The Pentagon announced Thursday that two U.S. military service members were killed Wednesday night during an anti-Islamic State operation in Afghanistan.
The Trump administration expects to confront Russia for supplying the Taliban with weapons and strategic support to undermine the American-led coalition in Afghanistan, senior military officials said Monday.
USA Today significantly misstated the power of the atomic bomb used against Hiroshima in a chart it tweeted out after a U.S. bombing conducted in Afghanistan on Thursday.
Clocking in at 30 feet long and 22,000 pounds, the MOAB, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast, is one of the largest bombs in the world. On Thursday, it was used in combat for the first time against a terrorist stronghold in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.
An American soldier was killed in Afghanistan while conducting a joint operation with Afghan forces against the Islamic State over the weekend, a U.S. military spokesman announced Sunday.
Russia rejected U.S. charges that Moscow may be supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan, accusing Washington of peddling “a lie” to divert attention away from its own failed policies in the country.
Afghanistan is ramping up investment in economic development as part of an effort to stabilize the country’s security environment while moving away from reliance on foreign aid, the chief adviser to Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Friday.
Yesterday the Pentagon presented its recommendations to the White House for how to defeat ISIS. It is likely that the military campaign that will follow President Trump’s final decision will look a good deal like President Obama’s, albeit with looser restrictions, and possibly a dimmer view towards Iranian influence in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council are all hard at work formulating a new approach in Afghanistan. They must resist the temptation to recommend a “more-of-the-same-but-with-a-freer-hand” approach to the president.
The American predicament in Afghanistan is at once ridiculous and tragic. More than 8,000 American troops remain in the country, prosecuting the longest war in our nation’s history. Overlapping networks of insurgent groups—most prominently the Taliban—had a good year in 2016, seizing terrain and conducting terror strikes to destabilize the U.S.-backed Kabul government. The American commander in the country wants a “few thousand” more troops. Despite the supporting role that the U.S. contingent is meant to play, casualties are still being sustained, sometimes in places with depressingly familiar names—as in Sangin, seized from the Taliban a few years ago at the expense of gallons of British and U.S. Marine blood. Two Americans were wounded there last week.