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Default Iran Sent Them to Syria. Now Afghan Fighters Are a Worry at Home.

Iran Sent Them to Syria. Now Afghan Fighters Are a Worry at Home.

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The Islamic State terror group beheaded 15 of its own fighters Thursday due to infighting in Afghanistanís eastern province of Nangarhar, while a suicide attack in another part of the country left at least eight people dead.
The fighters were executed in the Surkh Ab bazaar of Achin district along the country's border with Pakistan after infighting in the group, a spokesman for the provincial governor, Attaullah Khogyani, told Reuters.
There were no further details and the local branch of the terror group did not publicly announce the killings.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11...t-least-8.html
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The Pentagon has barred an official watchdog from providing unclassified guideposts in his reports on the war, amid increasing violence in Kabul and signs that Afghan forces arenít gaining ground against the Taliban despite President Donald Trumpís pledge to send more U.S. troops.

For the first time since 2009, the Defense Department didnít let the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction release his assessments of Afghan force strength or of territory thatís held by the government, lost to the Taliban or contested, John Sopko said in his latest quarterly report.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...n-deteriorates
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As AdamG's previous post the restrictions on SIGAR reporting has attracted attention and criticism. One part of the report concerns:
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public data on specific districts in Afghanistan, such as the number of people living there, "controlled or influenced by the Afghan government or by the insurgents, or contested by both."
Link:http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/new...in-afghanistan

So the BBC World Service has a report whose title suggests why the restriction was made:
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Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds (and the sub-title) Taliban fighters, whom US-led forces spent billions of dollars trying to defeat, are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan
There are two maps on the Taliban's presence and a second for ISIS by district.



Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42863116
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Default Canada had it right when it comes to Afghanistan

Steve Coll has this article today, taken from his new book: Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016. It is sub-titled:
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The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is in its 17 th year, with no end in sight. We can see now, writes Steve Coll, that the framework of Canadian policy Ė security, reconstruction and active diplomacy Ė was the right one
Looking back enables him to write, harshly about today:
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Today, in the American-led war's 17th year, U.S. and allied Afghan forces are still digging that hole in the ocean, hoping against all historical evidence that they can make enough progress on the battlefield to force the Taliban into a political settlement acceptable to most Afghans. The Trump administration has suspended aid to Pakistan in the hope that it will pressure the ISI to change course. The reaction in Pakistan since that announcement has been one of deep nationalist defiance......Instead, NATO failed to see what was coming out of Pakistan until it was too late and succumbed to hubristic American strategy dominated by a Pentagon that repeatedly overestimated its capacity to change the course of the war. In its blindness, the alliance failed the many Afghans who relied on its power and promises.
Link:https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canada-had-it-right-when-it-comes-to-afghanistan/article37917216/?

There is a closed thread on the Canadians in Afghanistan:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=1071
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