December 9, 2017, Asia Times: Despite his current role as head of a Chinese security and logistics company, Erik Prince is warning the Trump administration of the threats posed by China, and offering the company’s services as part of a remedy. In a presentation given to the Trump administration, published in full by Buzzfeed on Thursday, Prince outlined a plan to privatize US military operations in Afghanistan and mine rare-earth elements in the country.
December 8, 2017, TOLOnews.com: An explosion in Kabul’s PD6 on Friday afternoon claimed the lives of seven people and injured nine others. TOLOnews journalist Nargis Musavi reporting from the blast scene said still the nature of the explosion is not known, but three vehicles in the have been critically damaged. Eyewitness narrated different stories about the nature of the explosion. Some said explosives were placed on a motobike while others said it was a gas balloons explosion.
December 4, 2017, Los Angeles Times: As U.S. warplanes flew above a cluster of villages where Islamic State militants were holed up in eastern Afghanistan, 11 people piled into a truck and drove off along an empty dirt track to escape what they feared was imminent bombing. They did not get far. An explosion blasted the white Suzuki truck off the road, opening a large crater in the earth and flipping the vehicle on its side in a ditch. A teenage girl survived. The 10 dead included three children, one an infant in his mother’s arms.
December 3, 2017, Khaama Press: An explosion ripped through the center of Jalalabad city in provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province this afternoon. According to reports, the incident took place as a large gathering was underway in support of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Provincial government spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirmed the incident took place in the vicinity of the 1st police district of the city.
November 18, 2017, RT: US military personnel deploying to Afghanistan were taught that child sexual abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, a new Pentagon report has revealed. Soldiers who reported the issue were told nothing could be done about it. “In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan’s status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command,” the report says.