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Clinton, Sanders debate plans for ISIS, Afghanistan and veterans care

Clinton, Sanders debate plans for ISIS, Afghanistan and veterans care

By Leo Shane III, Military Times The final two Democratic presidential candidates both vowed Thursday not to send combat troops into Iraq and Syria if they become commander-in-chief, but they also hinted that the U.S. deployments in Afghanistan could continue well into the future. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie […]

Caught: CIA Helicopters Ferrying ISIS Fighters into Afghanistan?

Caught: CIA Helicopters Ferrying ISIS Fighters into Afghanistan?

Afghan authorities are investigating reports that two unidentified helicopters have dropped off Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, Afghan Senator Haji Lutfullah Baba told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Wednesday.”A number of people in Tor Ghar, Nangarhar Province have contacted me to say that unidentified helicopters have airlifted Daesh militants there,”Iran Front Page reported Baba as having said. […]

Defining ISIS in Afghanistan, the CIA’s Role

Defining ISIS in Afghanistan, the CIA’s Role

December 18, 2015 To the Honorable Bob Corker U.S. Senator Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C. Dear Chairman Corker: On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Olson, Mr. Sampler and others, testified at a hearing before your committee. I […]

Guardian: Pentagon Builds Palaces for Staff in Afghanistan

Guardian:  Pentagon Builds Palaces for Staff in Afghanistan

David Smith, Washington correspondent UK Guardian Head of oversight body Sigar asks why US government staff accommodated in special private ‘villas’ instead of staying on defence or diplomatic bases.  John Sopko, head of Sigar, has questioned $150m spent on US staff accommodation in Afghanistan. The Pentagon lavished nearly $150m of taxpayer money on villas with […]

Taliban vs. ISIS: Supremacy in Afghanistan

Taliban vs. ISIS: Supremacy in Afghanistan

By Masud Wadan, For Veterans Today The Islamic State speedily expanded over vast territories in Iraq and Syria and inspired some other terrorist networks and factions in the Middle East and Africa like Boko Haram to join this group. But the only group that defied ISIS and refused allegiance to its leadership is the Taliban. […]

Russia keeps watchful eye over Afghanistan

Russia keeps watchful eye over Afghanistan

By Masud Wadan, for Veterans Today No state in the world is willing to risk its security by engaging militarily in a foreign state’s territory, unless it holds interest in that country. When Iraq and then Libya were invaded, no world power stepped in, but when it came to Syria, where Russia, no doubt, has […]

Afghan media’s untold truth of Afghanistan

Afghan media’s untold truth of Afghanistan

By Masud Wadan, for Veterans Today The signs of democracy and non-democracy can be obviously seen in a state’s behavior, by a prominent example of “freedom of expression”. In democratic countries – not a dictator or autocrat regimes – the media undeniably plays progressive role. It can steer the whole nation’s thought to positive issues […]

Why Pakistan wants a weak government in Afghanistan

Why Pakistan wants a weak government in Afghanistan

By Masud Wadan for Veterans Today The relation between two neighboring countries having ethnic, tribal and linguistic affinity, mostly on border region, has remained strained since a little more than half a century, to be exact, since the inception of Pakistan in 1947. The least thaw in tensions between the two states had been transient […]

Afghanistan at ebb of precipice

Afghanistan at ebb of precipice

Asif Haroon Raja The strategic import of Afghanistan can hardly be overstressed. The rising power, China, and reemerging power, Russia, energy and resource rich Central Asia and Middle East, and strategically located Pakistan surround Afghanistan. In real-politick terms, stability in Afghanistan and regional concord among all the countries surrounding it would contribute in the fast-paced […]

US forces in Afghanistan knew Kunduz site was hospital – report

US forces in Afghanistan knew Kunduz site was hospital – report

The damaged hospital in which the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical charity operated is seen on October 13, 2015 following an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz. New information suggests the US deliberately targeted the Kunduz hospital, killing 22 patients and staff, despite knowing it was a protected medical site. US special operations […]

The U.S and Russia confrontation in Afghanistan

The U.S and Russia confrontation in Afghanistan

By  Masud Wadan for Veterans Today Putin’s statement in the UN general assembly was not just meant to step up in Syria but to mull over reactions to the threat posed from Afghanistan. Russia recently made regional visits and discussions over Afghanistan’s issue after realizing that the latest tide in insurgency and the tragic Kunduz […]

Talk Nation Radio: Maria Santelli on Conscience of War

Talk Nation Radio: Maria Santelli on Conscience of War

Maria Santelli discusses conscientious objection and this week’s attack on a hospital in Afghanistan.

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