November 14, 2018

Catch and Release: U.S. Secretly Releasing Afghan Prisoners for Promises of Peace

Via Washington Post: The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks. As the United States has unsuccessfully pursued a peace deal with the […]

Militants Fire on Afghan Delegation Visiting Scene of Attack

Via ABC News: An Afghan government delegation visiting one of the sites where a U.S. soldier is suspected of shooting and killing 16 civilians came under fire today. A member of the group’s security team died during the attack, according to the Associated Press, but it’s unclear whether anyone was injured. The group was inside […]

Good News: Afghan Air Force Possibly Involved in Drug Running

Via Reuters: U.S. authorities are looking into allegations that some Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials have been using aircraft to transport narcotics and illegal weapons across the country, a U.S. official said on Thursday. “At this point allegations are being examined,” said Lt. Col. Tim Stauffer, spokesman for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, which is setting […]

Koran Rage: Afghan Officials Say U.S. Military Lied

Via AP: . . .However, Maulvi Khaliq Dad, a top Afghan religious leader who was on a different panel appointed by President Hamid Karzai to investigate the incident, claimed the burning was intentional. Dad said U.S. officials informed Afghan authorities about their suspicions that notes inside the books were being used as a way for […]

Afghan Policeman Kills Two U.S. Officers

Via WSJ: Two high-ranking U.S. military advisers were killed Saturday during a clash with an Afghan national at Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry headquarters, according to Afghan and Western officials. An American colonel and major were both found shot in the head at the busy ministry compound that is the nerve center for the Afghan law enforcement, […]