Saturday, 22 November 2014

Obama extends US role in Afghanistan

Obama extends US role in Afghanistan | SBS News
Previously, the president had said US-led NATO combat operations would finish at the end of this year.
The NATO follow up mission, to take over on January 1 with 9,800 US troops and about 3,000 soldiers from Germany, Italy and other member nations, was to focus on supporting Afghan forces as they take on the Taliban, in parallel with US counter-terrorism operations.
But in a strategic shift, the New York Times said, Obama signed an order authorising US troops through 2015 to carry out missions against militant groups, including the Taliban, that threaten them or the Afghan government.



Thursday, 20 November 2014

Taliban Attacks On The Rise


Taliban attacks in Afghanistan on the rise. by chansieuoo

The Structure of ISIS


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Taliban Supreme leader Mullah Omar has possibly died

Taliban Supreme leader Mullah Omar has possibly died - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
This is being reported in Afghan media but the Intelligence Service source means that there are grounds for scepticism.
The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Wednesday that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor has initiated appointment of his friends as group’s top figures.
Hasib Sediqi, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS) told reporters on Wednesday that senior Taliban figures have divided into three groups are having major differences among them.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

22 Injured In Bomb Attack In North Afghanistan

BERNAMA - 22 Injured In Bomb Attack In North Afghanistan
About 22 people were injured in a bomb blast at a sports ground in northern Afghan province of Baghlan on Tuesday evening.
Initial reports said 21 civilians and one police officer were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off in a Buzkashi ground in Baghlan-e-Markazi district, Xinhua news agency reported.

Doubts about Afghanistan's military on rise

Doubts about Afghanistan's military on rise - Washington Times
Before Tuesday’s attack, analysts had suggested that the Taliban is set to exploit weaknesses in Afghanistan’s security forces as U.S. and NATO troops dwindle to about 12,000 over the next two years.
Thomas Joscelyn, a security analyst with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the Taliban is “actually in pretty good shape to make a stunning comeback after the West leaves,” despite more than a decade of U.S.-led warfare.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Germany and Italy to keep up to 1,350 soldiers in Afghanistan

Germany and Italy to keep up to 1,350 soldiers in Afghanistan
After more than a decade of combat operations in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents remain a major security threat, NATO plans to refocus next year on its core mission of defending Europe and North America.
But the United States and other nations want to keep thousands of troops there for counter-terrorism and training of Afghan personnel after U.S. forces formally withdraw this year.
Germany aims to retain up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan, a German defence ministry spokesman said, while Italy will go with an average of about 500, according to the defence minister.

Kabul Attack This Morning - Clip

Deadly Taliban attack targets foreigners' compound in Kabul

Asia-pacific - Deadly Taliban attack targets foreigners' compound in Kabul - France 24
A small truck packed with explosives rammed the gate of a compound housing mostly foreigners on the city’s eastern outskirts soon after sunrise, said Interior Ministry spokesman Seqid Sediqqi.
Once the gate was destroyed, gunmen attempted to breach the compound, according to Sediqqi’s deputy, Najib Danesh. Taliban sources claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two Afghan security guards were among the four killed, said the ministry, and three civilians were also wounded in the attack. It said three attackers were involved, including the truck’s driver.