Daily Archives: November 16, 2019

Trump Pardons Two U.S. Army Officers Accused Of War Crimes In Afghanistan

(Radio free Europe): U.S. President Donald Trump has issued pardons to two U.S. Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan, action that critics say undermines the country’s military justice system. Trump on November 15 also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq, including allegedly posing

10 Taliban militants killed, detained in Special Forces raids and airstrikes

(Khaama press): A series of airstrikes of killed 6 Taliban militants in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan, the military officials said Friday. The officials further added an airstrike killed 4 Taliban militants and destroyed a small cache of weapons in Maiwand district of Kandahar. A similar airstrike killed 2 Taliban militants in Nahr-e

Prisoner Swap For AUAF Professors ‘Did Not Work’: Rula Ghani

(TOLO News): Afghanistan’s First Lady Rula Ghani, while speaking at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC on Thursday, said that the attempted prisoner swap for professors from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) “did not work.” “The situation is very complex...and, as you mentioned, it did not work,” Rula Ghani said in response

Takhar’s District Police Chief Killed in Baghlan

(ATN News): Local security officials confirmed that Mohammad Afzal Hakimi, the Police Chief for the Warsaj District of Takhar Province, was killed along with his three bodyguards, in a Taliban ambush in Baghlan Province. According to Ahmad Jawid Basharat, a spokesman for the Baghlan Police, the incident happened on Friday morning on the Takhar-Baghlan Highway. 

Taliban: Prisoner Swap Did Not Take Place

(ATN News): The Taliban militant group confirmed that the exchange of Haqqani network prisoners with the two kidnapped professors from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) did not take place. In a phone call with Ariana News, the group’s spokesman Zabihulla Mjujaheed said, Anas Haqqani, Hafiz Rashid and Mali Khan were expected to be transferred

Petraeus: Taliban Must Break ‘Strong’ Links to Al-Qaeda

(TOLO News): Former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, in a joint article with Vance Serchuk, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on November 14 claiming that the Taliban have “strong” links with Al-Qaeda, and recommended that any peace

Afghan Prisoner Swap Falling Apart Amid Uncertainty About Inmates Whereabouts

(Voice of America): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in a televised speech to the nation earlier this week, announced that his government would release three prominent Taliban members in exchange for two Westerners abducted by the Taliban as a confidence-building measure with the insurgent group. “We have decided to conditionally release three Taliban prisoners who have

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