Afghanistan Fyle


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


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


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


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


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


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


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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.


  • 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.


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