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    KANDAHAR: At least 17 Afghan policemen were killed Saturday when dozens of Taliban militants stormed their outpost in the country's volatile south, the latest attack of an increasingly deadly summer fighting season. The pre-dawn raid occurred in Helmand province as the Taliban intensify their countrywide summer offensive despite repeated government attempts to reopen peace negotiations. “Dozens of armed Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Musa Qala district of Helmand,” provincial police...

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    (Source: UN - United Nations) Secretary-General's Special Representative Briefs as Speakers Voice Concern over Targeting of Civilians, Illicit Drug Trade Facing a fragile economic, political and security situation, Afghanistan must overcome several hurdles to ensure the survival of its National Unity Government and a peaceful future, the Security Council heard today as it unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations mission in that country by one year. By the terms of resolution 2274 (2016), the Council decided to extend, until 17 March 2017, the mandate of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Further by the 57-paragraph text, the Council...

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    Summary “No matter who you are, your heart will turn black with so much abuse.” -Afghan refugee, 25, returning to Afghanistan, November 2016 For most of the past 40 years, Pakistan has hosted well over a million Afghans, among the largest refugee populations in the world. But over the past two years, Pakistan has turned on the Afghan community. In response to several deadly security incidents and deteriorating political relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistani authorities have mounted a concerted campaign to drive Afghans out of the country. In the second half of 2016, a toxic combination of deportation threats and police abuses pushed out nearly 365,000 of the country’s 1.5...

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    (CNN)It is worse in Afghanistan now than I ever could have imagined. And I was a pessimist. Fatigue was always going to be the decider. Western fatigue with the horrors their troops saw, and with the violence inflicted daily on Afghans themselves. The fatigue of the financial cost, where a power station that was barely ever switched on cost Uncle Sam a third of a billion dollars. And the other fatigue -- the one felt by the Taliban -- mostly distinguished by its absence; they felt only the tirelessness of their cause. JUST WATCHED Meet Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Meet Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet 07:45 Sometimes the occasional jolt reminds the world...

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    The commander of U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan together with the country’s defense minister Saturday traveled to a nearly besieged southern Afghan city and assured residents they would not let it fall to the Taliban. The visit to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand, the largest Afghan province, came after overnight battlefield advances brought the insurgents extremely close to the city. A security source told VOA the Taliban captured four outposts around the provincial capital and both sides suffered heavy casualties in the fighting. He refused to give any figures for Afghan security forces. The fighting in the area raged into Saturday, raising fears among residents the insurgents...

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    (Source: US Department of Defense) CAPTAIN JEFF DAVIS: Good morning, and welcome. We're pleased to be joined by General Charlie Cleveland, coming to us from Kabul, Afghanistan, although I don't see him. We're going to wait until we see him. General, got it. We can see you. Can you hear us? And can we hear you? BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES CLEVELAND: I can, Jeff. I can hear you well. Thank you. CAPT. DAVIS: General, we'll turn it over to you for your opening comments, and we'll take questions from here. BRIG. GEN. CLEVELAND: Great. So good morning to everybody. And again, thank you for taking the time, and also thank you for covering this story. We do think it's important and we appreciate your...

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    (Source: US Department of Defense) GENERAL JOHN W. NICHOLSON: Good morning, everyone. It's great to be back with you all again. Want to thank you again for covering our mission in Afghanistan. What I'd like to do this time since my last update with you in September is really review 2016 and where we've come and a little bit about the way forward. As you know, our main objective in Afghanistan is to prevent the country from being used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack to the U.S. or our allies. And to achieve this, we execute two missions. First is the U.S. mission, which is a counterterrorism mission called Operation Freedom Sentinel, and second is the NATO Resolute Support Mission,...

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    President Barack Obama approved a greater role for troops in Afghanistan. U. S. troops will now have greater mobility to accompany Afghan troops on operations against the Taliban. It will not give troops a greater ability to engage the enemy. Yahoo News reported that a senior defense official, who chose to remain anonymous, said that it will allow for greater U. S. air power especially close air support. The official said that it wasn’t a blanket order to target the Taliban. President Barack Obama is using this change in policy to redefine America’s role in Afghanistan and a grinding conflict that America’s...

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    Originally posted at TomDispatch. Iraq and Afghanistan are separated by more than 1,000 miles and, although they both exist in what is now known as the Greater Middle East, they had little in common – at least until March 2003, when the Bush administration followed up its 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by invading Iraq. Since then, they’ve had quite a bit in common, including vast infusions of U.S. funds and the massive levels of corruption that accompany them, as well as the way refugees from both countries have been joining the same flow of the desperate and dispossessed heading for Europe. These days, with the spread of an Islamic State franchise to Afghanistan, even their...

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    KABUL, Afghanistan — Six years before U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock was killed in a firefight on the outskirts of Marjah, thousands of Marines were poised to strike that same patch of ground in a battle that coalition commanders confidently predicted would mark the beginning of the end of the Taliban insurgency. The plan was for Marines to sweep through Marjah and its opium poppy fields, driving out the insurgents, and then roll out a prepackaged local government to resolve all the complaints of villagers who had rallied to the Taliban cause. Lessons learned in Marjah could then be applied nationwide. “We’ve got a government in a box, ready to roll in,” Gen. Stanley McChrystal,...

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    (Source: The Heritage Foundation) The surprise success of ISIS in a single year, since July 2014, which has put the future of Iraq in jeopardy, has prompted concern among U.S. policymakers that, as U.S. and coalition forces depart, Afghan forces could face a similar threat from the Taliban. While Afghanistan does not face the same Sunni-Shia sectarian divisions that have fueled the fighting in Iraq, the Afghan government remains dependent on international financial support, and the Afghan security forces require U.S. air support, equipment, training, and intelligence to maintain an edge over the Taliban. Similar to Iraq, Afghanistan could quickly erupt into chaos if U.S. and international...

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    (Source: US Department of Defense) CAPTAIN JEFF DAVIS: Just a quick introduction. Pleased to have General John Nicholson, our top commander in Afghanistan, here in Washington and eager to provide you all an update on what's going on in Afghanistan. Without further ado, General Nicholson will have some opening remarks and then turn to your questions. GENERAL JOHN W. NICHOLSON: OK. This is the Peter Cook button? (CROSSTALK) GEN. NICHOLSON: OK. That is the Peter Cook button. OK. Well, welcome everybody, and thanks so much for covering our mission in Afghanistan. It's a pleasure to be with you here today. Before I get started, though, I want to say today's special also because I understand it's...

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    (Source: UN - United Nations) Strongly Condemning Ongoing Arming of Group, Resolution 2255 (2015) Clarifies Exemptions to Asset-Freeze, Travel-Ban Measures The Security Council today extended and adjusted its sanctions regime against individuals and entities affiliated with the Taliban - clarifying exemptions to travel bans and asset freezes, as well as language on the need to combat the financing of terrorism - deciding to review the implementation of those and other measures in 18 months. Unanimously adopting resolution 2255 (2015) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, and ahead of a separate meeting for its quarterly debate on Afghanistan, the Council decided that the travel...

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  • 03/06/17--10:41: Watch List 2017
  • Global Overview Whether unprecedented or not, the challenges currently facing our global security are immense and cause for considerable alarm. It is difficult to think of a time in recent history when there has been such a confluence of destabilising factors - local, regional and global - hindering collective capacity to better manage violence. These overlapping risks, unchecked, could coalesce into a major crisis - indeed we are currently experiencing a spike in global conflict violence - without the safety net of solid structures to deal with it. When Crisis Group was founded, its premise was that bringing field-based expert analysis to the attention of (principally) Western policymakers...

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    21 March 2017, Atlantic Council, Washington DC بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم Distinguished Guests, Fellow Colleagues, Ladies and Gentleman, Good Afternoon. It is a great pleasure to be back in Washington, and to address the Atlantic Council. This is a prestigious forum, which for decades, has played an important role in discussing such key ideals, values and pressing issues as peace, security, democracy, and prosperity around the world. I thank the Atlantic Council for the invitation to speak to you, and Mr. Javid Ahmad for the kind introduction and moderating our discussion this afternoon. Today's event provides an opportunity to elaborate on Afghanistan's Foreign Policy Priorities and...

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