KABUL (Reuters) – Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people on Monday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber, officials said.
American operations in Afghanistan have continued to face setbacks due to regular turnover of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel, according to a government watchdog.
The U.S. military has begun redirecting personnel and equipment from Iraq and Syria back to Afghanistan, where the Pentagon hopes to revamp its fight against the Taliban, the top commander of the American-led air campaign in the country said Wednesday.
The U.S. Air Force broke a record over Afghanistan this week when a B-52 bomber dropped the largest payload in the plane’s history.
In a first, the U.S. government has without explanation classified data on the amount of territory in Afghanistan currently controlled by radical insurgents, a move that erases years of transparency on how American taxpayer funds are being used to help the Afghan government retain control of the country.
A new specialized U.S. Army unit is preparing to make its first deployment to Afghanistan in the spring as part of the Trump administration’s revamped strategy for the war there.
The Pakistani ambassador to the United States on Monday cautioned the United States against abandoning its longstanding partnership with Islamabad amid increasingly strained relations, warning a break in cooperation would harm efforts to secure peace in Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary James Mattis sees the U.S. military as more than just an arm of the country’s national security policy, an observation the retired Marine Corps general made when recounting to troops an assassination attempt he survived during the Iraq War.
The Trump administration has revamped U.S. military strategy against the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan, reversing the Obama administration’s policy prohibiting offensive strikes.
U.S. and Afghan forces have conducted more than two-dozen joint airstrikes against opium production facilities in Afghanistan under a new campaign to target Taliban financing, the top U.S. general in the country said Monday.