NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has reiterated support for Afghanistan, saying the allies committed to supporting Afghanistan and Afghan security forces. Speaking to media reporters at the start of NATO defense ministerial in Brussels, Stoltenberg declared that NATO's allies are united for Afghanistan which Norway and Germany have offered to facilitate intra-Afghan talks. NATO Chief called on the Taliban to show their commitment to reduce

12 February 2020

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine told fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that anti-terrorist efforts will require some level of troop support in certain areas of the world, including Afghanistan. King says he doesn’t believe its being made clear to the American people that relatively small troop deployments will have to be maintained as part of the war on terror.

12 February 2020

Kabul Garrison commander says that terrorist attacks in Kabul have fallen by 50 percent lately. “In the past year, the terrorist attacks have dropped by 50 percent because the fight against terrorism is a top priority,” said General Raz Mohammad, the Kabul Garrison commander during a joint meeting of sector ministries, civil and military departments. “Kabul security

12 February 2020

The Afghan State Minister for Peace Affairs, Abdul Salam Rahimi has met with Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Karen Decker and Dante Paradiso, head of peace and reconciliation unit in US embassy Kabul. The office of Peace State Minister in a statement said that the Afghan and American officials talked about the peace process progress and issues related to Qatar talks.

12 February 2020

A member of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has said the Pakistani military establishment has been supporting the Taliban and using them against Afghanistan. Mustafa Miakheil said that hundreds of madrasas exist in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the Taliban gets training under the patronage of the Pakistani Army. "Many madrasas are located in Peshawar like the Haqqani madrasa, where some 10 lakh people come to study.

12 February 2020

John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, told US Congress that measuring progress on America’s longest war is virtually impossible with even the most basic facts trapped behind an ever-expanding umbrella of secrecy. “Every time we find something that looks like it’s going negative, it gets classified … Most of the [methods] of measuring success are now classified,” he said in testimony

12 February 2020

Afghanistan’s exports of pine nuts to China through the Turkish Airlines resumed on Sunday, Feb 9 after a 20-day pause. The Turkish Airlines had paused flights to China over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and the Chinese New Year. According to the Chamber of Investment and Commerce officials, Afghanistan exported 2,000 tons of pine nuts

12 February 2020

Georgian soldiers from the III infantry brigade have been recognized for their service in NATO’s Resolute Support mission in northern Afghanistan, receiving awards for exemplary service from the Multinational Battalion commander and Lieutenant Colonel Wolfgang Schroeder. The III infantry brigade will return back to Georgia without losses. A company of Georgian soldiers of the III infantry brigade

12 February 2020