July, 2016

IN THE NEWS: AFGHAN TALIBAN DISMISS REPORTS OF SLOWDOWN, VOW NEW OPERATIONS (JULY 19, 2016)

Written by admin on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Afghan Taliban dismiss reports of slowdown, vow new operations SOURCE: PanArmenian.Net Tuesday, July 19, 2016 PanARMENIAN.Net – The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday, July 19 they were launching new operations after the end of the holy month of Ramadan, dismissing reports that they had been weakened following […]

IN THE NEWS: U.S. SUPPORT FOR AFGHANS COULD BE ‘GAME-CHANGER’, SAYS COMMANDER (JULY 17, 2016)

Written by admin on Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Commander: U.S. Support For Afghans Could Be ‘Game-Changer’ SOURCE: RFE Sunday, July 17, 2016 The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says President Barack Obama’s decision to allow greater military action in support of Afghan combat operations against Taliban militants could have a major effect on the war. […]

IN THE NEWS: EX-AFGHAN SPY SAYS LETTERS SHOW PAKISTAN SUPPORTS TALIBAN (JULY 15, 2016)

Written by admin on Friday, July 15th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Ex-Afghan spy says letters show Pakistan supports Taliban SOURCE: The News International Friday, July 15, 2016 KABUL: The former head of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency released documents on Thursday which he said showed that Pakistani intelligence services helped leaders of the Taliban and the feared Haqqani network […]

IN THE NEWS: PAKISTAN SHOULD TARGET GROUPS THAT ATTACK ITS NEIGHBORS, SAYS U.S. (JULY 15, 2016)

Written by admin on Friday, July 15th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Pakistan should target groups that attack its neighbors: US SOURCE: Khaama Press Friday, July 15, 2016 The United States has called on Pakistan to target all militant groups including those targeting the country’s neighbors. Deputy spokesperson for the State Department, Mark Toner, hailed Pakistan’s efforts regarding the […]

IN THE NEWS: PAKISTAN BEWILDERED BY POSTERS BEGGING FOR MILITARY COUP (JULY 14, 2016)

Written by admin on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten PAKISTAN BEWILDERED BY POSTERS BEGGING FOR MILITARY COUP SOURCE: Newsweek Pakistan Thursday, July 14, 2016 *MOVE ON PAKISTAN POLITICAL PARTY CLAIMS A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP WOULD BE PREFERABLE TO A ‘CORRUPT’ GOVERNMENT Posters begging Pakistan Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif to launch a coup appeared in major cities […]

IN THE NEWS: NO PLANS FOR TALIBAN TALKS, SAYS AFGHAN GOVT (JULY 14, 2016)

Written by admin on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten No plans for Taliban talks: Afghan govt SOURCE: The Nation Thursday July 14, 2016 KABUL: Kabul has no plans to revive a peace process aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table after a four-nation effort earlier this year produced no results, the spokesman of the […]

IN THE NEWS: ACCORD ON MADRASSA REFORMS STRUCK (JULY 14, 2016)

Written by admin on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Accord on madrassa reforms struck SOURCE: The Nation Thursday, July 14, 2016 By IFTIKHAR ALAM *Seminaries to teach modern subjects, get govt-recognised degrees LAHORE – In a landmark development, the government and Ittehad Tanzeemul Madaris have reached an agreement over longstanding issue of religious seminaries’ registration and […]

IN THE NEWS: U.S. TO FIGHT TALIBAN ALONG WITH AFGHAN FORCES (JULY 13, 2016)

Written by admin on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten US to fight Taliban along with Afghan forces SOURCE: The News International Thursday, July 13, 2016 KABUL: The senior US commander in Afghanistan will have greater freedom to strike at the Taliban under broad new powers approved last month by President Barack Obama, US Defense Secretary Ash […]

IN THE NEWS: WHO IS TALIBAN COMMANDER UMAR MANSOOR? (JULY 12, 2016)

Written by admin on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Who is Taliban commander Umar Mansoor? SOURCE: Dawn Wednesday, July 12, 2016 PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Geedar group commander who claimed the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda Wednesday is Umar Mansoor, the de facto operational head of TTP in KP. Journalist Hasan Abdullah […]

IN THE NEWS: AS AFGHAN FORCES BEAT I.S. BACK, MILITARY CASUALTIES ARE ON THE RISE (JULY 12, 2016)

Written by admin on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Even As Afghan Forces Beat IS Back, Military Casualties Are On The Rise SOURCE: Gandhara Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Afghan forces are sustaining unprecedented numbers of casualties even as they have helped thwart plans by the Islamic State (IS) to overrun a strategic corner of their country. […]