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Trump commits to open-ended war in Afghanistan.

Reversing course from his campaign pledges, President Donald Trump last night committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win." In a speech offering few specifics, Trump promised a stepped-up military campaign ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Taliban warns Afghanistan will become 'graveyard' for U.S.

Prior to Mr. Trump's announcement the Taliban had written an open letter warning him not to send more troops and calling for the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

- The Hindu - IN

On Front Lines, US Commanders Want More Trainers for Afghans.

Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they need more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. They're hoping President Donald Trump heeds their calls when he outlines his new war strategy. At ...

- Voice of America - US

America’s 16 Years in Afghanistan: From Success to Stalemate.

Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation’s future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday outlined his strategy for victory in a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions. America’s ...

- Voice of America - US

Trump announces greater involvement in Afghanistan; Taliban pledge to fight on.

President Donald Trump announced on Monday night his administration's plans to continue the engagement of the United States military in Afghanistan, a strategy meant to combat the influence of the Taliban and the ISIS affiliate in the country that will for go a formal timetable and instead rely upon "conditions on the ...

- MercoPress - FK

Pakistan terrorism crackdown 'necessary' to Trump's Afghanistan strategy.

Threats of pressure to get Islamabad on board with defeating the Afghan Taliban mark a potential break from the softer approach adopted under Bush and Obama.

- POLITICO - US

Pakistan brushes off fears over Trump's Afghan strategy.

Pakistans military brushed off speculation today that a new US strategy for neighbouring Afghanistan could include taking a stronger line against Islamabad, insisting the country has done all it can to tackle militancy.US President Donald Trump is set to announce his long- awaited decision on Americas way forward in ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Trump changes his mind on Afghanistan, but will upping the ante win the war?.

Reuters/Joshua RobertsPresident Donald Trump has upped the ante in America's longest-running war, but it is not clear whether an all-guns-blazing strategy will bring the long-running conflict any nearer to a conclusion. In a clear departure from approaches applied by his predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Trump ...

- The Conversation - UK

Donald Trump vows to win the war as he outlines strategy for Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump announced an open-ended commitment to Afghanistan that will put as many as 4,000 more US troops into the nation's longest-lasting conflict and keep American forces there as long as it takes to deny terrorists a haven and bring about a political settlement with the Taliban.

- Stuff - NZ

India makes billions with US, need more help in Afghanistan: Trump.

Washington: United States President Donald Trump has sought more help from India in Afghanistan.Speaking from the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., Trump said, "We will develop a deeper strategic partnership with India, but we want them to help us more in Afghanistan."He further added that "India makes billions of ...

- Sify - IN

Trump accuses Pakistan of being a safe haven for terrorist organizations.

While discussing his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, President Trump on Monday had sharp words for Pakistan, saying the United States could "no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond." The country has "much to ...

- The Week - US

On front lines, US commanders want more trainers for Afghans

Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they needs more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. They're hoping President Donald Trump heeds their calls when he outlines his new war strategy.

- Stars and Stripes - US

The Latest: Taliban calls Trump speech as 'old,' 'unclear'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. policy in Afghanistan : 9:38 p.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. "can no longer be silent" about terrorist safe havens in Pakistan.

- FOX News - US

US President Donald Trump lashes out at Pakistan for sheltering terrorists, seeks bigger role for India

Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan and Taliban for offering safe havens to extremists, said Trump.

- Zee News - IN

Goats, camouflage and ghost schools: 16 years of US taxpayer waste in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has announced an increase of a few thousand troops in Afghanistan, taking the reins of a conflict where today 8500 personnel are mostly focused on buttressing their Afghan counterparts in the face of Taliban...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Ghost schools and goats: 16 years of U.S. taxpayer waste in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump was expected to announce an increase of a few thousand troops in Afghanistan Monday night, taking the reins of a conflict where today 8,500 personnel are mostly focused on buttressing their Afghan counterparts in the face of Taliban and Islamic State gains. The Defense Department,...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Analysis: Trump's new Afghanistan war strategy reflects a lack of winning options

Top commander in Afghanistan has said he needs several thousand additional advisers to turn tide on Taliban.         

- USA TODAY - US

Afghan Insurgents Gaining as Trump Rolls Out War Plan

Khamab District, in northern Jawzjan province, was the sixth place in the country to fall to the Taliban recently, amid a death toll of 30 a day.

- New York Times - US

Another Afghan District Falls as Trump Prepares to Roll Out War Plan

Khamab District, in the northern province of Jawzjan, was the sixth place in the country to fall to the Taliban in the past month.

- International NY Times - US

Trump's Afghanistan strategy to put new pressure on Pakistan

President's decision has been delayed by concerns that the U.S.-led coalition and Afghan military are not winning the fight against the Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS

- CBS NEWS - US

Ahead of Trump's Afghan policy, Commander of U.S. forces in Kabul says winning war is critical

, August 21 : The commander of United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, has said that winning the war in Afghanistan is critical both for the county and for the entire world.His assertion has come on the day when U.S. President Donald Trump is all set to unveil ...

- Sify - IN

UNAMA: ISIL, Taliban jointly attacked Mirzawalang

At least 36 were killed in early August violence by fighters of both groups, UNAMA says, as witnesses recall horror.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Afghan police: Taliban assault underway in Afghan district

An Afghan police official says that the Taliban have launched an attack in northern Jawzjan province, trying to capture the district headquarters and setting off heavy fighting.

- FOX News - US

Afghanistan massacre may account to war crime: UN

A United Nations investigation published Sunday confirmed that Taliban and self-proclaimed Islamic State insurgents jointly massacred dozens of people in Afghanistan earlier this month in an attack that "may amount to a war crime".

- The Daily Star - LB

Afghanistan- Taliban attack repulsed in Nimroz

Afghanistan- Taliban attack repulsed in Nimroz...

- MENAFN - JO

Joint Taliban, Islamic State massacre that killed 27 Afghan civilians may amount to war crime, says UN

A United Nations investigation published on Sunday confirmed that Taliban and self-proclaimed Islamic State insurgents jointly massacred dozens of people in Afghanistan. The post Joint Taliban, Islamic State massacre that killed 27 Afghan civilians may amount to war crime, says UN appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Gen. Mattis says Trump has made a decision on the war in Afghanistan after 'rigorous' review, but doesn't say what it is

Thomson ReutersAMMAN, Reuters - President Donald Trump has a made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. However, Mattis did not provide details on when the White House would make an announcement or what the ...

- Business Insider - US

UN Probe Concludes Taliban, Islamic State Jointly Killed 36 Afghans

A preliminary United Nations probe has concluded Taliban insurgents and local “self proclaimed" Islamic State militants jointly killed at least 36 people in a northern Afghan village earlier this month. The massacre occurred between August 3 and 5 shortly after insurgents overran the mainly Shi’ite Muslim village ...

- Voice of America - US

Joint Taliban, Islamic State raid killed disarmed Afghan fighters, civilians: U.N.

KABUL - A combined force of Taliban and "self-proclaimed" Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to war crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town this month, the United Nations said on Sunday.

- Reuters - US

Taliban kill 5 police in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan " Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Helmand province, killing five Afghan police, provincial police officials said Saturday.Gen. Abdul Ghafar Safi, the provincial police chief,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

23 Taliban killed, wounded in Afghanistan

23 Taliban killed, wounded in Afghanistan...

- MENAFN - JO

Taliban kill 5 police in southern Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Helmand province, killing five Afghan police, provincial police officials said Saturday.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Aryana Saeed, Afghan Pop Star, Won’t Let Mullahs Stop the Show

Pressure from conservative clerics forced Ms. Saeed to move, but not cancel, a concert that was to be staged at Ghazi Stadium in Kabul, a place made notorious by the Taliban’s executions of women.

- New York Times - US

Taliban Kill Five Police In Southern Afghanistan

Armed clashes with Taliban militants have killed at least five policemen in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province, police officials said on August 19.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Imran gave millions from national exchequer to ‘Taliban-run’ seminary: Bilawal

MANSEHRA: PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Saturday lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, saying the country has not forgotten his pro-Taliban views and his failure to condemn Taliban.Addressing a rally here, Bilawal said that Imran provided millions to a “Taliban-run” madressah, ...

- Geo.tv - PK

Taliban kill 5 police in southern Afghanistan

An Afghan official says the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Helmand province, killing five Afghan police.

- FOX News - US

Taliban kill 5 police in southern Afghanistan

- Townhall.com - US

Two TTP terrorists killed in CTD encounter in Karachi

KARACHI: Two terrorists belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were killed in shootout during an intelligence-based operation jointly conducted by Counter-Terrorism Department and Rangers in Korangi in early hours of Saturday.According to CTD SSP Omar Shahid, the terrorists were involved in killing of police ...

- Geo.tv - PK

RFE/RL: Russia plans joint military drills with Central Asian countries, citing Afghan conflict

The Russian military said it will conduct joint military maneuvers with countries in Central Asia in response to regional threats arising from the war in Afghanistan. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with Russia's top military brass in Moscow on August 18 that the conflict between Afghan government forces ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Xinhua: Russia to enhance military position in Central Asia

Russia will strengthen its military presence in Central Asia due to the continuously unstable situation in the territory, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said August 18. “The situation in Central Asia remains unstable. The armed conflicts between the government troops, Taliban, and ISIS continued in ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Gunmen kill local leader of Pakistan's pro-Taliban party

A police officer says gunmen on a motorcycle have killed a local leader of Pakistan's pro-Taliban Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party in an apparent assassination in the northwest before fleeing.

- FOX News - US

In Afghanistan, a Destructive ‘Game of Thrones’

Convoluted infighting among warlords on the Afghan government side is creating deep resentments that are fueling the Taliban insurgency.

- New York Times - US

80 Afghan soldiers under siege in Northern Province

, August 19 : At least 80 soldiers of Afghanistan National Army are under siege by insurgents since 20 days in Faryab province of Afghanistan, reports Tolo News.Captain Farid, commander of Shaheen Military Corps in Faryab, said the soldiers' location is in Chinaee Camp in Ghormach district. Two of the soldiers were injured ...

- Sify - IN

Afghan Models Defy Threats On Catwalk

Fashionistas put on a brave face in Kabul, staging Afghanistan's first-ever multi-ethnic catwalk show, defying threats from Taliban militants and other religious extremists.

- Radio Free Europe - US

A powerful Afghan governor allegedly detained and beat a political rival

Thomson Reuters MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan - A powerful Afghan governor is facing accusations he detained and assaulted a political rival in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif this week, the second senior Afghan official to be accused of violence in a year. The fresh allegations add to Afghanistan's domestic political ...

- Business Insider - US

US close to long-term commitment to Afghan war: US general

The top U.S. general says the Trump administration is very close to a long-term policy commitment to Afghanistan that will address a call by General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, for more international troops to end the stalemate between Afghan forces and the Taliban. The ...

- The Raw Story - US

Pakistan: Nobel laureate education activist Malala accepted to Oxford

PAKISTANI education activist Malala Yousafzai was once shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for fighting for women's education, and now the world's youngest Nobel laureate is going to study in Oxford. The post Pakistan: Nobel laureate education activist Malala accepted to Oxford appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

- Asian Correspondent - HK

As U.S. debates policy, Afghan pilots fear for families' lives

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - As the Trump administration debates war strategy in Afghanistan, this Afghan pilot in the U.S.-backed Afghan Air Force has more pressing concerns: He's worried the Taliban may kidnap or kill his family.

- Reuters - US

Can the U.S. Outlast the Taliban?

Two scholars argue that, if Americans want to achieve peace in Afghanistan, they must outlast the Sunni fundamentalist group, not negotiate with it.

- OZY - US

Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai, shot for promoting education, to study at Oxford

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman for speaking out for girls' rights to an education, has been accepted ...

- The Japan Times - JP

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