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Phillip Walter Wellman

Americans want end to Afghanistan war and fewer foreign interventions, report says

Americans prefer diplomacy over military intervention, want negotiations with adversaries like the Taliban and would rejoin international agreements the country has pulled out of under President Donald Trump, a new report said.

NATO coalition service members help flood victims in Afghanistan

Over 150 people were killed and hundreds of homes were destroyed in Afghanistan as of Friday after heavy rains earlier in the week caused flash floods in several central and eastern provinces, the government said.


Kabul starts releasing final group of Taliban prisoners to begin peace talks

The Afghan government has started releasing the final 400 Taliban prisoners the insurgent group wants as a condition for launching long-delayed peace talks, officials said.


Worker stranded at Bagram base petitions military for freedom

A government contractor who’s been confined for months at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan has asked a U.S. military judge to bring his former employer to court and to order his immediate release.


Three-day cease-fire begins in Afghanistan

The Taliban and Afghan government forces began a three-day cease-fire Friday, pausing violence that’s persisted since the U.S. signed a peace deal with the insurgents earlier this year.


African, Asian Bagram workers protest US contractor over allegations of pay discrimination

African and Asian workers at Bagram Airfield who recently demonstrated on base say their company pays them less than others for the same work because of where they’re from.


DOD doesn’t know if Afghan drone program was worth $174 million in US taxpayers’ money, report says

The U.S. military does not know what it got from a five-year effort to train and equip Afghan forces with surveillance drones to help target Taliban fighters in combat, a watchdog agency has found.


COVID-19 restrictions leave contractors stranded for months without pay on Afghanistan base

“Red-badged” employees of U.S.-based Fluor Corp., which the military contracts with for services, have been confined to temporary lodging quarters at Bagram Airfield, several contractors said. One contractor took his own life after waiting two months to return home, colleagues said.


Taliban still working with al-Qaida as US looks to exit Afghanistan, DOD says

The Taliban remain closely tied with al-Qaida, despite assuring the U.S. they would disavow the terrorist group in exchange for a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the Defense Department said this week.


Coalition partners in Afghanistan got years of free lunches because of military mix-up, IG says

U.S. didn't charge 17 allied countries more than $9 million for meals served at NATO headquarters in Kabul from 2016 to 2019.


US lawmakers press for Congress to have ‘thorough oversight’ of Afghanistan troop drawdown

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced a bill that would require Congress to oversee the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan, amid concerns that too rapid a withdrawal would threaten U.S. and global security.


Rising violence could further stall peace talks, Afghan top official says

Peace talks with the Taliban are unlikely to start if violence remains high throughout Afghanistan, the head of the country’s reconciliation team said this week.


Afghanistan conflict still the world’s deadliest for children, UN says

The war in Afghanistan was the world’s deadliest conflict for children last year, the fifth consecutive year the country has held that status, a United Nations report said.


George Floyd mural painted near Kabul’s Green Zone

On a concrete blast wall topped with barbed wire near Kabul’s Green Zone, Afghan artists have painted a large mural depicting George Floyd next to an image dedicated to Afghan migrants who recently died in Iran.


Afghanistan vows to release more Taliban prisoners, setting stage for talks

Afghanistan will soon complete a prisoner release that the Taliban have demanded before starting peace talks to end nearly two decades of war, the country’s president said.


US conducts first airstrikes against Taliban since Eid cease-fire

The U.S. has conducted airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan as the insurgent group attacked Afghan security forces, a spokesman for the U.S.-led NATO mission in the country said.


Taliban maintains ties with al-Qaida despite US peace deal, UN says

The Taliban haven’t severed ties with al-Qaida and may have strengthened them, despite pledging to stop cooperating with terrorist groups, the United Nations said in a report released this week.


Kabul releases 900 Taliban prisoners as warring sides say they’re open to extended cease-fire

About 900 Taliban prisoners were set free from government prisons near Bagram Airfield and elsewhere in Afghanistan on Tuesday, a move that could further an embattled peace process, Afghan officials said.


Taliban, Afghan government announce three-day cease-fire to mark Eid holiday

The Taliban and the Afghan government have announced a three-day ceasefire across Afghanistan starting Sunday to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.


Civilian deaths and injuries rose in Afghanistan following peace deal, UN says

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose sharply last month, the United Nations said Tuesday, even as U.S. troops begin to withdraw under a deal with the Taliban meant to bring peace to war-weary Afghans.


Afghan political rivals agree on power-sharing deal after months of bickering

According to a close aide to Abdullah Abdullah, the two sides have agreed to form a coalition government and Abdullah will lead the peace process with the Taliban militants.


Taliban attack leaves five civilians dead as Afghan military prepares to attack the insurgents

A Taliban truck bomb killed at least five civilians when it exploded near a military court in eastern Afghanistan.


ISIS fighters who attacked Bagram killed in raids, Afghan forces say

Five members of an Islamic State terror cell that attacked the largest American base in Afghanistan earlier this year were killed in a series of operations by Afghan commandos in and around Kabul, Afghan officials said Wednesday.


Information restrictions on Afghan War deepen as military withholds American airstrike data

The U.S. military has stopped releasing information about airstrikes it conducts in Afghanistan, reversing a longtime policy amid a spike in violence in recent weeks, officials said.


US-led coalition in Afghanistan withholds more information from public as violence intensifies, watchdog says

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan is for the first time withholding information about enemy attacks in Afghanistan from the public, as violence rises in the country and the U.S. begins drawing down its troops, a U.S. government watchdog said.


Army stands up adviser brigade ahead of Afghanistan deployment

The latest Army unit created to train and advise foreign forces has been activated ahead of a fall deployment to Afghanistan.