A first in Afghanistan: Infantry uses mini drones during patrol
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes Members of the first Army infantry brigade to be issued pocket-sized drones are putting the devices to work in southern Afghanistan. Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, used the Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System last week to support a... Read more
Afghan military & police forces at lowest level since 2015
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes Afghanistan’s military and police forces’ strength numbers have fallen to the lowest level they’ve been since 2015, when NATO’s Resolute Support mission began, a U.S. report said Thursday. The sharp drop in personnel numbers may be linked to a new way of tallying... Read more
Lecturer at U.S. funded Afghan University arrested for recruiting students to join ISIS
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes A lecturer at a partially U.S.-funded university in Afghanistan’s capital was arrested on suspicion of recruiting students to join Islamic State, the country’s top intelligence agency said Monday. Three of his suspected recruits, who were accused by authorities of organizing several deadly ISIS... Read more
Coalition stops assessing who controls parts of Afghanistan, watchdog says
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan has stopped assessing which districts in the country’s 34 provinces are controlled by the government or by insurgents, meaning nearly every metric to measure success of America’s longest war is now either classified or no longer tracked. For... Read more
Civilian casualties down but US-led coalition causing more of them, UN report says
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes (TNS) KABUL, Afghanistan — Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first three months of 2019 dropped nearly a quarter from the same period last year but the number of deaths caused by U.S. and pro-government forces rose, a United Nations agency said Wednesday.... Read more

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