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Yep. The crazy claims coming from afghan authorities are your usual craziness. They even claimed there had been pakistani troops in the MSF hospital... Muslim "error culture" :rolleyes: Well, not that the Pentagon statements have been much better at first.

 

 

Looks really like there was quite some chaos on the ground with various afghan units from ANA and ANP thrown together with the US secret squirrels being thrown together for the operation plus the defects in the gunship's navigation.

 


 

the intercepts take: https://theintercept.com/2016/04/28/searching-for-ground-truth-in-the-kunduz-hospital-bombing/

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NATO is to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016

 

The Afghan forces are showing real courage, determination, and professionalism. And they are benefitting from our training, advice and assistance. But Afghanistan continues to face serious security challenges.

That is why today, ministers agreed to sustain the Resolute Support mission beyond 2016. Our military authorities will now address the details of the mission beyond 2016, including in the regions of Afghanistan. We also reviewed the financial support for the Afghan security forces. Total contributions to the Afghan National Army Trust Fund now exceed 1.4 billion US dollars.

 

I welcome the financial commitments made today by many Allies and partners, and I am confident that we will be able to announce at the Warsaw Summit firm commitments to continue funding for the Afghan forces throughout the year 2020. This is critical for Afghanistans ability to build sustainable security forces and ensure Afghanistans lasting security. Ministers also reaffirmed our long-term ambition for a strong political partnership and practical cooperation with Afghanistan.

I expect our Heads of State and Government to reiterate this commitment at the highest level in Warsaw. Foreign Minister Rabbani expressed Afghanistans appreciation for our support, and briefed ministers on the governments continued reforms.

 

These include initiatives to fight corruption, protect human rights, including the rights of women, and advance the peace process. ()

We have never said that it was going to be easy in Afghanistan and when we ended our combat mission at the end of 2014 and handed over the full responsibility to the Afghan Forces for security in Afghanistan, we underlined very strongly that this was a big task and that it in no way was going to be an easy task.

And we also listened very carefully when our military commanders briefed us in detail about the operations and the military challenges and the situation in Afghanistan during the meeting we just finished. But at the same time our military commanders also reported about the courage, about the determination and about the professionalism of the Afghan Army and Security Forces. Its an army of 350,000 soldiers and police and they have been able to take responsibility for the security in Afghanistan and they have been able also to retake Kunduz in three weeks and they have been able to hold their ground and to perform in a professional way. They still need help, theres still a way to go and thats exactly why NATO is committed to continue to support them.

 

So we decided today to sustain our Resolute Support Mission beyond 2016, so we will continue to be there with NATO forces and partner forces to help, train, assist and advise the Afghan Army. We decided and we are in the process of mobilizing the necessary funds for continued financial support to the Afghan National Army and Security Forces and we will continue our political and practical cooperation with Afghanistan. So we are committed, we will continue to support them exactly because this is not an easy task but they have proven to be capable, professional and they have shown courage.

Stoltenberg said in a recent press conference.

 

http://augengeradeaus.net/2016/05/nato-bleibt-mit-truppen-ueber-2016-hinaus-in-afghanistan/

 

Foreign Ministers agree to sustain NATO-led mission in Afghanistan beyond 2016 (nato.int)

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The weekend's niceties in Kabul:

 

ISIS claims Afghanistan explosion that kills dozens

Updated 1911 GMT (0311 HKT) July 24, 2016

 

(CNN) ISIS is claiming responsibility for a joint suicide bombing Saturday that killed dozens of people during a peaceful demonstration by a minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"I saw tens of people laying down in blood around me and hundreds of people running away from the scene," said Fatima Faizi, an Afghan freelance journalist.

 

So far, 80 bodies and more than 260 wounded people were taken to hospitals in Kabul, according to Ismail Kawoosi, a spokesman for the Afghan Health Ministry.

 

Sayed Hamed, 30, attended the protest but left before the explosions. He was about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away.

"As I was watching (from my hotel) and some (people) were running toward the scene and some were crying coming from the scene," he wrote in an email to CNN. "It was a very sad situation, and everyone was trying to find their relatives or friends."

The attack, the worst in months in terms of casualties, drew attention to ISIS instead of the Taliban, which had been blamed for recent bombings.

 

Two ISIS fighters detonated their suicide belts among the protesters, according to ISIS' media wing, Amaq. A third attacker was killed by security forces before detonating his bomb, according to an Afghan security official speaking on condition of anonymity.

The White House condemned the "horrific attack," adding that it was made "all the more despicable by the fact that it targeted a peaceful demonstration."

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office echoed the sentiment. FCO Minister Alok Sharma said "the UK remains steadfast and resolute in our long-term commitment to the Afghan people. We will continue to work with the Government of Afghanistan to help build a more stable and secure Afghanistan."

In a separate incident Sunday, a rocket landed in a kindergarten yard in the Macroryan district of Kabul, Sediq Sediqqi, Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN. Even though no casualties were reported, Afghanistan remained on high alert Sunday, Sediqqi said.

 

The protesters were demanding a planned power line be rerouted through their poverty-stricken Bamyan province to ensure electricity in the relatively isolated area west of Kabul.

Accounting for up to one-fifth of Afghanistan's population, Hazaras, a Persian-speaking people who mainly live in central Afghanistan, have long been branded outsiders for their Shia faith and far Asian features in the country dominated by followers of the Sunni branch of Islam, according to a 2008 National Georgraphic article.

The Hazara in the past have demanded the government protect them from attacks blamed on the Sunni Taliban and ISIS.

 

On November 11, thousands of protesters marched through Kabul with coffins containing the decapitated bodies of seven Hazaras, four men, two women and one child. The protesters called for justice for the beheadings, chanting slogans seeking death for the Taliban and ISIS.

Saturday's attack is the latest in a rash of kidnappings and bombings in Kabul, which have heightened security fears in the nation's capital.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for other attacks.

Three weeks ago, two Taliban suicide bombers killed 34 people when they attacked a convoy of buses carrying newly graduated police officers in Kabul.

On June 20 in the Afghan capital, a suicide bomber killed 14 Nepali security contractors who worked for the Canadian embassy.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack in a text message sent to media organizations.

U.S. and other diplomats were barred from traveling by road the short distance from the city's international airport to their diplomatic missions. Instead, they were ferried by helicopter.

 

Meanwhile, the 14-year war against the Taliban in the countryside is as bloody as ever. While the Taliban is the dominant insurgent force in the central Asia country, ISIS has been establishing a presence.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on July 6 that he would slow the planned drawdown of the 9.800 troops supporting the Afghan country because of the precarious security situation, including the emerging threat from ISIS.

In the last 18 months, 38 Americans, both civilian and military, have died in the country.

Obama noted the United States was no longer engaged in a major ground war as it was in 2009 when he took over with plans to end American involvement, but he said, "Afghanistan ... remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is going to continue to take time for them to build up military capacity that we sometimes take for granted. And given the enormous challenges they face, the Afghan people will need the partnership of the world, led by the United States, for many years to come."

 

Other ISIS attacks in Afghanistan

ISIS attacks or ISIS-inspired attacks in Afghanistan include:

 

April 18, 2015 - A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of a bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, killing at least 33 people and injuring more than 100 others. "On April 18, local media received text messages allegedly from Shahidullah Shahid, a key figure in the establishment of Wilayat Khorasan, claiming responsibility on behalf of ISIS for the attack," the Institute for the Study of War reported. Wilayat Khorasan is the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The attack is believed to have been conducted by ISIS or one of its affiliates.

January 13, 2016 - Three ISIS fighters launched an attack on the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad. The first operative reportedly detonated his explosives while attacking the consulate's guards and a second bomber detonated his device inside the building. A local official said six people were killed, as well as the three assailants. The attack is believed to have been carried out by ISIS or one of its affiliates.

June 5, 2016 - The Khorasan Province of ISIS claimed it had carried out the assassination of Afghan member of parliament Sher Wali Wardak. Wardak was killed by an IED while in his car in Kabul. The attack is believed to have been carried out by an ISIS affiliate.

June 20, 2016 - The Khorasan province of ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a bus carrying Nepalese security guards in Kabul. At least 16 people were killed in the attack. ISIS identified the bomber as Irfanullah Ahmed and published a photo of him. But the Afghan Taliban also claimed responsibility for the attack. The origins of the attack are unknown.

CNN's Steve Visser reported from Atlanta and CNN's Masoud Popalzai reported from Kabul

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/23/asia/afghanistan-explosion/index.html
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while all are looking at Iraq and Syria:

 

Taliban conflict: Thousands flee as fighting threatens Helmand

11 August 2016 Asia

 

 

Thousands of people have fled intense fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials have told the BBC.

 

Most have sought refuge in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah which has been targeted by Taliban fighters for months.

The Afghan government has flown in special forces, repelling an attack on a district adjacent to the capital amidst heavy casualties.

The Taliban has staged many attacks across Afghanistan recently.

It has gained in strength since the bulk of British, American and other Nato forces left in 2014.

The head of the office for Internally Displaced Persons in Helmand, Naqibullah, told the BBC's Afghan service that 3,000 families from different districts had been forced from their homes by the recent fighting.

"They need food and other assistance," he said. "The World Food Programme has promised to assist 800 families, but their stocks are in Kandahar and the road between Kandahar and Helmand is blocked at the moment."

Lashkar Gah residents backed up his account.

"Every day dozens of families come from districts to Lashkar Gah," Abdel Jabar, a shopkeeper, said. "Not just me, everybody in the city is worried that it might fall into the hands of the Taliban."

Others say that with many routes into the city blocked or unsafe, food prices are going up as supplies dwindle and new arrivals add to the demand.

The authorities have firmly rejected suggestions that Lashkar Gah could fall, despite an attempt by insurgents to overrun the neighbouring district of Nawa on Wednesday.

Reports say that the attack was repulsed in the middle of the night.

Did the UK leave Afghanistan's Helmand too soon?

Afghanistan Taliban: Mistrust and fear in battle for Helmand

No second Kunduz

A spokesman for the Helmand Governor, Umar Zwak, told the BBC that 80 Taliban militants had been killed and injured in Nawa and another district, Nad Ali. The figures are impossible to verify independently.

There have been reports of US air strikes aiding Afghan forces in Helmand.

Nawa is strategically important as it almost touches the main bridge into Lashkar Gah and has been described as the back door to the city.

Officials insist that they will not allow the city to be taken by the Taliban.

The insurgents succeeded in overrunning the northern city of Kunduz last September, holding it for several days.

British forces were stationed in Helmand province since 2006, but left two years ago when Nato ended its combat mission in Afghanistan.

Since then the insurgency has continued unabated, and the drugs trade fuelling it is still booming.

Most of the 456 British soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan were killed in the province.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37043747
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peace breaks out in afghanistan:

 

Deadly attack hits American University campus in Kabul

 

Explosions and gunfire reported as gunmen storm the university, killing at least one person and injuring 26 others.

 

 

At least one person has been killed after armed men attacked the campus of the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, according to an official and a student.

At least 26 others were injured in the attack on Wednesday evening, according to health officials.

"Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions," Mohammad Saleem Rasouly, the head of Kabul's hospitals, told the Reuters news agency.

"[The attackers] are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students."

Dozens of soldiers cordoned off the area after the attack started on Wednesday evening, when the elite private university is usually packed with students, many of them working professionals doing part-time courses at the facility.

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read the rest: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/gunmen-attack-american-university-campus-kabul-160824154909269.html

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The reverse exodus of Pakistan's Afghan refugees

28 August 2016 Asia

 

Pakistan's request for all three million Afghan refugees within its borders to leave is causing chaos on its borders and plunging families into uncertainty. Many Afghans have spent all their lives in Pakistan. The BBC's M Ilyas Khan reports from Peshawar.

 

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The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Pakistani authorities have admitted they were not prepared for the rush of refugees returning, and could not handle the influx.

Many made Pakistan their homes and fear Afghanistan is still years away from bringing health, education, business and livelihood at par with what they had in Pakistan.

So why are they returning?

 

The answer lies in the evolution of Pakistan's refugee policy.

 

Back in the late 1970s, the country welcomed Afghan refugees with open arms.

 

Unlike Iran, which confined refugees to camps and prevented them from indulging in politics, Pakistan allowed them to mix with local populations, and encouraged them to link up with Islamist camps that fed resistance to Kabul's communists.

The refugees were predominantly ethnic Pashtuns and merged well with Pakistan's Pashtun population. And they could be influenced to agree with Pakistan's emphasis on Islamic identity rather than Afghan nationhood as the basis of their resistance.

As a result, many believe Pakistan welcomed the refugees in order to expand its influence in Afghanistan, which had traditionally tilted towards India, and to neutralise its own Pashtun nationalists who had been pushing for greater autonomy, sometimes bordering on secession, as some in the Pakistani establishment suspected.

But suspicions struck the Pakistani mind post-9/11, when an anti-Pakistan version of the Taliban began to evolve, with links to these sanctuaries.

Since then, the narrative of the Pakistani establishment has gradually turned against the refugees.

Yet despite the growing hostility, Pakistan was initially in no hurry to send the Afghans home.

A UNHCR-funded repatriation programme for refugees was initiated in 2002, but Pakistani and UN officials say take-up was slow.

 

Pakistan issued various deadlines for the refugees to leave, but they were often long-term and not enforced, because the UNHCR wanted any repatriation to be voluntary.

The decisive push came in December 2015, when Pakistan suddenly set a six-month deadline for the refugees to leave.

It extended the date for another six months in June, but at the same time closed the main Afghan-Pakistan border crossing in Torkham, and put a ban on Afghans crossing over without travel documents.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37163857

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third Day of fighting in Kunduz:

 

Afghan officials say heavy battles are ongoing between the Taliban and Afghan forces in the north for the third straight day since the insurgents attacked the city of Kunduz.

 

Gen. Qasim Jungalbagh, the provincial police chief, says that the Taliban launched fresh attacks on Afghan forces from the south and east early in the morning on Wednesday.He says clearance operations have begun inside the city, while heavy clashes continue on the outskirts.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-05/375184-afghan-officials-clashes-with-taliban-continue-in-kunduz.ashx

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Kunduz still surprises me - I understood more war lords there than Taliban - maybe francise running

was not on my list of place to revisit

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Six dead after Taliban attack German consulate

Published: 10 Nov 2016 21:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Nov 2016 09:25 GMT+01:00
A powerful Taliban truck bomb struck the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding more than 120 others, officials said.
"The suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into the wall of the German consulate in the city," said local police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat.
The Taliban called it a "revenge attack" for a US airstrike in the volatile province of Kunduz earlier this month that left up to 32 civilians dead.
A spokesman for the Taliban told DPA that Germany had been involved in the deadly US airstrike on the November 3rd by providing the necessary intelligence information.
“Why shouldn’t we attack the Germans? Germany was directly involved in the airstrike which cost civilian life. The attack was based on intelligence that German soldiers had given the American troops,” the Taliban spokesperson said.
Sporadic gunfire rattled the usually tranquil city after the huge explosion on Thursday evening, which smashed windows of nearby shops and left terrified local residents fleeing for cover.
The death toll included two motorcyclists who were shot dead by German forces close to the consulate after they refused to heed their warning to stop, said deputy police chief Abdul Razaq Qadri.
A suspect had also been detained near the diplomatic mission on Friday morning, Qadri added.
The German Foreign Ministry said in a statement released overnight that that "several heavily armed men" were driven back by German soldiers and Afghan special forces after the attack.
Afghan special forces cordoned off the area as helicopters were seen flying over the consulate and ambulances with wailing sirens rushed to the area.
Five dead bodies and more than 120 wounded people - including at least ten children - had so far been brought to two local city hospitals, said Noor Mohammad Fayez, the head doctor. Some of the wounded are in a critical condition, Fayez said.
Police reported that one insurgent had blown himself up in the attack.
All German employees at the consulate are “safe and unharmed”, according to the Foreign Ministry.
Local journalist Bilal Sarwary reported that the two dozen Germans working inside the consulate were taken to a German military base which is situated around 10km away.
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http://www.thelocal.de/20161110/taliban-attack-german-consulate-in-afghanistans-mazar-i-sharif

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not as bad as the consulate in mazar-e-sharif, butBagram air base hast been bombed too:

 

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Afghanistan: Explosion hits US airbase in Bagram

Attack claimed by Taliban at facility near Kabul that houses the largest contingent of US soldiers in the country.

Bagram Airfield has frequently come under attack by the Taliban [Gallo/Getty]

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NATO says at least four people have been killed in an explosion inside the largest US military base in Afghanistan, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack.

The explosion struck at dawn on Saturday inside the heavily fortified Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul, as the Taliban step up attacks on Western targets before the onset of winter, when fighting usually ebbs.

The nationalities of those killed were not immediately known after the blast, which highlights a worsening security situation nearly two years after NATO formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan.

"An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have been wounded," NATO said in a statement.

 

READ MORE: No consensus in Afghanistan on how to deal with Taliban

 

"Response teams at Bagram continue to treat the wounded and investigate the incident."

Waheed Sediqqi, spokesman for the Parwan provincial governor, said the bomber managed to enter the heavily protected site and was standing in a queue with Afghan labourers when he detonated a suicide vest.

Bagram Airfield, close to Kabul, has frequently come under attack by Taliban fighters.

Al Jazeera's Abdullah Shahood, reporting from Kabul, said the base is in a heavily guarded area where people only with exclusive access can enter.

 

NATO says at least four people have been killed in an explosion inside the largest US military base in Afghanistan, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack.

The explosion struck at dawn on Saturday inside the heavily fortified Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul, as the Taliban step up attacks on Western targets before the onset of winter, when fighting usually ebbs.

The nationalities of those killed were not immediately known after the blast, which highlights a worsening security situation nearly two years after NATO formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan.

"An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have been wounded," NATO said in a statement.

 

"Response teams at Bagram continue to treat the wounded and investigate the incident."

Waheed Sediqqi, spokesman for the Parwan provincial governor, said the bomber managed to enter the heavily protected site and was standing in a queue with Afghan labourers when he detonated a suicide vest.

Bagram Airfield, close to Kabul, has frequently come under attack by Taliban fighters.

Al Jazeera's Abdullah Shahood, reporting from Kabul, said the base is in a heavily guarded area where people only with exclusive access can enter.

"An Afghan police official told us that the person who got in with the explosives must be a dual citizen and someone who has an access pass and is trusted to go without escort," he said.

 

Worsening situation

 

The explosion underscores a worsening security situation nearly two years after NATO formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan.

The US currently has around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, with the largest contingent stationed at Bagram Airfield.

Last December, a motorcycle-riding Taliban suicide bomber killed six US soldiers near Afghanistan's largest US military base.

It was one of the deadliest attacks on foreign troops in the country in 2015.

On Thursday, four people were killed and 128 others were wounded when a

suicide bomber drove a lorry loaded with explosives into the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/afghanistan-explosion-hits-airbase-bagram-161112045737967.html

 

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/taliban-hits-german-consulate-afghanistan-161110202134221.html

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fresh from the rumour mill:

 

Russia works with taliban as pawns.

 

http://rasad.af/en/2016/12/29/russian-support-helped-taliban-to-overrun-kunduz-city-a-groups-commander/

 

Russian Support Helped Taliban To Overrun Kunduz City, A Groups Commander

By RNA Dec 29, 2016

 

RNA: A Taliban commander in a recent interview with a leading western news agency has acknowledged that the Russian support had helped them to overrun the northern city of Kunduz in October for the second time in a year.

The AFP, French and internationally known news agency reported today, December 29, citing a Taliban commander as saying: The Russian support had helped the insurgents (Taliban) overrun the northern city of Kunduz in October for the second time in a year.

It also noted in the report that allegations over Russia and Irans deepening ties with the Taliban have ignited concerns of a renewed Great Game of proxy warfare in Afghanistan that could undermine US-backed troops and push the country deeper into turmoil.

The AFP referring to General Nicholsons concerning remarks regarding deepening tie of Russia with the militant group also stated about Irans: Shifting to Iran, you have a similar situation. There have been linkages between the Iranians and the Taliban.

We are particularly concerned about loads of Russian-made weapons recently seized from areas on the border with Tajikistan, a senior Afghan security official told AFP.

Cross-border support for the Taliban will further complicate the security situation in Afghanistans north.

It also concluded in the report that Taliban representatives in recent months have also held several meetings with Russian officials in Tajikistan and Moscow, sources say.

No country should be in touch with destructive groups who are the enemies of Afghanistan. This shows disrespect towards the victims of war, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Siddiqi told AFP.

We ask Russia and Iran to work with Afghans to defeat terrorism.

more players in the game of hindukush

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No, it's probably correct. I was concerned back in 2013 that Ukraine could spill out all over Eurasia and Africa, as it's the obvious place to bog the west down. This type of small operation would be useful to gaining experience with the Taliban such that Russian support in A-stan could rapidly be expanded.

In October, when this incident occurred, Clinton was going to win the election. The big question is whether Trump's victory caused the Russians to draw back, awaiting clarification on Trump's intentions.

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No, it's probably correct.

Easy conclusion, especially when all we have is cited "taliban leader on interview with western news agency"(I dunno, but how often taliban leaders are making interviews with west?) and "sources" about taliban in Moscow. I can (barely, but still can) see logic in whole situation, but info is just nothing to make conclusions.

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I said "probably correct" not "certainly correct". You say the Taliban might have lied. True, but have they ever claimed this type of Russian support before? For all we know the Russians asked the Taliban to leak the information. In Washington the talk isn't so much war vs. peace, but who to have a war against. Places like Tehran, (also in a position to escalate in A-stan) have to be watching intently.

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I said "probably correct" not "certainly correct". You say the Taliban might have lied. True, but have they ever claimed this type of Russian support before? For all we know the Russians asked the Taliban to leak the information. In Washington the talk isn't so much war vs. peace, but who to have a war against. Places like Tehran, (also in a position to escalate in A-stan) have to be watching intently.

Not exactly. I said that taliban might haven't asked at all. And "lied" can be used not only for taliban words here.

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now he is "our bastard" again?

 

UN Removes Hekmatyar From Terror List

February 4, 2017 Author: Gaurav Shingala

 

 

 

The United Nations Security Council dropped sanctions against Afghan strongman Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, potentially paving the way for the warlord to return openly to Afghanistan.

The Afghan government requested the move as part of a peace deal with Hekmatyar and his militant group, Hezb-i-Islami, in September.

The deal was criticized by some Afghans and human rights groups for the pardon it granted to Hekmatyar and many of his fighters.

While playing only a small role in the current insurgent conflict in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar was a major figure during the bloody civil war of the 1990s, when he was accused of indiscriminately firing rockets into Kabul, as well as other human rights abuses.

In removing Hekmatyar from the list of people sanctioned for their ties with the Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and other militant groups, the UN unfroze his assets, and dropped a travel ban and arms embargo against him.

Hekmatyars whereabouts have been unknown since he signed the peace deal with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in September via a pre-recorded video from an undisclosed location.

With the UN sanctions now removed, government officials expect Hekmatyar to eventually return to the Afghan capital, despite the continued controversy.

Many foreign governments, including the US, praised the accord at the time as a step toward wider peace in Afghanistan.

http://www.vishwagujarat.com/international/un-removes-hekmatyar-terror-list/
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