Afghanistan

US military exit from Syria unlikely anytime soon, officials say

Speculation has been rife American forces would withdrawal from Syria after the Afghanistan pullout in an effort to end ‘forever wars’. The United States will not be withdrawing its roughly 900 troops from northeast Syria any time soon, despite mounting speculation it would do so following its much-maligned August pull-out …

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U.S. Struggles to Formulate a Coherent Counterterrorism Strategy for Afghanistan

More than two months after the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban and the United States’ botched evacuation efforts, Washington is still struggling to formulate a coherent counterterrorism approach for what happens next. There is a wide range of assessments on the strength and intentions of jihadist groups operating in …

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ISIS in Afghanistan Could Attack U.S. Within 6 Months: U.S. Intelligence

The troubling assessment undermines President Joe Biden’s fundamental justification for fully withdrawing from Afghanistan. The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan is poised to develop the capability to launch attacks against the U.S. in as soon as six months, U.S. intelligence agencies believe. One of the Pentagon’s top civilian officials …

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US military exit from Syria unlikely anytime soon, officials say

Speculation has been rife American forces would withdrawal from Syria after the Afghanistan pullout in an effort to end ‘forever wars’. The United States will not be withdrawing its roughly 900 troops from northeast Syria any time soon, despite mounting speculation it would do so following its much-maligned August pull-out …

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Iran to push for inclusive Afghan government at Tehran conference

The Iranian government is concerned for the Shiite Muslim and Persian-speaking communities in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Iran will host Afghanistan’s neighbors for a conference on Wednesday. The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will attend the meeting in the capital Tehran. China’s foreign minister will attend virtually. …

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Keep Your Eyes on Afghanistan’s ISIS-K

The terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K, provided one of the last searing images of the United States’ 20-year counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan when two of its suicide bombers killed thirteen U.S. troops at Kabul’s international airport, the deadliest day for U.S. armed forces …

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Sanctions on Taliban Compound Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Difficulties

The Biden administration is trying to work around longstanding terrorism-related sanctions to facilitate the delivery of aid to the struggling Afghan population. Despite the issuance of sanctions exceptions, Taliban rule in Afghanistan will cause many global banks to refuse to finance commercial transactions with the Afghan private sector. Whether U.S. …

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Taliban is the winner at Moscow conference

The Moscow meeting of ten regional states and the Taliban officials on Wednesday has produced an outcome that by far exceeds expectations. The salience of the consensus opinion is four-fold, as reflected in the joint statement issued after the event: regional recognition that Taliban government is a compelling “reality”; it …

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Iranian, Turkish FMs Discuss Situation In Afghanistan

The foreign ministers of Iran and Turkey talked about collective efforts to ensure stability and fight against terrorism in Afghanistan, as Tehran is going to host a ministerial meeting of the Afghan neighbors next week. In a telephone conversation on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and his Turkish counterpart …

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Afghanistan: Moscow meeting is a landmark event

The United States regretted its inability to take part in the talks on Afghanistan in Moscow this week. The Russian side was pinning hopes on a meeting of the exclusive Troika Plus (US, China, Russia and Pakistan) followed by a gathering in an expanded format known as the ‘Moscow format’ …

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