Tag: Afghanistan War (2001- )

ISIS Is Losing Afghan Territory. That Means Little for Its Victims.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State’s main stronghold in eastern Afghanistan collapsed in recent weeks, according to American and Afghan officials, following years of concerted military offensives from American and Afghan forces and, more recently, the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani recently claimed that the Islamic State, often known as ISIS, had been “obliterated” in Nangarhar […]

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U.S. Drone Killed Afghan Civilians, Officials Say

KHOST, Afghanistan — An American drone strike on a car carrying a woman who had just given birth in southeastern Afghanistan left five people dead, including the mother, three of her relatives and the driver, Afghan officials and family members said on Sunday. The strike in the Alisher District of Khost Province occurred either late […]

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In Afghanistan, Trump Creates Confusion Over U.S. Policy on Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — After abruptly axing nearly a year of delicate peace talks with the Taliban in September, President Trump put the negotiations back on the front-burner this week in a similarly jolting fashion by seeming to demand a cease-fire that his negotiators had long concluded was overly ambitious. “The Taliban wants to make a […]

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Trump Makes Unannounced Trip to Afghanistan and Says He Reopened Talks With Taliban

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — President Trump paid an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to American troops here on Thursday, and said that he had restarted peace negotiations with the Taliban less than three months after he scuttled talks with the group. “The Taliban wants to make a deal, and we’re meeting with them,” Mr. Trump said […]

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U.S. Envoy Says Afghans Coerced Retraction of Rape Allegations

KABUL, Afghanistan — In what the American ambassador to Afghanistan called “Soviet-style tactics,” the country’s intelligence agency released a video Tuesday in which a detained human rights activist retracted allegations that 165 boys had been raped by educators at three rural schools. The activist, Mohammad Musa, was quoted in a New York Times article on […]

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Two Americans Killed in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

BAMIAN, Afghanistan — Two American service members were killed on Wednesday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the American military in Kabul said in a statement. The military said the cause of the crash was under investigation. “Preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire,” read a statement from United States Forces […]

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Impeachment Hearings: Some Find Hope, Others Turn Away

More from our inbox: Image  Credit…George Etheredge for The New York Times To the Editor: Re “House Hearings Roll On, but Many Tune Out” (front page, Nov. 18): Thank you for reporting on how so many Americans did not bother to listen to the impeachment proceedings last week. It helps to answer a question that was […]

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Two Western Hostages Are Freed in Afghanistan in Deal With Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban freed two Westerners they had held for more than three years on Tuesday, in exchange for the release of three senior insurgent leaders, officials said, in a deal that officials hoped could pave the way for Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. The Westerners were released to American forces by […]

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I Watched Friends Die in Afghanistan. The Guilt Has Nearly Killed Me.

When my grandfather Michael Linehan Jr. arrived in North Africa in December 1943 to begin his tour of duty with the 15th Air Force, the average life expectancy of an Allied heavy-bomber crewman was roughly six combat missions, less than a fourth of what he was required to fly. As the 25-year-old pilot of a […]

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Veterans: Pull the Troops Out of Afghanistan Now

Video “Fifteen years from now, I don’t want my kid to die in the war that I went to.”CreditCredit…The New York Times Video by Mark Hannah and Eric Felipe-Barkin This Veterans Day, about 200,000 American troops are being deployed abroad. In the Video Op-Ed above, the Eurasia Group Foundation, which seeks to make public debates […]

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Captives or Defectors? Taliban Fighters Tell Conflicting Tales

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — They paced aimlessly inside a guarded compound, stepping over their beard and hair clippings on the ground. Ninety-eight Taliban in all — fighters as young as 16 and as old as one white-bearded veteran of 65. They had all laid down their weapons and pledged loyalty to the Afghan government. But the […]

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My Neighborhood Was on Fire. My Neighbors Came Together to Save It.

In boot camp, I was surprised by the pride the other recruits took in their no-name Midwest hometowns. By contrast, I had no love for Malibu, Calif., which seemed like only one thing to me: an isolated beach town too far from the city for me to escape. I did not surf. I had no […]

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She Was Daddy’s Little Girl. At 3, She Watched Him Shot Dead.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — It was a daddy-daughter moment. It turned into a reminder of the lasting trauma of the intensifying conflict in Afghanistan. Amanullah Watandost, 42, a government employee, was behind the wheel of his Toyota Corolla on Thursday afternoon. His 3-year-old daughter, Madina, wearing a dress with a pink bottom and two pink bows, […]

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Trump’s Opposition to ‘Endless Wars’ Appeals to Those Who Fought Them

WASHINGTON — Tyler Wade was awarded the Purple Heart while serving in Afghanistan, and says he is “proud of everything” he did during his service. He also believes the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were a mistake, as do a growing number of veterans — from retired generals to those who served across the enlisted […]

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In Afghanistan’s War and Peace, WhatsApp Delivers the Message

KABUL, Afghanistan — When hundreds of Taliban fighters surrounded the district center of Bala Murghab in western Afghanistan in early April, the Afghan troops stationed there knew they were in peril. They couldn’t reach their own commandos. American air support was their last hope. Then a cloud cover descended. The Americans could not see the […]

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In One Afghan District, the Same Promises of Victory, 32 Years Apart

[At War is a newsletter about the experiences and costs of war. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday.] In the spring of 1987, Artyom Borovik, a Russian journalist covering the Soviet war in Afghanistan, bumped along the Kunduz-to-Baghlan road in the back of an armored personnel carrier. As Borovik […]

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Turkish and Kurdish Forces Said to Clash in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Turkish forces and Turkish-backed militias appeared to have clashed with the Syrian army and the Kurdish-led militia in northeastern Syria on Thursday, raising the temperature in a volatile area where the Syrian government, Turkish forces, Kurdish-led fighters and Russia are maneuvering for position after the abrupt pullout of American troops. Turkish-backed forces […]

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For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return

WASHINGTON — The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of northern Syria and North Korea has wanted them to at least stop military exercises with South Korea. President Trump has now to some extent at least obliged all three — but without getting […]

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U.S. Is Quietly Reducing Its Troop Force in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is already reducing the size of its troop force in Afghanistan despite the lack of a peace deal with the Taliban, at a time when President Trump has expressed reluctance to remain engaged in costly wars abroad. In a news conference on Monday, the top American commander in Afghanistan, […]

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Pentagon Chief Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday, in his first visit to the country since being confirmed as Pentagon chief amid uncertainty about the administration’s strategy following the collapse of peace talks with the Taliban. His unannounced trip came weeks after the lead American negotiator during the talks, Zalmay […]

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Blast at Mosque Kills Dozens in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosion killed at least 60 people during Friday Prayer at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said. It is unclear who set off the blast. The attack in Deh Bala, a small agricultural district in Nangarhar Province, caused the mosque’s roof to collapse, wounding at least 50 other people, said […]

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U.S. Disputes Finding That Airstrikes on Afghan Drug Labs Killed 30 Civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 30 civilians were killed by American airstrikes that targeted drug labs in western Afghanistan this spring, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday, a figure that the United States-led mission in the country quickly disputed. The strikes, on May 5, targeted more than 60 sites in Farah Province […]

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