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last updated 02-Sep-2021

News articles and special reports related to insurgents and insurgency in the Central Asian Region, including various Russian republics. The emphasis this year is on Afghanistan and the Taliban at the end of the twenty-year long U.S.led military incursion into the country. Once the dust settles, we will return to our broader focus on the Adverse Private Forces operating across Central Asia.





Chaos in Kabul. A government collapse and a Taliban takeover has thrown Afghanistan’s capital into chaos as people rush to evacuate to safety. By Simon Scarr, Marco Hernandez, Wen Foo, Manas Sharma and Anand Katakam, Reuters, August 18, 2021: MULTIMEDIA

Timeline: the Taliban’s sweeping offensive in Afghanistan. The fall of Kabul to the Taliban caps off a swift military campaign as US-led foreign forces pulled out of the country. Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, August 16, 2021: TEXT | PICTURES

Timeline of Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. House of Lords Library, August 17, 2021: TEXT

The U.S. War in Afghanistan 1999 – 2021. The Taliban insurgency remains resilient two decades after U.S.-led forces toppled its regime in what led to the United States’ longest war. Council of Foreign Relations - TEXT | PICTURES

The shocking speed of the Taliban’s advance: A visual timeline. U.S. intelligence warned on Aug. 10 it would take 30-90 days for the Afghan government in Kabul to collapse. The capital fell five days later. By Ruby Mellen, The Washington Post, August 16, 2021: MULTIMEDIA

Timeline: The Taliban's rapid advance across Afghanistan. Compiled by Kim Coghill; Editing by William Mallard, Andrew Cawthorne and Frances Kerry, Reuters, August 16, 2021: TEXT | PICTURE

A timeline of the US withdrawal and Taliban recapture of Afghanistan. By Matthew Brown, USA Today, August 15, 2021: TEXT | PICTURES

EXCLUSIVE As U.S. prepared exit, Taliban protected foreign bases, but killed Afghans. By Charlotte Greenfield and Abdul Sediqi, Reuters, April 30, 2021: TEXT | PICTURE

Selected articles in relation to the Kabul Airport terrorist attack at the TERRORISM MIDDLE EAST A-K page



Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan. The White House, State Dining Room, August 31, 2021, 3:28 P.M. EDT: TEXT

United Nations Security Council. The situation in Afghanistan. S/RES/2593(2021), August 30, 2021: PDF

Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan. The White House, Treaty Room, April 14, 2021, 2:29 P.M. EDT: TEXT

U.S-The Taliban. Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United Statesas a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America. Signed in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020.: PDF

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. What We Need to Learn: Lessons from Twenty Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction. Arlington, Virginia, August 2021: PDF | INTERACTIVE SUMMARY

U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Quarterly Report to the United States Congress. Washington, D.C., July 30, 2021: PDF

U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Quarterly Report to the United States Congress. Washington, D.C., April 30, 2021: PDF


The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan after the twenty-year long U.S.-led military intervention in the country, Army Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. To view the full image go yo our Pinterest page: GO>>



Taliban return to Afghan town that rose up and drove out its leaders. “The Taliban are using people as shields and are firing on security forces from civilian houses,” said Haji Abdur Rab, head of Gizab’s development council. By Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian, October 27, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP

Fears of Taliban assassinations increase. Describing 2013 as “very important”, he predicted the Taliban would launch “high-profile attacks to create the perception of insecurity” and attempt to assassinate political and military leaders. By Victor Mallet, The Financial Times, April 3, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

- FT interview with Gen Joseph Dunford, commander of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), and of US forces in Afghanistan. Transcript: Gen Joseph Dunford. Conducted April 2 2013 by Victor Mallet: TEXT




Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead. More than eight hours after militants slipped into the heavily guarded compound through a back entrance, the army declared the operation to flush them out over, and said that all nine insurgents had been killed. By Jibran Ahmad and Mehreen Zahra-Malik, Reuters, December 16, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

More on the Peshawar school massacre at the TERRORISM IN ASIA page


Hakimullah Mehsud killed by drone, Pakistan Taliban say. The U.S. strike targeted Hakimullah Mehsud's vehicle in the Dande Darpakhel, some 5km (3miles) north of the region's main town, Miranshah. BBC News, November 2, 1013: TEXT | VIDEO

Map of the area were Mehsud was killed available at out PINTEREST page




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