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 17:51 August 15, 2018
    A Taliban spokesman said the group targeted a military base and two check posts in Baghlan and seized armoured vehicles and ammunition Kabul: A Taliban attack on a military outpost in Afghanistan’s northern province of Baghlan on Wednesday killed up to 44 Afghan police and soldiers, provincial officials said, as the insurgents kept up pressure on government forces. The attack, which came as the central city of Ghazni struggles to recover from five days of intense fighting, underlined how hard the insurgents have been pressuring badly stretched local security forces. The defence ministry confirmed the incident early on Wednesday, but...
  • Taliban blindside U.S. forces with surprise Afghan offensive

    08/14/2018 11:45:17 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 13, 2018 | Carlo Muñoz
    The Taliban are on the verge of dramatically expanding their control over southern and eastern Afghanistan in a surprise offensive that has caught Afghan and U.S. forces off guard and thrown a vexing new wrench into the Trump administration’s strategy for ending the nearly 17-year-old war there. The Afghan Defense Ministry said Monday a Taliban assault on the city of Ghanzi — a key provincial capital linking other areas under the Islamic militant group’s control just 75 miles southeast of Kabul — has killed roughly 100 Afghan security forces and some 20 civilians over the past three days. While the...
  • Stacey Abrams: State should not fund 'monument to domestic terrorism' Stone Mountain

    08/05/2018 6:58:52 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    The Valdosta Daily Times ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jill Nolin
    DALTON – Democrat Stacey Abrams found herself on the campaign trail this week answering for an earlier call to remove the carving of three Confederate leaders from state-owned Stone Mountain near Atlanta. A Dalton woman expressed concern during a town hall Wednesday about Abrams’ apparent focus on blasting off the “beautiful carving” from the face of Stone Mountain. The woman also inquired about Abrams’ views on the Confederate monuments that are a fixture in many downtowns across Georgia, including Dalton. Abrams called for the removal of the carving last fall in a series of tweets shortly after a protestor was...
  • Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?

    07/22/2018 8:09:46 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 27 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | July 21, 2018 | Samuel Ramani
    On July 16, the Russian President’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, announced that the Russian government would invite Taliban representatives to a Moscow-format meeting before the end of the summer. The upcoming talks advance Russia’s interests in Afghanistan in three critical ways. First, Russia will use the talks to demonstrate its potential to act as a mediator between the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government. Showcasing the constructive nature of Russia’s involvement in Afghanistan is of vital importance as Russia has been accused of arming the Taliban by the United States and Afghan officials. On June 20, U.S....
  • Russian Soldiers Begin Drills Near Afghanistan Border

    07/21/2018 3:38:14 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Jul 2018 | Edwin Mora
    Thousands of troops from Russia and the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan recently participated in joint military exercises along the Afghanistan border to prepare against possible spillover violence from the northern Afghan provinces where the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are fueling deteriorating security conditions, Khaama Press (KP) reported Thursday. U.S. and Afghan defense officials have accused Russia of lending support to the Afghan Taliban, which has been fighting a war against U.S.-NATO-led forces since 2001. Now, it appears the terrorist group is threatening Central Asian countries like Tajikistan with close ties to Russia that border Afghanistan. KP reveals,...
  • Who is Peter J. Kadzik ??

    03/29/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by The Raven · 9 replies
    Justice . GOV ^ | Marc 29, 2007 | The Raven
    Quotes: “There is a HJC oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify. Likely to get questions on State Department emails,” - Email from Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik with a warning to Podesta on Hillary’s emails on May 19, 2015, with the subject line, “Heads up. (from Wikileaks) "We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution - Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik concluding the IRS did nothing wrong in targeting Tea Party groups. FBI Director James Comey...
  • Saudi Arabia's Call for Ceasefire Extension in Afghanistan

    06/28/2018 4:41:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | June 27, 2018 | Heather Nauert, State Department Spokesperson
    Press StatementHeather NauertDepartment Spokesperson Washington, DC June 27, 2018 The United States welcomes Saudi Arabia’s recent call for an extension of the ceasefire between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. The United States echoes the call for a new era of tolerance and reconciliation, renouncing violence, and preserving the lives of innocent people. This reflects Saudi Arabia’s prominent role in combating terrorism and furthers our mutual goal of regional peace and stability. We call on all parties to reciprocate a ceasefire extension and engage in formal peace negotiations.
  • Reality Winner to plead guilty in national security leak case

    06/21/2018 8:35:40 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    Fox ^ | 21 June, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was accused of leaking a classified report to a news outlet, will reportedly plead guilty as part of a plea deal. ...She was arrested in June 2017... charged, under the Espionage Act.
  • SAS Sergent Kills three Taliban with a Claw Hammer

    06/18/2018 5:50:13 AM PDT · by Timocrat · 34 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 6/18/2018 | Alice Scarsi
    An SAS Sergeant killed three Taliban with his Glock and then another three with a claw hammer bringing to mind the old saw that when your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail. He certainly nailed three Taliban.
  • One Marine’s Afghanistan Story

    06/16/2018 8:41:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/16/18 | Unk
    Hat Tip: Jerry Todd How many of us have or could endure ONE WEEK of this guys experience??? An interesting read from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan ; an insider's view of what is really going on. This Marine is articulate, has a flare for colorful language and descriptive prose regarding scorpions, chiggers and sand fleas: "It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar'yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake-out, my friend, and...
  • Droned: Death of Pakistani Taliban leader 'Mullah Fazlullah' is moral and strategic victory...

    06/15/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by caww · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/15/2018 | Tom Rogan
    The killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah is very good news......According to the Afghan government and U.S. officials, Fazlullah was successfully targeted by a U.S. aerial drone as he was being driven through Afghanistan's eastern border province of Kunar. Fazlullah was a banner man who attracted international fundraising and loyalty from younger fighters. It's important to remember that the Pakistani Taliban and its Afghan counterpart appropriate and manipulate Pashtun tribal allegiances to recruit more members. Fazlullah's death will fragment those efforts. This terrorist was a truly evil man. Fanatically hateful of women and even basic societal freedoms, Fazlullah was...
  • Pakistani Taliban leader killed in air strike in Afghanistan near border

    06/15/2018 9:06:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/15/2018 | Rupam Jain, Jibran Ahmad
    KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan. Mullah Fazlullah in an undated photo. U.S. Department of State/via REUTERS An official at the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan confirmed Fazlullah was killed on Thursday. The U.S. military said earlier in Washington it had carried out a strike aimed at a senior militant figure in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, which is on the Pakistani border, and...
  • Check out the Taliban’s new punk rock uniforms

    06/04/2018 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 14 replies
    Drudge Report Twitter ^ | 4 June 2018 | Matt Drudge
    Can't post Military Times due to Gannett crap, but here's a pic from another site: And while we're at it, here are the new ISIS uniforms:
  • US Marines kill more than 70 Taliban leaders in Afghanistan

    05/30/2018 2:21:33 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 58 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 30, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    U.S. Marines in Afghanistan killed dozens of Taliban leaders last week using rocket artillery after tracking them to a meeting in volatile Helmand Province, according to the top American general in Afghanistan Wednesday. U.S. Forces Afghanistan said more than 50 Taliban commanders, including the deputy Taliban shadow governor of Helmand was killed. Taliban leaders from six other provinces across Afghanistan were killed as well in the strike in the Musa Qala district of Helmand, according to the statement. Twenty other Taliban leaders were killed in air strikes earlier this month by drones and Air Force A-10 Warthog jets based in...