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Ties Between Russia and the Taliban Worry Afghan, U.S. Officials

By Hamid Shalizi and Josh Smith KABUL, Dec 8  – Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation. Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large

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A Hole in Time

Taliban and Daesh’s bullet marks turned into art pieces By Mishaal Khan We live in a world of constant change, with so much destruction, devastation, and uncertainty around us. At a time when historic buildings, holy sites and ancient monuments are being demolished at the hands of the enemy within, it is important to do

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Afghan Taliban Offer Security for Copper, Gas Projects

KABUL, Nov 29  – The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday offered to protect major government projects, such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project, to allow them to get off the ground after years of delay. The Taliban have been behind much of the violence over the last

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Intelligence Gaps May Have Helped Afghan Taliban Breach NATO Fortress

By Mirwais Harooni and Qiamuddin Shams BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Nov 24  – In the year before Qari Naib blew himself up on Nov. 12 inside a NATO base near Kabul killing four Americans, Afghan intelligence warned the U.S. military at least twice that a worker could be planning an attack, government and security officials said. The

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Explosion at NATO Air Base in Afghanistan Causes Casualties

KABUL, Nov 12 – A Taliban suicide bomber dressed as a labourer blew himself up at the NATO air base at Bagram north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least four people and wounding 18, officials said. “An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties,” the NATO-led Resolute

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Taliban Claim Deadly Attack on German Consulate in Afghanistan

By Abdul Matin and Sabine Siebold MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan/BERLIN, Nov 11 – A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a wall around the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Thursday, killing at least four civilians and wounding scores, officials said. A NATO spokesman said the explosion had

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Popular Pressures and Policy Options Awaiting Donald Trump

By Rami G. Khouri When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were competing over the American vote, intense speculation over how either candidate’s foreign policy would impact the many tensions and wars in Middle East dominated the news. But in the end, it is just that — speculation that is likely to be overtaken by events the

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Women in Afghan Army Overcome Opposition, Threats

By Josh Smith KABUL, Nov 5 – Kabul’s military training academy is churning out classes of enthusiastic women to serve in Afghanistan’s army, but the realities of rising violence and a conservative society make the future for the young recruits far from certain. Some of the nearly 150 women training to be officers in the

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U.S. Air Strikes Spike as Afghans Struggle Against Taliban, Daesh

By Josh Smith KABUL, Oct 26  – American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States’ struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared “non-combat” mission. American warplanes have conducted around 700 air strikes so far

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