Afghan MoD claims Taliban Red Unit commander (Nusrat) and another Taliban commander (Mawlavi Ahmad Taliqani) along with half a dozen fighters were killed + 3 wounded + several motorcycles destroyed last night in Afghan AF airstrikes in Bahrak district in Takhar. Afghanistan
confirms what VOA had reported earlier from senior defense official-the potential 8,600 troops remaining in Afghanistan would continue CT ops & Afghan training ops. Esper also declined to say whether US would go down to zero troops as part of any agreement
: "Nobody right now is calling for the complete removal of US and coalition forces, US forces will remain there as long as necessary to support our Afghan partners"
Defense Secretary @EsperDoD on Afghanistan: "we have on the table right a reduction in violence proposal that was negotiated between our ambassador and the Taliban, it looks very promising
Taliban claimed insider attack in Imam Saheb, Kunduz, killing two commanders (Aziz & Omar) along with 4 other soldiers + stealing 5 rifles, one RPG and ammo last night. Infiltrators joined up with Taliban ranks nearby. Attack was confirmed by local sources
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Local sources report 10-12 civilians have been killed in a suspected US drone strike on a vehicle in Surkh Rod, Nangarhar.
Secretary of Defense @EsperDoD speaking on Afghanistan at the @NATO Defense Ministerial: "The United States and the Taliban have negotiated a proposal for a seven day reduction in violence."
Pentagon says Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, 21, from Central Point, Oregon, who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, has died in a "non-combat related incident" on Feb 12 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.
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Taliban claims killing multiple pro-govt soldiers in raids in Helmand
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Taliban claimed a drone strike on a vehicle on Monday in Ghulaman Dasht area of Farah capital killed 6 civilians. Also claimed 5 merchants were killed in a similar attack on a vehicle in Karez Sheikhan area.
Defense Secretary Esper on Taliban peace talks: "There is a reduction in violence proposal on the table. I am here consulting with allies about it, and I have nothing further to announce at this time," @rabrowne75 reports from Brussels
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Taliban peace talks: "A lot could happen over the next 48 hours in Brussels," at NATO defense minister meetings, McCarthy tells @MariaBartiromo
Pompeo has called Ghani & Abdullah informs them about development of negotiations with Taliban. He said Taliban has accepted "Noticeable decreasing of violence" in Afghanistan. However, Taliban killed 5 civilians many wounded today during a suicide attack today
Taliban Deny Suicide Attack That Killed Six in Kabul
US envoy in Kabul, Ross Wilson, condemned Kabul and Nangarhar attacks that killed soldiers and " civilians," saying: "We honor their sacrifice, extend deepest condolences to the families, & wish a speedy recovery to the injured. Afghanistan deserves peace."
Taliban claim IED attack targeting a Ranger of pro-govt forces in Jurm district of Badakhshan, claiming multiple casualties
SecGen @jensstoltenberg: Over the next 2 days NATO Defence Ministers will meet to address key issues for our Alliance. Including what more NATO could do to build security & stability in the Middle East, our support for Afghanistan &the challenge posed by Russia's missile systems"
The Taliban must understand they cannot win on the battlefield: Stoltenberg
Five killed in suicide blast in Afghan capital
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Yesterday Afghan MoI claimed ANDSF discovered & seized 86 roadside bombs, two AK-47 rifles, one vehicle & five motorcycles in search operations in Qala-e-Kah district of Farah. Afghanistan
Russianeeds "at least to get acquainted with the text of the agreement" in advance to act as a witness to the signing, Russia's special envoy on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov says referring to US-Taliban talks
2 U.S. service members killed, 6 wounded in firefight Saturday "Upon completing a key-leader engagement.current reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun," U.S. Forces Afghanistan statement
At least TWO members of the @7thForces Special Forces Group operating in eastern Afghanistan were killed and several others wounded. Numerous U.S troops were killed Sat in a firefight which appears to be between (supposed allies) Afghan SOF & U.S. Troops
Afghan MoD claimed 5 Taliban militants were killed and 1 vehicle destroyed in an Afghan AF airstrike last night in Karez Dad-Gul & Farahrod villages of the Balabulok district of Farah.
USFOR-A spokesman, Colonel Sonny Leggett says "A combined U.S. and Afghan force conducting an operation in Nangarhar Province was engaged by direct fire on Feb. 8." US military officials are working through details but confirm there are casualties
A shoot out took place between Afghan soldiers and the American soldiers in Shirzad district in Ningarhar province. There are casualties and fatalities on both sides
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100KG of hashish & two AKs seized by anti-narcotics units in Zazai Aryoub district of Paktia, Afghan MoI claimed.
Taliban claimed attack on base of pro-govt forces close to Shortapa district police HQ in Balkh Friday afternoon, claiming to have killed and wounded 30 pro-govt soldiers & destroying one APC. Afghanistan
Taliban: enemy bombed a Besh Kapa village of Qaisar district Faryab on Thursday resulting in local mosque Imam (Mawlawi Abdul Sattar) along with 3 children killed, 2 other civilians wounded
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ANDSF blew up a vehicle allegedly smuggling drugs along with the alleged smuggler, who has been turned to crisp, on the outskirts of Surobi, Kabul. Incident confirmed by Interior Ministry.