Taliban

Taliban suicide bomber kills 15 Afghan army cadets

Resolute Support, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, claimed that today's bombing in Kabul "shows the insurgents are desperate and cannot win." However the Taliban has sustained offensive operations in all areas of the country and has had battlefield successes against a struggling Afghan military. Read more →

Taliban overruns 3 districts in southern Afghanistan

Taliban forces have overrun two district centers in Kandahar and Farah provinces over the past two days. The jihadist group continues to gain ground in Afghanistan despite a change in US strategy that has reduced restrictions on local commanders to launch airstrikes against the group. Read more →

Taliban parades forces openly in Nimroz

As with previous propaganda videos, the Taliban demonstrates that it can organize its forces for assaults on bases and district centers and execute attacks over extended periods of time, or parade its troops in the open, without fear of being targeted from the air by Afghan or Coalition forces. Read more →

US must retreat from Afghanistan for there to be ‘peace’, Taliban leader says

The Taliban released a statement attributed to its emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, who says that "peace" is only possible if the "occupation" is ended. The statement is entirely self-serving and contains absurd claims. For example, Akhundzada writes that the Taliban wants a "free, independent and progressive Afghanistan," which is completely inconsistent with the group's ideology and history. Read more →

Trump takes hard line on Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups

With words unprecedented for a US president, Trump called out Pakistan for harboring and supporting terrorist groups that target and kill US citizens and said there would be a radical change in policy toward the South Asian nation. Trump indicated the US would work to increase ties with India, Pakistan's neighbor and greatest enemy, a move sure to both enrage as well as frighten Pakistani elites. Read more →