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    Post  George1 on Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:09 pm

    Taliban Attacks Foreign Aid Worker Bases in Afghanistan

    Taliban insurgents are carrying out a string of attacks on foreign targets and Afghan government forces.

    MOSCOW, November 29 (Sputnik) – The Taliban has continued its recent campaign of offensives with an attack Saturday on a guest house for foreign aid workers in the capital Kabul.

    "We are afraid the attackers may have taken some people hostage. We are therefore acting very cautiously to avoid casualties,” Qadam Shah Shaheem, commander of the Afghan army's 111 Military Corps Kabul, told Reuters.

    According to Reuters, Shaheem said that at least two militants wearing suicide vests entered the compound late on Saturday afternoon and were still inside in early evening, with the surrounding area cordoned off by security services. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack: “A Christian proselytizing compound (also used as intelligence center) in Karta Se area, Kabul city, under attack since 4pm,” he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

    In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.

    The attack is the second this week to target aid workers, following an attack Thursday on another aid agency guesthouse in which two assailants were reportedly killed by Afghan security forces. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Taliban sent a text message to claim responsibility, saying numerous bombers had attacked a guesthouse belonging to foreign workers. No civilians were killed in the attack.

    On Friday it was announced that Taliban fighters had launched an attack on Afghan forces at Camp Bastion, a month after the British and American military had vacated the base in Helmand province, as part of an agreement to withdraw foreign troops from the country. Afghan officials told Reuters that five Afghan and 20 Taliban fighters had been killed, while the Taliban claimed hundreds of casualties.

    The attacks are the latest in a spate of offensives by the Taliban, intent on showing their power as new President Ashraf Ghani attempts to assert government control and coalition forces withdraw most troops. The WSJ reports a Taliban spokesman told the media, “Unless the independence of Afghanistan is recognized and all foreign invaders are withdrawn from Afghanistan…they can’t feel safe in Afghanistan,” after a suicide bomb attack Thursday on a British Embassy convoy, which killed at least six and wounded 34.
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    Post  George1 on Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:18 pm

    NATO Formally Ends Afghanistan Mission: US Defense Department
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    Post  George1 on Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:22 pm

    Drone Strike Wounds IS-Linked Militant in Afganistan

    Mullah Abdul Rawouf Khadim, a former Guantanamo prisoner and Taliban commander, supported by Islamic State, was wounded in a drone strike in southern Afghanistan.

    MOSCOW, (Sputnik) — A well-known Afghan insurgent commander linked to the Islamic State (IS) was wounded in a drone strike in southern Afghanistan, news agency Khaama Press reported Monday.

    Mullah Abdul Rawouf Khadim, a former Guantanamo prisoner and Taliban commander, recently left the movement and founded his own group supporting the IS, according to the news agency.

    The commander was hit in a drone strike while traveling in a car through Helmand province accompanied by several of his followers, Khaama Press reported, citing a local security officer. The commander managed to escape despite being wounded, while four other militants were killed.

    According to other media reports, Mullah Khadim could have been killed as well.

    The strike was conducted by the Afghan Air Forces, according to media reports.

    The IS, a radical Sunni group, has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. The extremists later expanded its operations to Iraq, seizing vast areas in both countries and declaring an Islamic caliphate over the territories under its control. In January, the IS declared its intention to expand into Khorasan, a historic region located on the territory of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Mullah Khadim, who has recently pledged his allegiance to the IS, has actively been recruiting potential militants in Helmand province, according to media reports.

    The United States started carrying out airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq in August. Following the establishment of an international coalition involving 62 states, the airstrikes were expanded to Syria.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:38 am

    US May Slow Down Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Due to Threats

    The troop withdrawal plan might be reviewed at the request of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who claims that the Afghan military lacks the air power and necessary skills to combat the militant groups in the country.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States might slow down its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the remaining threat of militant groups in the region, a high-ranking administration official said Wednesday.

    "The defining elements of the plan are more or less intact. All we're looking at this point is either variations within those or subtle variations of the current framework," the official speaking on the condition of anonymity said, The Washington Post reported.

    The troop withdrawal plan might be reviewed at the request of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who claims that the Afghan military lacks the air power and necessary skills to combat the militant groups in the country. US military officials also believe that a greater amount of troops in Afghanistan reduces the risk for the US military there, The Washington Post reported.

    If the new strategy is adopted, the US command will have more than the earlier-planned 5,500 soldiers in the country at the end of 2015. Regional training hubs will be open longer than previously planned, and several military bases, including Kandahar Airfield, will be kept open.

    However, the date of the full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is not under question and is still planned for early 2017, according to The Washington Post.

    US President Barack Obama will consider the plan and make the final decision before Ghani's visit to Washington in March.

    A withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was first announced in May 2014. In December 2014, the drawdown schedule was adjusted for the first time. US military officials decided to keep 10,800 soldiers in Afghanistan by early 2015, while the previous target was to retain less than 10,000 soldiers by the end of NATO's 14-year combat mission on December 31, 2014.

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    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:34 pm

    UN Security Council Extends Afghanistan Mission For Another Year

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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:54 pm

    US May Lose All Gains in Afghanistan if Withdraws Troops - Senators

    US Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain said that Afghans are making “real progress,” but would not be able to reach their full capacity by the end of 2016 if US troops withdraw.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The departure date that US President Barack Obama is planning to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan is arbitrary and could put Washington’s gains in the region at risk, US Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

    “[W]e are deeply concerned by reports that the [Obama] Administration is holding to an arbitrary calendar date for the final US withdrawal, rather than one based upon conditions on the ground,” the Senators stated. “Such a course would put at immediate risk all gains achieved over thirteen years of war in Afghanistan.”

    The US military maintains some 10,000 troops in Afghanistan dedicated to training the Afghan security forces as well as engaging in limited counterterrorism operations in a new mission called Resolute Support.

    The Senators said that Afghans are making “real progress,” but would not be able to reach their full capacity by the end of 2016 if US troops withdraw.

    “These are the same capabilities Iraqi forces were missing when the United States precipitously withdrew at the end of 2011,” the Senators noted. “We must not repeat this mistake. But that is exactly what will happen if President Obama insists on withdrawing from Afghanistan whether the job is done or not."

    US military presence in Afghanistan is expected to be cut to 5,500 troops by the middle of 2015, and be brought down to an embassy-level presence by the end of 2016.

    The Senators' warning comes as Obama meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Washington on Tuesday to talk about issues related to security, economic development and US support for the Afghan-led reconciliation process, according to the White House.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:12 pm

    Car Bomber Targets NATO Convoy in Afghanistan Killing Civilians

    A Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan April 10, killing at least three civilians.

    A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of NATO forces near an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan.

    The attack killed three Afghan civilians and injured several others.

    In a different area, 12 civilians in a minivan were killed when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in the militant controlled southeastern province of Ghazni.

    Taliban insurgents have advanced suicide attacks on government and foreign targets since Washington declared a delay in troop withdrawals from Afghanistan last month.

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan - Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:47 am

    Afghan Forces Kill 19 Taliban Fighters in 24 Hours

    Afghan National Police had confiscated light and heavy rounds of ammunition, as well as 1,700 kilograms (more than 3,700 lbs) of improvised explosive devices.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Afghan National Security Forces killed 19 Taliban fighters over the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Saturday.

    "The operations were conducted in Herat, Khost, Maidan Wardak, Helmand, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Takhar, Faryab and Jowzjan provinces, as a result 19 armed Taliban members were killed and one was arrested by Afghan National Security Forces," the ministry said on its website.

    The ministry also said that Afghan National Police had confiscated light and heavy rounds of ammunition, as well as 1,700 kilograms (more than 3,700 lbs) of improvised explosive devices (IED).

    The police also defused two rockets and three IEDs in the Kabul and Faryab provinces.

    The Taliban is an insurgent group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The militants are known to carry out attacks on authorities and civilians, seeking to enforce strict Sharia law.

    In 2014, the Taliban intensified its activity in Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of international troops from the country.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:12 pm

    Moscow Ready to Work With Afghanistan in Fight Against Terrorism - Lavrov

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is prepared to cooperate with Afghanistan to normalize the situation in the country as well as work with Kabul and international partners in the fight against terrorism.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow is prepared to cooperate with Afghanistan to normalize the situation in the country as well as work with Kabul and international partners in the fight against terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

    “We are ready to provide all-encompassing aid to Afghanistan in order to stabilize the situation in the country which remains complex. We are ready to work closely with you and with other foreign partners in overcoming terrorist and drug threats,” Lavrov said during a meeting with Afghan Presidential Aide on National Security Hanif Atmar in Moscow.

    On Tuesday, Afghanistan for the first time participated as an observer in a meeting of the Secretaries of the Security Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), that took place in Moscow. The SCO includes Russia, China and four former Soviet Central Asian republics.

    The agenda of the meeting included the situation in Afghanistan.

    On Saturday, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said the escalation of the conflict in northern Afghanistan threatens Russia and its allies due to the possible spread of the conflict to Central Asia.

    Afghanistan has been plagued by the Taliban insurgency since the early 1990s. The militant movement is notorious for staging attacks against civilians and authorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, seeking to establish austere sharia law on these territories.

    Following the withdrawal of international combat troops from Afghanistan in late 2014, Afghan authorities took responsibility for the country's security, with the limited non-combat aid of NATO.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:16 pm

    Afghan Taliban’s ‘Spring Offensive’ to Begin Friday
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    Post  George1 on Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:56 pm

    Dozens of Taliban Militants Killed in Afghanistan

    Forty-one militants were killed, 28 wounded and one was detained as the Afghan army continued its mop-up operations to purge the country's restive provinces of Islamist radicals, the country’s defense ministry said in a statement Sunday.

    The statement also confirmed losing 11 army personnel as a result of heavy enemy firing and landmine explosions within the same period, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

    The Taliban insurgent group has yet to make any comments.

    The Afghan security forces have recently ramped up their countrywide crackdown on the Taliban as spring and summer, known as the fighting season, is drawing near.

    Furthermore, seven militants were killed and two police officers were injured after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Northern Baghlan and neighboring Badakhshan province overnight Saturday, officials confirmed.

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    Post  George1 on Fri May 15, 2015 9:04 pm

    Taliban forces advance right up to Afghan-Tajikistani border — source

    Taliban units have taken control of almost 80% of Afghanistan's Badakhshan province bordering Tajikistan

    DUSHANBE, May 15. /TASS/. Taliban units that are advancing in the territory of Afghanistan have taken control of almost 80% of Badakhshan province, which borders Tajikistan, a well-informed official at the Tajikistani intelligence services told TASS on Friday.

    "At present, separate units of the terrorists have advanced right up to the Afghan-Tajikistani border and have stopped a few kilometers away from it," he said. "The fact can’t help causing concern in this country."

    The information gathered by the intelligence agencies suggests these groups of radicals were stranded in the so-called tribal area in the Pakistani region of Shomali Waziristan but the Pakistani Army forced them to cross over into Afghanistan.

    "Proceeding from the information we have the Talibs don’t have any plans to cross the state border into Tajikistan at the moment but nonetheless a second line of defence consisting of Tajikistani Army units has been set up along the most vulnerable sections of the border as a preventive measure," he said.

    He said the presence of Islamic State supporters and emissaries in the Talib units was not ruled out, since the criminal milieu making an advance on the other side of the border had an international composition and descendants from Central Asian countries including Tajikistan as well as from some European countries were fighting in its ranks.

    "We’re watching events closely and are prepared to tackle events of any kind," the official said. "We also hope to get assistance from the forces of the CIS Collective Security Treaty Organization."

    "At present, units and weaponry of the Collective Forces’ rapid response contingent have been airlifted to the area of the Tajikistani-Afghan border as part of an undeclared inspection of combat readiness and a subsequent antiterrorist exercise," he said.

    Earlier on Friday, the independent Tajikistani news agency AsiaPlus quoted representatives of Afghan civic society who accused the government in Kabul of total lack of activity in this sphere.

    The Afghan activists warned that unless the government took urgent steps, the entire Badakhshan with its million-strong population would fall under the Talibs’ control as they had concentrated substantial forces there.
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    Post  George1 on Sun May 17, 2015 11:17 pm

    Taliban Claims Responsibility for Attack in Kabul Airport Killing Three

    The Taliban group claimed responsibility for carrying out a suicide attack in Kabul international airport, in which three people were killed including a British security contractor.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Taliban group claimed responsibility for a Sunday suicide attack in Kabul international airport, in which three people were killed including a British security contractor, the BBC reported.

    The Taliban sent an email to media, saying it carried out the attack.

    UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed in a statement that a British security contractor was among those killed in the attack.

    “I can confirm that a British security contractor is among those killed in the attack. His family has been informed and my thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time. Consular staff stand ready to provide support,” Hammond said in a statement.

    The Sunday attack near the entrance of international Kabul airport reportedly targeted a European police training mission vehicle.

    Apart from the British citizen, two Afghan teenage girls were killed in the attack, while another 18 people were injured.

    On Thursday, the Taliban carried out an attack on a hotel, killing 14 people, including a number of foreigners.

    The Taliban group, formed in the 1990s, seeks to enforce Sharia law in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group is known for terrorist attacks and multiple human rights atrocities against authorities and civilians in both countries.

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    Post  George1 on Mon May 25, 2015 9:31 pm

    Suicide Bombing Kills Four, Wounds 60 in Southern Afghanistan - Police

    Suicide bombing killed four people and wounded 60 in the city of Qalat, southern Afghanistan, most of the victims are civilians.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — At least four people have died and more than 60 have been injured in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan, local media reported Monday citing police officials.

    According to Tolo News television network, the attack took place in the city of Qalat near the provincial council building. Taliban militants claim responsibility for the attack.

    "Most of the victims are civilians. Women and children were among the injured people," deputy police chief, Ghulaam Jelani Farahi said, quoted by the network.

    Farahi added that the police have launched an investigation into the incident.

    Tolo News reports that no council members were hurt in the attack, while other local media outlets claims that at least three were wounded in the blast.

    The Taliban militant group, formed in the 1990s, aims to enforce Sharia law in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group has carried out numerous terrorist attacks in both countries.

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    Post  George1 on Sun May 31, 2015 12:09 pm

    Afghan Forces Kill 33 Taliban Fighters in Military Operations

    Two Afghan soldiers and 33 Taliban fighters were killed in military operations carried out against insurgents on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Afghan government announced on Sunday that 33 militants and two soldiers died over 24 hours of military operations against insurgents this weekend; the fighting took place across eight provinces.

    The Afghan Ministry of the Interior stated that 33 militants were killed and 42 were wounded in the operations, which took place in the provinces of Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Helmand, Kunduz, Logar, Kapisa and Paktika.

    During the course of the operations, the security forces made five arrests and defused five improvised bombs.

    According to Ministry of Defense Spokesman General Zahir Azimi, two soldiers died in the operations.

    Earlier this week, four Taliban militants were killed by Afghan security forces after attempting to launch an attack on a guesthouse in Kabal, ending a six hour siege.

    According to a statement from the Afghan Interior Ministry, no civilians or members of the security forces were killed in the battle, which took place in the center of Kabul and averted the latest in a series of Taliban attacks targeting foreigners.

    The Taliban stated that the Heetal Plaza guesthouse was singled out because it is popular with "foreign invaders."

    The planned attack followed a Taliban attempt to kill civilians at the Park Palace Guest House in Kabul earlier this month, 14 Afghan and foreign nationals were murdered and six more were wounded.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:33 pm

    Taliban Seize Control of Northeast Afghan District

    Taliban insurgent group has seized control of one of the districts in a northeast Afghan province in a predawn offensive, local officials said on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ten police officers were killed as hundreds of Taliban militants stormed several checkpoints in central Yamgan district, Al Jazeera cited a local police commander as saying.

    "The situation is tense and worrying if reinforcements are not sent in time," member of the Badakhshan Province council, Abdullah Naji Nazari, told the broadcaster without confirming the number of casualties.

    Seven police officers had been killed and three taken hostage in the attack, another provincial parliamentary representative, Abdul Wali Niazi, was reported as telling local media.

    The Afghan Ministry of Interior, meanwhile, reported the Afghan National Police killing 96 armed insurgents and wounding another 61 in joint raids across 11 provinces, including Badakhshan, over the past 24 hours.

    Taliban, with an aim to establish sharia law in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has stepped up attacks in recent months as part of a spring offensive amid an ongoing war against the Afghan government.

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    Post  George1 on Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:06 pm

    Russia alarmed by worsening situation in Afghanistan

    Russian ambassador to the United Nations says attack on the Afghan parliament is another evidence of worsening of the situation in the country

    UNITED NATIONS, June 22. /TASS/. An attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul testifies to worsening of the situation in the country, the deputy to the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronov, told a session of the UN Security Council on Monday.

    "The Russian Federation is concerned about a deteriorating situation. Today’s attack on the Afghan parliament is another evidence of that," Safronov said.

    "A high terrorist threat and militants’ gaining ground in northern regions of the country, especially in Kunduz Province of late, give rise to major concerns for our country and our neighbours in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)," he said, urging effort to prevent destabilization of the situation in the region.

    "We have repeatedly warned that militants will try to take advantage of the withdrawal of foreign military contingents from Afghanistan to change the balance of forces in their favor," he said. This forecast "has provedfully true" after "a spring armed activity" in the country resumed.

    The deputy ambassador drew attention to a growing threat in Afghanistan from Islamic State, urging UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to pay major attention to that issue in the next report on the situation in Afghanistan.

    Top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan Nichols Heysom said earlier that more than 4,200 civilians have been killed or wounded in Afghanistan this year. People are killed in the course of armed clashes as well as in terrorist acts.


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    Post  George1 on Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:43 am

    Putin Tells Karzai Situation in Afghanistan Causes Serious Concern


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    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:34 pm

    Taliban Takes Major Afghan Police Base After Surrender of More Than 100


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    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:07 am

    Death of Taliban’s Leader Will Dramatically Expand ISIL Terror in Region

    The reports of the death of Mullah Omar, the leader of Taliban, could cause a significant blow to the Islamic fundamentalist political movement, dramatically strengthening the position of the Islamic State militants in the region, the Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Afghanistan, Omar Nessar, said.

    “The appearance of such messages, especially if confirmed, could cause a severe blow to the positions of the Taliban movement and dramatically strengthen the position of ISIL in Afghanistan and in the region in general” RIA Novosti reported Nessar as saying.

    The Taliban has yet to comment on the claim, which was made by an Afghan security service spokesman to the BBC. Abdul Hassib Seddiqi told the BBC's Afghan Service that Mullah Omar had died of health problems at a hospital in Pakistan.

    But as the confirmation is yet to come, Nessar believes that reports of the death of Omar may be planned disinformation. “At the moment it looks like it was done to discredit Taliban the movement and weaken their position, as one of the reasons that deter militants and commanders to join the Islamic State is the oath they gave their spiritual leader Mullah Omar,” he said.

    “Right now I would reserve my confirmation about the leader’s death, considering that these claims are coming from the parties that may be interested in such a development of the situation,” Nessar added.

    The expert added that if Mullah Omer is confirmed dead most probably his son will take over. His son who is only 26 years old may not be able to keep things under control for the Taliban. In any case, the Taliban would suffer a major blow and may lose a large number of its followers if the news of the leader is confirmed.

    On the other hand, senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Vladimir Sazhin, thinks that the death of Omar would lead to fight for power within the Taliban.

    “As the movement is not a single system and comprises many factions, the situation within the Taliban will change, without anyone knowing for how long the power struggle will continue,” Sazhin said.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:13 pm

    Afghan Forces Need US Military Support for Years to Come – Senior General

    US-Coalition force’s deputy chief of staff for communication claims that the Afghan security forces still need broad support from the US and coalition armed forces in their battle against the Taliban and other Islamist groups.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Afghan security forces still need broad support from the US and coalition armed forces in their battle against the Taliban and other Islamist groups, Army Brigadier General Wilson Shoffner said, according to the Department of Defense News.

    “[T]he Afghan armed forces still require broad support, and that's one of the reasons why the Resolute Support mission remains critical,” Shoffner, the US-Coalition force’s deputy chief of staff for communication, told a press conference in the Pentagon by telephone on Thursday.

    Shoffner claimed the Afghan units had “definitely been tested this fighting season, but they're holding their own and they have demonstrated their courage and resilience.”

    However, he acknowledged continuing major “capability gaps” in close air support, aviation, intelligence and logistics, and admitted that the Afghan army and other national units would continue to need US aid and support over the next several years.

    Shoffner praised the Afghan military for having “conducted deliberate, planned operations that are well resourced and they've performed very well.”

    “We've seen this starting in January in Helmand province… in Zabul province and Ghazni and we've seen that in the last two weeks in Nangarhar province,” he added.

    However, the US senior officer admitted that the Afghan forces continued to suffer from major failings, especially in coordinating their operations.

    “[W]henever they employ their forces hastily or do so in an uncoordinated manner — and by that I mean the army doesn't coordinate with the police… or with air or fire support — they're far less effective,” he acknowledged.

    Afghanistan was suffering from a larger number of home-made bomb explosions and high-profile Taliban attacks in the capital, Kabul, the general claimed.

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    Rambo 3 and the Mujahideen

    Post  andrewlya on Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:12 am

    Hi guys,
    just read that in the movie Rambo 3 where Rambo fought along side the mujihadeens (so called freedom fighters of Afghanistan).

    From the comments section of IMDb, for Rambo III:

    "...Setting the record straight : A lot of people prove how ignorant they are of the Soviet - Afghan war by confusing the Mujahedeen with the Taliban . The Mujahedeen ( Translated " The soldiers of God " ) and the Taliban (Translated " The students of God " ) are entirely separate things . The Taliban were created in Pakistan in the early 1990s , took over Afghanistan in 1995 and were led by Mullah Omar . The Mujahedeen were split into several different groups and were led by different leaders ( None of them called Bin Laden ) most of them forming a coalition against the Taliban called the Northern Alliance in 1995/96 . Their overall leader was the legendary guerilla leader Ahmad Shah Massoud who was murdered in a suicide bombing by Al Qai`da terrorists in September 2001 . It was the Northern Alliance who fought side by side with the Western coalition during their campaign to overthrow the Taliban government in 2001 to the present day."

    But correct me if I am wrong Bin Laden was born to the family of billionaire Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden in Saudi Arabia. He studied at university in the country until 1979, when he joined mujahideen forces in Pakistan fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

    Ain't present day Talibans actually were the Mujahideens of the 80's??
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    Post  Werewolf on Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:21 am

    andrewlya wrote:Hi guys,
    just read that in the movie Rambo 3 where Rambo fought along side the mujihadeens (so called freedom fighters of Afghanistan).

    From the comments section of IMDb, for Rambo III:

    "...Setting the record straight : A lot of people prove how ignorant they are of the Soviet - Afghan war by confusing the Mujahedeen with the Taliban . The Mujahedeen ( Translated " The soldiers of God " ) and the Taliban (Translated " The students of God " ) are entirely separate things . The Taliban were created in Pakistan in the early 1990s , took over Afghanistan in 1995 and were led by Mullah Omar . The Mujahedeen were split into several different groups and were led by different leaders ( None of them called Bin Laden ) most of them forming a coalition against the Taliban called the Northern Alliance in 1995/96 . Their overall leader was the legendary guerilla leader Ahmad Shah Massoud who was murdered in a suicide bombing by Al Qai`da terrorists in September 2001 . It was the Northern Alliance who fought side by side with the Western coalition during their campaign to overthrow the Taliban government in 2001 to the present day."

    But correct me if I am wrong Bin Laden was born to the family of billionaire Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden in Saudi Arabia. He studied at university in the country until 1979, when he joined mujahideen forces in Pakistan fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

    Ain't present day Talibans actually were the Mujahideens of the 80's??

    Sure more western bullshit propaganda...

    Here proud Murican's cheer for Osama Bin Laden in news paper, praising him for his Holly Freedomfighting.



    Mujahedin and Taliban not the same... sure
    Rambo was always accurate on history and portrayed the correct people as evil and never the good guys, they just do no wrong.

    The Mujas are Taliban, they are absolutley the same. That is a common US tactic to just rebrand the same terrorist from one day to another when it suites their purpose of justifying more war or change of tactic to fool the stupid population.

    Just from one day to another the FSA terrorists were rebranded and split into ISIS or the original Taliban to Al-CIAda.
    Same paid, trained and controlled mercenaries under a "religion banner" fighting US wars against unwanted countries, never attacking the minorities or countries that have non muslim or anti muslim "royalities" as dictators like Saudi shit of Arabia or Israel and other US masters and vassals in that region, always and only the countries that are not ass licking US. What a coincidence that must be that those countries that were devaited by brits by their oil fields and purposely against the population of Shia and Sunni religion, because that would be beneficial for the poeple to border themselfs among alike people and religious problems wouldn't occure in such scale or brutality, but those nutheads only by coincidence manage to tumble in countries that have leaderships that are unwanted by US or Israel.
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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:28 am

    and who is today's Rambo i wonder??? Very Happy


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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan - Afghan Army

    Post  GarryB on Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:23 pm

    The group called the Mujahedeen in afghanistan in the 1980s were afghans... the group called the taleban in the 1990s were afghans.. suggesting they were totally different groups is fine because they were, but suggesting they were totally different people is stupid... most of the taleban from the 1990s were likely muj in the 80s if they were alive then.

    The main difference was that the taleban were Pakistan funded.

    Osama Bin Laden was a Muj but was never a taleban he was Al Quada... he was friends with the Taleban they gave him refuge.

    He made most of his money in Afghanistan in the 1980s building things... he was an engineer and worked on the aqueducts... mostly from US money through Pakistan and Saudi money who knew he was a nutter and basically paid him to not hurt them.

    Think of the muj and taleban as two separate factions... the third faction being government forces installed by the Soviets when they were in power and after they left.

    The Muj constantly changed sides between rebel and government in the 1980s, and in the mid 1990s when the government forces collapsed it was taleban vs the remains of the muj, with the government forces mixed between the two.

    The northern alliance were a different ethnic group from the southern afghans... can't remember the two different groups off hand, but the northern ones were different from the southern ones... the southern ones were kin to pakistan, while the northern ones were kin to the stans in the former soviet union... the southern afghans tended to be taleban while the northern alliance was supported by Russian and I believe Iran.


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