President Ashraf Ghani

New Peace Initiative by Afghan Government

March 4, 2018 SOF News 0

A new Afghan peace initiative could be the start of movement towards the negotiation table that could possibly be the start of a peace process for Afghanistan. The Taliban recently provided an ‘open letter’ to the American people saying they […]

Afghan Territorial Army (ATA)

Afghan Territorial Army (ATA)

December 8, 2017 SOF News 0

The Afghan Territorial Army (ATA) is a new program that recently made the headlines in the international media in late 2017. The intent of the Afghan government, with support from NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, is to establish a local defense […]

Shoulder patch of the Afghan National Army Mountain Warfare Training Center in Herat, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan War News Update 20171205

December 5, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan War News Update 20171205 – video ANA mtn warfare training, Operation Maiwand, humanitarian needs report, Heart of Asia Conference, NII equipment at border crossings unused, stalemate in Afghanistan, ‘turning the corner’, NATO stuck in Afghanistan, Commando Force 333, ASSF […]

Italian Special Operations Forces (SOF) mentor Afghan security forces while conducting an EAP mission to Farah province (RS HQs photo August 11, 2017).

Afghan War News Update 20171123

November 23, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan War News Update 20171123 – UK’s role in the Afghan counter narcotics campaign, proposed formation of ANATF, new ANDSF (and RS) offensive against opium production in Helmand, RS Cdr’s weekly presser, gender equality in ANDSF, ICC and war crimes, ALP in […]

ASSF - Afghan Commando Formation

Update on Afghan SOF Units – DoD IG Report

November 21, 2017 John Friberg 0

The Department of Defense Inspector General’s report on Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is provided to Congress every quarter. The latest report published in late November covers the period of July 1st to September 30th, 2017. This 130-page report covers five key […]

Sep 2017 OFS Report

OFS Quarterly Report 30 September 2017

November 21, 2017 SOF News 0

Sep 2017 OFS Report – The Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations has published the Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Report to the United States Congress (July – September 2017). This 130-page document describes the activities of the U.S. Government in […]

Afghan Commando Trainee during training at the Commando Qualification Course. Photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes, NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan (NSOCC-A) on November 7, 2017 at Camp Commando.

Afghanistan Update 20171110

November 10, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghanistan Update 20171110 – Thomas Ruttig writes on current conflict, Pakistan’s border fence, NATO troop increase, the third “A” in TA3E, Pakistan still not helpful, reducing voter fraud, getting the Taliban to the negotiating table, 16,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan […]

October 2017 SIGAR Report

October 2017 SIGAR Report

October 31, 2017 John Friberg 0

The October 2017 SIGAR Report to Congress on Afghanistan is now available online. Some of the key findings are listed below: The Afghan governments control of population and districts deteriorated to the lowest levels in recent years. UNAMA reported a […]

A ceremony was held in Kandahar in October 2017 celebrating the transfer of the initial Blackhawk UH-60 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). (CENTCOM photo)

Afghanistan Update – October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghanistan Update October – More troops, new Afghan strategy, UH-60 helicopters, ICRC cutting back operations, new political group, some commentary, advisors and MATA, RS HQs mission defined, photos of Afghanistan, and more bombing. Afghanistan is still in the news although […]

Afghan War Update September 2017

September 28, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan War Update – September 28, 2017. CSTC-A fails in ammo usage oversight mission, US requests closure of Taliban office in Qatar, Iranian support of the Taliban, district control, ‘Green Belt’ security plan for Kabul, new DoD SES appointed for […]