O’Brien’s comments Friday were not the first time he has said the United States would draw down its forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 by January.
President Trump's tweet on bringing home troops from Afghanistan contradicted a statement by his own national security adviser from just a few hours earlier.
President Trump on Friday disputed a finding by U.S. intelligence that Russia paid bounties to Taliban fighters in exchange for killing American troops stationed in Afghanistan.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended the president over reports that Russia offered Taliban fighters a bounty on U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
The Taliban have yet to prove they will keep Afghanistan from becoming a base for terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland, a key criterion for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the country, the senior U.S. commander in the Middle East said Wednesday.
On the surface, one winner in the peace deal the U.S. signed with the Taliban is Pakistan, which has been a longtime supporter of the Islamist group. But the deal also poses long-term risks for Pakistan.
The U.S. signed a deal with Taliban leaders that sets the stage for American troops to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of fighting. Is a this a step toward peace or an opening for more violence?
President Trump announced the United States had reached an agreement with the Taliban that could lead to the end of U.S. deployment in Afghanistan.
Although the military has thrown a cloak of secrecy over its operations, the Echo Company of the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment is increasingly being lauded in special operations and Army aviation circles.
“The Taliban are the victors,” said a retired general officer who commanded a brigade early in the war. “We just haven’t figured that out yet.”
A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. The bombing Saturday came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city.The attacker used the ambulance to get through a security checkpoint in central Kabul, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry. He then detonated his explosives at a second checkpoint, Rahimi said. (AP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
Militants stormed a non-governmental organization for children in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, killing two security guards and a civilian, and triggering hours-long clashes with the police, provincial officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.The assault started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the provincial offices of Save the Children in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar.The standoff ended after eight hours, with police killing two other attackers, according to Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.At least 26 people, including six police officers, were wounded during the attack, he added.IS said it was behind the attack in a statement on its Aamaq media arm. It said a suicide bomber attacked with an explosive-laden vehicle and a subsequent raid targeted “British and Swedish foundations and Afghan government institutes.” (AP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, survivors and a security source said Monday as more details of the victims emerged.Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests attacked the landmark Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Afghan capital late Saturday in an assault that lasted more than 12 hours and prompted questions over how the attackers breached security.Guests hid behind pillars and in rooms as gunmen sprayed bullets and set fire to parts of the six-storey building. Some people climbed over balconies and used bed sheets in a desperate attempt to escape. “They were saying, ‘Kill the foreigners!’,” a 20-year-old hotel employee who gave his name as Hasibullah told AFP from his hospital bed.He described hiding in a fifth-floor room and listening as the gunmen went from room to room, forcing doors open “with daggers” and killing those inside. Officials have said that at least 14 foreigners were killed.“They didn’t want to kill the Afghans,” a security source told AFP. “The weapons and bullets they had were for the foreigners.” One other witness claimed he had seen the militants beheading guests. The attack ended Sunday with all six militants killed by Afghan forces, aided by Norwegian troops. (AFP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
Suicide bombers stormed a Shiite cultural center and news agency in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing more than 40 people and wounding scores, many of them students attending a conference.The Islamic State said in an online statement that it was responsible for the attack, the latest in a series the movement has claimed on Shiite targets in Kabul. (Reuters)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
“N.O.K.: Next Of Kin” examines how American families memorialize their relatives killed in military conflict. Inbal Abergil traveled the U.S. to meet with relatives of fallen soldiers and to document their methods of coping through the preservation of personal effects.Small, private monuments exist in garages, basements, and storage lockers across the U.S. Families must decide which objects to keep, what to take with them or let go of when they move or as time passes.The interviews that accompany the series exist as further evidence of this loss. Through images and testimonials, “N.O.K.” honors the dead while giving voice to a community of survivors who keep memory alive as they strive to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of loss.Inbal Abergil is a visual artist and an educator from Jerusalem. Her photographs investigate the aesthetic and societal norms through conceptions of time, memory and place, specifically in cultures where loss is a substantial part of daily life. Her work addresses the lived experience of conflict and trauma. Her work has been exhibited in Northern Ireland, South Korea, Israel, and the U.S. Abergil’s work can be found in such public collections as the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Fisher Landau Center for Art (New York City), The American University Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) and Haaretz Collection (Tel-Aviv). Among numerous awards, she won the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Photography Grant in 2017. She was an artist in residence at Baxter St. at the Camera Club of New York (2015), where she had her solo exhibition N.O.K.: Next Of Kin (2016). Abergil is an assistant professor of photography at Pace University.The book is available at Daylight.N.O.K.: Next of Kin by Inbal Abergil book launch and signings: Nov. 9, 7 p.m. at the Bronx Documentary Center and Nov. 14, 7 p.m. at the Half King Photo Series.See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
A suicide bombing in a busy commercial area in Kabul near a string of banks and not far from the U.S. Embassy killed at least five people on Tuesday, Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.Elsewhere, at least 13 civilians were killed in an overnight airstrike by the Afghan air force that targeted the Taliban in western Herat province.In the Kabul attack, the explosion likely targeted a branch of the privately owned Kabul Bank, according to Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief. The U.S. Embassy compound is located about 500 meters (yards) down the road from the bank.At the site of the blast, debris and twisted metal lay scattered on the pavement. The front side of the bank was completely shattered and there was much damage to the fronts of several adjacent businesses. A charred motorcycle with its parts mangled lay on the street.Along with the five killed, the attack also wounded nine, said Mohammad Salim Rasouli, chief of Kabul hospitals at the Health Ministry. He warned that those were only initial reports and that the casualty toll could rise further.The bomber had walked up to the bank and was about to go through the security check and enter the bank, an Afghan official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Apparently realizing he would not pass the body check, he detonated his explosives vest just outside the door, the official added. (AP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
Rep. Adam Smith said he would press top Trump officials in upcoming hearings on strategy about how they envision potential negotiations with the Taliban.
“We must face facts: We are losing in Afghanistan, and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide,” the Arizona Republican said in a statement.
Thousands of Shiite protesters chanted slogans against the Islamic State group Wednesday as they carried the coffins of victims of a mosque attack that killed 33 people in the western Afghan city of Herat.Up to 5,000 angry mourners, including relatives of the dead, congregated near the site of Tuesday’s suicide bomb attack as IS claimed responsiblity for the latest atrocity targeting the minority community.“Death to Daesh (IS)!” and “Down with fundamentalism”, the demonstrators chanted, as the coffins were brought one by one and placed in a refrigerated lorry near the Jawadya mosque.The mourners, who then marched to the cemetery to bury their dead, also demanded that the government bring the perpetrators to justice and pledged to “take revenge” if it did not.Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the governor of Herat province, said the death toll from the attack, in which two suicide bombers throwing grenades stormed the packed mosque, had risen to 33. Another 66 were wounded. (AFP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
“Until solar and wind power take more of the energy load, I like not paying an arm and a leg to heat my house.”
“It is imperative to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible.”
“Any kind of ban on fracking would cause severe damage to our stressed economy.”
“Climate scientists are urging us to leave all fossil fuels in the ground so that they’ll never be burned. That includes natural gas.”
“Any immediate economic repercussions to the economy can be offset if oil-and-gas companies are made to pay their fair share.”