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What happened to prisoners at Bagram, ‘Afghanistan’s Guantanamo’?

Before there was Guantanamo, there was Bagram, a US detention site near its giant airbase in Afghanistan, which came to be synonymous with torture and prisoner abuse.  But when the US relinquished control of the prison, now called Parwan Detention Facility, to Afghan security forces in December 2014, Washington renounced responsibility for the men once held there.  The handful of prisoners left behind became…

Acting Pentagon chief makes unannounced Afghanistan trip

Patrick Shanahan, the US acting secretary of defence, has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit amid a push by the United States to negotiate peace with the Taliban.  Shanahan will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, whose government was not part of major talks between US and Taliban officials last month that officials hope could…

Is there hope for peace in Afghanistan?

The United States is eager to end its nearly 18-year involvement in the war in Afghanistan, which has killed tens of thousands of civilians, soldiers and Taliban fighters. But Taliban leaders are refusing to sit at the same table as the Afghan government. A US special envoy is in Pakistan, hoping government leaders there can…

Dozens of gold miners killed in collapse in Afghanistan

Badakhshan is prone to landslides, particularly in the colder months when heavy snow blankets the province [Rahmat Gul/AP/File] At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country. Another seven were injured in the incident on Sunday in Kohistan district of Badakhshan…

Why Trump is wrong in mocking India’s Modi on Afghanistan role

US President Donald Trump's comments mocking New Delhi's role in Afghanistan have drawn widespread ridicule and anger both in India and Afghanistan. On Wednesday, Trump said he got along very well with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the Indian leader was "constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan". "That's like five hours of what we spend...…

Taliban attacks kill police in northern Afghanistan

At least 23 security personnel have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a series of attacks by the Taliban on security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Sar-e-Pul province, officials said on Tuesday.  Fierce gun battles raged for several hours late on Monday in the centre of Sayyad district and outside the provincial capital, Sar-e-Pul, provincial council…

Trump planning ‘troop withdrawal from Afghanistan’

Donald Trump is planning to pull up to half of the 14,000 US troops out of Afghanistan, reports have said, a day after the Republican president rebuffed top advisers and announced the withdrawal of all US soldiers from Syria. The reported move comes as US officials are currently engaged in talks with the Taliban, which…

Trump considering withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan

CLOSE Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping down from his post, President Donald Trump announced Thursday, after the retired Marine general clashed with the president over a troop drawdown in Syria and Trump’s go-it-alone stance in world affairs. TimeU.S. soldiers stand at attention during a ceremony at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2009.(Photo: SHAH…

Suicide bombers target Shia mosque in eastern Afghanistan

At least four people have been killed and 56 injured after two suicide bombers stormed a busy Shia mosque in eastern Afghanistan, local officials have said. Wilayat Khan Ahmadzai, the head of Gardez city's public health department, said the attack struck during Friday prayers and raised fears over mounting casualties. "We have received 60 wounded…
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