The defense ministry in a statement said that the Taliban’s designate governor for northern Samangan province, Mawlavi Nooruddin, was killed along with four fighters in an air strike in Dara-e-Soof Payeen district.
[September 8 2019 vehicle-borne IED kills E-7 plus 11 ]
Sgt. 1st Class Elis Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Puerto Rico, along with a Romanian soldier, and at least 10 Afghan civilians died when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to abruptly cancel talks with the Taliban may have set back the Afghan peace process, but it came as a relief to the government in Kabul. President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, which has been excluded from the negotiations, has distrusted the process from the beginning.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration has recalled its envoy to peace talks with the Taliban, Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, dealing a potential death blow to negotiations that hit a low point in recent days following a suicide bombing by the militant group that killed an American soldier near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
[February 6 2019 SFAB: centerpiece of Afghanistan strategy of President ]
The 2nd SFAB [Security Force Assistance Brigade] is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where it will field more than 30 combat adviser teams. The teams will likely be dispersed throughout the country – most likely serving at the corps and brigade level (Afghan units) as advisers and trainers. Some teams may serve at the kandak (battalion) level. The new Army adviser units are relatively small groups of experienced soldiers, led by officers who have already commanded regular units. Intended to institutionalize the task of training and advising foreign troops, they have been a centerpiece of the Afghanistan strategy that President Donald Trump approved in 2017 and are the brainchild of Army chief of staff Gen. Mark Milley, whom Trump recently picked as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs.It will be arriving after a gap of several months since the first adviser unit returned home.
[January 22 2019 48th Brigade deploys to eastern Afghanistan \
“The president has not made a determination to drawdown U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and he has not directed the Department of Defense to begin the process of withdrawing U.S. personnel from Afghanistan,” Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said on December 28.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford appeared to dismiss reports that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of some 7,000 U.S. service members from Afghanistan as “rumors” during a USO holiday event on December 24.
About 2,200 of Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade’s troops are set to deploy just after Christmas to eastern Afghanistan. Col. Matthew Smith, the brigade’s commander, is urging his soldiers to remain flexible.
“It doesn’t change anything — as far as we know — so far,” Smith said, adding that troop “levels have ebbed and flowed over the years. We will see what happens.”
1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment Illinois Army National Guard headquartered in Chicago will be deployed to Afghanistan. “We’re full steam ahead unless we get word otherwise.”
[December 22 2017 Special Ops Afghanistan enabled or advised 2,175 ground ops ]
From June 1 to Nov. 24, troops assigned to Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan enabled or advised 2,175 ground operations and 261 kinetic strikes in support of the Afghan Special Security Forces.
Dec. 15, 2017
Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan.
[May 2 2013 C-135 down in Kyrgyzstan, fire on board ]
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta greets his flight crew as he prepares to depart from the Transit Center at Manas near Bishkek, Kyrgyzsta, to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 14, 2012.
A refueling plane of the U.S. Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek crashed near the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border on April 3.
The C-135 tanker crashed near the village of Chaldovar not far from the border,
“We should be lucid: a country that depends almost entirely on the international community for the salaries of its soldiers and policemen, for most of its investments and partly on it for its current civil expenditure, cannot be really independent.” the departing French ambassador to Kabul: Bernard Bajolet, who is leaving to head France’s Direction Génerale de la Sécurité Extérieure, its foreign intelligence service.
[October 12 2012
The attack [October 13]Saturday in Kandahar province killed four Afghan intelligence officials and two U.S. intelligence officers. One of the Americans has been identified as a female solider – 24-year-old Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, assigned to a military intelligence company from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
A senior U.S. defense official and a former U.S. intelligence official said the other American was an officer working for the CIA. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information on the record. The officer’s name is being withheld.
NATO says the bomber was a member of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, but the Afghans deny that.
August 22]The United States pays roughly $500 million annually in transit fees to ship equipment and material via the Northern Distribution Network, a set of road, sea, railway and air routes that traverse the Central Asian states, which was opened to provide an alternative to Pakistani supply routes.
In June, NATO reached agreements with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for taking equipment out of Afghanistan. Uzbekistan, which effectively controls rail shipments out of northern Afghanistan, has already announced that it will charge up to 150 percent of the distribution network’s prevailing transit rates, and American officials expect to be further squeezed as neighboring states bargain hard during the West’s rush to the exits.