Don't scapegoat Pakistan, Islamabad leaders tell Trump

/ Aug 25, 2017

Don't scapegoat Pakistan, Islamabad leaders tell Trump

Pakistan's top political and military leaders on Thursday offered a stark response to Donald Trump's accusations earlier this week, telling the American president that scapegoating Pakistan will not bring about peace in Afghanistan. The message also reiterated Islamabad's rejection of Trump's allegation that Pakistan harbors ...

A 'Trump Doctrine'? Clues emerge in new Afghanistan plan

/ | Aug 23, 2017

A 'Trump Doctrine'? Clues emerge in new Afghanistan plan

Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes. President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy contains elements of a broader approach to America's most pressing national security concerns that ...

Trump renews Afghan war commitment, sees no speedy exit

/ Aug 22, 2017

Trump renews Afghan war commitment, sees no speedy exit

Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump renewed the United States' commitment Monday to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring that U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops might be sent to ...

Aug 9, 2017

Taliban release 235 hostages after alleged 'massacre' in Shiite village

The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it along with Islamic State insurgents allegedly massacred around 50 civilians, officials said Tuesday. "This evening 235 people including women and children were released from Mirzawalang as a result of mediation by ...

Aug 8, 2017

Indecision in Afghanistan

After 16 years of bloody fighting, there is no indication that Washington has a better sense of how to address the festering conflict in Afghanistan.

Taliban appears to have taken control of Afghanistan's heroin industry

Aug 8, 2017

Taliban appears to have taken control of Afghanistan's heroin industry

The Taliban — which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan — now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country's heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials said. In 2016 Afghanistan, which produces 80 percent of the world's opium, made ...