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Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan June 26, 2019
KABUL - Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

It gave no further details and withheld the names of the service members until next of kin were informed. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the service members had been killed from gunshot wounds sustained during a joint patrol with Afghan security forces.

The latest fatalities bring the tally of US service member deaths in Afghanistan to at least six in 2019 and at least 65 U.S. military deaths since January 2015, according to U.S. government and NATO reports.

The two deaths came less than 24 hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Kabul where he discussed ongoing peace efforts and security with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior politicians.

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo visits Kabul, hopes for a peace deal before September 1
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 25, 2019. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Tuesday to discuss ongoing peace talks with the Taliban and the security situation ahead of Afghan presidential polls in September.

Afghanistan's Ghani to visit Pakistan in bid to step up peace effort
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani will visit Pakistan on Thursday to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, less than a week after its neighbor hosted Afghan opposition leaders to discuss ways to end an 18-year-long war.

U.S., Taliban aim to firm up date for foreign force exit from Afghanistan
FILE PHOTO: U.S. troops patrol at an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in Logar province, Afghanistan Aug. 7, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

Upcoming peace talks between the United States and the Taliban will focus on working out a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan and on a Taliban guarantee militants won't plot attacks from Afghan soil, sources said on Monday.

Pakistan foreign minister says trust must be rebuilt with Afghanistan
FILE PHOTO: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi listens during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan August 20, 2018.  REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood/File Photo

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday called for trust to be rebuilt between Islamabad and Kabul as Pakistan began a new initiative to bolster a faltering peace process aiming to end Afghanistan's lengthy civil war.
 

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Jul 06 2019 - Blackwater's Footprints Found in Afghanistan
Blackwater's Footprints Found in Afghanistan

Taliban declared in a statement that it has found evidence showing that agents of the infamous US-based security firm, Blackwater, are fighting beside the Afghan security forces.

"Creditable documents have been found which prove Blackwater forces' presence in Afghanistan," the statement said on Saturday.

"During clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the village of Nasser Koli near Saroubi region in Kabul province on June 26, 18 security forces were killed," it added.

The statement explained that government forces could only transfer the bodies of their dead colleagues but their caps, military uniforms and other equipment with "Blackwater" labels were left on the battle scene.

US media reports said in 2018 that the founder of Blackwater security firm had been meeting with powerbrokers in Afghanistan to rally support for his plan to privatize the Afghan war.

Erik Prince heads the private military company known as Academi, renamed in 2011.

According to a report in The New York Times, Prince sent a letter to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in 2017 to secure a meeting, but Ghani refused to meet with him.

Prince, based in the United Arab Emirates, has reportedly been holding regular meetings with influential Afghans, including some who have an eye on Ghani’s job.

In 2007, Blackwater was implicated in the killings of 17 Iraqi civilians by Blackwater guards. The first-degree murder conviction of one of the guards was overturned last year. The US appeals court also ordered that three other defendants be re-sentenced.
 

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Translated from Russian
#Afghanistan #USA #Uruzgan #Taliban An American soldier was killed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan. The incident occurred during an operation by Uruzgan, a Uruzgan Uruzgan. Read more about the operation in our material: В Афганистане погиб военнослужащий США






 

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Translated from Russian
#Afghanistan #USA #Uruzgan #Taliban An American soldier was killed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan. The incident occurred during an operation by Uruzgan, a Uruzgan Uruzgan. Read more about the operation in our material: В Афганистане погиб военнослужащий США
Now, the sanitized version for back home:
U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan
KABUL July 13, 2019 - A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

It gave no further details and withheld the name of the service member until the next of kin were informed.

The latest fatality brings the tally of US service member deaths in Afghanistan to at least seven in 2019.

About 20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces. Some U.S. forces carry out counter-terrorism operations against hardline Islamist militant groups.

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to secure a political settlement with the Taliban to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. The Taliban, however, demand a complete foreign force pull-out before entering into a formal peace agreement.

Taliban storm hotel building in west Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents stormed a commercial building housing a hotel in western Afghanistan, killing three security officials and injuring 10, officials said on Saturday, the latest in a surge of attacks despite reported progress in peace talks.

Suicide bomber kills five at wedding party in eastern Afghanistan
An injured man receives treatment at the hospital, after a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Parwiz

A suicide bomber on foot targeted a Wedding party in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said.

Premature exit from Afghanistan would be 'strategic mistake': U.S. general
U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
A premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan would be a strategic mistake, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the top military officer said on Thursday, as the United States and Taliban make progress to end the nearly 18 years of war.
 

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U.S. to press Pakistan PM on Afghan peace, terrorism crackdown
FILE PHOTO: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan delivers a speech at the opening ceremony for the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Florence Lo
U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to press Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for help on ending the war in Afghanistan and fighting militants when the two leaders meet at the White House on Monday amid their countries' strained relations.

Afghan forces kill seven civilians in attack on militants
Afghan government forces mistakenly killed seven civilians, including children, in an attack on militants south of the capital, a provincial official said on Monday, the latest victims of a war undiminished by peace talks.

Trump says U.S. working with Pakistan to find way out of Afghan war
U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan as he arrives for meetings at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking at a White House meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on Monday the Washington is working with Islamabad to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan.

Trump, Pakistan's Khan discuss way out of Afghanistan war
U.S. President Donald Trump greets Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
President Donald Trump voiced optimism on Monday that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could help broker a political settlement to end the nearly 18-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan and held out the possibility of restoring aid to Islamabad.

Pakistan Prime Minister Khan says he will try to persuade Taliban to meet Afghan government
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington, U.S., July 23, 2019.      REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said he would try meet with the Taliban in an effort to persuade the group to meet with the Afghan government, as the United States seeks to end the nearly 18-year old war.

Kabul seeks clarification on Trump talk of wiping out Afghanistan
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million people.
 

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Pompeo, Ghani agree to 'accelerate efforts' to end war in Afghanistan: State Department
FILE PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul,, Afghanistan, June 25, 2019. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani agreed that it was time to "accelerate efforts" to end the war in Afghanistan, the State Department said on Thursday.

Bombs kill at least 11 in Afghan capital as U.S. general visits
A guard of Afghan security forces inspects a damaged building at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Three bombs rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 45, officials said, as the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and NATO officials in the city.
 

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As long as the cartels are making a killing (not a Pun) with the opium trade, the West has no interest in peace in Afghanistan. Also it provides a continual holocaust to Moloch.
Billions-upon-Billions of U.S. tax dollars have gone into molding Afghanistan, in the last two decades, to accommodate the Pentagon's desire for their own exclusive Disneyland playground. It has benefited the Pentagon's brass in job security - while it administers death and destruction in the Middle East and elsewhere with it's war games.

Trump had promised to bring our Troops home. I don't know if it's "realistically possible" but Trump "as Commander in Chief" should have from the very beginning, ordered "all U.S. combat and non-essential Staff" - home - leaving only a skeleton crew behind at each base - until a complete evaluation and a re-assessment of U.S. priorities could be determined.

In my estimation, it would have given Trump - the upper hand - with the Pentagon working with Trump - in re-assigning Troops to specific areas. As it has turned out - the Pentagon has gone it's merry way and left Trump in the dust. The Neo-con's, reclassified as "the Trump Administration" are having a field day and the responsibility all rests on Trump's shoulders?

I do give Trump a lot of credit for having a strong fortitude in dealing with "cautiously optimistic" General's, when it comes down to formulating and initiating a Peace Agreement. I doubt, I would display the same patience that Trump does - there would be fur flying and a few cracked and broken fingernails - until I got my point across! Woman - do handle things - differently!


Top U.S. general cautiously optimistic about Afghan peace push
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford arrives to hold a classified briefing on Iran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, for members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 21, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford arrives to hold a classified briefing on Iran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, for members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The top U.S. general said on Friday he was cautiously optimistic about efforts to reach a negotiated end to the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, in remarks that followed talks in Kabul with Afghanistan's president and the top U.S. negotiator.

BAGHDAD July 26, 2019 - The top U.S. general said on Friday he was cautiously optimistic about efforts to reach a negotiated end to the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, in remarks that followed talks in Kabul with Afghanistan’s president and the top U.S. negotiator.

“We’re all cautiously optimistic, in the sense that Ambassador Khalilzad is now doing something we haven’t seen in the entire time that we’ve been deployed to Afghanistan,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dunford was referring to Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy negotiating with Taliban insurgents, who he said was engaged in a “fairly robust dialogue now between the Taliban.”

Washington is seeking to negotiate a deal under which foreign forces would pull out of Afghanistan in return for security guarantees by the Taliban, including a pledge that the country will not become a safe haven for terror groups.
 

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Afghan president launches re-election bid amid worsening security
Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani speaks during the first day of the presidential election campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani launched his re-election campaign on Sunday, promising to start peace talks with the Taliban after decades of war and to transform his nation into a trade hub.

Afghan VP candidate injured as Kabul blast kills two, wounds another 25
An Afghan policeman keeps watch near the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

A powerful explosion hit central Kabul on Sunday, wounding Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's running mate in the upcoming election and killing at least two others, officials said.

Intra-Afghan talks only after U.S. agrees to withdraw troops: Taliban
The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with the Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold such a meeting in the next two weeks, a senior Taliban official said.
 

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Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON July 29, 2019 - Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Monday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement, as the United States seeks to reach a negotiated end to the nearly 18-year-old war.

It gave no further details and withheld the names of the service members until next of kin were informed.

The incident brings the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this month to three and at least 11 in 2019.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that according to initial information it was a “green-on-blue” attack.

Insider attacks, often known as “green on blue” attacks, in which Afghan service members or attackers wearing Afghan uniforms fire on U.S. or coalition troops, have been a regular feature of the conflict in Afghanistan, although their frequency has diminished in recent years.

The official said the incident took place in Kandahar. The official added that this was initial information and could change.

Trump wants forces reduced in Afghanistan by next U.S. election: Pompeo
FILE PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks from a helicopter to return to his plane at the end of an unannounced visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, June 25, 2019. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS
U.S. President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, introducing a timeline to Washington's plan for cutting troop numbers there.
 

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Peace deal in Afghanistan closer than ever before, says NATO chief
FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a news conference on the alliance's annual report at NATO's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium March 14, 2019.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that there was a real chance for peace in Afghanistan as U.S.-Taliban peace talks continue in Qatar.

Taliban threaten Afghan election, hail progress on pact with U.S.
FILE PHOTO: Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani attend a rally during the first day of the presidential election campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan July 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end America's longest war.
 

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Taliban claim bomb attack on Afghan police; 14 killed, 145 hurt
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect the site after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect the site after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car-bomb attack on a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday which the government said killed 14 people and wounded 145.

There has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan even though the Taliban and the United States appear close to a historic pact for U.S. troops to withdraw in exchange for a Taliban promise the country would not be used as a base from which to plot attacks by extremists.

About 20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces. Some U.S. forces carry out counter-terrorism operations.

President Donald Trump has announced his aim to end the war.

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Taliban claim bomb attack on Afghan police; 14 killed, 145 hurt
 

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Qatar's Tamim called Trump to discuss relations, Afghan peace talks: state news agency
FILE PHOTO: Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani delivers remarks during a dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump at the U. S. Department of the Treasury in Washington D.C., U.S., July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid Al-Thani called U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and discussed "strategic cooperation relations between the two countries and the latest regional and international developments," state news agency, QNA reported.

Afghan Taliban leader accuses U.S. of creating doubts over pact
The leader of the Taliban said on Thursday the United States had raised a cloud of doubt and uncertainty about an expected deal aimed at allowing it to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and end its longest war.

The message from Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, to mark the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday, came a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 people and wounded 145 in Kabul in an attack the government said raised questions about the militants’ commitment to peace despite the talks with the United States.

Akhundzada called for trust but did not refer to Wednesday’s bombing in his message. He said the Taliban had taken “incredible strides” towards their goal of “ending the occupation and establishing an Islamic system”.

Addressing American officials, Akhundzada said the Taliban were engaged in negotiations with them with “utmost seriousness” and called for sincerity to end the “18-year tragedy”.

"However, the increasing blind and brutal bombings by America during the negotiation process, attacks on civilian areas and the contradictory statements by your military and political officials has generated a cloud of uncertainty about this process and raised doubts about your intentions", he said.

“Bilateral trust is the foundation of a successful negotiations process therefore it is imperative that such negative actions are ceased,” Akhundzada said.

The negotiations, which began late last year in Qatar, have not brought a reduction in violence, with both the Taliban and Afghan government forces, assisted by U.S.-led international troops, launching assaults against each other.
 
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