Tag: Afghanistan War (2001- )

Pompeo Says He and Military Warned Russia on Bounties for Killing U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he warned Russia against offering bounties for killing American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, even as President Trump has denigrated as a “hoax” a C.I.A. assessment that Russia carried out such a covert operation. Mr. Pompeo’s remarks in an interview on Wednesday came as new details emerged […]

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Rebel Poet’s Death Leaves 40 Years of Epic Afghan Work Unfinished

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the Afghan poet and former leftist revolutionary Sulaiman Layeq was suffering from blast wounds that never healed, his verses dried up. In the final months before his death, his children would bring Mr. Layeq the incomplete draft of his magnum opus that had occupied him for four decades. In 800-pages of […]

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Afghanistan to Release Last Taliban Prisoners, Removing Final Hurdle to Talks

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Sunday said his government would release a last batch of Taliban prisoners, removing the final hurdle in the way of direct negotiations with the insurgents to end the country’s long war. His announcement came after a consultative assembly where he had been advised by thousands of […]

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Pompeo Warned Russia Against Bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Russia’s foreign minister against Moscow paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants and other Afghan fighters for killing American service members, U.S. officials said. Mr. Pompeo’s warning is the first known rebuke from a senior American official to Russia over the bounties program, and it runs counter to […]

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More U.S. Troops Will Leave Afghanistan Before the Election, Trump Says

President Trump said that there would be fewer than 5,000 American troops in Afghanistan by Election Day in November, signaling that the United States would continue to withdraw troops from the country despite limited progress toward the start of peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. “We’re going down to 4,000, we’re negotiating […]

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Jailbreak Attack by ISIS Rages On in Eastern Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — A militant assault on a prison complex in eastern Afghanistan turned into a gun battle that was still raging 16 hours later on Monday, as officials scrambled to recapture hundreds of prisoners, including many from the Islamic State and the Taliban. The attack started at the prison in Jalalabad on Sunday night […]

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Militants Attack Afghan Prison as Brief Cease-Fire Expires

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Militants attacked a major prison in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, detonating a car bomb and waging a gun battle against guards for hours, as dozens of inmates managed to escape, Afghan officials said. The attack in the city of Jalalabad came at a time when the issue of releasing insurgent fighters from […]

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Trump Still Defers to Putin, Even as He Dismisses U.S. Intelligence and the Allies

WASHINGTON — On the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president four years ago, Donald J. Trump declared that he would pull out of NATO if American allies did not pay more for their defense, waving away the thought that it would play into the hands of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who […]

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Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Some of the most intense border clashes between Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent years left at least 15 civilians dead on the Afghan side on Thursday, officials said. Afghanistan accused Pakistani forces of firing heavy artillery into civilian areas after protests by communities on both sides who were demanding the reopening of […]

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In Afghanistan, a Rarely Seen Anti-Tank Weapon Destroys a Helicopter

An Afghan helicopter was attacked in the country’s south this week by what United States and Afghan officials say was a missile rarely seen in the hands of the Taliban, raising new concerns for a beleaguered Afghan military and questions about who supplied the weapon. On Monday, a Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a […]

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Trump Did Not Ask Putin About Russia’s Bounties on U.S. Troops

President Trump did not ask President Vladimir V. Putin whether Russian operatives in Afghanistan had paid Taliban-affiliated militants bounties to kill American soldiers, Mr. Trump said in a new interview, dismissing a scenario backed by U.S. intelligence as “fake news.” Mr. Trump made the comments in an interview on Tuesday with Axios scheduled to air […]

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Taliban Executes Female Prison Guard, and U.N. Raises Concern Over Afghan Violence

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban abducted and executed a female prison guard in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, officials and relatives said Monday, as the United Nations expressed concern over the war’s unending toll on civilians. Fatima Rajabi, 23, who had trained as a police officer, was pulled out of a civilian minibus on […]

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$174 Million Afghan Drone Program Is Riddled With Problems, U.S. Report Says

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon report on Thursday harshly criticized a $174 million American drone program that was meant to give Afghan forces an advantage over the Taliban but has instead shown few gains. The report from the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction cited delays and a lack of oversight or clear metrics for success […]

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Three Marines, Now Focus of Russian Bounties Investigation, Show the Costs of an Endless War

The American military convoy was almost back to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan when a vehicle, laden with explosives, careened into it and detonated. The powerful blast blew up a heavily armored troop carrier, engulfing it in flames. Marines poured out of the other vehicles in the convoy as they battled desperately to save the […]

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Taliban Stage a Major Attack, as Violence Intensifies in Northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban waged a sustained assault against the Afghan intelligence complex in the city of Aybak on Monday, part of a bloody wave of violence across the country’s north. With the opening of peace talks between the insurgency and the Afghan government stalled for months, the Taliban have intensified their offensives, creating […]

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How Russia Built a Channel to the Taliban, Once an Enemy

KABUL, Afghanistan — During one of the most violent stretches of fighting in northern Afghanistan, as the Taliban scored victories that had eluded them since the beginning of the conflict, the top American commander went public with a suspicion that had nagged for years: Russia was aiding the insurgents. In diplomatic circles in Kabul around […]

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Trump’s Shocking Inaction on Russia

Did President Trump know about U.S. intelligence community assessments that the Russians had offered bounties to the Taliban for attacks against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan? He hasn’t so far offered a direct answer but instead shifting, manipulative responses. That is itself troubling. It is also troubling that he has not condemned even the […]

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Introducing ‘Father Soldier Son,’ a Film From The Times and Netflix

Father Soldier SonDirected by Leslye Davis and Catrin EinhornStreaming on Netflix July 17 A New Documentary, 10 Years in the Making War enlists generations. In “Father Soldier Son,” an award-winning new documentary from The New York Times, journalists Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis chronicle the cost of combat and the call to service for Master […]

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