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  • ‘The Bed That Saved Me From the Taliban’ In 2018, Greek pilot Vasileios Vasileiou checked into a luxury hilltop hotel in Kabul that was popular among foreign visitors.

    05/23/2020 2:50:52 PM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 1/20/2019 | Vasileios Vasileiou
    I had decided to go for dinner early - at six o'clock - with my friend, another pilot called Michael Poulikakos. It was the first time in the three or four months that I had been coming to the Intercontinental that I'd done this - usually I had dinner at around 8.30pm. We finished dinner about 7.30pm and then I went up to my room - room 522 - on the top floor, to make some calls. At 8.47 p.m. I was on the phone to Athens when I heard a big explosion down in the lobby. I went out...
  • Afghan Troops 'Go On Offensive' After Deadly Attacks

    05/13/2020 5:38:31 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    RFE ^ | May 12, 2020
    Afghan Troops 'Go On Offensive' After Deadly Attacks By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan May 12, 2020 KABUL -- President Ashraf Ghani says Afghanistan's security forces will go on the offensive against the Taliban and other militant groups, following a violent day in which gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in Kabul and a suicide bomber targeted a funeral in the eastern province of Nangarhar. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the May 12 attacks, in which more than 34 people were killed. The Taliban denied involvement. Blaming the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) group for the two attacks...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 5/1/2020 Newsdump Friday

    05/01/2020 10:34:23 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/1/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The Russian pipe laying vessel Academic Cherskiy has reached Danish waters on a journey that began on the other side of the world earlier this year. Russia sent the vessel in a bid to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to bring natural gas directly from Russia into Germany and onto other European countries. Its a move that's been opposed by the United States, which wants to sell liquefied natural gas made in the USA to Europe. To make the point the US imposed sanctions on any companies helping to build the pipeline with President Trump signing the legislation..... Canadian...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 4/12/2020

    04/12/2020 9:58:26 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
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    Breaking News: Tornadoes left a path of death and destruction in Mississippi today..At least seven are reported dead.... An agreement among the OPEC+ nations to reduce oil production was reached this afternoon US time. Some 9.7 million barrels a day from OPEC+ countries will be combined with 2.7 million barrels a day in cuts coming from Brazil, Canada and the United States..... President Trump holding a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin..... A Turkish court this weekend accepting the indictment of 20 Saudi nationals in the killing of write Jamal Khashoggi.... The Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is denying Blue and...
  • COVID-19 Presents Additional Obstacle to Afghan Peace Process

    04/01/2020 2:14:48 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 6 replies
    US Nanal Institute ^ | March 31, 2020 | John Grady
    At the same time, the spread of COVID-19, especially along Afghanistan’s western border with Iran, is further destabilizing the peace effort. In Herat Province, “thousands of Afghans are returning from Iran” to escape the outbreak, Mahdi said. Their arrival puts more stress on a woefully inadequate health care system. Instead of Afghan government action, “the Taliban has established their own set of groups fighting COVID-19,” including enforcing quarantines, while also but relying on non-governmental organizations to deliver care, Mahdi said. “If the Taliban really wanted” to cooperate with Ghani’s government, “they should stop fighting” and contain the pandemic as best...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 3/30/2020

    03/30/2020 6:51:20 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/30/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Republican governors issue orders to stay home giving them a new and different name but first.... "We discussed with each other whether our rights can be taken by an order from a governor or an agency, and if they can be, what good are our rights?" Ammon Bundy spoke those words Friday following a Thursday night meeting in Emmett, Idaho in response to the "stay at home" order issued by Idaho's Republican Governor Brad Little.... In Iraq the United States has deployed two Patriot missile batteries and is expected to eventually deploy at least four.... The Saudi-led coalition staging air...
  • Pompeo Rushes to Kabul to Jumpstart Flagging Peace Process

    03/23/2020 12:25:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KHON2 ^ | Mar 22, 2020 | RAHIM FAIEZ and KATHY GANNON
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Monday in Kabul on an urgent visit to try to move forward a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban, a trip that comes despite the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when world leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel. Since the signing of the deal, the peace process has stalled amid political turmoil in Afghanistan, with the country’s leaders squabbling over who was elected president. President Ashraf Ghani and his main rival in last September’s presidential polls, Abdullah Abdullah, have both declared themselves the country’s president in dueling inauguration ceremonies...
  • 27 Taliban militants killed, 19 others wounded in Kunduz: Afghan military

    03/22/2020 5:24:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Khaama Press Agency ^ | Sunday, 22 Mar 2020
    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) killed 27 Taliban militants in northern Kunduz province, the Afghan military said. The 217th Pamir Corps in a statement said the security forces responded killed the militants while reacting to Taliban Taliban attacks in Khanabad and Dasht-e Archi districts. The statement further added that a large number of Taliban militants had also gathered in Imam Saheb district where they were planning a large scale attack against the security forces. The 217th Pamir Corps also added that a local commander of Taliban, Qari Hafiz, was also among those killed and 19 other militants...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 3/20/2020 Newsdump Friday

    03/20/2020 9:06:36 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
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    The coronavirus death rate in the US is just over 1.25 percent of cases but first.... North Korea firing two short range missiles Saturday morning local time.... Saying the fight against Islamic State has made progress and out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic the US-led coalition in Iraq is reducing its military presence... At least two dozen Afghan police and military killed with others missing following an attack by Taliban connected forces.... The troubled US aircraft maker Boeing is getting a bailout from the federal government.... Moving to distance herself from the situation is the former UN Ambassador and...
  • U.S. has strong intel Taliban do not intend to abide by terms of peace deal, officials say

    03/07/2020 1:44:06 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 43 replies
    msn via nbc ^ | Courtney Kube and Ken Dilanian and Dan De Luce and Carol E. Lee and Mushtaq Yusufzai
    The U.S. government has collected persuasive intelligence that the Taliban do not intend to honor the promises they have made in the recently signed deal with the United States, three American officials tell NBC News, undercutting what has been days of hopeful talk by President Donald Trump and his top aides.
  • U.S. has persuasive intel Taliban do not intend to abide by terms of peace deal, officials say

    03/07/2020 11:29:14 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 68 replies
    NBC ^ | March 6, 2020 | Courtney Kube, Ken Dilanian and Dan De Luce
    The U.S. government has collected persuasive intelligence that the Taliban do not intend to honor the promises they have made in the recently signed deal with the United States, three American officials tell NBC News, undercutting what has been days of hopeful talk by President Donald Trump and his top aides. "They have no intention of abiding by their agreement," said one official briefed on the intelligence, which two others described as explicit evidence shedding light on the Taliban's intentions. Trump himself acknowledged that reality in extraordinary comments Friday, saying the Taliban could "possibly" overrun the Afghan government after U.S....
  • Bargaining with the Taliban Devil

    03/05/2020 8:24:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | March 6, 2020 | Cal Thomas
    President Trump was rightly critical of the deal struck with Cuba during the Obama administration when he said the communist Cuban government got everything they wanted, and the U.S. got nothing in exchange. He has thankfully been reversing some of those unilateral concessions. Let's apply his standard to the recently announced "peace deal" with the Taliban. Under terms of the agreement, as reported in The Washington Times, "The U.S. will free 5,000 Taliban prisoners and begin to remove sanctions on top Taliban leaders." What does the U.S. get in return? The agreement, reportedly, asserts that we start calling them the...
  • US military says it conducted airstrike against Taliban forces, first since peace deal

    03/04/2020 2:04:48 AM PST · by knighthawk · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03 2020 | Brie Stimson
    The U.S. military said early Wednesday it had conducted an airstrike against Taliban forces in Afghanistan, the first such attack since a historic peace deal was signed with the militant group Saturday. The Helmand Province strikes targeted fighters attacking an Afghan government checkpoint.
  • Afghan President Rejects Timeline For Prisoner Swap Proposed In US-Taliban Peace Deal

    03/01/2020 8:23:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    npr ^ | 03/01/2020
    Afghanistan's president publicly rejected the timeline for a prisoner swap with the Taliban on Sunday, just one day after the United States signed a peace deal with the militant Islamist group that proposes a March 10 deadline for an exchange of prisoners. The peace deal, more than a year in the making, aims to end the longest war in American history. Signed Saturday in Doha, Qatar, the agreement calls for the full withdrawal of American troops and supporting civilian personnel, including those of its allies, from Afghanistan within 14 months. There are currently about 12,000 U.S. forces in the country,...

    02/29/2020 7:57:03 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/29/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Newsdump Alert: French Premier Edouard Philippe invokes French constitution to speed passage of President Emmanuel Macron's "pension reform".... Newsdump Alert: Democrat Presidential candidate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard warns against US involvement in Turkish-Al Qaeda war against Russia in Syria.... At a UN Security Council emergency meeting Friday night the US Representative Kelly Craft called for the grounding Russian aircraft being used to bomb the forces of the Turkish-Terrorist alliance in Syria saying... "we call on the Russian Federation to immediately ground its warplanes"....... (Warning: This Content May Offend Some Readers) Well another wild weekend here of "happening" after "happening" and "The...
  • President Donald J. Trump Is Taking A Historic Step To Achieve Peace In Afghanistan And Bring Our Troops Home

    02/29/2020 1:33:21 PM PST · by ransomnote · 20 replies ^ | 02/29/20 | President Donald J Trump
    We are working to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home. President Donald J. Trump PATHWAY TO PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN: President Donald J. Trump is following through on his promise and taking a decisive step to achieve negotiated peace in Afghanistan. President Trump is making good on his promise to bring our troops home from endless wars overseas by working toward peace in Afghanistan.Following a successful 7-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan, the United States is taking decisive steps toward a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.The United States and Afghan governments will be issuing a joint...
  • US and Taliban sign 'peace agreement' to end fighting in Afghanistan

    02/29/2020 8:49:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/2/20
    The US and NATO allies have agreed to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan within 14 months if the details of a "comprehensive peace agreement" signed by the US and Taliban is upheld, BBC reported. US President Donald Trump said the US is "working to finally end America's longest war...
  • US, Taliban sign deal to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

    02/29/2020 6:20:34 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 29 2020 | Rebecca Kheel
    The United States and the Taliban signed a historic deal Saturday aimed at winding down America’s longest war. With Secretary of State Mike Pompeo watching over, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban’s political chief, Abdul Ghani Baradar, signed a deal in Doha, Qatar, to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. In exchange, the Taliban is assuring it will not allow Afghanistan to be used by terrorists to attack the United States. Despite the milestone, a long road remains before peace in Afghanistan, including intra-Afghan talks where the entire deal still has the potential to collapse. “This...
  • US-Taliban deal could see US pullout in 14 months

    02/29/2020 5:19:43 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/29/2020
    [The agreement was signed this morning a little after 0800 eastern] Since 2011, Qatar has hosted Taliban leaders who have moved there to discuss peace in Afghanistan. It has been a chequered process. A Taliban office was opened in 2013, and closed the same year amid rows over flags. Other attempts at talks stalled. In December 2018, the militants announced they would meet US officials to try to find a "roadmap to peace". But the hard-line Islamist group continued to refuse to hold official talks with the Afghan government, whom they dismissed as American "puppets".
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 2/28/2020 Newsdump Friday Escalation In Syria, Trump Supports...

    02/28/2020 9:21:38 PM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/27-28/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A federal court ruling against a border control policy ordered by President Trump, 3 cases of the coronavirus in the United States and a peace deal with Afghanistan's Taliban is just hours away but first..... President Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today and the Turkish government says the two agreed on: "additional steps without delay in order to avert a big humanitarian tragedy unfoling in the Idlib region" The White House spokesman said that Syria, Russia and Iran must halt their 'offensive' in the region an said that President Trump "condemned yesterday's attack that killed Turkish personnel"...