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Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones

Too much blood has already been spilled in a conflict that the west cannot win, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trumps threat to world peace even implying he was an American Hitler but got teary-eyed as soon as he sent missiles hurtling unveiled plans to send more American soldiers to the graveyard of Afghanistan and he wants…

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Pakistani Taliban starts magazine for would-be female jihadists

Editorial urges women to invite like-minded sisters to secret gatherings and to learn how to use weapons and grenades The Pakistani Taliban have published the first edition of a magazine aimed at convincing women to join them and practise jihad. The inaugural front cover of Sunnat-i-Khaula which translates as The Way of Khaula and refers to a 7th-century female Muslim warrior shows a woman veiled from head to toe. The 45-page magazine attempts to depict support from a section of society traditionally despised by the militant group. As well as…

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American arrested while ‘hunting Osama bin Laden’

Pakistani police detain US man Gary Brooks Faulkner who was found with loaded pistol and sword near Afghan border An American carrying a sword and pistol who told police he was on a mission to kill Osama bin Laden has been arrested in a remote mountain forest in northern Pakistan. Police said they detained Gary Brooks Faulkner, a construction worker from California, as he attempted to cross the border with Afghanistan in Chitral district. “He told the investigating officer he was going to Afghanistan to get Osama. At first we…

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He lost his wife, six children, his peace of mind – and his British asylum claim

An Afghan father and son who are trying to make a new life in Britain suffer a huge setback as their initial asylum application is turned down Lately, Said Norzai hasnt felt much like going to the mosque. He hasnt lost faith. Hes just tired of the questions, and one in particular: how is the asylum claim going? I dont like to go when I dont have any good news, he says. The first question after Hello, how are you? is Whats happening with your case? Its out of kindness…

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US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says

In an attempt to break a stalemate in a war that has passed to a third president, the move will be the largest deployment of US manpower under Trump The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official, an attempt to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third US commander-in-chief. The decision by defense secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, the official said, and will be the largest deployment of American…

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Why deadly Kabul bombing is crisis for all of Afghanistan | Emma Graham-Harrison

Rise in attacks on Kabul after years of citys relative security a huge threat to the government, economy and civil society For years the Afghan capital was an island of relative security in a country battered by a rising tide of violence. Afghanistan Analysts Network. Afghanistan is a place that needs a bit of stability to get itself together, and crises like this really undermine the government and peoples confidence that the government can protect them. Such crises also sow confusion in the western countries which provide funds and troops…

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Head of Isis in Afghanistan confirmed killed in joint US operation

Abdul Hasib had been reported killed but a statement from local US commander confirms his death The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed by Afghan and US special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, according to officials. Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike, is believed to have ordered a series of high profile attacks including one on 8 Marchdropped its largest non-nuclear device on a network of caves and tunnels used by the group…

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