In Pakistan, Trump’s national security adviser signals tougher U.S. stance

In Pakistan, Trump’s national security adviser signals tougher U.S. stance

by WorldTribune Staff, April 17, 2017 In advance of the Trump administration’s first formal high-level exchange with Pakistan, national security adviser H.R. McMaster suggested that Washington is adjusting its policy towards a key ally in the region. McMaster visited Islamabad on April 17, a day after holding talks with Afghan leaders in Kabul. He delivered […]

MOAB blast pulverized at least 36 terrorists, massive ISIS tunnel network

MOAB blast pulverized at least 36 terrorists, massive ISIS tunnel network

by WorldTribune Staff, April 14, 2017 The Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb dropped by the U.S. in Afghanistan on April 13 killed at least 36 terrorists, according to the Afghan military. The 21,600 pound bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft on a massive ISIS tunnel network in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan used […]

Exactly what is the MOAB?

Exactly what is the MOAB?

by WorldTribune Staff, April 14, 2017 The Massive Ordnance Air Blast – MOAB – that was dropped by the U.S. on Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Afghanistan on April 13 weighs 21,700 pounds, is GPS-guided and is ideal for destroying cave complexes like those ISIS jihadists hide out in on the Afghan-Pakistan border. The GBU-43/B […]

Mattis makes Al Qaida strike a teachable moment: ‘Terrorists who defame Islam’ are not safe

Mattis makes Al Qaida strike a teachable moment: ‘Terrorists who defame Islam’ are not safe

by WorldTribune Staff, March 26, 2017 An Al Qaida operative responsible for several terror attacks was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan earlier this month, the Pentagon confirmed on March 25. “The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” U.S. Defense […]

U.S. goal: Defeat ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan by year’s end

U.S. goal: Defeat ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan by year’s end

by WorldTribune Staff, March 24, 2017 The United States and the Afghan army it is training plan to drive the Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate out of Afghanistan this year, U.S. military officials said. Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), based near the Afghan-Pakistan border, has increased its recruiting and the number of terror attacks it has […]

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, Taliban has revived and conflict escalation seems likely

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, Taliban has revived and conflict escalation seems likely

Special to WorldTribune.com By Jonathan Alexander Hoffman, Research Associate, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The security situation in Afghanistan continued to deteriorate rapidly through February 2017, and risked dragging the region and international community into a revived major conflict with no consideration yet being made by Kabul or major external powers as to the possible, or […]

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago. According to a UN report there were 11,418 conflict related causalities documented, which includes 3,500 killed. Over 900 children died and another 2,600 were […]

Obama’s unreported Pakistan sanctions limit U.S. options for looming Afghanistan crisis

Obama’s unreported Pakistan sanctions limit U.S. options for looming Afghanistan crisis

How the U.S. Trump Administration deals with emerging Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran issues may have been affected by the policies and last-minute sanctions enacted by the outgoing administration. Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs As exiled Iranian strategist Dr Assad Homayoun notes: “If Iran switches its allegiances back to […]

Report: Iran’s IRGC using Taliban to disrupt Afghanistan’s water supply

Report: Iran’s IRGC using Taliban to disrupt Afghanistan’s water supply

by WorldTribune Staff, January 24, 2017 Iran is said to be providing the Afghan Taliban with the means to disable some of Afghanistan’s dams so Teheran can get a larger share of water for itself, a report said. Governors in Afghanistan’s southern and western provinces accused Iran of using an increasingly close relationship with the […]

Document: Bin Laden feared Iran would plant tracking devices on sons

Document: Bin Laden feared Iran would plant tracking devices on sons

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, during his years hiding in Pakistan, worried that Iranian officials might implant tracking devices on his sons, according to a document released on January 19. “If they inject you with a shot, this shot might be loaded with a tiny […]