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The President, the Strongman, and the Next U.S. Headache in Afghanistan

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Atta Muhammad Noor, a strongman who has ruled a prosperous northern Afghan province more like a king than a governor for 13 years, was driving between meetings in Dubai last month when he got the call: President Ashraf Ghani was firing him.<p>For three years, Mr. Ghani …

'Persistent, Expanding and Worrisome': ISIS Rebounds in Afghanistan

<b>Bottom Line:</b> <b>With the original ISIS core nearly expelled from its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq, other ISIS branches are growing in influence</b> …

Taliban kill at least 27 Afghan cops in overnight ambushes

<b>KABUL, Afghanistan</b> -- Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province …

Afghanistan

ISIS and the Taliban Are Enemies in Afghanistan. But They Just Joined Forces to Carry Out a Massacre

Screenshot/Twitter<p>ISIS and the Taliban joining forces might feel a lot like something out of a plot for a thriller novel.<p>In Afghanistan, the Taliban …

Trump wants troops to tell him how to win in Afghanistan — here are some suggestions

With American troops still serving in Afghanistan — it'll be 16 years in October — and a beleaguered Afghan National Army facing a resurgent Taliban and nascent ISIS threat, President Donald Trump wants a plan.<p>While much of the decision-making appears to be in Secretary of Defense James Mattis' …

A Black Week in Kabul: Terror and protests

Author: <b>Martine van Bijlert and Thomas Ruttig</b> <b><br>Date: 4 June 2017</b><p><b>It has been an incredibly difficult week for Kabul. In four days, over a hundred people</b> …

1967 war: Six days that changed the Middle East

<b>Fifty years ago, war broke out between Israel and its neighbours. The conflict lasted just six days but its effect would last to the present day.</b><p>At the end of 1948, Israel's Arab neighbours had invaded to try to destroy the new state, and failed. The Egyptian army had been beaten, but a force …

May wants Britain to follow European lead emphasizing cybersecurity

PARIS — Following the third deadly terrorist attack Britain has suffered in less than three months, Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to review her country’s counterterrorism strategy.<p>While May condemned what she called the “evil ideology of Islamist extremism,” the thrust of her new …

Neglected Nimruz province hopes a dam will boost agriculture but faces hostility from Iran, unhappy at the Helmand river’s meager flow, and their Taliban allies<p>In a corner of the southern Afghan desert, scorched by heat and thrashed by sandstorms, Nimruz is one of Afghanistan’s most remote and …

Middle East

America Can't Terror-Proof Afghanistan

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a conflict in possession of no military solution must be in want of more troops. Or so one would think …

Afghan Woman Gang-Raped After Fleeing Abusive Husband: Report

A 20-year-old Afghan woman was allegedly gang-raped after escaping violence in her home, according to local media.<p>The woman, a newlywed, was lured by …

Gen John Nicholson says he faces a shortfall of troops necessary for training Afghan forces and warns about increasing support from Russia for Taliban<p>The commander of the US war in Afghanistan has requested several thousand new troops for America’s longest-ever conflict to break what he described …

Afghanistan

Trump Needs an Afghanistan Plan

Tweets are no substitute for a strategy.<p>The news from Afghanistan is as relentless as it depressing: six aid workers murdered by Islamic State, at least 20 dead from a suicide bombing at the Supreme Court, more territory lost to the Taliban, more opium growing in the fields. Maybe that explains …

A man cycled from India to Europe for love. Another man wrote about it

'He trades in his Raleigh and pays the difference. The new bike is red.'<p>PK finishes hanging his paintings and steps back, looking pleased with the …

2016: The year the world stopped caring about refugees | Refugees

The number of refugees who drowned in the Mediterranean this year rose to an annual record.<p>More than 5,000 people lost their lives at sea as they took on perilous journeys to escape war, poverty, and persecution - often all three. In 2015, some 3,771 refugees died while crossing the Mediterranean, …

Politics

Four security guards were killed and five others were wounded at the Prophet's Mosque in Medina in the third attack to hit the kingdom in one day. Social media images showed smoke rising from outside the mosque containing Prophet Muhammad's shrine.<p>An attempted coup in Turkey by an army faction. The …

UpFront: Highlights from 2016 | Human Rights

As 2016 comes to a close, in this UpFront year-end special, we take a look back at the past 12 months with a compilation of some of our interviews and debates.<p><b>Highlights: Headliners</b><p>Over the past year, UpFront guests have included foreign ministers, ambassadors and former presidents.<p>In a February …

Pakistan engaged in an undeclared war with Afghanistan: Ghani

By Mirwais Adeel - Sun May 24 2015, 9:53 pm<p>1615 views<p>Email 1 mail<p>President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Sunday that Pakistan is engaged in an …

India-Iran Strategic Chabahar Port to be Operational by December 2016, Will Give Access to Afghanistan, Central Asia

<b>New Delhi:</b> India expects the strategic Chabahar port in Iran, which will give sea-land access to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan, to be operational by …

India

Recognising Taliban govt in Afghanistan was blunder: Musharraf

<b>Karachi:</b> Former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf has admitted that recognising the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was a ‘blunder' on part of …

Cartoonist's view of war and peace in Afghanistan

<b>Grimacing insurgents, fierce warlords and confused voters are the subjects of caricaturist Mohammad Erfani's drawings.</b><p>An exhibition of the artist's cartoons at the French institute in Kabul shows that political satire is alive in Afghanistan, despite concerns over freedom of expression.<p>When I visit …

100 Greatest Guitarists

He may have spent much of his Guns n' Roses prime shirtless, drunk and surrounded by snakes, but Slash brought good taste and restraint back to …

Lana Del Rey Tells Complex She Has 'Slept With A Lot Of Guys In The Industry'

Lana Del Rey sat down with Complex magazine to talk about her new album, "Ultraviolence," artistic inspiration, guilty pleasures and criticism.<p>Also in the magazine's August/September issue, Del Rey talks relationships and men. When addressing her fairly self explanatory track "F-cked My Way Up to …

A Story About the Importance of Educating Afghan Girls in Afghanistan and... New York?

(Photo by Isafmedia, Creative Commons)<p><b>By MELISSA BANIGAN</b><p>Although Naheed Bahram's working-class, conservative parents weren't formally educated, they believed in educating their children. Naheed remembers that her mother, who was killed by a bomb explosion when her daughter was only nine years old, …

Afghanistan Needs Some Local Control

Dogged U.S. diplomacy last weekend kept alive, for now, the prospect of the first peaceful transition of power in Afghanistan. Yet for democracy to …

Inside John Kerry's Diplomatic Save in Afghanistan

As the sun went down over Kabul on Saturday July 13, Afghanistan’s future hung in the balance. Accusations of fraud in the country’s recent …

Vote deal will work, Afghan candidate tells AP

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Declaring his nation "is not Iraq," one of two contestants in Afghanistan's deadlocked presidential election told The …

5 harsh truths about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

<i>With this week's news that U.S. military will scale down its operations in Afghanistan and eventually withdraw in 2016, a lot of people are wondering what this will actually mean. Here, The Post's Kabul bureau chief Kevin Sieff spells out five things you need to know.</i><p>1. This might be the Afghan …