Saturday, August 19, 2017

SIGAR report: Taliban gained territory in Afghanistan

US watchdog says area under Kabul government's "influence" shrank by nearly 5 percent since beginning of this year. The Afghan government has lost control of nearly 5 percent of its territory to the Taliban since the beginning of this year, according to a report by the US government's top watchdog...

Afghan, U.S. Commandos Launch Offensive Against ISIS

Last week’s Islamic State bombing of a protest rally in Kabul that killed 80 people and injured over 200 more came amid a major assault by the Afghan army — and U.S. special operations forces — on the group’s stronghold in eastern Afghanistan. The bombing was by far the Islamic...

NATO plans for Afghan war through 2020

BRUSSELS — The war in Afghanistan — America’s longest conflict — will grind on for at least another four years as NATO allies are prepared to commit $5 billion through 2020 to train, equip and pay Afghan security forces, according to a senior NATO diplomat. Last week, President Obama granted...

The Millions Left Behind in Afghanistan

With war intensifying as U.S. and NATO troops head home, promises made to help the millions of internally displaced are woefully unfulfilled. Farzana shivers with her seven children in what has been her home for more than a decade in Chaman-e-Babrak, Afghanistan. This settlement in northern Kabul houses hundreds of...

Iran Teams With Taliban to Fight Islamic State in Afghanistan

Tehran and the Taliban have been at each other's throats for decades, but the Islamic State's rise has the two historical enemies teaming up like never before. Iran is working with the Taliban to set up a buffer zone along its border with Afghanistan to keep out the Islamic State,...

Pentagon report reveals confusion among U.S. troops over Afghan mission

Amid fierce fighting after the Taliban captured the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last year, U.S. special forces advisers repeatedly asked their commanders how far they were allowed to go to help local troops retake the city. They got no answer, according to witnesses interviewed in a recently declassified, heavily...

Did Pakistan secretly fund an attack on CIA officers in 2009? Memo makes controversial...

The document, marked “secret” and still heavily redacted, makes a startling claim: The Pakistan government helped fund a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in 2009 that became the bloodiest attack on the CIA in a quarter-century. “Foreign intelligence service and Haqqani network involvement in the 30 December 2009 suicide attack at...

The U.S. Spent a Half Billion on Mining in Afghanistan With Limited Progress

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has labelled yet another project in danger of failing. This time its U.S. plans to develop the country’s oil, gas and minerals industries. The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan's oil, gas and minerals industries...

Afghan Opium Production Increased 40 Times Since NATO, US Invasion

In Glasgow, officers from Police Scotland made three arrests and seized five kilograms of heroin Tuesday, with a street value of £350,000. In Apple Valley, Minn., police discovered a cache holding at least $100,000 in heroin Monday, the largest such bust in Dakota County. And in a joint Australian-Canadian naval operation off...

US embassy cables: Taliban/Haqqani fundraisers sneaking into Saudi Arabia

Monday, 11 January 2010, 05:47 S E C R E T RIYADH 000061 NOFORN SIPDIS TREASURY FOR U/S STUART LEVEY AND AA/S HOWARD MENDELSOHN STATE FOR S/SRAP RICHARD HOLBROOKE E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/11/2020 TAGS: ECON, PREL, EFIN, KTFN, SA SUBJECT: POSITIVE TREASURY ENGAGEMENT WITH MINISTRY OF INTERIOR Classified By: Acting DCM Lisa Carle for...

US embassy cables: Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network using United Arab Emirates as funding...

On December 15-16, 2009, Treasury Department Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Howard Mendelsohn, along with GRPO officers and Treasury analysts, met with senior officials from the UAE's State Security Department (SSD) and Dubai's General Department of State Security (GDSS) to discuss suspected Taliban-related financial activity in the UAE.

US embassy cables: United Arab Emirates and terrorist funding – the Pashtun connection

The responses in para 3 are keyed to reftel request. Post notes that reftel was not addressed to Embassy Abu Dhabi, resulting in delayed response. Post requests that all cables requiring action/information on UAE issues be sent to Embassy Abu Dhabi.

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