An Islamic State recruitment document deemed likely authentic by multiple U.S. intelligence officials suggests that IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) has designs to build a terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan and cause a war in India to incite an “end of the world.”
Afghan officials and an individual close to the Taliban claim that the group’s spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, for whom the United States had issued a $10 million bounty, is dead.
Afghan security forces trained by the United States are struggling to maintain territory and launch offensives against the Taliban, a situation that could worsen if President Obama orders a full troop withdrawal in 2016, the New York Times reports.
As the Fourth of July approached this year, there was an interesting bubble of press coverage that focused on the efforts of an Indiana-based nonprofit, Military With PTSD, to make available these signs across the country:
SURKH DEWAL, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability.
A $335 million U.S. Agency for International Development Office (USAID) investment in the Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul, Afghanistan is in danger of being wasted or severely underused, according to a release from the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
An Afghan interpreter for the United States military who had been waiting for over four years on the U.S. visa list was tortured and killed by insurgents this spring, raising concerns that other translators could meet a similar fate as American forces withdraw from Afghanistan.
Afghan security forces are currently unprepared to handle the country’s defenses and will continue to lack essential training by the time the United States scales back its military presence in the country at the end of 2016, according to a senior U.S. official.
ANTALYA, Turkey (Reuters) – NATO will keep some troops in Afghanistan even after its current training mission ends around the end of next year, the alliance said on Wednesday, in a signal of support for Afghan security forces struggling to repel a Taliban offensive.
Afghanistan is housing the equivalent of 400,000 football fields worth of opium fields, despite the United States having spent billions in taxpayer funds to combat the growth of illicit narcotics, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR).