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The long-anticipated return of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is here - Washington Post

KABUL — Fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Saturday made his first public appearance in Afghanistan after nearly two decades underground, calling on Taliban insurgents to “join the peace caravan and stop this pointless holy war.” He also urged ...and more »

'Butcher of Kabul' Gulbuddin Hekmatyar demands peace in first public speech for 20 years - Sky News

Warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar tells Taliban militants to "join hands" and "stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war" . 05:57, UK, Sunday 30 April 2017. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has signed a peace deal with the Afghan government. Image: Gulbuddin ...and more »

The Return of the Butcher of Kabul: What Does It Mean for Peace in Afghanistan? - Global Voices Online

After almost 20 years in exile, the once internationally-wanted militant Gulbuddin Hekmatyar made on April 29 a public re-emergence in Afghanistan as part of a peace deal his faction Hezb-e Islami signed with the Afghan government last year. Speaking ...and more »

US Marines back in Helmand as Afghanistan 'stalemate' continues - Reuters

CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps has returned to Helmand, the restive province in southern Afghanistan where it fought years of bloody battles with the Taliban, to help train Afghan forces struggling to contain the insurgency ...and more »

Notorious Afghan warlord calls for peace in first public speech - Reuters

MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) - In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations. Afghan ...and more »

The Pentagon is considering up to 5000 additional troops for Afghanistan - Military Times

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 6, 2014, during RED FLAG-Alaska 15-1. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field ...and more »

Marines Return to Helmand Province for a Job They Thought Was Done - New York Times

CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan — Before the American flag was lowered, folded and retired and the last of the Marines left the Afghan province of Helmand in 2014, their commander offered some optimistic parting words. The commander, Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo ...and more »

Islamic State kills senior Afghan Taliban official in Pakistan: militants -

The militant Islamic State (IS) group killed a senior Afghan Taliban official in Peshawar, the Afghan militants said on Saturday, in a rare clash between the rival Islamist groups inside Pakistan. Afghan Taliban sources told Reuters Maulvi Daud was ...and more »

Freeze on assets of Afghan Islamist leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar lifted in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News

A decision to freeze the assets of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the head of an Afghan Islamist organization, has been lifted in Turkey, following lifting sanctions against him by the United Nations. The decision was published in the Official Gazette on April ...and more »

'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province - The Guardian

US Marines at a flag-raising ceremony at the renamed Camp Shorab in Helmand. Photograph: Sune Engel Rasmussen for the Guardian. When thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated Barack Obama's resolve to quash the ...and more »