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Taliban Pushes Deep Into Helmand Capital, Fire Mortars at Govt Buildings - Antiwar.com;

Taliban Pushes Deep Into Helmand Capital, Fire Mortars at Govt Buildings - Antiwar.com

Antiwar.comTaliban Pushes Deep Into Helmand Capital, Fire Mortars at Govt BuildingsAntiwar.comThe Taliban's push into the city of Lashkar Gah, the capital of the opium rich Afghan province of Helmand, continued to intensify today, with officials reporting a “heavy battle” ongoing as Taliban forces overran the main defensive checkpoints and ...and more »

Taliban Continues to Erase Western Gains in Afghanistan - Antiwar.com;

Taliban Continues to Erase Western Gains in Afghanistan - Antiwar.com

Antiwar.comTaliban Continues to Erase Western Gains in AfghanistanAntiwar.com15 years into the NATO occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban controls more territory now than at any other time during the war, and the losses continue to mount for the Afghan government. The war has never been going “well,” exactly, but the losses ...and more »

Deadly Afghan Battle Overshadows Billions in Aid From Brussels - Bloomberg;

Deadly Afghan Battle Overshadows Billions in Aid From Brussels - Bloomberg

BloombergDeadly Afghan Battle Overshadows Billions in Aid From BrusselsBloombergAs donors pledge billions of dollars of development aid to Afghanistan, a ferocious urban battle in the nation's north highlights the country's fragile state 15 years after the U.S.-led invasion. The northern city of Kunduz has become a recurring test ...and more »

Afghans blame graft for Taliban's rise in Helmand - Daily Sabah

Afghans blame graft for Taliban's rise in HelmandDaily SabahFor the past month, the Taliban have held control over most of Afghanistan's Helmand province, where the majority of the world's opium is grown, and as insurgent attacks intensify around the provincial capital, residents are blaming rampant government ...and more »

Afghan Forces, Their Numbers Dwindling Sharply, Face a Resurgent Taliban - New York Times;

Afghan Forces, Their Numbers Dwindling Sharply, Face a Resurgent Taliban - New York Times

New York TimesAfghan Forces, Their Numbers Dwindling Sharply, Face a Resurgent TalibanNew York TimesThe Afghan Special Forces, who bear the brunt of the fighting, are overused and exhausted, increasingly deployed for long periods. Credit Noor Mohammad/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. KABUL, Afghanistan — Outgunned and surrounded by ...and more »

Taliban in Afghanistan Threaten to Overrun Capital of Helmand Province - Wall Street Journal;

Taliban in Afghanistan Threaten to Overrun Capital of Helmand Province - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalTaliban in Afghanistan Threaten to Overrun Capital of Helmand ProvinceWall Street JournalKABUL—The Taliban pressed further into the capital of Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said, firing rockets at the governor's compound as they threatened to overrun a second major Afghan city in just over a week. The renewed bid to capture the ...and more »

New Taliban Leader Preached Openly in Pakistan for 15 Years - Breitbart News;

New Taliban Leader Preached Openly in Pakistan for 15 Years - Breitbart News

Breitbart NewsNew Taliban Leader Preached Openly in Pakistan for 15 YearsBreitbart NewsThe new chief of the Afghan Taliban Haibatullah Akhundzada “openly taught and preached” at the Al Haaj mosque in Pakistan for 15 years and left two days after he was named the jihadist group's new leader in May, Reuters exclusively reports, citing the ...and more »

Pakistan arrests three Afghan Taliban leaders: report - Global Times

Pakistan arrests three Afghan Taliban leaders: reportGlobal TimesThree Afghan Taliban leaders, including Ahmadullah Muti alias Mullah Nanai who served as intelligence chief, were reportedly have been arrested by Pakistani authorities, said local media on Wednesday, citing unnamed Taliban sources. Suleman Agha, the ...and more »

Officials: Afghan forces clear Kunduz of Taliban - Stars and Stripes;

Officials: Afghan forces clear Kunduz of Taliban - Stars and Stripes

Stars and StripesOfficials: Afghan forces clear Kunduz of TalibanStars and StripesSpokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, speaks at a press conference Resolute Support HQ on Oct. 12, 2016. DVIDS screencapture. Email; Print; Reddit; Tweet; Share; Google; More. By PHILLIP WALTER WELLMAN | STARS ...and more »

Afghan Army Recaptures the Capital of Helmand After the Taliban Launch New Offensive - Asharq Al-awsat English;

Afghan Army Recaptures the Capital of Helmand After the Taliban Launch New Offensive - Asharq Al-awsat English

Asharq Al-awsat EnglishAfghan Army Recaptures the Capital of Helmand After the Taliban Launch New OffensiveAsharq Al-awsat EnglishThe Afghan army yesterday regained control of the city of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province that is known for its cultivation of opium in southern Afghanistan, a day after the Taliban launched a new offensive in an area on the Pakistani border.and more »

Fifteen Years Into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth? - Pike County News Watchman;

Fifteen Years Into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth? - Pike County News Watchman

Pike County News WatchmanFifteen Years Into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth?Pike County News WatchmanLast week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history. There weren't any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan's post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 ...and more »

Taliban briefly enter capital of Helmand Province - IHS Jane's 360

Taliban briefly enter capital of Helmand ProvinceIHS Jane's 360The Taliban launched a major assault on the strategically important Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on 10 October, briefly entering parts of the southern city before being pushed back by Afghan security forces. The militants, who had surrounded the capital ...and more »

Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless - The Diplomat;

Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless - The Diplomat

The DiplomatPentagon Metrics on Afghan War are UselessThe DiplomatWhat is going on in Afghanistan? After 15 years of U.S. and NATO involvement in the war torn country, many of Afghanistan's cities find themselves surrounded and under siege by a resurgent Taliban force. The train, advise, and assist mission known as ...and more »

Afghan forces retake Kunduz, force out rebels - CCTV

Afghan forces retake Kunduz, force out rebelsCCTVSecurity forces in Afghanistan have retaken the northern city of Kunduz from Taliban militants on Wednesday. A security official said troops have successfully forced the rebel group out of the city and back to their former bases. He added that the ...and more »

Afghan officials say troops clear Taliban from Kunduz amid sporadic clashes - Cosumnes Connection (subscription)

Afghan officials say troops clear Taliban from Kunduz amid sporadic clashesCosumnes Connection (subscription)An Afghan policeman says 12 of his men were killed by Taliban fighters who attacked checkpoints around Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province. Afghan forces backed by US air power battled Tuesday to push back Taliban fighters in Kunduz ...and more »

Hundreds of troops deployed in Afghan city after attack - Business Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)

Hundreds of troops deployed in Afghan city after attackBusiness Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)Afghanistan has deployed hundreds of commandos backed by Nato air strikes in Lashkar Gah to drive Taliban insurgents from the southern city after the militants killed 14 people in a coordinated attack, officials said Tuesday. The assault Monday marked ...and more »

Afghan forces recapture Kunduz - The Hindu;

Afghan forces recapture Kunduz - The Hindu

The HinduAfghan forces recapture KunduzThe HinduAfghan government forces, after days of fierce fighting, recaptured Kunduz city on Wednesday, forcing Taliban militants to retreat to their former bases. “Taliban rebels after suffering huge casualties and leaving scores of bodies behind [and have ...and more »

The Endless War: 15 Years and Counting in Afghanistan - CounterPunch

The Endless War: 15 Years and Counting in AfghanistanCounterPunchTo hear Sonali Kolhatkar, the founding director of the U.S.-based solidarity organization Afghan Women's Mission, is much like being wakened from a nightmare, only to realize that there is much truth in the demons of the night. Kolhatkar recently ...and more »

Afghan gov't forces recapture Kunduz city, Taliban runaway - Global Times

Afghan gov't forces recapture Kunduz city, Taliban runawayGlobal TimesAfghan government after days of fierce fighting recaptured the northern Kunduz city on Wednesday, forcing Taliban militants to retreat to their former bases, a senior police official said. "Taliban rebels after suffering huge casualties and leaving ...and more »

Afghan forces clear Kunduz city after 9 days of clashes - Khaama Press (press release) (blog);

Afghan forces clear Kunduz city after 9 days of clashes - Khaama Press (press release) (blog)

Khaama Press (press release) (blog)Afghan forces clear Kunduz city after 9 days of clashesKhaama Press (press release) (blog)afghan-forces-clear-kunduz-city The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) cleared the strategic Kunduz city from the presence of the Taliban militants after nine days of intense gun battle, local officials said Wednesday. Provincial ...and more »