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Miller becomes longest-serving commander of Afghan War as US mulls its next move

Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller on Friday marked 915 days as head of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, making him the longest-serving commander of America’s longest war.

Taliban prisoners released under peace deal arrested after rejoining fight, official says

The Afghan military expects the insurgents to intensify attacks as the year progresses, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib said.


Afghans welcome Biden review of US-Taliban deal to end war

Biden’s team intends to examine whether the Taliban are meeting promises to “cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and stakeholders."


‘Eagle Down’ examines the secretive role of US Special Forces in Afghanistan

What exactly was the U.S. military doing in Afghanistan? That question lies at the heart of a new book that focuses on the opaque role U.S. Special Operations Forces have played in the country over the past five years.


Engine failure, pilot error caused crash that killed two airmen in Afghanistan

A broken fan blade started the series of events that led to the death of two pilots last year in Afghanistan, according to a report on the accident.


US troop numbers in Afghanistan drop to lowest level since 2001

The United States has reduced troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500, the lowest number since the war’s earliest months, despite recent passage of a federal law that sought to prevent an immediate drawdown during peace talks with the Taliban.


Trump administration says it has intelligence that China offered bounties for US troops in Afghanistan, report says

The Trump administration is working to verify intelligence that shows China offered to pay militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops, Axios reported.


Afghanistan: Remembering the fallen of 2020

As the year ends, we pay tribute to the 10 American service members who died in Afghanistan in 2020.


Kabul hit again as car bomb kills at least nine

The Sunday morning attack occurred in a western neighborhood of the city and appeared to target parliamentarian Khan Mohammad Wardak.


Rockets fired onto Bagram Airfield; no casualties or damage reported

In recent weeks, similar rocket attacks in the capital Kabul — about 30 miles south of Bagram — have been claimed by the local Islamic State affiliate.


Sensitive US military equipment given to local forces goes unaccounted for in Afghanistan, watchdog says

Inadequate tracking of military equipment provided to the Afghan government means that 'sensitive technology remains susceptible to theft or loss,' a U.S. government watchdog agency says.


Second rocket attack on Kabul in weeks leaves one dead

At least one person was killed and two others injured Saturday morning when a series of rockets targeted different parts of the capital.


Airman who protected fallen Green Beret during ISIS fight receives Air Force Cross

The actions Alaxey Germanovich were honored for came about a week into the mission, on April 8, 2017, when ambushed coalition forces fought a grueling 8-hour gun battle under machine gun and sniper fire from all sides, the award citation says.


Airman to receive second-highest military medal for heroism in Afghanistan

In 2017, Staff Sgt. Alaxey Germanovich repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire while coordinating close airstrikes after a combined operation of Army special forces and Afghan commandos in eastern Nangarhar province was ambushed.


Defense spending bill would rein in US troop drawdown from Afghanistan

U.S. lawmakers have moved to block the Trump administration’s rapid drawdown of American forces from Afghanistan, with a measure in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would require input from other government agencies before more troops can be withdrawn.


Service members celebrating a ‘takeout’ Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Thanksgiving is different this year for troops deployed to Afghanistan.


Kabul pounded by rockets in latest Afghan attack

Nearly two dozen rockets fall on Afghan capital, killing at least eight and wounding scores.


US contractor is jailed for role in theft ring at base in Afghanistan

In addition to a 41-month imprisonment, Larry J. Green was ordered to pay nearly $180,000 in restitution by a Virginia court on Thursday, the Justice Department said in a statement Thursday.


A-29 pilot training program will no longer bring Afghans to US

Afghan air force personnel will no longer receive training in the United States on flying and maintaining their A-29 Super Tucano turboprop attack aircraft, the Air Force said.


Premature US exit could embolden terrorists, Afghans warn

Reports this week of potential U.S. troop cuts met with warnings from Afghanistan security officials that a rapid drawdown would embolden terrorists and hamper Afghan military efforts to fight its enemies.


Army veteran seeks help as asylum petitions for family in Afghanistan languish

An Afghan-born U.S. Army veteran has turned to the military and online communities for help after years of waiting for officials to act on asylum applications he filed for his family in Afghanistan.


Insurgent attacks jeopardize peace efforts and US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, watchdog agency says

American officials consistently have said U.S. troop reductions in Afghanistan are conditional on whether the Taliban fulfill commitments they made under a withdrawal deal.


‘No place is safe now’: Afghans in mourning after 22 killed in attack on Kabul University

On a landmark hill overlooking the Afghan capital, a national flag fluttered at half-staff in the breeze, one of many around Kabul that had been lowered Tuesday to mourn 22 people who were killed in an attack by Islamic State militants on Kabul University.


Fraud, waste and abuse cost US $19 billion in one decade in Afghanistan

Most of the nearly $19 billion of U.S. money lost in a decade of war in Afghanistan is attributed to failed counternarcotics and stabilization programs, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report published Tuesday.


Taliban attacks in Helmand boost Afghans’ fears about a hasty US pullout

A deadly Taliban offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand province has drawn a crescendo of accusations that the militant group is openly flouting a deal under which all American troops could leave the country by next spring, and jeopardizing month-old peace talks with the government.


Afghan troops killed as helicopters crash amid Taliban offensive in Helmand

Nine Afghan troops were killed when two helicopters collided in Helmand province, where fierce fighting between government forces and the Taliban has forced thousands from their homes and led to targeted airstrikes by the U.S. against the militant group.