Tag Archives: Afganistan

Panel: Russia Conflicted by America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Panel: Russia Conflicted by America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

U.S. Army soldiers board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft prior to departure for Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, on Aug. 13, 2021. US Air Force Photo

Russia’s Afghanistan failures in the 1980s are driving the Kremlin’s thinking of how to deal with the Taliban and the possible rise of religious extremism near its borders, two scholars on Central Asia said Wednesday. Read More

America Ends Military Ground Mission in Afghanistan After 20 Years; State Dept.-led Effort Tries To Evacuate Remaining U.S. Citizens, Allies

America Ends Military Ground Mission in Afghanistan After 20 Years; State Dept.-led Effort Tries To Evacuate Remaining U.S. Citizens, Allies

Army Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug 30, 2021.

The U.S. has completed the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan after 20 years of troops on the ground, with the last military transport plane departing the country at about 3:30 p.m. East Coast time, the commander of U.S. Central Command said on Monday. Read More

UPDATED: U.S. Strikes ISIS-K in Afghanistan; Navy, Marines Identify Troops Killed in Kabul Attack

UPDATED: U.S. Strikes ISIS-K in Afghanistan; Navy, Marines Identify Troops Killed in Kabul Attack

U.S. service members killed in the Aug. 26, 2021 attack outside the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan as identified by their family members. USNI News Photo Graphic

This post and headline have been updated to include a U.S. Central Command statement saying that an ISIS Khorasan planner was killed in an unmanned aerial vehicle strike on late Friday and images and biographical information for the service members killed in the Aug. 26, 2021, Kabul explosion.

In retaliation for an attack that killed 13 U.S. troops outside the Kabul airport, the U.S. killed an ISIS Khorasan planner and facilitator in an unmanned aerial vehicle strike, U.S. Central Command announced late Friday. Read More

UPDATED: 10 Marines, Sailor Among 13 U.S. Troops Killed in Attacks on Kabul Airport; 18 Injured Being Medically Evacuated

UPDATED: 10 Marines, Sailor Among 13 U.S. Troops Killed in Attacks on Kabul Airport; 18 Injured Being Medically Evacuated

Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct security as they continue to help facilitate the safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans out of Afghanistan as quickly and safely as possible from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 25, 2021. US Army Photo

This story has been updated to include a statement from the U.S. Marine Corps. This post has been corrected to indicate there was only one suicide bombing attack on Aug. 26.

Ten Marines and at least one Navy hospital corpsman are among the 13 U.S. troops dead following a suicide bomb attack on crowds struggling to get into the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday, USNI News has learned. Read More

Panel: Long-term Resettlement of Afghan Refugees is 'Where the Crisis is Moving'

Panel: Long-term Resettlement of Afghan Refugees is ‘Where the Crisis is Moving’

Families board a U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 24, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

After the evacuation from Afghanistan ends, the next work that needs to be done is to permanently resettle the flood of refugees leaving the country and “try to understand what’s going on after we leave,” a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs said Wednesday. Read More

2,000 Marines Now in Afghanistan Assisting Evacuation as More Head to Haiti

2,000 Marines Now in Afghanistan Assisting Evacuation as More Head to Haiti

Marines with the 24th Expeditionary Unit (MEU) guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 18, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

More than 2,000 Marines were supporting evacuation operations and security in Afghanistan, a senior official said Thursday, as the U.S. military hopes to maintain a semblance of control to process more Americans, Afghans and other evacuees onto military transport planes at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. Read More

UPDATED: Three Marines Killed in IED Attack Near Bagram Air Base

UPDATED: Three Marines Killed in IED Attack Near Bagram Air Base

A Chinook helicopter transports equipment around Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. US Army photo by SGT James Dansie.

This post has been updated with the names of the Marines who were killed.

CAPITOL HILL – Three Marines were killed in an improvised explosive device attack near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Read More

Votel: U.S. Urging Pakistan to Help Bring Taliban to Negotiating Table

Votel: U.S. Urging Pakistan to Help Bring Taliban to Negotiating Table

Gen. Joseph Votel, U. S. Central Command commander, speaks at a commander’s call at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 23, 2017. US Air Force Photo

Despite better cooperation between the Pakistani and Afghan military in taking on the Taliban and its allies, Islamabad needs to press the Taliban harder to come to the negotiating table, the commander of U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. Read More