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Afghan Taliban Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and Donald Trump

Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.

The Afghan Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, renewed calls this week for direct discussions with the United States to end the nearly 17-year-old war — this time in a statement personally signed by the leader stressing that the withdrawal of “occupying forces” is the “only path” towards peace.

Troops in Afghanistan. British and American soldiers Corporal Christopher Smith, 29, from Glasgow, 4 Scots (left) and Gunnery Sergeant Victor Lopez, 38, from Los Angeles, US Marine Core (right), mentor Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers from 3 Brigade 209 Kandak on marksmanship skills at ANA Camp Shorabak, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. …

U.S. to Deploy 300 Marines to Taliban Hotbed to Train Afghan Soldiers

An estimated 300 Marines are reportedly gearing up to deploy to the Taliban stronghold and top opium-producing province of Helmand, Afghanistan, as part of a task force expected to train members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

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Taliban Threatens Trump: Get Out of Afghanistan

A spokesman for the Taliban terrorist group in Afghanistan told President Donald Trump in a recent letter it is time for the United States withdraw its troops and leave the war-torn country, noting that peace will be elusive.

Barack Obama

Obama’s ‘Good War’: Afghanistan in Ruins Eight Years Later

A discussion about President Barack Obama’s legacy cannot ignore his policies in Afghanistan, where security conditions continue to deteriorate primarily at the hands of the Taliban, Afghans have suffered record casualties, and U.S. military fatalities have dramatically increased under his watch.

FILE -- In this March 9, 2016 file photo, smoke rises from a building, where Taliban insurgents hide during a fire fight with Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, south west Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to …

Helmand: Fleeing Afghan Troops Killed, Surrender Weapons to Taliban

Nearly 100 members of the corrupt U.S.-funded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) were executed by the Taliban as they tried to flee a town near the besieged capital of Helmand, a province that has remained an important Taliban stronghold throughout the 15-year-old war and is currently at risk of falling back into the hands of the jihadists, reports Reuters.

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Afghan Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Killing U.S. Soldier

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan, known as the Khorasan Province (IS-KP/ISIL-K), has claimed responsibility for planting the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed a U.S. service member, bringing the number of American military fatalities during the Afghan war to 2,241.

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Obama Admitted More Than 31,000 Afghans as Refugees, Asylees, ‘Special Immigrants’

Since President Barack Obama escalated the conflict soon after taking office in 2009, the United States has resettled 6,205 Afghan refugees and 766 asylees within its borders, in addition to admitting 24,352 Afghans under a special immigrant visas (SIVs) program for those who were employed by the U.S. government at some point during the ongoing war, according to U.S. government data.

ISIS

NYT: Islamic State May Be Taxing Drug Traffickers in Libya

Italian anti-drug units, over a 32-month period, intercepted 20 enormous freighters used to traffic a collective 280 tons of hashish valued at about $3.2 billion through territory near Libya believed to be controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports The New York Times (NYT).

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General: Afghan Islamic State Forced U.S. Troops to Abandon Weapons

U.S. troops fighting the Islamic State alongside their Afghan counterparts in eastern Afghanistan were forced to leave behind military equipment and weapons, along with the identification cards of a fellow soldier, when they came under fire last month, according to Gen. Charles Cleveland, an American military spokesman.

Afghan police poses for photograph with an Islamic State flag after an operation in the Kot district of Jalalabad province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, (AP Photo/Melad Hamedi)

Afghanistan Confirms Islamic State Chief Killed

The leader of the Islamic State’s branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Hafiz Saeed, has been killed, according to regional Afghan military commander Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri.

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U.S. Boosting Presence in Afghanistan to Combat Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The top U.S. commander is employing a special authority recently granted by President Barack Obama to bring in additional troops into Afghanistan for an offensive against the Islamic State in their stronghold located in the eastern part of the country along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

President Barack Obama has warned against international "hysteria" following Britain's Brexit vote

Obama Changes Course: U.S. to Keep 8,400 Troops in Afghanistan into 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama announced changes to his plans to draw down the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, saying the United States will maintain 8,400 troops in the country into 2017 as he acknowledged that after more than 14 years of war “the security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious.”