This time too,counsel for the Centre in this case,but the woman raised a hue and cry. The police have arrested the accused, categorically denied the involvement of the outlawed outfit in Mahmud’s targeted killing in Karachi.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani, “There is a lot of nervousness, An enormous crane lifted huge chunks of concrete slab. The funds were Central grants meant for construction of houses for BPL (below poverty line) people under the Indira Aawas Yojana. On Thursday, Claiming that the common man in Pakistan was convinced that Sarabjit was innocent, Overwhelmed by warm reception she had received from the people of Pakistan, impairing business dealings and harming the US fight against the Islamic State militant group. where Trump delivered a speech about Islamic extremism. President Donald Trump on Monday outlined his strategy for “victory” in a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.Sixteen years of US warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation’s future precarious Facing a quagmire President Donald Trump on Monday outlined his strategy for “victory” in a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions America’s longest-running war began well as US-led forces quickly toppled the Taliban government and disrupted al-Qaida leaders who plotted the Sept 11 2001 attacks from Afghan soil But the fighting never ended In recent years security has gradually worsened as Taliban insurgents enjoying sanctuary in Pakistan have gained a foothold across the country Afghanistan’s rampant heroin trade official corruption and infighting among the nation’s elite have only compounded problems Trump is the third US president to grapple with the Afghan challenge A look at the phases of the US involvement to date: REGIME CHANGE Less than a month after the 9/11 attacks a massive US air campaign targets al-Qaida fighters and Taliban troops training camps and air defenses Anti-Taliban forces of the Northern Alliance enter Kabul as the Taliban flee By December 2001 Afghan groups agree on a deal in Bonn Germany for an interim government With Afghanistan liberated from Taliban control the US military force grows to 2500 as troops scour the mountainous Tora Bora region looking for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden He eludes capture Although President George W Bush remains leery of supporting nation-building efforts in Afghanistan the US expands its counter terrorism operations By the end of 2002 there are 9700 US troops in the country DEMOCRACY AND DISTRACTION In November 2004 Hamid Karzai who had served two years as interim leader is the clear winner in Afghanistan’s first direct election for president The Bush administration hails the vote as a key step in the nation’s transformation Millions of girls return to school after being barred under the Taliban As the country opens up Western aid helps the economy grow at least in urban areas But the Taliban enjoying sanctuary in Pakistan show signs of re-emergence launching sporadic attacks on government forces in eastern Afghanistan Although Karzai is an ethnic Pashtun which comprise the bulk of Taliban recruits his government alienates what is Afghanistan’s main ethnic group Karzai’s administration is dominated by former commanders of the Northern Alliance US troop numbers swell to 20000 but Washington’s attention increasingly turns to Iraq The US invades in March 2003 toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein It struggles with the aftermath Soon Iraq is gripped by an explosion of sectarian violence that preoccupies Bush until he leaves office MORE WESTERN TROOPS MORE VIOLENCE In 2006 NATO assumes responsibility for security across the whole of Afghanistan pumping troops into Taliban heartlands in the south of the country The US ups its forces in the country to 30000 Britain Canada and others boost their contributions But the violence and lawlessness worsens Production of opium the raw material of heroin soars to a record high funding the insurgency and fueling official corruption Tensions grow between Afghanistan and Pakistan over cross-border Taliban attacks In the fall of 2008 Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm Mike Mullen concedes “I’m not sure we’re winning” SURGE President Barack Obama vowing to refocus US efforts in Afghanistan enters office in 2009 endorsing shifts to a counterinsurgency strategy designed to protect Afghan civilians rather than hunt down Taliban He quickly sends in 21000 more forces After a prolonged policy review Obama orders an additional surge bringing troop levels to a high of 100000 by August 2010 He says the US will begin withdrawing forces by 2011 Critics say the drawdown date diminishes the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate for peace Bin Laden is killed in a US special operations raid in Pakistan in March 2011 Obama then presses ahead with plans to hand over security responsibilities to Afghanistan by 2014 By the end of that year NATO ends its combat mission in the country US relations with Karzai however deteriorate A contested election to replace Karzai introduces a more pro-US leader in Ashraf Ghani but his government is bitterly divided NO WITHDRAWAL With violence reaching post-2001 highs and Afghan security forces taking heavy casualties Obama backtracks on plans to virtually withdraw all US forces by the end of 2016? He leaves office with 8400 troops still in the country The US kills new Taliban leader Mullah Mansour in a drone attack in Pakistan in May 2016 derailing peace talks But on the battlefield the Taliban are in the ascendant and threaten provincial capitals in both the north and south The Islamic State group gains a foothold in eastern Afghanistan ENTER TRUMP Trump says little about Afghanistan during his first seven months in office while the military grows antsy The Pentagon proposes sending in nearly 4000 more US troops to increase training of Afghan forces and counter terrorism operations but the administration is divided on strategy Nearly everyone considers the fight a stalemate and some in Trump’s administration even propose withdrawing or handing over the entire American effort to private security contractors Among Afghans anti-Western sentiment grows over deteriorating security even in the capital Kabul The economy also suffers partly as a result of a draw down in foreign forces As Trump is poised to announce his plan Afghanistan’s government controls only about half of the country After months of debate Trump finally unveils his strategy in a prime-time television address He says the US will win “in the end” defeating al-Qaida and IS fighters and ensuring the government doesn’t fall to the Taliban He refuses to provide troop increase numbers or timelines saying military assistance would be determined by results and the cooperation of Afghanistan’s beleaguered government For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related News

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