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Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in AfghanistanThe Taliban’s ruling council agreed Sunday to a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan, providing a window in which a peace agreement with the United States can be signed, officials from the insurgent group said. A cease-fire had been demanded by Washington before any peace agreement could be signed. A peace deal would allow the U.S. to bring home its troops from Afghanistan and end its 18-year military engagement there, America’s longest.



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Families of Soldiers Fallen or Wounded in Afghanistan Sue Contractors for Allegedly Paying Protection Money to Taliban

Families of Soldiers Fallen or Wounded in Afghanistan Sue Contractors for Allegedly Paying Protection Money to TalibanFamilies of 143 American troops and contractors killed or wounded in Afghanistan have sued U.S. and international contractors involved in Afghan reconstruction projects for allegedly paying protection money to the Taliban.The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court, claims certain contracting companies often paid the Taliban through subcontractors, which allowed the the companies to save money on security personnel. The Taliban then used the money, according to the lawsuit, to fund attacks on other companies that didn't make payments to the insurgent group."The defendants are large corporations that had lucrative businesses in Afghanistan," said Joshua Branson, a lawyer for the case, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. "Those protection payments, as alleged, redirected attacks away from the defendants’ own interests while financing a terrorist insurgency that killed and injured thousands of Americans, including our clients."It has been widely known for years that money from American defense contractors has found its way to local Afghan warlords in the wake of the U.S. invasion of the country. A 2010 congressional investigation found that funds from Pentagon-backed contractors were fueling a "protection racket" by bribing local officials and possibly Taliban members in exchange for safe passage of goods.No U.S. or international companies have been successfully prosecuted for aiding the Taliban. The current lawsuit is a civil suit, which will enable a conviction if prosecutors can convince a jury of a preponderance of evidence in their favor, as opposed to a criminal suit which requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt.The war in Afghanistan, now 18 years old, came under increased scrutiny after the Washington Post published a trove of documents it dubbed the "Afganistan Papers." The records are from a federal investigation into the war effort and contain reflections of U.S. officials and troops in which they express doubts about the success of the war and the clarity of the military's mission. The officials also indicated the U.S. repeatedly misrepresented progress in the war to the government and the American people.The U.S. has been attempting peace negotiations with the Taliban, but talks have proceeded slowly as insurgents have continued to attack American targets.



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Violence flares in north Afghanistan as forces ready for deadly winter

Violence flares in north Afghanistan as forces ready for deadly winterAt least seven Afghan soldiers were killed when the Taliban attacked their base Tuesday, the latest brazen assault in Afghanistan’s north, where local and international forces are bracing for violent months ahead. Winter once marked a slowdown in the so-called “fighting season”, with Taliban fighters returning to their villages because snow and ice made attacks more difficult to pull off. In Tuesday’s incident, a joint military base in the Dawlat Abad district of Balkh province near the Uzbekistan border was attacked, the Afghan defence ministry said.



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Taliban kill U.S. force member in northern Afghanistan

Taliban kill U.S. force member in northern AfghanistanThe Taliban said their fighters killed a U.S. service member in Afghanistan on Monday and posted photographs of a blood-soaked backpack and the identity card of an American soldier to prove it. The U.S. Defense Department said Michael Goble, a U.S. Army sergeant from New Jersey, died on Monday from “injuries sustained while his unit was engaged in combat operations” one day earlier in Kunduz province.



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US soldier is killed in Afghanistan; Taliban claim attack

US soldier is killed in Afghanistan; Taliban claim attackAn American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the U.S. soldier. The latest fatality brings the number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this year to 20. The Taliban now control or hold sway over practically half of Afghanistan but continue to stage near-daily attacks targeting Afghan and U.S. forces, as well as government officials — even as they hold peace talks with a U.S. envoy tasked with negotiating an end to what has become America’s longest war.



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Pakistan Won in Afghanistan (While America Lost)

Pakistan Won in Afghanistan (While America Lost)How did this happen?



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Trump set to announce he's withdrawing 4,000 troops from Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks with Taliban

Trump set to announce he's withdrawing 4,000 troops from Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks with TalibanPresident Trump in 2016 campaigned on pulling the US out of wars like Afghanistan, but has been unable to make good on that promise.



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Trump set to announce he's withdrawing 4,000 troops from Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks with Taliban

Trump set to announce he's withdrawing 4,000 troops from Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks with TalibanPresident Trump in 2016 campaigned on pulling the US out of wars like Afghanistan, but has been unable to make good on that promise.



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Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in Afghanistan

Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in AfghanistanGholam Mahaiuddin sighs softly as he thinks of his 14-year-old son, who was killed in the spring by a bomb dropped last century in the hills of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan. “We knew the mountain was dangerous,” said Mahaiuddin, who found his son’s remains after he didn’t come home one day. Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan — and three decades since the conflict ended — the war’s legacy continues to claim lives across the country.



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More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep track

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep trackNew documents show that the Pentagon was trying to hide how badly the Afghanistan war was going for the past 18 years.



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