Pentagon says STILL no evidence for NYT’s ‘Russian bounties’ story as US envoy hails Moscow’s support for Afghan peace talks

The Pentagon has still seen no proof for reports that Russia paid the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan, a defense official said, while a senior US diplomat noted Moscow has instead supported the country’s peace process. … Read More >Pentagon says STILL no evidence for NYT’s ‘Russian bounties’ story as US envoy hails Moscow’s support for Afghan peace talks

US military reveals it can’t corroborate NYT’s story on Russian bounties to Taliban – months after vowing to get to bottom of it

After two months of digging for evidence that Russia’s government paid bounties to Taliban forces to kill American forces in Afghanistan, as reported by the New York Times, the US military has found no corroboration. … Read More >US military reveals it can’t corroborate NYT’s story on Russian bounties to Taliban – months after vowing to get to bottom of it

Trump says US to reduce troops to 4,000 in Afghanistan and 2,000 in Iraq as peace talks progress

Saying that “a lot of progress is being made” in the Middle East, US President Donald Trump told reporters there will soon be only 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan and 2,000 in Iraq, with only a few in Syria to “guard the oil.” … Read More >Trump says US to reduce troops to 4,000 in Afghanistan and 2,000 in Iraq as peace talks progress

Iran denies offering bounties to Taliban fighters, says US spreading propaganda to cover up ‘catastrophic presence’ in Afghanistan

Tehran has issued a strongly-worded denial after US media reports accused it of paying Taliban-linked militants to attack American forces in Afghanistan, calling the claim baseless misinformation. … Read More >Iran denies offering bounties to Taliban fighters, says US spreading propaganda to cover up ‘catastrophic presence’ in Afghanistan

Afghanistan convenes grand assembly of elders on Friday to decide fate of Taliban prisoners

The government of Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders, known as a loya jirga, in Kabul on Friday. The centuries-old institution will decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insists should be released before entering peace talks with the government. … Read More >Afghanistan convenes grand assembly of elders on Friday to decide fate of Taliban prisoners