President Donald Trump’s tweet that all American troops in Afghanistan might be home by Christmas reiterated his campaign promise as he stood for re-election, but the Pentagon has differing views. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an interview with NPR on Sunday, said that the troops withdrawal plans remained based on the conditions of the U.S.-Taliban agreement. “We

12 October 2020

A senior member of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on Sunday, rejected the Taliban’s statement of support for him and the hope he will swiftly withdraw troops from Afghanistan on winning. Tim Murtaugh, the communications director of Trump's campaign told Business Insider: “We reject their support and the Taliban should know that the President will always protect American interests by any means necessary.” Taliban

11 October 2020

A gunman who shot and injured several shoppers inside an Afghan market in Arden Arcade, died after turning the gun on themselves, according to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department in California, U.S. Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Zaheem Buksh said they received multiple calls of an active shooter around 3:10 p.m. in the East Market and Restaurant which is known as the first Afghan market to open

4 October 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News said that the military is on track for a full withdrawal of all American forces from Afghanistan by the spring of 2021. Speaking to Breitbart on his way back from the opening ceremony of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar, Pompeo said troop withdrawal

15 September 2020

Former U.S. vice president and current presidential contender Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he agrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Trump who has been trailing Democratic rival Biden in the polls ahead of the November elections, had promised to bring all troops home and end America’s “endless wars.” When asked if he agreed with the president’s

10 September 2020

The U.S. is preparing to reduce its troops in Afghanistan from 8,600 to around 4,500 by early November after announcing the drawdown of troops in Iraq to 3,000, said the top commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) on Wednesday. This is in line with U.S. President Donald Trump’s key campaign promise for a major drawdown of troops and getting America out of its

10 September 2020

Hundreds of Taliban fighters who were freed by the Afghan government have reportedly returned to the battlefront, said Foreign Policy quoting a yet-unreleased paper for the Afghan Peace Dialogue Project at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. “Taliban prisoners released by the Afghan government as part of a deal brokered by the United States aimed at ending almost 20 years of war are

5 September 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced sanctions on Fatou Bensouda, a prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday, in response to her investigations into potential war crimes conducted by its troops in Afghanistan. Phakiso Mochochoko, director of ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division, was also slapped with sanctions for “”having materially assisted prosecutor Bensouda.” Furthermore, visa restrictions and broader sanctions could

3 September 2020

The Afghan government will complete the prisoner exchange process with the intra-Afghan talks to begin soon after, the High Council for National Reconciliation said on Wednesday, a day after they announced that the release of the 320 Taliban prisoners had resumed. “All obstacles to intra-Afghan talks have been removed. The prisoner exchange process will end soon and talks will begin,” said Faraidoon Khwazoon, spokesperson

2 September 2020

President Ashraf Ghani spoke to U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien on Monday, who urged Afghanistan to start the peace talks with the Taliban soon. The U.S. National Security Council released a statement that said O’Brien discussed the “need for intra-Afghan talks to start without delay.” O’Brien also reiterated the U.S. support for a “sovereign, democratic, and unified Afghanistan that never again serves as a

1 September 2020