JNN 21 Dec 2013 Kabul : An Afghan policewoman and a pregnant teacher were hanged and their bodies dumped by Taliban within a few kilometres of a foreign military base were recently handed over to Afghan control, officials said on Thursday. Continue reading
JNN 24 Oct 2013 Washington : A US political commentator says Britain’s foreign intelligence agency is planning to send more spies to Afghanistan to manage a $100-billion drug ( Heroin ) industry. Continue reading
JNN 30 May 2013 London : An independent study has found that the UK military’s presence in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where most British troops are based, has cost the country more than 37 billion pounds so far, local media reported. Continue reading
JNN 04 July 2011 : The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is reportedly using airbases in Afghanistan to launch deadly drone attacks on Pakistan despite Islamabad’s warnings against continued unauthorized U.S. air raids on its soil. Continue reading
JNN 02 July 2011 ISLAMABAD – Facing domestic political pressure, Pakistan’s government escalated the war of words with the United States, with its defense minister repeating calls for the U.S. to stop using a remote air base for drone strikes and to vacate the base. Continue reading
JNN 11 May 2011 : The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has received orders from a federal appeals court to overhaul its mental health care system, largely over the fact that 18 US veterans commit suicide every day on average. Continue reading
JNN 28 April 2011 KABUL — Nearly a decade into the war in Afghanistan, opium poppies are still the major crop for many farmers and a big source of income for the Taliban despite expensive efforts to stamp out cultivation. Continue reading
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll (PDF) released on Thursday shows that more than sixty percent Americans are now opposed to the war in Afghanistan.
There is also a growing pessimism in the American public about the way things are going for the US in the war, the poll suggests.
In response to a question on how “things are going” in the warzone 56 percent responded with “moderately badly” or “very badly.”
The US President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of 30,000 additional soldiers in Afghanistan about a year ago.
However, security situation continued to deteriorate across the war-ravaged country in 2010 — the deadliest year for foreign presence in Afghanistan.
The total death toll of US-led troops has surpassed the 700 milestone, with the Americans accounting for most of the casualties.
In the review of his war strategy in Afghanistan this month, Obama declared that the war “continues to be a very difficult endeavor” and the achievements made there are “fragile and reversible.”
Obama had pledged a major drawdown from Afghanistan by July 2011. However, Washington later announced that American troops will remain in the war-torn country for at least four more years.
The 2001 US-led invasion was launched with the objective of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.
After nine years and despite the presence of over 150,000 US-led troops across Afghanistan, the country’s security remains very fragile.
Moreover, according to the United Nations, the death toll of Afghan civilians this year is 20 percent higher than in 2009, with over 2,400 civilians killed in the country from January to September.
- Scores of Afghans hold anti-US rally (jafrianews.com)