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Commander: U.S. support for Afghans could be 'game-changer' (17.07.2016)

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says President Barack Obama's decision to allow greater military action in support of Afghan combat operations against Taliban militants could have a major effect on the war.

Afghan official: no plans to revive peace talks with Taliban (14.07.2016)

Kabul has no plans to revive a peace process aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table after a four-nation effort earlier this year produced no results, the spokesman of the Afghan president said Thursday.

US to keep most troops in Afghanistan, Obama says (06.07.2016)

President Barack Obama has announced a slowdown in the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying 8,400 soldiers will stay there into next year. Under initial plans, US troop numbers were to be reduced to 5,500, from a current level of 9,800.


Taliban leader: No peace without foreigners leaving (02.07.2016)

The new Taliban leader has called for an end to the foreign "occupation" of Afghanistan as a first step to a settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a country hit by decades of war. In one of his first public statements, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said agreement was...

Afghanistan risks "new spiral in violence", UN official says (22.06.2016)

Afghanistan faces the risk of a new spiral in violence following a series of attacks on civilians in the last few months but on the battlefield, security forces have been holding their ground, the top U.N. official in the country said.

Afghans feel less secure than in Taliban years, Pentagon report says (17.06.2016)

According to the Pentagon, Afghan citizens feel less secure now than at any other time in the recent past, as civilian casualties rise to their highest level in seven years.

NATO approves keeping expanded Afghan basing, in nod to long fight (16.06.2016)

NATO agreed yesterday (15 June) to hold onto its broad geographic layout of bases in Afghanistan, a move that could make it easier for the United States to keep more troops there as Kabul struggles with a resurgent Taliban threat. … [Britain’s Defense Secretary Michael] Fallon said US Defense...

Obama approves expanded U.S. military powers in Afghanistan (10.06.2016)

President Barack Obama has approved giving the U.S. military greater authority to help Afghan forces battle the Taliban, including increased use of air strikes, AP and Reuters reported on June 9.