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Afghanistan

Taliban and al-Qaeda versus Afghan government and coalition forces

Summary

The United States assembled an international coalition to invade Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. By backing the Northern Alliance, the coalition was able to remove the Taliban from power very quickly. But the Taliban regrouped, and violence has been increasing since 2004. As coalition partners have reduced their involvement, the US has grown troop numbers.
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Stats:

Fund for Peace (FfP) Failed States Index: 105.4 Alert (worst is 120)
HIIK Conflict Barometer 2008: 5
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Global Statistics : 200,000 IDPs or more
International Crisis Group Crisis Watch: Unchanged
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rferl.org Afghan Warlord Hekmatyar Calls For Peace In Public Speech 04/29
dw.com Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar urges Taliban to end war 04/29
dw.com Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar urges Taliban to end war 04/29
reuters.com Islamic State kills senior Afghan Taliban official in Pakistan: militants 04/29
aljazeera.com Making sense of the tragedy in Mazar-i-Sharif 04/29
upi.com Pentagon investigating friendly fire in Army Ranger deaths 04/29
zeenews.india.com Friendly fire may have killed US troops in Afghanistan 04/29
hosted.ap.org UAE's battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast 04/29
dailytimes.com.pk Senior Afghan Taliban leader shot dead in Peshawar 04/29
tribune.com.pk IS Afghanistan leader likely killed: Pentagon 04/29
aaj.tv Editorial: Bankrolled terrorism in Pakistan 04/29
foxnews.com Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar says he wants peace 04/29
aljazeera.com Hekmatyar urges Taliban to lay down arms 04/29
scmp.com Infamous Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returns to public life after exile 04/29
sputniknews.com Security Forces Eliminate 20 Daesh Terrorists in Eastern Afghanistan 04/29
sputniknews.com Afghanistan: Spring Fighting Season Begins 04/29
dailytimes.com.pk Infamous Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returns to public life after exile 04/29
aljazeera.com US soldiers return to Afghanistan's Helmand 04/29
dw.com Women defy local traditions in Pakistan's Swat Valley 04/29
today.az Ashgabat to host next meeting of Japanese, Central Asian FMs 04/29
reuters.com Notorious Afghan warlord calls for peace in first public speech 04/29
dnaindia.com US Marines return to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province 04/29
zeenews.india.com Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions 04/28
zeenews.india.com 'Pakistan's ISI supporting terrorist groups; Taliban, al Qaeda trying to take control of Karachi' 04/28
af.reuters.com Afghan Taliban launch spring offensive as U.S. reviews strategy 04/28
in.reuters.com Afghan Taliban launch spring offensive as U.S. reviews strategy 04/28
dnaindia.com Pakistan's ISI supporting terrorist groups, US lawmakers told 04/28
dailytimes.com.pk The heat is off — Islamabad, Kabul resume contacts 04/28
reuters.com Afghan Taliban launch spring offensive as U.S. reviews strategy 04/28
dailytimes.com.pk ‘Jadhav, Ehsan confessions exposes real face of India’ 04/28
dnaindia.com Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan - Pentagon 04/28
rediff.com The futility of massive bombs 04/28
dw.com Afghan Taliban announce spring offensive as US reconsiders strategy 04/28
abc.net.au Al Qaeda remains a persistent presence in Afghanistan: expert 04/28
dnaindia.com British soldier who killed Afghan fighter freed from jail 04/28
timesofindia.indiatimes.com 'US should review its options for dealing with Pak' 04/28
zeenews.india.com US should stop military support to Pakistan if it doesn't act against terror: Think-tank 04/28
app.com.pk India, Afghanistan gave help to Pakistani Taliban: Reuters 04/28
nation.co.ke Taliban now targeting foreign forces 04/28
nzherald.co.nz Taliban announce start of spring offensive 04/28
rferl.org Former Afghan Warlord Hekmatyar Holds First Meetings With Government Since Peace Deal 04/28
bbc.co.uk Friendly fire inquiry after US soldiers die battling IS 04/28
rt.com Taliban vows to ‘harass, capture, kill’ enemies in fresh spring offensive in Afghanistan 04/28
rferl.org The Daily Vertical: The 'Russophobia' Smear (Transcript) 04/28
voanews.com Pakistani Parliamentarians to Meet Afghan Counterparts in Kabul 04/28
in.reuters.com Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan - Pentagon 04/28
voanews.com How Taliban Managed to Attack a Major Fortification in Afghanistan 04/28
sputniknews.com US Suspects Daesh Emir Killed in Afghanistan Raid That Targeted Terrorist HQ 04/28
sputniknews.com Taliban Terrorists Launch Spring Offensive Code-Named 'Mansoori' 04/28
stripes.com Pentagon IDs Rangers killed in Afghanistan fighting ISIS; possible friendly fire investigated 04/28
huffingtonpost.com Taliban Launch Annual Spring Offensive In Afghanistan 04/28
wnyc.org A Shifting War Front in Afghanistan 04/28
reuters.com Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan: Pentagon 04/28
stripes.com Taliban official announces spring offensive, vows to build institutions 04/28
huffingtonpost.com This Documentary Reveals A New Side Of The U.S. War In Afghanistan 04/28
nbcnews.com Pentagon: Friendly Fire May Have Led to Army Ranger Deaths 04/28
sputniknews.com US Army Searching For New Long-Range 7.62 MM Rifle For Combat Squads 04/28
tribune.com.pk Friendly fire may have killed US troops in Afghanistan, says Pentagon 04/28
stripes.com Here’s what the 'mother of all bombs' did for US fight in Afghanistan 04/28
rferl.org Pentagon Says U.S. Soldiers May Have Been Killed In Afghanistan By 'Friendly Fire' 04/28
globalsecurity.org Afghan Taliban declare start of 'spring offensive' 04/28
scmp.com ‘Mother of all bombs’ dropped by US in Afghanistan was all hype and little impact, say analysts 04/28
cnn.com US soldiers may have been killed by friendly fire, Pentagon says 04/28
foxnews.com Pentagon names Army Rangers killed fighting ISIS in Afghanistan 04/28
feeds.latimes.com Deaths of two U.S. Army Rangers killed in eastern Afghanistan investigated as possible friendly fire incident 04/28
nbcnews.com Army Rangers Killed in Firefight With ISIS Identified 04/28
dailymail.co.uk Interactive map reveals EVERY conflict currently active 04/28
myaccount.nytimes.com ‘Friendly Fire’ May Have Killed 2 U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Raid 04/28
aljazeera.com Hekmatyar appears at Afghanistan Hezb-i-Islami meeting 04/28
npr.org The Pentagon Investigates Possible Friendly Fire Deaths In Afghanistan 04/28
voanews.com US: Top Islamic State leader in Afghanistan Likely Dead 04/28
stripes.com Rescue dogs trained by inmates ready for next step on path to aid veterans 04/28
npr.org The Pentagon Investigates Possible Friendly Fire Deaths In Afghanistan 04/28
tribune.com.pk Looking past recriminations 04/28
zeenews.india.com Afghan strongman shelters former Taliban insurgents 04/27
dnaindia.com Afghanistan: Around 100 Taliban, ISIS militants killed in clashes 04/27
aaj.tv Editorial: War and peace in Afghanistan 04/27
allafrica.com Uganda: Suspected Leader of Machete Gangs Terrorising the Country Unmasked 04/27
timesofindia.indiatimes.com 'Modi's nationalism has curbed press freedom' 04/27
zeenews.india.com Russia must help stabilise Afghanistan situation: Pakistan minister 04/27
reuters.com Civilian casualties decline slightly in Afghanistan: U.N. report 04/27
sputniknews.com Daesh Militants Move From Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan, Posing Threat to CSTO 04/27
un.org Afghanistan: UN urges protection of civilians as causalities remain high in first quarter 04/27
indiapost.com Trump admin taking regional look at Af-Pak issue 04/27
reuters.com Suspected U.S. drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants: sources 04/27
stripes.com UN says slight drop in war deaths, but more women among them 04/27
stripes.com Militant group says Pakistan using prisoner for propaganda 04/27
dailytimes.com.pk Kulbhushan, Ehsanullah's statements exposed India: FO 04/27
tribune.com.pk India sponsors, perpetrates terror: FO 04/27
today.az Azerbaijan women’s 3x3 basketball team name squad for Baku 2017 04/27
tribune.com.pk Pakistan’s soil won’t be used against Afghanistan, army delegation tells Afghan authorities 04/27
thejakartapost.com Indonesia climbs six spots in 2017 press freedom ranking 04/27
app.com.pk India stands clearly exposed for perpetuating terrorism in Pakistan: FO 04/27
aaj.tv India sponsoring, perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan: FO 04/27
myaccount.nytimes.com 2 U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghanistan, Pentagon Says 04/27
bbc.co.uk Two Americans killed in IS Afghan raid 04/27
feeds.latimes.com Two U.S. service members killed, one hurt fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan, Pentagon says 04/27
cnn.com 2 US soldiers killed fighting ISIS 04/27
voanews.com Fear of Militants, State Actors Hampers Press Freedom in Pakistan 04/27
voanews.com 2 US Troops Killed in Anti-IS Operation in Afghanistan 04/27