Current Events


A reported deal falls apart with the very group America has fought in Afghanistan for 18 years.

Current Events

What To Know:

  • The Trump administration has held “peace talks” with the Taliban & Afghan gov’t over the last year.
  • The Goal: Find a way to negotiate an end to America’s longest war.
  • Reports of a “deal” included: *some* American forces leaving Afghanistan; the Taliban having a seat in the Afghan gov’t and promising not to harbor terrorist groups.
Current Events

“They’re dead.”

  • Pres. Trump said this as he called off negotiations between the U.S. & the Taliban, after the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing an American soldier in a car bomb attack; 11 others were also killed.
  • This isn’t new. The Taliban have continued attacks on local people and American forces during earlier peace talks.
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What You Should Know:

16 American soldiers have been killed in action this year – the most since 2014.

The Taliban currently control more territory than at any other time during the 18-year war.

The Taliban provided safe harbor to not just al-Qaeda, but other Islamic terrorist groups as well.

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Big Picture:

  • Osama bin Laden used Taliban-ruled Afghanistan as a safe haven to train and stage the 9/11 attacks.
  • Bin Laden wanted to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons for future attacks.
  • “The Taliban remains closely allied with al-Qaeda.” Thomas Joscelyn, FDD Long War Journal, Congressional testimony 9/10/19.
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Sgt. First Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz was killed last Thursday in Afghanistan. His wife told The New York Times: “He loved his country, and for him it was an honor to serve.”

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  • Trump says peace talks with Taliban are now ‘dead’
  • Global Terrorism: Threats to the Homeland
    The Taliban remains closely allied with al-Qaeda, and this is not likely to change as a result of any agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban. At FDD’s Long War Journal, we’ve documented this relationship for years. In addition, four reports submitted to the United Nations Security Council since last year have warned that: Al-Qaeda is “closely allied” with the Taliban, and the group’s “alliance with the Taliban and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan remains firm”; al-Qaeda’s relationship with the Taliban is “long-standing” and “strong”; al-Qaeda “has grown stronger operating under the Taliban umbrella across Afghanistan and is more active than in recent years”; the Taliban is the “primary partner for all foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, with the exception of” the Islamic State’s Khorasan branch; al-Qaeda “members continue to function routinely as military and religious instructors for the Taliban”; and al-Qaeda “considers Afghanistan a continuing safe haven for its leadership, relying on its long-standing and strong relationship with the Taliban leadership.”
  • Senate Foreign Relations Cmte
    The importance of getting this right is reinforced by the utterances of Osama bin Laden, who called the terrorist acquisition of nuclear and chemical weapons “a religious duty.” This effort has not died with bin Laden. Al-Qaeda and its affiliates have so far been unsuccessful in obtaining nuclear material or a nuclear device, experts believe. But many of our top military and intelligence officials continue to regard the terrorist acquisition of a nuclear weapon as the biggest threat to the United States national security.
  • US soldier killed in Taliban suicide bomb attack was on second Afghanistan deployment
  • U.S. Soldier Whose Death in Afghanistan Upended Peace Talks ‘Loved His Country’