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Taliban take key Afghan district in culmination of a deadly offensive that lasted years - National Post

Afghan National Army soldiers stand in position, in the Sangin district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, June 13, 2013. The Associated Press. March 23, 2017 11:29 AM EDT. Filed under. News · World · Facebook. Twitter. Reddit. Email. More ...and more »

Resolute Support spins loss of Sangin district center as a victory - Long War Journal

After months of heavy fighting in Sangin, the Taliban took control of the district's center in Helmand province last night. Yet, Resolute Support – NATO's mission in Afghanistan – attempted to claim victory. Resolute Support tweeted a statement which ...and more »

Taliban Take an Afghan District, Sangin, That Many Marines Died to Keep - New York Times

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday, according to local officials. It was the culmination of a yearslong offensive that took the lives of more combatants than ...and more »

How Trump Should Manage Afghanistan - Foreign Affairs

During his February 28, 2017, address to a joint session of Congress, U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to “demolish and destroy” terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Although most U.S. media coverage has focused on U.S ...and more »

Afghan Children, Deprived of School, Tell of Their Deepest Fears - New York Times

When the first day of the new school year starts in Afghanistan on Thursday, 3.7 million boys and girls won't be in attendance, because of increased violence, displacement and poverty. The total number — roughly one in three school-age Afghan children ...and more »

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: US general - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern ...and more »

Russia: Sound, fury, but not much clout - The Hindu

“Strategy is the central political art,” writes Lawrence Freedman in Strategy: A History. “It is about getting more out of a situation than the starting balance of power would suggest. It is the art of creating power.” If this is so, consider the case ...and more »

Why ISIS is Failing to Build a Caliphate in Afghanistan - Newsweek

Afghan police Afghan policemen arrive at the site of a blast and gunfire at a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan March 8, 2017. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack, which some believe the Taliban carried out. Omar Sobhani/Reuters ...and more »

India eyes deal to repair Afghan aircraft, deepening military ties - Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - India is considering whether to pay for repairs to grounded helicopters and transport planes from Afghanistan's air force, signaling a willingness to step up military assistance for Kabul that has irked Pakistan in the past. India ...and more »

US GENERAL: Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents - Business Insider

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern ...and more »