Afghanistan

Watch F-22 Raptor precision-bomb Taliban drug factories while avoiding civilian buildings in the same compound

The US Air Force said that the F-22 Raptors were used to "mitigate collateral damage" by using smaller bombs.<p>In a first, the US military used F-22 …

Military

Taliban Commanders Killed In Wardak Operation

At least sixteen Taliban insurgents were killed in a clearance operation in Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday, Wardak police said in a statement on …

Unconditional dialogue between Afghan govt, Taliban need to take place: Maleeha

At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for unconditional dialogue between Kabul government and Afghan Taliban , reported Radio …

Pakistani goods to be offloaded at Afghan border provinces

KABUL: Pakistani goods will be offloaded at border crossings before they are loaded on Afghan trucks, Afghanistan's Ministry of Transport and Civil …

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

Law and Order in Afghanistan—or Lack Thereof

At over 16 years in duration and roughly $1 trillion in cost, plus 6,900 U.S. dead, the War on Terror is the longest foreign entanglement in American …

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

US starts bombing the Taliban to the negotiating table

In Afghanistan, the US military wants to make the Taliban, which currently controls 40% of the country, an “irrelevance” within two years. Its target is for Afghan forces to be in charge of 80% of the territory, with the Taliban holding less than 10%.<p>Despite 16 years of fighting, the longest …

News24.com | US hits Taliban by striking drug labs

US Forces have launched airstrikes on drug-making laboratories in Afghanistan as part a new joint strategy to cut off funding for the Taliban, …

Kabul

A spokesman for the Taliban says Trump's new Afghanistan policies are helping the extremist group

President Donald Trump’s airstrikes in Afghanistan are making it easier for the Taliban to recruit new members to attack U.S. troops, a spokesman for …

Donald Trump

U.S. On Track To Drop Three Times More Bombs On Afghanistan This Year: Report

As of Oct. 31, the U.S. Air Force had dropped 3,554 bombs on the country -- more than 2.5 times the number dropped in the entirety of 2016.<p>President Donald Trump continues to escalate a war that he had roundly criticized before taking office.<p>“We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure …

News (U.S.)

How the ICC going after US for war crimes impacts on Israel

The International Criminal Court prosecutor is pulling no punches, how will Israel be effected?<p>ANALYSIS - From the Israeli perspective, there is both …

World News

US Military No Longer Cool With Narcotics Labs in Afghanistan, Bombs Them

An Afghan policeman decorates himself with opium plants as he destroys the crop on a farm on March 14, 2013, in Babaji village, Helmand Province, …

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

After Citizen Uproar, Afghanistan Ends A Ban On WhatsApp And Telegram

The Ministry of Information called for an immediate 20-day test ban on the messaging apps, apparently for security reasons.<p>A failed ban of two popular messaging apps has highlighted both the Afghan government’s security concerns and the increasingly influential voices of Internet users in the …

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

Airstrikes in Afghanistan ramp up as ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria winds down

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military has substantially increased the number of airstrikes it has conducted in Afghanistan even as the number of strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has begun to decrease as the terror group loses more and more territory, thereby reducing the number of available targets.<p>US …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Afghanistan: Teacher’s Land Seized

Teachers in Parwan province have complained that the local authorities are failing to deliver on promises to provide them with plots of residential …

European News

Afghanistan's economy slowly on rise: World Bank

Afghanistan’s economy is expected to grow 2.6 percent this year, up slightly from the previous year despite deteriorating security, the World Bank …

Economics

U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today.<p>General John Nicholson, citing counter-insurgency …

US Marine Corps

An F-22 Just Blew Up a Drug Lab During Its First Combat Mission in Afghanistan

The Raptor blew the Taliban's heroin factory to pieces. But is this a smart way to use the world’s best fighter jet?

Aerospace

U.S. bombs Afghan opium plants in new strategy to cut Taliban funds

KABUL, Aghanistan — The U.S. has opened a new front in America’s longest war, bombing opium production plants in Taliban-controlled southern Afghanistan in a bid to shut off revenue, commanders said Monday.<p>"We hit the labs where they turn poppy into heroin,” Gen. John Nicholson told reporters in …

World News

The U.S. begins bombing Taliban drug labs as Trump’s Afghanistan strategy takes hold

U.S. and Afghan forces have launched a series of attacks on narcotics laboratories in southern Afghanistan, marking the start of what could become a long, expanded air war there under President Trump.<p>The initial strikes, which began Sunday and were ongoing Monday, represent the first significant …

War

U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group’s economic …

Prosecutor seeks probe of US personnel in Afghanistan

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court asked judges Monday to authorize an investigation of reported human …

Military

US invaded Afghanistan largely to restore heroin industry: Scholar

The US invaded Afghanistan largely to restore the heroin industry and it is now making about $1.5 trillion every year from this business, Dr. Kevin …

Donald Trump

ICC prosecutor requests investigation in Afghanistan, alleging crimes by US military, CIA, Taliban and Afghan forces.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — ICC prosecutor requests investigation in Afghanistan, alleging crimes by US military, CIA, Taliban and Afghan forces.<p>Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Judiciary

The Taliban's drug labs in Afghanistan are now being targeted by the U.S. military

The U.S. military has started targeting drug-producing labs in Afghanistan in a bid to sever the revenue streams of the Taliban, America’s top …

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

U.S., Afghan Airstrikes Target Opium Production

WASHINGTON—U.S. and Afghan forces launched a series of airstrikes on several opium-production plants in southern Afghanistan, marking a new front in the air campaign, the top U.S. military commander there said Monday.<p>Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. said the latest U.S. and Afghan air campaign is …

U.S. Politics

U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Take Aim at Taliban Opium Labs

WASHINGTON — American and Afghan warplanes conducted a series of strikes on Sunday night at what American officials said were Taliban drug depots, as part of what is expected to be a sustained campaign targeting the group’s $200 million-a-year opium trade.<p>Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the commander …

U.S. Politics

With Trump's OK, US unleashes air offensive to take out Taliban drug labs

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he is using new authority given him by President Trump to launch a bombing campaign against Taliban drug …

Stealth Aircraft

US conducts airstrikes on Afghanistan opium labs

By Ryan Browne CNN<p>(CNN) -- The US conducted airstrikes targeting opium processing labs in Afghanistan Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Michael …

Oregon

Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles Amid Taliban Threats

As the Taliban gains growing amounts of territory across Afghanistan, more and more members of the Afghan military are from homes which are no longer …

'Hero' police officer leapt on suicide bomber with bear hug to sacrifice himself and save lives

No one will ever know what went through the mind of Afghan Police Lieutenant Sayed Basam Pacha in those moments when he came face to face with a man …