Afghanistan

Taliban and al-Qaeda versus Afghan government and coalition forces See summary

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upi.com Textron Systems contracted for Afghan air force training 01/24
dw.com Second collective deportation of rejected asylum seekers from Germany arrives in Afghanistan 01/24
dailytimes.com.pk Zardari favors Donald Trump in start of Presidency 01/24
app.com.pk UN-backed $550 mln aid plan launched to reach 5.7 mln vulnerable... 01/24
today.az Turkmenistan plans to increase regional electricity exports 01/24
myaccount.nytimes.com Afghanistan Orders Arrest of Vice President’s Guards in Rape and Torture Case 01/24
foxnews.com Germany deports 26 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers 01/24
pulitzercenter.org This Week: Widowhood in Africa, Asia and Europe 01/24
in.reuters.com Russia says U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan would worsen situation - Ifax 01/24
tribune.com.pk With Afghan refugees leaving, is Pakistan waving goodbye to carpet-weaving? 01/24
nzherald.co.nz Afghan official: Arrest warrants issued for VP's guards 01/24
bbc.co.uk Afghan warrants for Vice-President Dostum's 'sex assault' guards 01/24
stripes.com Navy BLAST sensor development looking to improve data on TBIs 01/24
stripes.com Official: Taliban launch nearly 19,000 attacks in 10 months 01/24
bbc.co.uk Afghanistan women's orchestra closes global forum 01/24
stripes.com Afghans hope — and worry — that Trump will shake things up 01/24
timesofindia.indiatimes.com 'No proof of JuD's involvement in Mumbai attacks' 01/24
nationalpost.com Afghanistan orders arrest of vice presidential guards accused of rape and torture by political rival 01/24
rt.com WikiLeaks editor Assange ‘wants to engage’ with US over Manning extradition promise 01/24
rferl.org Afghan Attorney General Orders Arrest Of Nine Employees Of Vice President 01/24
countervortex.org Greece: thousands of refugees confined to islands 01/23
globalsecurity.org UN Seeks $550M in Aid for Millions of Vulnerable Afghans 01/23
aaj.tv Afghanistan wants to ease tensions with Pakistan: Abdullah 01/23
foxnews.com Roof collapses in eastern Afghanistan refugee camp, kills 6 01/23
in.reuters.com Taliban tells new U.S. President Trump to quit Afghanistan 01/23
rferl.org U.K. Envoy Sees 'Long' U.S., NATO Commitment In Afghanistan 01/23
rferl.org Afghan Official Reports Iranian, Pakistani Aid To Taliban In Helmand 01/23
aaj.tv Taliban warn Trump over Afghanistan 01/23
telegraph.co.uk Prince Harry says 'dark sense of humour' helps  soldiers get through military service 01/23
voanews.com Afghan Authorities Accuse Iran of Using Taliban to Undercut Water Projects 01/23
app.com.pk Pakistan to host ECO leaders’ summit in March 01/23
today.az NATO names key areas for cooperation with Azerbaijan 01/23
rferl.org Taliban Calls On Trump To Withdraw From Afghanistan 'Quagmire' 01/23
timesofindia.indiatimes.com Pak army chief's 'tough talk' with Kabul on terror 01/23
voanews.com CAR Becomes Most Dangerous Spot for Aid Workers 01/23
globalsecurity.org Afghanistan: UN-backed $550 million aid plan aims to reach 5.7 million people 01/23
dw.com Will Washington and Moscow come together on Afghanistan? 01/23
globalsecurity.org EC-130s maintain constant presence in Afghanistan 15 years later 01/23
app.com.pk Aziz, EU Special Representative exchange views on security situation in Afghanistan 01/23
vanguardngr.com Inside story of the challenges confronting the Air Force 01/22
nzherald.co.nz Nicola Lamb: The tests are looming for Trump 01/22
app.com.pk Pakistan expresses condolence over death of Pir Syed Ahmed Gailani 01/22
app.com.pk PM expresses grief over death of Pir Syed Ahmed Gailani 01/22
app.com.pk Irshad’s book to help promote mutual cultural ties: Ukraine Envoy 01/22
stripes.com Taliban hint at opening with Trump as they seek departure of foreign troops from Afghanistan 01/22
aljazeera.com Dear Donald Trump: Letters from Afghanistan 01/22
rferl.org Death Toll Rises In Pakistan Market Blast 01/22
globalsecurity.org Mattis Takes Oath as 26th Defense Secretary 01/22
stripes.com Fort Bliss Stryker brigade set to deploy to Afghanistan 01/22
stripes.com Volunteers rally to give vet's family a home 01/22
stripes.com At Veterans Inaugural Ball, focus was on 34 Medal of Honor recipients 01/22
foxnews.com Bomb blast kill 18, wounds over 60 in northwest Pakistan 01/21
voanews.com Bomb Strikes Pakistan Market, Kills at Least 20, Wounds 40 01/21
voanews.com Trump Attends Three Inaugural Balls 01/21
reuters.com Blast kills at least 21 in Pakistan vegetable market, says official 01/21
today.az NATO names key areas for co-op with Azerbaijan 01/21
nzherald.co.nz Bomb blast kill 18, wounds 51 in northwest Pakistan 01/21
dnaindia.com Blast in Pakistan kills at least 21 at vegetable market: Official 01/21
hosted.ap.org World jittery about Trump's 'America first' inaugural speech 01/21
timesofindia.indiatimes.com Blast kills at least 21 in Pak vegetable market 01/21
aljazeera.com Deadly blast rocks market in Pakistan's northwest 01/21
rferl.org Afghan All-Girl Orchestra Performs Before World Leaders At Davos Summit 01/21
dnaindia.com Blast kills at least 21 in Pakistan vegetable market, says official 01/21
in.reuters.com Afghanistan's Abdullah welcomes Trump commitment to troops 01/21
in.reuters.com Humanitarian support 'Band-Aid' for unresolved Afghanistan conflict, officials say 01/21
foxnews.com Humanitarian groups appeal for $550 million to aid poorest 01/21
bbc.co.uk Pakistan vegetable market bomb kills 20 and injures 40 01/21
af.reuters.com Humanitarian support 'Band-Aid' for unresolved Afghanistan conflict, officials say 01/21
usatoday.com Bomb blast kills at least 18 people in Pakistan 01/21
dailymail.co.uk President Trump has his first dance with Melania 01/21
stripes.com Bomb blast kill 20, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan 01/21
nzherald.co.nz Humanitarian groups appeal for $550 million to aid poorest 01/21
rferl.org Afghanistan's Abdullah Welcomes Trump's Commitment To Troops 01/21
today.az US Senate approves retired general Kelly to head homeland security 01/21
dnaindia.com Blast by Tehrik-i-Taliban kills 25, injures 50 in Pakistan's Kurram agency 01/21
app.com.pk Brutal weather put migrant children at risk in Europe – UNICEF 01/21
rediff.com 20 killed in Taliban-triggered blast at Pak vegetable market 01/21
nzherald.co.nz Police official says 3 policemen killed in Taliban assault 01/21
myaccount.nytimes.com Pakistani Taliban Claim Deadly Market Bombing 01/21
tribune.com.pk UN launches $550 million Afghan aid appeal 01/21
voanews.com UN Seeks $550M in Aid for Millions of Vulnerable Afghans 01/21
stripes.com Afghan official says 2 foreign insurgents arrested in raid 01/21
foxnews.com Government says High Peace Council chief dies 01/21
nzherald.co.nz Government says High Peace Council chief dies 01/21
upi.com At least 20 killed in Pakistan market bombing 01/21
dnaindia.com Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah welcomes Trump's commitment to troops 01/21
dailytimes.com.pk Is terrorism a real problem for the world? 01/21
rferl.org Head Of Afghan High Peace Council Dies In Kabul From Illness At Age 84 01/21
tribune.com.pk Recruitment for Syria: Interior ministry bans sectarian outfit 01/21
cnn.com Bergen: Will President Trump restart the drone war? 01/21
tribune.com.pk Bomb wrecks crowded market in Parachinar 01/21
tribune.com.pk US and Russia 01/21
reuters.com Afghanistan's Abdullah welcomes Trump commitment to troops 01/21
tribune.com.pk Taliban advise Trump to review Afghan policy 01/21
stripes.com Senate confirms Mattis to lead the Pentagon 01/20
hrw.org Croatia: Asylum Seekers Forced Back to Serbia 01/20
voanews.com Departing US Ambassador to South Korea Optimistic, Despite Uncertain Times 01/20
foxnews.com Afghan official says 2 foreign insurgents arrested in raid 01/20
allafrica.com Nigeria: Borno Misfire Regrettable - Babangida 01/20
telegraph.co.uk Donald Trump doesn't have a perfect answer to terrorism any more than Obama did 01/20

Summary

The United States assembled an international coalition to invade Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. By backing the Northern Alliance, the coalition was able to remove the Taliban from power very quickly. But the Taliban regrouped, and violence has been increasing since 2004. As coalition partners have reduced their involvement, the US has grown troop numbers.