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Russian Bounties for Killing Americans Go Back Five Years, Ex-Taliban Claims

Taliban veterans like to laugh about the first time, according to their lore, that the Russians dumped a lot of American dollars on them. During the Taliban campaign to take over all of Afghanistan in 1995, they actually had a few fighter planes, and they used one to force a Russian cargo plane—a huge Ilyushin Il-76TD flying for a company called Airstan—to land in Kandahar. The Taliban held the Russian crew members prisoner for a year until, one day, they supposedly “escaped” and managed to take...
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Schiff: Trump ‘Affinity’ For Russia Amid Bounty Scheme Poses National Security Threat

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on Tuesday that President Trump’s claims that he was not briefed on the Russian scheme to target and kill American and coalition forces in Afghanistan are inexcusable. Schiff added that Trump’s “affinity” for Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to pose a national security threat. SCHIFF: "I find it inexplicable in light of these public allegations that POTUS hasn't come before the country & assured people that he'll ge...
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Peace Talks Must Include Afghan Government, Retired Gen. Nicholson Says

As President Trump says he wants to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, Steve Inskeep asks Gen. John Nicholson, who led U.S. and NATO troops until his retirement, about the state of the war.
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Balance Sheet of the Forever War

Balance Sheet of the Forever War U.S.A. –-( “It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end,” said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces.Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had been killed in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier.Why do we continue to fight in Afghanistan?“We continue to fight simply because we are there,” said retired Gen. Karl Eikenberry who preceded G...
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US general assumes NATO command in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Army Gen. Austin Miller has assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in Afghanistan following a handover ceremony. Miller took over Sunday from Gen. John Nicholson, who held the post for more than two years, at a ceremony attended by senior Afghan officials and foreign ambassadors. The handover comes at […]
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More Afghans Are Calling For Peace, Gen. John Nicholson Says

Rachel Martin talks to Gen. John Nicholson about his outlook for Afghanistan. Until September second, he is the commander of U.S. and NATO Forces in the country.
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Trump’s Afghanistan War Plan Is Working Despite Recent Attacks, Outgoing Commander Says

Facing renewed criticism, Gen. John Nicholson said the president’s year-old South Asia strategy was bringing Afghanistan closer to peace.
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US Declines Russia’s Invite To Talks On Afghanistan Including Taliban Members

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on Afghanistan because they are unlikely to help bring peace, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday, as the Trump administration prepared to appoint a diplomatic veteran as a new special envoy for the war-battered nation. Russia said that the Taliban will be joining the Sept. 4 talks in Moscow, along with representatives of several neighboring countries. It will be one of the insurgent group’s bigges...
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Trump sends envoys to Afghanistan to open talks directly with Taliban over peace deal

President Donald Trump's administration has ordered American envoys to seek direct talks with the Taliban to end the country's longest ever war, in a major shift after years of US diplomatic policy on the conflict. The change in White House stance rolls back a long-held position that any talks must be led and controlled by the Afghan government. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has now told diplomats to seek initial talks with the militant insurgent movement to try to kick start...
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US says it will intensify counter-IS fight in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — The top American commander in Afghanistan says the Kabul government’s unilateral halt to attacks on the Taliban gives U.S. combat forces an opportunity to intensify attacks against an Islamic State-affiliated extremist group in eastern Afghanistan. Army Gen. John Nicholson made the comment to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO […]
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Afghan Government Announces Temporary Truce With Taliban

Rachel Martin talks to General John Nicholson who supports a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Nicholson says while the ceasefire is temporary, it is significant.
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Taliban, Afghan officials in ceasefire talks: US general

Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the Pentagon said Wednesday, even as US forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes. "A lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it's occurring at multiple levels," General John Nicholson said in a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in late February proposed peace talks with the Taliban, saying they ...
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Over 50 Taliban leaders killed in US operation

US forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes against those behind a recent attack in the Helmand provincial capital of Farah, US military and NATO commander General John Nicholson said Wednesday. After pushing out fighters in Farah, Afghan and US forces continued to pursue them, Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon via video link. "What it looks like is it was a group of commanders, meeting in part to discuss the operation in Farah that many of them had just participated...
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Taliban 'talking and fighting,' says U.S. commander in Afghanistan

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan played down a spate of recent Taliban attacks on Wednesday, saying violence levels were still lower than average as some insurgents talked peace - a situation he described as "talking and fighting." "You see mid-level, senior-level Taliban leaders engaging with Afghans," said Army General John Nicholson, adding that a lot of the diplomatic activity was taking place "off the stage." Nicholson's remarks came the same d...
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US general says some Taliban interested in peace

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan says some Taliban fighters and leaders are talking to the Afghan government about peace prospects. Gen. John Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday that he could not be more specific about this because the talks are confidential. He said they […]
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Russia denies aiding Afghan Taliban in wake of U.S. general's comments

Russia has rejected comments by NATO's top commander in Afghanistan that it has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the Taliban, in a clash of words that underlines growing tension over Moscow's involvement in the conflict. In an interview with the BBC last week, General John Nicholson said that Russia had been acting to undermine U.S. efforts in Afghanistan despite shared interests in fighting terrorism and narcotics, with indications that Moscow was providing financial support and e...
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US will have role in Afghan reconciliation with Taliban

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. has a role to play in setting the conditions for members of the Taliban to lay down their weapons and move back into Afghanistan’s society, the top U.S. commander for the war said Thursday. Noting that integration talks are already going on behind the scenes, Gen. John Nicholson […]
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Top US commander sees peace possibilities in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — The top American commander in Afghanistan is talking up prospects for peace talks with the Taliban. Gen. John Nicholson suggested in an interview that after 16 years of war, the militants are weary and see slim chances of making new gains on the battlefield. Nicholson spoke Wednesday at Bagram […]
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No one can believe what happened during Spurs v Rochdale

VAR Tottenham faced off against Rochdale at Wembley on Wednesday evening in their FA Cup replay and no shock was expected but everyone was wrong. That is because the clash was one of the most interesting, crazy and confusing that you could possibly have had on a Wednesday evening. It all started when Erik Lamela scored in the first five minutes of the game, or so everyone thought he had. Referee Paul Tierney pulled the decision back though after contact from the Video Assistant Referee. They in...
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Taliban publishes open letter to Americans

The Taliban has published an open letter to the American people, calling on them to demand an end the conflict in Afghanistan and to reject “the inexperienced policies of president Trump and his war-monger advisors”. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, released copies of the 10-page document on Wednesday in several languages, detailing insurgent gains and so-called failures of the “illegitimate” US-led invasion, now in its 17th year. The authors write that they hope Americans “will re...
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U.S. Afghanistan General: We've Reached Stalemate Against Taliban

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, General John Nicholson discusses the U.S. strategy against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and why he's confident he maintains Trump's trust.
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U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today. General John Nicholson, citing counter-insurgency doctrine, said gaining 80 percent control of the country would represent a turning point in the 16-year-old conflict, which has become the longest U.S war. "This we beli...
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US targets Taliban drug labs under new Afghan strategy

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. general in Afghanistan says American aircraft have targeted drug producing facilities for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding. Gen. John Nicholson said Monday that the raids involving an F-22 bomber were carried out the day before in the southern Helmand province. […]
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U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds

By Girish Gupta KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday. U.S. Army General John Nicholson showed videos at a press conference of targeted aerial strikes against what he described as Taliban drug factories. "Last night we conducted strikes in northern Helmand to hit the Taliban where it hurts, in their narcotics financing," said Nicholson,...
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Tillerson: There's Room For Taliban In Afghan Government, With Conditions

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday there is a place for moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s government as long as they renounce violence and terrorism and commit to stability. He also delivered a blunt warning to neighboring Pakistan, insisting Islamabad must step up action against terrorist groups that have found safe haven within its borders.Speaking on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan where he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani...
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Obituary: F1 engine builder and one-time GP starter John Nicholson

John Nicholson, who made one just grand prix start at Silverstone in 1975 but won two Formula 1 world championships as an engine builder, has died at the age of 75
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Trump has shown 'long-term commitment' to Afghan war, says top US general

'The Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, it's time for them to join the peace process,' General John Nicholson told reporters.
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Trump To Outline Strategy For Victory In Afghanistan In National TV Address

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat and lives lost. The speech Monday night will also give Trump a chance for a reset after one of the most difficult weeks of his short presidency. Trump tweeted Saturday that he had reached a decision on the way forward in Afghanistan, a day after he reviewed war ...
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Mattis Tight-Lipped On Trump's New Afghanistan War Strategy

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy. But he refused to talk about the new policy until it was disclosed by President Donald Trump. He said the deliberations, including talks at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday, were done properly. “I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous,” Mattis said, speaking aboard a military aircraft on an over...
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Is the top US commander in Afghanistan in Trump's crosshairs?

General John Nicholson, a highly respected four-star Army general with 35 years experience may be in the White House's political crosshairs and become the first high-ranking military officer President Donald Trump decides to fire.
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