Trump caves to Pakistan on Afghanistan
Taliban seizes remote district in Afghan north
Pakistan again arrests Lashkar-e-Taiba emir Hafiz Saeed
New head of al Qaeda group in Kashmir calls for independent jihadist council

Taliban justifies 9/11 attack, blaming America’s ‘interventionist policies’

The Taliban describes al Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the US as a "heavy slap on their dark faces," claiming it "was the consequence of their interventionist policies and not our doing." Additionally, the Taliban says it will not talk to the Afghan government, will fight Afghan security forces to the end, rejects the presence of foreign forces on Afghan soil, and calls western culture uncivilized. Read more →

Trump caves to Pakistan on Afghanistan

Trump's acquiescence to Pakistan, which has backed the Taliban's deadly insurgency in Afghanistan, occurs less than two years after he accused Pakistan of providing "safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror". Trump also said Pakistan returned billions of dollars in US aid with “nothing but lies & deceit.” Read more →

Taliban suicide team kills a dozen policemen in Kandahar

US military and diplomatic officials have claimed that attacks such as these are designed by the Taliban to increase its leverage in so-called peace talks with the US. In reality, the Taliban has all the leverage it needs. The Taliban is preparing the ground for the next stage in the war by targeting and weakening Afghan forces in major cities and outlying areas. Read more →

Pakistan again arrests Lashkar-e-Taiba emir Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan is a state where those who push the bounds of what is acceptable to the military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, including jihadists, politicians, journalists, and activists, end up missing or are found murdered. Pakistan has weathered nearly two decades of international condemnation over Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, yet he and his terrorist entities have not only survived, but thrived. Read more →

Taliban overruns district in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan officials confirmed the Taliban took the district after security forces retreated. Paktika is in the sphere of influence of the Haqqani Network, the influential Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda as well as Pakistan's military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. Read more →

Taliban suicide team strikes hotel

A Taliban suicide assault team attacked a hotel in the northwestern Afghan province of Badghis earlier today, killing six police officers and two civilians. The attack took place just days after the Taliban reportedly committed to protect residential areas in order to limit civilian casualties. Afghan officials said five Taliban... Read more →