Afghanistan Fyle

11/17/17

  • Afghanistan 2017 opium crop sets records of land use and weight produced. The anti-opium effort destroyed a record amount of opium. [Link]
  • 14 people were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. [Link]
  • Inspector general report finds US troops were informally told to ignore child sex abuse. [Link]

11/13/17

  • The US is carrying out more airstrikes in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The Afghan Maj. Gen. in charge of operations in the Helmond Province said “It’s with the Marines’ support and cooperation that we’ve reached this level…If they leave again, things will 100% be reversed.” [Link]

11/6/17

  • 14 civilians were killed by US airstrikes in Afghanistan. [Link] A US soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. [Link]

11/2/17

  • Jonathan Marshal debunks claims that Russia is assisting the Taliban. [Link]

11/1/17

  • New SIGAR report shows the US is losing in Afghanistan. [Link]

10/31/17

  • The Taliban kill 15 Afghan police in two attacks. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Afghanistan killed two civilians at an engagement party. [Link]

10/30/17

  • A US service member was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The US gave the Afghanistan military 6 additional A-29 attack planes. [Link]

10/26/17

  • A look at the past 100 years of Afghan history. [Link]

10/25/17

  • Afghani warlord Hekmatyar has returned to the capital city of Kabul and is giving a series of political speeches. [Link]
  • Afghan President Ghani traveled to India to meet with Indian Prime Minister Modi. [Link]

10/24/17

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan. [Link] Tillerson says the US will look to work with moderate members of the Taliban. [Link]

10/23/17

  • The CIA is expanding its role in Afghanistan. The CIA will now have a team of agents in Afghanistan hunting terrorists. [Link]
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks on Shi’ite mosques in Afghanistan. 72 people were killed in the attack. [Link]
  • 13% of Afghan soldiers brought into the US to train go AWOL. 83 Afghans have never been found. [Link]

10/20/17

  • The Taliban completely destroyed an Afghan army base and killed at least 58 people. [Link]

10/17/17

  • The US has spent $3.9 billion per month for 16 years in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Taliban suicide bombers targeted a police training building killing at least 33. [Link]

10/16/17

  • The former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai is warning the US the Trump’s new Afghanistan policy will not work. [Link]

10/13/17

  • The UN says the US and Afghan militaries airstrikes in Afghanistan have caused a 50% increase in civilian casualties in the past year. [Link]

10/11/17

  • Pakistan has announced plans to build a wall on their border with Afghanistan. [Link]

10/9/17

  • The Red Cross will scale back operations in Afghanistan after being targeted by militias. [Link]
  • The US made a change to the Afghan airforce replacing its Russian helicopters with American made Blackhawks. Afghan pilots do not have any experience with Blackhawks. [Link]

10/6/17

  • The hurricane relief effort in Puerto Rico has delayed US troop deployments to Afghanistan Fyle. [Link]

10/4/17

  • John McCain criticized the Trump administration for not being transparent enough about its Afghanistan policy. [Link]
  • Mattis said about 3,000 US troops in Afghanistan will be in combat roles. [Link]

10/2/17

  • A US missile malfunctioned and killed several civilians near Kabul Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Senator Bob Corker said the US was likely to have ground troops in Afghanistan for the next decade. [Link]

9/29/17

  • 12 Afghan Police were killed in a suicide bombing. [Link]

9/28/17

  • The US wasted $65 million on a counter-narcotics plane for Afghanistan that never flew. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense General James Mattis says the US is not quitting the fight in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • General Mattis was the target of a rocket attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mattis escaped the attack uninjured. It is unclear if ISIS or the Taliban are responsible for the attack. [Link]

9/27/17

  • The US lost track of $700 million in ammunition sent to Afghanistan. [Link]

9/25/17

  • The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan. Three civilians were killed in the attack. No NATO troops were killed or injured. [Link]

9/21/17

  • Ann Jones explains why US policy in Afghanistan has failed for 16 years and will continue to fail. [Link]

9/19/17

  • Ben Acheson argues the Taliban do not have a reason to surrender. [Link]

9/18/17

  • The CIA is looking for authority to carry out drone strikes in Afghanistan. [Link]

9/15/17

  • Pakistan says the US can cut off aid to Pakistan. The statement was a response to Trump Afghanistan War extension speech. In the speech, Trump said the US has given Pakistan billions of dollars, but Pakistan needs to do more to fight against terror. [Link]
  • The Australian Federal Police found that an Australian Special Forces soldier who cut off the hands of dead Taliban members. [Link]

9/12/17

  • General Mattis signed the order to send 3,500 troops to Afghanistan. [Link]
  • US coalition forces were injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The injuries were minor and several civilians were killed in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and cited an offensive US leaflet for the attack. [Link]
  • The US Ambassador to Afghanistan said the US would never allow Afghanistan to be an ungoverned safe haven for enemies of the US. [Link]

9/11/17

  • Recently, 35 people have been kidnapped by the Islamic State or the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. [Link]

9/8/17

  • An Army officer explains the harsh truths Americans must accept about the war in Afghanistan. [Link]

9/7/17

  • The US has apologized for dropping offensive leaflets over an Afghanistan city. [Link] A member of the Taliban carried out a suicide attack outside of a base used by US soldiers in response to the leaflet. [Link]

8/31/17

  • The Pentagon said the US actually has 11,000 troops in Afghanistan and that level has been for the past six months. [Link]
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Afghani politician’s home. [Link]
  • A NATO airstrike in Afghanistan killed 11 civilians. Yesterday 16 civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike. The strikes are intentional and it is known that civilians are in the homes being hit with airstrikes. [Link]

8/30/17

  • A NATO airstrike killed at least 16 civilians in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • At least five people have been killed by a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link]

8/29/17

  • 10 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Helmand Province Afghanistan. [Link]

8/28/17

  • US military presence in Afghanistan prevents China from extending into the region and increasing its role in the lithium market. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • At least 30 people were killed when three Islamic State gunman attacked a Shi’ite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Pakistan claims that Afghan soldiers are selling their US made weapons to the Taliban. [Link]

8/25/17

  • The top US commander in Afghanistan, General Nicholson, vows to crush the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Nicholson also says he will get the Taliban to negotiate. [Link]
  • Pakistan tells the US to focus on militants in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The goal for US victory in Afghanistan is a political settlement. [Link]

8/24/17

  • The US is undercounting the number of troops in Afghanistan by 2,500-3,500. [Link]
  • The Taliban carried out a suicide attack in the Helmond Province. Four members of the Afghan security forces and three civilians were killed in the attack. [Link]
  • Pakistan responds to the new Trump’s speech announcing his Afghanistan War plan. Pakistan said Trump is trying to make their country a scapegoat for US failures in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • CJ Werleman argues Trump’s new Afghan War plan will fail because all counter insurgencies fail. [Link]
  • Dan McAdams responds to Trump’s announcement on the new Afghan War plan. McAdams argues Trump’s plan lacks any goals. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Scott Horton and Gareth Porter discuss the Trump’s plan for Afghanistan. [Link]

8/23/17

  • Jason Ditz analyzes Trump’s claims from his Afghanistan War speech. Ditz explains how Trump misled the nation about Pakistan. [Link]
  • The Taliban has responded to Trump’s Afghanistan War speech by saying they are happy to continue the fight. [Link]
  • The first US troops part of Trump’s new Afghanistan War plan will arrive in Afghanistan in the coming days or weeks. [Link]

8/22/17

  • Matthew Hoh writes on Trump’s coming decision on the Afghanistan War. [Link]

8/21/17

  • Vice President Pence and NSA McMaster are pushing Trump to send more troops to Afghanistan. McMaster also blocked Erik Prince from pitching Trump his plan to wage a private war in Afghanistan. [Link]

8/18/17

  • One US soldier was killed and several others were injured fighting in Afghanistan. [Link]

8/16/17

  • The US is carrying out airstrikes in Afghanistan at an increasing rate. The air strikes continue to kill civilians. Many of the airstrikes are in the Nangarhar Province. [Link]
  • The Taliban released an open letter to Donald Trump calling for him to leave Afghanistan. [Link]

8/15/17

  • The Taliban are posting on Twitter pictures of US weapons they have seized. [Link]

8/14/17

  • Three aid workers were killed by a gunman in Afghanistan. [Link]

8/13/17

  • 16 civilians were killed by the US while they were fleeing ISIS held Afghanistan. Most of those dead were women and children. The Pentagon claims only extremists were killed in the attack. [Link]

8/11/17

  • The US has so far spent $76 billion on weapons for Afghani security forces. [Link]

8/9/17

  • The UN estimates that the Taliban profited $3 billion from the opium trade last year. [Link]
  • The Afghan government has been unable to help civilians defend against the Taliban. Reports from one village said they asked the government for help several times before 66 civilians were killed and hundreds were abducted. [Link] The Taliban has released 235 hostages but may have up to 100 more. [Link]

8/8/17

  • Erik Prince has submitted a proposal to the Afghan government to provide air force services to the Afghan government. Prince’s private air force would have gunships. Prince will face legal hurdles in the US. [Link]
  • Afghanistan is facing political challenges as the Vice President of Afghanistan attempts to return to the country. He is currently living in Turkey because he is accused of having a man beaten and sodomized. The Vice President has joined in a coalition with Afghan minority groups to demand the President of Afghanistan give up some of his power. [Link]

8/7/17

  • At least 50 Shi’ite civilians in Afghanistan were massacred and 30 homes burned. The attackers remain unknown and carried out the attack at night. The Taliban have denied being responsible for the attack. [Link]

8/3/17

  • Two US service members were killed in Afghanistan. The service members were killed by a Taliban suicide attack. [Link]
  • Doctors Without Borders has opened a small medical facility in Kunduz Afghanistan. The medical facility Kunduz since the US attacked a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in 2015. [Link]

8/2/17

  • At least 30 people were killed by two terrorists at a mosque in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The US is unable to measure the success of a program to train Afghani intelligence due to a lack of oversite. The program has cost nearly $500 million since 2010. [Link]

8/1/17

  • The US Special Investigator for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the US is giving too much money to Afghanistan. [Link]
  • In Afghanistan, ISIS fighters carried out suicide bombings at the gate of the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul. Other ISIS fighters were able to enter the compound. At last seven members of security were killed in the assault. [Link]

7/28/17

  • Afghan government forces have launched a counter offensive to take the Ghor Province from the Taliban. [Link]

7/27/17

  • Trump refused to sign off on McMasters’ plan to add more US troops to Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Two Pakistan diplomats, who were kidnapped, have been recovered in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The Taliban attacked an Afghan military position and killed at least 26 members of the Afghan military. Other sources put the death toll at 40 or 70. At least seven other soldiers were kidnapped and 21 are missing. [Link]

7/26/17

  • During America’s 16 years long war in Afghanistan, the Taliban have built up a large number of US weapons and vehicles. [Link]

7/25/17

  • A member of the Afghanistan Taliban carried out a suicide bombing in the capital of Kabul killing 24. [Link] Other sources put the death toll at  least at 38. [Link]
  • Will Porter looks at Trump’s choices for Afghan troop levels. [Link]

7/21/17

  • In Afghanistan, a US airstrike killed about 15 members of the Afghan police force. This was a friendly fire incident, and the official number of dead has not been announced. [Link]
  • The Taliban seized two district headquarters in two days. Afghani forces are preparing for counter offensives. [Link]

7/14/17

  • Some of Trump’s advisors are pushing him to use more private defense contractors in Afghanistan. [Link]

7/12/17

  • Two Afghan police officers and four insurgents were killed in a Taliban attack on an Afghan police outpost. [Link]

7/8/17

  • When Trump empowered the Pentagon to set troop levels in Afghanistan, he only empowered the Pentagon to send an additional 3,900 troops to Afghanistan. [Link]

7/6/17

  • One US soldier was killed, and two more were wounded in Afghanistan on Wednesday. [Link]

7/5/17

  • John McCain led a group of Senators to Afghanistan to give support for the Afghanistan War. McCain said the Taliban will negotiate if they start losing the conflict. Lindsey Graham called for more US troops to help win the war. [Link]
  • The UK is looking into a claim that four civilians were murdered in Afghanistan by a member of the SAS in 2011. [Link]

7/3/17

  • The Afghan government claims to have killed 16 militants. Five of the militants are ISIS fighters and one was a Taliban district commander. [Link]

6/29/17

  • IS forces in Afghanistan are gaining power. A pair of Taliban group switched allegiance to the Islamic State. [Link]

6/28/17

  • US Marines are returning to the Helmond Province of Afghanistan. [Link]

6/27/17

  • 230 Afghanis were killed and over 800 injured in terror attacks during Ramadan. [Link]
  • Ten Afghani police were killed in an attack by the Taliban. [Link

6/26/17

  • At least 34 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The bomb hit the capital city of the Helmand Province on Thursday. [Link]

6/23/17

  • The Islamic State group in Afghanistan originated as Pakistan Taliban. [Link]

6/22/17

  • The Taliban release a video of an American and an Australian hostage asking their governments to negotiate with the Taliban for their release. [Link]
  • Since 2008, the US Army has spent more than $28 million on camouflage uniforms meant for a forest terrains. [Link]
  • In Afghanistan, at least 29 people have been killed in a car bombing. [Link]

6/21/17

  • Eight members of the Afghan Security Forces were killed by the Taliban in Northern Afghanistan. [Link]

6/20/17

  • John McCain says the US lacks a military strategy in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Danial Davis explains how an additional 4,000 troops will not change anything. [Link]
  • Five Afghani police officers were killed when they were attacked by several Taliban fighters. [Link]
  • A US civilian living in Kabul was kidnapped by men disguised as Afghan security forces. [Link]

6/19/17

  • General Jack Keene says that the US needs to send 10,000-20,000 more troops to Afghanistan. A report from last week suggested that the US would send an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. [Link]

6/18/17

  • Seven US soldiers were wounded in an insider attack in Afghanistan. [Link]

6/16/17

  • Four people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Kabul. [Link]
  • The Pentagon is expected to announce a 4,000 troop level increase in Afghanistan. [Link]

6/15/17

  • James Mattis claims the Obama policy of reducing troop levels in Afghanistan resulted in the Taliban making significant progress in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The head of the UN claims that there is no military solution to Afghanistan. [Link]
  • ISIS fighters in Afghanistan seized the base at Tora Bora from the Taliban. The base was used by Osama bin Laden after 9/11. The Taliban have disputed that they lost the base to ISIS. [Link]
  • Warlords and ISIS are beneficiaries of the US policy in Afghanistan. [Link]

6/14/17

  • Mattis admits the US is not winning in Afghanistan. Mattis said the US will make an announcement on troop levels mid-July. [Link]
  • Gareth Porter explains the long failing US policy in Afghanistan. [Link]

6/13/17

  • A US and Afghani army convoy was attacked with a roadside bomb then ambushed by Taliban fighters. Three civilians were killed in the fighting. [Link]

6/12/17

  • Three American soldiers were killed, and two were wounded by a member of the Taliban that infiltrated the Afghani armed forces. [Link]

6/9/17

  • A string terror attacks in Kabul and increasing Afghani troop deaths are a sign that the US is losing the fight in Afghanistan. [Link]

6/4/17

  • Terrorists in Kabul killed seven people at a funeral. The Taliban claim they are not responsible for this attack. [Link]

6/1/17

  • 11 Americans were injured in the suicide attack in Kabul that killed 80 people. [Link]

5/31/17

  • Jonathan Marshall debunks the claim that Russia is arming the Taliban. [Link]
  • A suicide bomber in Afghanistan kills at least 80 people in the capital of Kabul. The attack occurred near the German embassy. [Link]

5/26/17

  • At least 13 Afghan fighters were killed while fighting militants in the Kandahar Province. [Link]

5/25/17

  • The US carried out 460 airstrikes in Afghanistan in April. This seven times more than the amount in April 2016. This is the highest number of airstrikes in a single month since August 2012. [Link]

5/24/17

  • Ten Afghan soldiers were killed in the Kandahar Province. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link]
  • The Pentagon admits there is no evidence showing that Russia arms the Taliban. [Link]

5/22/17

  • A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed in the capital of Afghanistan. A Finnish national was also kidnapped. [Link]

5/21/17

  • Repetitive Walter Jones introduces a bill to end funding for the war in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • 20 Afghan police were killed by the Taliban in an ambush. [Link]

5/18/17

  • The Afghani military will receive 159 Black Hawk helicopters. [Link]

5/12/17

  • The Afghani army recaptured key regions in the Badakhshan Province. The Badakhshan Province links Afghanistan and China. [Link]
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says the situation in Afghanistan is likely to deteriorate even with a modest increase in US military involvement. Coats says the Taliban are likely to continue to make progress in the rural regions of Afghanistan. [Link]

5/8/17

  • Fighting between Pakistani and Afghani forces leaves 50 Afghani troops dead. Nine civilians have also been killed in the fighting. [Link]

5/6/17

  • At least 15 people have been left dead after a border fight broke out between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most of the dead are civilians. [Link]
  • The Taliban have seized a district near the Northern Afghanistan city Kunduz. [Link]

5/5/17

  • Daniel Davis details how adding more troops to Afghanistan is just feeding failure. [Link]

5/3/17

  • Thee US soldiers in Afghanistan were wounded by an ISIS suicide attack. Eight Afghani civilians died in the attack. [Link]

5/2/17

  • Civilian casualties rose to 11,438 in Afghanistan last year. 2016 was the highest recorded number since the UN started tracking the number in 2009. [Link]
  • The Pentagon is considering sending between 3,000 and 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. [Link]

5/1/17

  • The Taliban announce the start of their spring offensive. For the past several years, the Taliban have increased attacks during the spring season. [Link]

4/29/17

  • The number of women dying from conflict-related deaths in Afghanistan was up 54% in the first quarter of 2017. The number of children dying in conflict-related deaths was up 17%. [Link]

4/28/17

  • Two US service members were killed fighting ISIS in the Nangarhar Province on Wednesday. [Link]
  • The US will be sending 1,500 troops to Afghanistan. [Link]

4/26/17

  • The Taliban attack a US base in Afghanistan. Four Afghani security guards were killed in the attack. [Link]
  • The Taliban carry out a series of attacks in North Afghanistan that killed eight Afghani security personnel working at checkpoints. The attack also gave the Taliban control over a key road. [Link]

4/22/17

  • 140 Afghani soldiers have been killed in a Taliban suicide attack on an Afghani military base. [Link]

4/20/17

  • US ground troops are fighting ISIS near the site where the MOAB was dropped. [Link]

4/19/17

  • Around 300 Marines will arrive in the Helmond Province of Afghanistan at the end of the month. The Afghani army has been unable to stop the Taliban from advancing in the province. [Link]

4/15/17

  • Military officials say that they did not need Trump’s approval to use the MOAB in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The US claims to have killed 36 ISIS fighters with the MOAB strike. [Link]

4/14/17

  • The US used its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS target in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. This is the first time the weapons has been used. [Link]

4/9/17

  • A US soldier was killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan. [Link]

4/3/17

  • In Afghanistan, US troops destroyed a cache of Taliban weapons. When the troops blew up the weapons, it created an explosion that killed nine civilians. [Link]

3/24/17

  • The Sangin District in the Helmond Province has been taken by the Taliban. The district is key to holding the province. Since 2001, more Marines have died fighting in that district than any other in Afghanistan. [Link]

3/22/17

  • The Afghan government would like more US troops sent to Afghanistan. [Link]

3/20/17

  • An Afghan soldier shot and wounded three US soldiers. It is being reported that the attack was not intentional and that the Afghan soldier accidently shot the US soldiers. [Link]

3/13/17

  • The Taliban kill eight Afghan police officer by infiltrating a member of the Taliban into the Afghan police. The Tablian have carried out several attacks against the Afghan police with this method. [Link]

3/9/17

  • Gunmen attacked a Kabul hospital killing 30 people and wounding 50. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link]

3/8/17

  • 23% of Afghanistan’s workforce was unemployed in 2013-14. This is triple the number from 2011-12. [Link]

3/1/17

  • The Taliban attack two government targets in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. The attack has killed at least one person and injured 35 others. [Link]

2/26/17

  • In Northern Afghanistan, Islamic State fighters ambushed and killed ten Afghani policemen and the wife of the police commander. [Link]

2/18/17

  • ISIS killed 17 Afghani troops by overrunning security posts in the Nangarhar Providence. This comes a week after the Afghani government announced it was starting an offensive against ISIS in the Nangarhar Providence. [Link]

2/13/17

  • US airstrikes in the Helmond Providence of Afghanistan kills 22 civilians. The airstrikes that occurred last week, killed mostly women and children. [Link]
  • The Afghani military is starting a new operation to eliminate ISIS from the Nangarhar Providence. The operation will have support from the US military. This is the fourth operation to eliminate ISIS from the Nangarhar Providence. [Link]

2/11/17

  • The US government spent $41.2 million on land reform programs in Afghanistan. The programs were meant to help show land ownership in Afghanistan. USAID did not follow through with the program correctly and now 100,000s of Afghani are unable to reclaim their lands. [Link]

2/10/17

  • The top US commander in Afghanistan says he is a few thousand troops short of being able to break the stalemate with the Taliban. [Link]

2/9/17

  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacked on the Afghan Supreme Court building. [Link]

2/8/17

  • A suicide bomber in Afghanistan kills 21 people outside of the Afghan Supreme Court building. It is unknown what group is responsible for the attack. [Link]

2/7/17

  • 923 children were killed by war in Afghanistan in 2016. This is a 25% increase in the number of children killed in 2015. [Link]
  • 3,498 civilians were killed by war in Afghanistan in 2016. An additional 7,920 were wounded by fighting. [Link]

2/5/17

  • 8 Afghan police were killed in an attack carried out by someone posing as Afghan police. [Link]

2/3/17

  • A new report shows that the Afghan government only controls 57% of the country. The government controlled 71% of the country a year ago. [Link]

1/12/17

  • The Pentagon confirms that a November airstrike killed 33 civilians. Afghan troops called in the airstrike after receiving advice from US troops to do so. Afghan troops were fighting The Taliban at the time. [Link]

1/11/17

  • Suicide bombings across three Afghan cities kills at least 56 people. [Link]

1/9/17

  • 200 NATO troops will deploy to the Farah Providence in Afghanistan. [Link]

1/7/17

  • US Marines are being sent back into the Helmond Providence in Afghanistan. The Marines left the Providence as a part of the American drawdown of forces in Afghanistan two years ago. The Tablian now control most of the Providence, including the capital. [Link]

12/26/16

  • The Afghan government is funding strongman militias that extort money from civilians, torture, murder, and target local government officials. The US government is ignoring the Afghan government giving money to these militias. [Link]

12/22/16

  • The Taliban kill 8 people in an attack on the home of an Afghani Member of Parliment. The MP was not killed, but two of his grandchildren were killed. [Link]

12/10/16

  • Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visits Afghanistan and reconfirms the US will continue to be involved in the country. The US currently has about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • A US soldier dies from wounds he received in November when a suicide bomber attacked US soldiers in Afghanistan. He is the 9th US soldier to die in Afghanistan this year. [Link]

12/7/16

  • Saudi Arabia is supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban are seen as a way to contain Iran. [Link]

12/4/16

  • In Afghanistan, the Tablian kill 23 civilians in the Kandahar Providence as revenge for Afghan police killing several Tablian fighters. [Link]

12/2/16

  • Last month, the Taliban seized weapons the US gave to the Afghan army. [Link]

11/30/16

  • The Pentagon proposes a plan to spend $814 million for the US to buy new helicopters for the Afghanistan Air Force. The Afghan Air Force is currently using US-purchased Russian helicopters. Legal barriers are preventing the US from being able to buy the Afghan Air Force replacement parts and helicopters. [Link]

11/22/16

  • An Islamic State suicide bomber kills at least 32 at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. [Link]

11/15/16

  • The International Criminal Court find in a preliminary probe that the US likely committed war crimes in Afghanistan. [Link]

11/14/16

  • The man who killed 4 people inside of a US military base in Afghanistan was employed there and was also an ex-member of the Taliban. [Link]

11/12/16

  • At least four have been killed by a suicide bomber inside of a US base in Afghanistan. The Taliban are claiming responsibility for the attack. [Link]

11/11/16

  • At least four have been killed in a Taliban attack on a German Consulate in Afghanistan. [Link]

11/4/16

  • At least 30 civilians, including children, were killed by NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • 2 US service members were killed during operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan. [Link]

10/31/16

  • A new report from the Inspector General in Afghanistan shows that the Afghan government lost control over an additional 2% of the country between May and August. The government now controls 63.4% of the country. [Link]

10/27/16

  • ISIS kidnaps and kills between 30-42 in Afghanistan. [Link]

10/25/16

  • US General claims that ISIS is attempting to start a caliphate in Afghanistan. [Link]

10/20/16

  • 2 Americans are killed and 3 more wounded at Camp Morehead in Afghanistan. The attacker was wearing an Afghan military uniform. [Link]

10/18/16

  • Fighting for the Helmand Providence continues in Afghanistan. The Afghan government is claiming its killed over 100 Taliban fighters with assistance from US airstrikes. [Link]

10/14/16

  • ISIS bombs a Shi’ite mosque in Afghanistan, killing 14. [Link]
  • 100 Afghan police are killed by the Taliban in a single incident. The Taliban are moving closer to the capital of the Helmand Providence. [Link]
  • Afghan police are struggling keep members in their ranks. Low moral, desertion, injuries, and death are depleting the ranks of the Afghan police. They are struggling with recruiting new members. In August, Afghan police saw a new reduction of 650 members. [Link]

10/12/16

  • US taxpayers have spend nearly $15 million over the course of 5 years to build a hospital in Afghanistan that is still mostly incomplete. [Link]
  • In Afghanistan capital, 13 worshipers and 1 Afghan police officer was killed on an attack on a shrine. [Link]

10/11/16

  • The Taliban continue to take ground in Afghanistan. Taliban fighters used a car bomb against police, that killed 15, to advance on the Helmand Providence. The Taliban are close to taking the important Helmand and Kunduz Providences. [Link]

10/10/16

  • The US war in Afghanistan turned 15 last week. It is Americas longest war in history. The US still has over 10,000 troops in Afghanistan and several thousand contraction operating in the country. Over 3,300 Americans have died and over 20,000 have been injured. Afghanistan is now the largest heroin producer. [Link] [Link]

10/8/16

  • The Afghanistan military is employing tens of thousands of soldiers that do not exist. Military leaders sign up recruits that only collect one check, then those military leaders collect those check for years to come. US taxpayers are paying the salaries the Afghan military. [Link]

10/5/16

  • The Taliban were able to briefly retake the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan. The city is a major Northern city and is the capital of the providence. The Pentagon says US troops are ready to assist in retaking the city. [Link] Afghan forces were able to expel Taliban fighter from the center of the city. [Link]
  • A US solider member has been killed in Afghanistan. The solider was involved in operations against ISIS when killed by an IED. This is the 7th US solider to die in Afghanistan this year. [Link]

10/4/16

  • At least 6 have been killed in a bombing at an Afghanistan market. [Link]

9/29/16

  • 13 civilians were killed in Afghanistan by a US drone strike. [Link]

9/27/16

  • IS in Afghanistan retake key stronghold in a providence on the Afghanistan and Pakistan border. IS retreated from these position weeks ago, as US drone strikes killed IS leadership. [Link]

9/26/16

  • The US government has tried to continue the narrative that US troops in Afghanistan are in non combat roles. However, US troops are embedded with the Afghan forces on the front lines and are fighting in about 10% of battles. [Link]

9/20/16

  • In Afghanistan, US warplanes accidently kill 8 Afghan police officers they were providing support for. The Afghan Police were fighting The Taliban who continue to advance towards taking another providence of Afghanistan. [Link]

9/15/16

  • Inspector General report finds that the US mission in Afghanistan was undermined by corruption. The report finds that US aid given to Afghanistan was responsible for the corruption. The US often gave more in annual aid than Afghanistan’s entire GDP. [Link]
  • The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost the US over $12 trillion dollars. [Link]

8/28/16

  • The Afghan Government now only controls about 2/3 of the land area in the country. A map lays out who controls what in the country. [Link]

8/25/16

  • 12 killed in attack on American University in Afghanistan. The attackers used explosives and guns. At least two attackers have been killed. [Link]
  • The US has given away nearly 1.5 million in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US only knows where about half of those guns are now. [Link]

8/24/16

  • US soldier is killed in Afghanistan by an IED. He was in a “training” role at the time he was killed. [Link]

8/23/16

  • 100 new US troops will be deployed in Afghanistan to stop Taliban gains. The Taliban have nearly taken the key southern providence of Helmand. US troops will likely be in combat roles to try to prevent this Taliban take over. [Link]

8/18/16

  • The US has 30,000 mercenaries stationed in Afghanistan. Nearly 20,000 are not Americans. [Link]

8/15/16

  • ISIS is gaining ground in Afghanistan. ISIS is establishing a foothold in the Zabul providence of Afghanistan. Many of the ISIS fighters are from Pakistan. Reports are that this branch of ISIS is well funded. [Link]

8/12/16

  • The Taliban are nearing capturing a key providence in Afghanistan. The Helmand providence is a central point for the large opium industry in Afghanistan. After 15 years of US warfare in Afghanistan, things are looking worse than ever. [Link]

8/10/16

  • ISIS captures US Special Forces weapons in Afghanistan. The weapons were abandoned after US fighters came under fire from militants. [Link]

8/1/16

  • After Obama changed the rules of engagement in Afghanistan, US airstrikes in the country have hit new highs for the past three years. The Taliban continues to gain ground and it appears the airstrikes are having no positive effects. With airwar, there is always the risk of blowing up innocent people and creating more terrorist than existed before. [Link]

7/26/16

  • UN reports that the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse not better. So far in 2016, over 1,600 civilians have been killed. Nearly 400 of those killed were children. Since 2014, the trend in Afghanistan has been more civilian deaths, with 2016 on pace to set a record. The US has now been waging for 15 years. [Link]

7/25/16

  • US intervention in Afghanistan is paving the way for ISIS. ISIS continues to make gains in country, even after US troop increases. [Link]

7/24/16

  • Over 80 dies in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The attack occurred in Kabul, the Afgan capital. A Shi’ite minority, Hazara, were protesting in the capital when three ISIS bombers attacked. Two were about to detonate their bomb, and the third was shot by police. [Link]

7/13/16

  • US Military changes rules of engagement in Afghanistan to allow for a new war in the country to begin. This occurred without a declaration of war. Read Here.

7/11/16

  • NATO commits to spend more US blood and coin in Afghanistan. After 15 years of US intervention in the country, US politicians are telling us its too late to leave now. Ron Paul says that we need to stop because we are headed for a cliff. Read Here.

7/7/16

  • Obama will not remove troops from Afghanistan and fails to come though on another of his campaign promises. Read Here.