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Friday January 12, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The Pentagon is planning to send more armed drones and roughly 1,000 new combat advisers to Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
U.S. and military officials told the paper the move is meant to bolster the American military presence in Afghanistan in time for spring, when the traditional fighting season begins.
As soon as February, the Pentagon will send members of an Army security-force assistance brigade from Fort Benning, Ga., to work as combat advisers to Afghan National Security Forces.
The larger fleet of drones, both armed and unarmed, will provide air support and will also be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
In addition, the Pentagon plans to add more helicopters, ground vehicles, artillery and other equipment. The Defense Department (DOD) is able to do so because of reduced combat operations in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Trump announced in August a new plan for Afghanistan that includes sending 3,000 to 4,000 additional troops to the country to help end the stalemate there. The extra forces brings the number of American personnel in the country to about 14,000.
The increase in security-force assistance troops may move the needle past 14,000, but there is the chance the Pentagon could at the same time withdraw another unit.
Gen. John Nicholson, the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told reporters last month that more advisers would aid their Afghan counterparts, but did not give a number.
There are “well over 1,000 advisers out at any given time,” but in 2018 “this will increase dramatically,” Nicholson said.
The increase stems from a request from Defense Secretary James Mattisthat Army Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of the U.S. Central Command, come up with ways to rethink military capabilities in the countries, The Wall Street Journal wrote.
Mattis didn’t put a deadline on drawing down resources from Central Command.
As ISIS loses more ground in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon has been able to shift some resources east to Afghanistan. Military planners want to reduce the number of ground troops in Iraq and Syria over the next year.
But Pentagon officials plan to be careful in moving forces out of the two countries, as they hope to prevent ISIS or other extremist groups from re-emerging.
The U.S. forces still there would focus on counterterrorism operations and security for diplomats and contractors. There are currently more than 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, according to the Pentagon.
Thehill
Ansari

Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen has strongly condemned the suicide bomb attacks in Kabul that killed at least forty people and wounded dozens.
These cowardly attacks targeting innocent worshippers and civilians go against the teachings and values of Islam, he said, while extending his solidarity with Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.
The OIC Secretary-General offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, government and people of Afghanistan on the tragic loss of lives and wished early recovery to the injured.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen reiterated the principled position of the OIC against all forms of terrorism and extremism and repeated his call for international solidarity in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.
Wam
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Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attacks that took place in Kabul on Thursday, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 80.
“The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured,” the 15-member Council said in a statement.
Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
It urged all states to cooperate actively with the government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
App
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Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) India on Friday strongly condemned the cowardly suicide terror attack at a cultural center in Kabul, and said it is committed to extending all possible support to Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.
More than 40 people were killed in the terror strike at the Shiite cultural center near a media outlet in the Afghanistan capital on Thursday.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement that India backs all efforts to bring stability and security to Afghanistan and remains steadfast in its solidarity with the government and the people of Afghanistan at this difficult time.
India strongly condemned the “cowardly suicide terror attack” at a media news agency and the cultural centre in which more than 40 innocent lives were lost and many injured, it said.
India is committed to extend all possible support in their fight against the menace of terrorism and efforts to bring peace, stability and security in the country, it added.
The ministry also extended condolences to the families of the victims of the dastardly attack.
Statesman
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