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Javid Faisal
Since the Afghanistan mission is predominantly seen from a military point-of-view in the U.S., I am assuming that it was meant to draw attention to other opportunities and facts that offer strategic and win-win prospects.feedback
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NEW Aug 19 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Afghanistan. You'll find 835 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. You can also see the other popular topics. The 3 people who have been quoted more about Afghanistan are: James Mattis, John Nicholson and Barack Obama. James Mattis specifically said: “Ask the president. I will tell you right now he is our commander in the field. He has the confidence of NATO, he has the confidence of Afghanistan, he has the confidence of the United States and the president again is looking at all aspects of our effort over there as he must for his responsibilities as a commander in chief.”.
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All quotes about Afghanistan

Dawlat Waziri

Overall, there is a plan to protect them, especially those who are directly involved in operations against the terrorists.feedback

Heather Wilson - Air Force

Nothing has changed or is likely to change with respect to America's determination to go after terrorists wherever they may be.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Ask the president. I will tell you right now he is our commander in the field. He has the confidence of NATO, he has the confidence of Afghanistan, he has the confidence of the United States and the president again is looking at all aspects of our effort over there as he must for his responsibilities as a commander in chief.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.feedback

Courtney Kube

Defense Secretary James Mattis defended his commander in Afghanistan just days after NBC News revealed that President Donald Trump suggested the four-star general be fired during a meeting with his national security team last month.feedback

John McCain

America is adrift in Afghanistan. President Obama's 'don't lose' strategy has put us on a path to achieving the opposite result. Now, nearly seven months into President Trump's administration, we've had no strategy at all as conditions on the ground have steadily worsened. The thousands of Americans putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan deserve better from their commander-in-chief.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve – or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region. We're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably.feedback

Shamila Sahibzada

I have nothing left from him, but I still love him. It is very hard to live like this. There is no one to share the pain with. I don't know what the future will be like for my daughters.feedback

Shamila Sahibzada

Her case is one of our oldest ones. We would very much like to have her under our protection, but unfortunately we have no access to her.feedback

Sultan Mohammed

I could not fight them, and I could not stay there, so I took my entire family and escaped to Turkey. I fled thinking they won't do any harm to my son-in-law and my daughter.feedback

Jacquie Johnston-Lynch

One told me the party lifestyle was such a part of being stationed overseas. They regularly took recreational drugs just to relieve stress and boredom.feedback

Josh Rogin

Businessman and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has been shopping around Washington a detailed proposal for replacing thousands of American soldiers in Afghanistan with contractors from foreign countries led by a “viceroy” with almost unfettered power over U.S. military and diplomatic policy.feedback

Dawn Foster

The regional death gap has widened since 2008. If we do not acknowledge the role that poverty plays, poorer people will continue to suffer. If the Conservative party were a car, it would be in dire need of new tyres, having worn the treads bare with the sheer number of policy U-turns since this year’s snap general election. The reversal on funding rail electrification in the north and Wales is symbolic of the Conservatives’ contempt for the regions, and symptomatic of how Britain has prioritised the south even more under a Tory government. The south-east ravenously consumes infrastructure spending and political attention, with London as the capital for capital.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

To just say we're going to keep doing what we've been doing, the president is not willing to accept that, and so he is asking some tough questions.feedback

Richard Blumenthal

We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it – Afghanistan or Iraq – we owe our military men and women unconditional support. Mr. President: Your bullying hasn't worked before and it won't work now. No one is above the law. This issue isn't about me - it's about the Special Counsel's independence and integrity.feedback

Nasrine Nawa

Some TV stations in Afghanistan prepare reports about the abuse of women, but they don't report everything as they don't want to be accused of being feminist. Most forms of women's empowerment are seen as divisive and anti-men, but we want to remove the negative attitude to women's issues in this country.feedback

Nasrine Nawa

Many trained journalists are jobless because most TV stations won't employ women, so we do. We also want to train young women who might not have access to education because of where they live or their family.feedback

Nasrine Nawa

We want women to have an active role in politics and society, . We're empowering them to lead independent lives outside the home.feedback

Nasrine Nawa

What makes us stand out is that we talk about everything that has touched women's lives. Women have been a marginalised community for so long in Afghanistan. We want to prove they have the power to take control and change their lives, if they want.feedback

Sharif Aminyar

According to our credible information, 50 people have been killed.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

Ghazanfar is not Daesh – he is our commander in Sar-e-Pul, a very active commander, and he is under our command, our flag. He has allegiance with us.feedback

Sharif Aminyar

It was a joint Daesh and Taliban operation. The Taliban were led by Mullah Nader, and Daesh was led by Sher Mohammed Ghazanfar. Despite several demands for air support and the special forces, the demands were ignored by central government. They told us the air force was busy in other provinces.feedback

Attah Mohammed Noor

We may have to take control of administrative buildings and airports to put pressure on and paralyze the government. We were the ones, not Ghani, who helped the U.S. fight the Taliban. It is wrong that the U.S. should use us when they need us and then throw us away like empty Pepsi cans. They shouldn't support a group of five individuals against everyone else.feedback

Sher Aqah Tataroghla

We say that Ghani has a 'money bank' but Dostum has a 'people bank,' . In the past we couldn't even speak Uzbek in public, but now you'll see it on signs around the city. One hundred percent of us are behind him.feedback

Ghulam Mehdawi

The Taliban are saying, It wasn't us – it was Daesh that did it.feedback

Ghulam Mehdawi

This was a massacre – they executed 24 people at once, then they killed a woman and her husband near the mill, four people inside the mosque.feedback

Abdul Qadir

I lost my brother and father. Now I have to take care of three families – my father's family, my brother's family and my own family.feedback

Salem Ehsaas

In this security plan, our priority is the diplomatic area. The highest threat level is in this area and so we need to provide a better security here.feedback

Tom Cotton

Sometimes you have very forceful differences of opinion among the president's senior advisers. H.R. is indispensable in helping the president hear all those viewpoints and have the information he needs.feedback

Tom Cotton

There aren't that many people who earn decorations for valor who also have best-selling PhD dissertations.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Fewer and fewer Americans understand what is at stake in the wars in which we are engaged. How many Americans could, for example, name the three main Taliban organizations we are fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan?feedback

Nikki Haley

He had not worked in D.C. before, so this was certainly a new environment for him, but I have always seen him lead. He sets very clear goals. . . . When we're in those meetings, he's all about getting options on the table for the president.feedback

Jared Kushner

The president has views that are different than where the establishment has been, and the president appreciates that General McMaster is taking those views and coming back with strategies that give the president options.feedback

Michael Kugelman

We can't blame Trump or the Trump administration for taking so long to come up with a policy because in my view there really are no good policies for Afghanistan at this point.feedback

Michael Kugelman

Most people agree there's no military solution to the war. So sending more troops may have more tactical advantages, but ultimately it won't win the war.feedback

Ali Reza Mehrban

I went to the hospital to see him. Her father was seriously injured – in critical condition – and in the hospital yesterday. Ever since I heard he was killed I haven't been able to sleep.feedback

Ali Reza Mehrban

For last 24 hours Fatemah is not eating and she's just crying. Her feelings are not good. She's not feeling good. She's not in good shape.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

None of these people are from the conflict zone. They are basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. That is the vast bulk of them. They have been under our supervision for over three years now and we know exactly everything about them.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're not winning in Afghanistan right now and we will correct this as soon as possible.feedback

John Sopko

No matter which metric you use, this [anti-opium] effort has been a real failure.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We've been there for now close to 17 years, and I want to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas. We'll see.feedback

Mehdi Hadid

We have seen many such attacks on holy sites in recent months in the city, but the government has done nothing. The morale of the enemy is growing. Nothing has been done to secure Shia holy areas since the attack. Our community is worried they can be targeted by an Isis terrorist in the city at any moment.feedback

Hassan Anwari

People of Herat, especially our community, must not be affected by such attacks. Isis wants to increase sectarian conflict between our communities. If we let them, we help them to reach their aims.feedback

Azim Kabarzani

I witnessed Shias and Sunnis, and even women donating blood in the hospital. Hospital authorities said there is no need for more blood. It shows the unity of our communities.feedback

Ali Reza Mahraban

They are so sad, and nobody can stop Fatima crying. She hasn't been able to eat or drink for 24 hours, and she can't move from one room to another.feedback

Michael Kugelman

This is not a neighbourhood where Isis will find many natural friendships. Isis is a clear and present danger in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, but we shouldn't overstate the nature of this threat.feedback

Kim Hughes

We are trained to such a high standard that we are able to think outside the box, determine what is going on, and push worries to the back of our minds. If you do think about danger it is usually in the form of a bit of banter.feedback

Kim Hughes

It sounds strange but I think you have got to approach this kind of work with a pinch of salt and a sense of humour. That's how I dealt with everything thrown in front of me: by using humour and locking it away. If you think about the fact you might die or you think about all the horrendous injuries, it is not ideal in a warzone. I never thought about being blown up or killed. If you are thinking about stuff like that you shouldn't be doing the job.feedback

Michael Anton

The president's national security team is developing a comprehensive, integrated strategy for South Asia that utilizes all aspects of our national power to address this complex region. That strategy has been worked carefully in the interagency process and while no decision has been made the president's team continues to develop options for him that address threats and opportunities to America arising from this vital region.feedback

Barry McCaffrey

One of the last things you necessarily want to do is form policy advice based on what the current combatants think about something in a war zone. They're qualified totally to talk about tactics and things like that and what they're seeing, but the president's job is to formulate strategy and policy not to do tactical decisions.feedback

John Nicholson

Offensive capability is what will break the stalemate in Afghanistan.feedback

James Stavridis

The situation in Afghanistan is not improving, but I think it's hardly irretrievable at this point, and what the president needs to be doing is deciding on the strategy. What is hurting the process at the moment is this back and forth about do we stay or do we go, how many troops. Any commander is going to be incredibly handicapped in an environment like that. So I think the fundamental problem here is lack of decisiveness in Washington, specifically in the White House.feedback

Janan Agha

I heard loud explosion and then saw one of the armored vehicles in flames. Then the road was blocked and the helicopters arrived.feedback

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

This attack deliberately targeting civilians at prayer can have no justification whatsoever. Fanning terror and sectarian violence against a specific community is abhorrent, and those responsible must be brought to account.feedback

Zia Durani

The area is cordoned off by the coalition forces. We are not aware of their casualties.feedback

Dawlat Waziri

This year we're seeing more new weapons in the hands of the insurgents and an increase in numbers of foreign fighters. They are used in front lines because they are war veterans.feedback

Juma Gul Hemat

In recent operations, we have inflicted heavy losses on them but their focus is to recruit fighters from this area. They are not only from Pakistan or former Taliban, there are fighters from other countries and other small groups have pledged their allegiance to them.feedback

Patrick Sanders

I celebrate your service as LGBT members of the Army and I cheer the fact that we are recognised as a top LGBT employer.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We've been there for many years. We've been there for now close to 17 years, and I want to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Buying uniforms for our Afghan partners, and doing so in a way that may have wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars over a 10-year period, must not be seen as inconsequential in the grand scheme of the Department's responsibilities and budget. Cavalier or casually acquiescent decisions to spend taxpayer dollars in an ineffective and wasteful manner are not to recur.feedback

Daniel Feldman

There are undoubtedly minerals to be exploited in Afghanistan, which could help provide economic stability to the country in the future. But given all the obstacles, it could be many years before mining yields dividends for the Afghan people.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The old expression 'To the victor belong the spoils'. You remember?feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The report is an indication of a frame of mind – an attitude that can affect any of us at the Pentagon or across the Department of Defense – showing how those of us entrusted with supporting and equipping troops on the battlefield, if we let down our guard, can lose focus on ensuring their safety and lethality against the enemy.feedback

Basir Mujahed

The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day. There were traffic jams with people going to work and to the university and schools. Many of the shops had just opened.feedback

Najib Danish

Right now all we know is that they were all civilians.feedback

Ali Ahmed

I was in my shop when suddenly I heard a terrible sound and as a result all of my shop windows shattered.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

Once again, these terrorist are attacking civilians and targeting government staff.feedback

Major Khail Shinwari

We can do casualty evacuations, we can take cargo, we can take ammunition, we can transport vehicles to different places where they can't go by road.feedback

Sarah Fane

When I travelled in Afghan in 2001, there was very little cricket. There was no hope. All many children in had known was conflict and damage. The rise of cricket has brought so much joy. Joy is the one word I would use. It has given kids their childhood back. It has given them heroes to cheer, happy news and a game that they can all go out and play.feedback

Nasir Jamal

I am so happy. I started playing cricket through these camps. Now I am here. I am so proud.feedback

Sarah Fane

That was just a dust field at the time. I somehow took out three great big bags stuffed full of shirts, wickets, balls and bats. They were absolutely thrilled to receive it. They were in the World Cricket League Division 5 and generally hadn't had much support.feedback

Sarah Fane

He said: 'You've got to come to the National Academy tomorrow – your life is changed.feedback

John McCain

Six months into this administration, there is still no new strategy for victory in Afghanistan, either. It is now mid-July, when the administration promised to deliver that strategy to Congress, and we are still waiting.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

Just 2 weeks ago, @SenJohnMcCain & I were trekking thru Pakistan & Afghanistan. Trust me, John's in fighting shape & we're rooting for him.feedback

Michael O'Hanlon - The Brookings Institution

I'm skeptical that the strategy can be dramatically improved. You can try to be tougher on Pakistan. You can try to make clear that we are there for a long-term commitment. But I don't expect a dramatic metamorphosis of this mission.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The vote would have been pretty close to – if you look at it – 48-4. That's a pretty impressive vote by any standard.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling. There is only one 'retirement plan' for terrorists.feedback

Luke Sinnott

I found myself down at the local school as soon as I made the decision and gave it a go, went down the run-up and took a jump. It didn't go particularly well but I was buzzing.feedback

Luke Sinnott

It's very hard to get that drive and that kick across the space, so for us it's about maximum speed and big power of the board. So I looked around and thought 'what could I also be decent at' and landed on athletics.feedback

Luke Sinnott

It's a very technical sport – a millimetre here and a millimetre there and it's a no jump.feedback

Luke Sinnott

I'm just going to be hitting the gym work over the winter and building the strength back up again. I'm chasing that world record.feedback

Luke Sinnott

I'm feeling good. I put a lot of pressure on myself unnecessarily but that's the beast that is long jumping. So I looked around and thought 'what could I also be decent at' and landed on athletics.feedback

Luke Sinnott

After a few bad jumps I realised that I needed to rethink my strategy and the turning point for me was getting the crowd involved. So I looked around and thought 'what could I also be decent at' and landed on athletics.feedback

Luke Sinnott

I had made quite a lot of noise when I was serving in the forces that should the worse happen and you got injured and you lost your limbs, you had to give it a go – you needed to try for the Paralympics. So I looked around and thought 'what could I also be decent at' and landed on athletics.feedback

Luke Sinnott

Long jumping for a double amputee is quite unusual – there were only two of us there.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I think this is already going over the cliff and doesn't need a push by the president.feedback

Donald J. Trump

That's a pretty impressive vote by any standard and yet you have a vote of 48-4 or something like that and you need more. That's pretty tough. Something will happen and it will be good. It may not be as quick as we had hoped but it is going to happen.feedback

Asif Mohmand

The foreigners said, It's impossible – you should get in touch with Kabul, once they O.K. it, we will welcome him.' But the central government asked the plane to land in Kabul and not Mazar, then after much commotion Mr. Dostum landed in Turkmenistan.feedback

Raees Abdul Khaliq

There were about 500 to 1,000 people waiting for him, and we waited for three hours. The central government, against all the laws of Afghanistan and the world, against the fact that the president cannot rule an ordinary citizen – let alone the vice president – a criminal until proven by a court, told the plane not to land.feedback

Erik D. Prince

If there is any sort of … problem, whether it's bad attitude, a dirty weapon, riding someone's bike that's not his, we fire him. … If they don't hold to the standard, they have one decision to make: window or aisle.feedback

Kamel Danesh

I didn't hear the blast. I was just knocked over. My mouth filled with dust. I tried to stand up but couldn't. I looked down and my leg was cut off at the bone. My hand was cut off.feedback

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

The human cost of this ugly war in Afghanistan – loss of life, destruction and immense suffering – is far too high. The continued use of indiscriminate, disproportionate and illegal I.E.D. devices by antigovernment elements is particularly appalling and must immediately stop.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

It's obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting [ISIS-K] back. It's the right direction.feedback

Roya Mahboob - Citadel Investment Group

At 16 I [only] had the option [of knowing] what a computer is. But for these girls that are 16, they are building robots and they are coming to the States to compete with other countries. It is huge compared to 12 years ago.feedback

Toni Maloney

It has shown that there are Afghan women who are advanced enough in technology to be able to compete … that is a big reveal for a lot of people, that there has been progress, especially in education, in Afghanistan. We do have to credit the past work of a lot of non-profits, the State Department and their own exchange programs, and USAID. There has been a lot of money invested and a lot of time. And so it is hard won by anybody's standards.feedback

Roya Mahboob - Citadel Investment Group

Technology gives us access to new realities. It allows us to dream further.feedback

Kellie Kreiser

It was a legitimate response to something they couldn't get a handle on anymore. I cannot fault them for that.feedback

André Azoulay

In Morocco, we prefer to live in a good state. We don't want to live like in Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're not going to meet some timeline if we are not ready. But we're pretty close.feedback

Hamdullah Mohib

Seventeen years ago, this would not have been possible at all,'. They represent our aspirations and resilience despite having been brought up in a perpetual conflict. These girls will be proving to the world and the nation that nothing will prevent us from being an equal and active member of the international community.feedback

Alice Wells

We're looking to ensure that Afghanistan continues its trajectory to stabilizing politically and economically,'. It's young women like these that are going to be the future of Afghanistan.feedback

John Nicholson

This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017. Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year and we will continue until they are annihilated. There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The significance is you kill the leader of one of these groups and it sets them back for a day, a week, a month. It's obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting them back. It's the right direction.feedback

Stanley Brown

When I look around the world in some ways there's nothing like Mosul that we've encountered. The level of contamination though is not one of those where we're talking weeks and months, we're talking years and maybe decades. If you look at the fact that we're still cleaning up unexploded ordnance in Southeast Asia and we've been there 20-plus years; in Afghanistan our program started in the 1988-1989 time frame and there's still a lot of work to do. We're talking years, if not over a decade to get everything done.feedback

Joe Sestak

I truly believe our greatest power is the power to convene nations, to bring people together in the pursuit of a common goal and prove that our similarities greatly outweigh our differences. That is why I am most grateful to the U.S. Government and its State Department for ensuring Afghanistan, as well as Gambia, would be able to join us for this international competition this year.feedback

Joe Sestak

Every team has now gotten through, whether it's Iran, Libya, and even after the reinstitution of the executive order on travel, we still got Yemen and Syrian refugees through.feedback

Lida Azizi

Of course we will. We have our studies, our families, our classmates, our entire lives here. We don't have any relatives in the US. We only want to go for the competition.feedback

Lida Azizi

Why is it only Afghans who can't go? It's discrimination. It really makes me angry.feedback

Sean McFate

The appeal to that, is you limit your boots on the ground and you limit your casualties.feedback

Bob Lowry

You've got to keep a broader context and say, Look, we're not interested in how many people you've killed. What we're interested in is whether or not we're achieving the objective of the operation that we set out to.' You might be able to achieve that without killing anybody.feedback

Bob Lowry

When it's happened twice, three, four times, you've then got a systemic problem. Was it someone from above demanding measures be taken? Was it something that grew from below? The thing to do is to talk to all the people involved, and find out what it is, where it came from, and what caused it to be in the first place.feedback

Rodger Shanahan

There's a lag time in the time between an incident happens and the inquiry happening, and the war goes on. There's no way you could guarantee that nobody has spoken to each other.feedback

Rodger Shanahan

Your opposition also know that accusations of civilian casualties are a lethal weapon in the social media space.feedback

James Stavridis

It seems likely that the new strategy in Afghanistan will look a lot like what was proposed at the end of 2013.feedback

Laurel Miller

The status quo is clearly not working. If the United States is going to chart a way forward towards a sustainable way of protecting our national security interests, it is important to consider a wide range of options.feedback

Walter E. Piatt

It takes uncommon valor to run toward acts of terrible violence, to sacrifice for the safety of strangers. The deaths of a young mother and this brave officer are a terrible tragedy and we are deeply affected by their loss.feedback

Lindsey Graham

He's doing a good job in Afghanistan, North Korea and ISIL. But when it comes to Russia, he's got a blind spot. And to forgive and forget when it comes to Putin regarding cyber-attacks is to empower Putin and that's exactly what he's doing.feedback

David L. Goldfein - Air Force

It's really inspiring. These young men and women, they've got challenges they're working through. Perhaps the most powerful thing that goes on here at the Warrior Games, they get to talk about and compare their experiences with others who are going through similar experiences. They're not all alone. They talk about the different struggles they're going through and the success they have, and it becomes one big family. For us, as leaders of a service, it's an opportunity to really focus our efforts on this network and this family to make sure we're doing all we can for them.feedback

Bill Salvin

It's a balance we're trying to strike between trying to provide all the support we can to families, while also informing the public.feedback

Bill Salvin

There might be a bit longer period before we report it.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

They're not only talking about cutting up and down at the State Department, but also leaving major diplomatic posts unfilled. That's dangerous.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

But part of doing my homework is going and seeing it with my own eyes. There's no amount of briefing that substitutes for standing on the ground and looking around. Nothing takes the place of talking to the people who are trying to execute on American foreign policy every single day.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

Look, the people who are there are doing their best, but they don't have the perceived authority they need to get the job done.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

They've put a lot of effort into changing an area that was largely controlled by terrorists into an area that the government now controls.feedback

John McCain

We need to have a strategy to win. The strongest nation on Earth should be able to win this conflict, and we are developing the strategy to do that. And we are frustrated that strategy had not been articulated yet, to be honest with you.feedback

Joe Sestak

That is how we must now honour our fellow teammates, those brave girls from Afghanistan.feedback

John Nicholson

At a time when we remember the patriots who founded our nation in freedom, we are saddened by the loss of one of our comrades who was here protecting our freedom at home. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers as we reflect on the sacrifice he and others have made to secure our freedoms and help make Afghanistan a better place.feedback

Fatemah Qaderyan

We still don't know the reason why we were not granted visas, because other countries participating in the competition have been given visas, . No one knows about the future but ... we did our best and we hope that our robot could get a position along other robots from other countries.feedback

John McCain

None of us would say that we are on a course to success here in Afghanistan. That needs to change and quickly. The strongest nation on earth should be able to win this conflict.feedback

Abdul Karim Attal

Over the past three days, a joint effort is underway to disrupt the momentum of the Taliban in Nawa District, because Nawa is becoming a growing threat for the capital of Helmand.feedback

Joe Sestak

The support of the U.S. State Department (including its embassies) has been simply nothing short of amazing.feedback

Fatoumata Ceesay

It's very disappointing knowing that we are the only two countries that aren't going to take part in the competition. It would be an experience to see and discover other robots and ask questions and exchange ideas with others. It's more than 160 countries, so we'd have the chance to mingle.feedback

Joe Sestak

For Gambia I feel just as saddened. We started this effort in Africa.feedback

Lida Azizi

All of the countries can participate in the competitions, but we can't. So it's a clear insult for the people of Afghanistan.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Leaving radical Islam alone will not make us safe at home. I want every American to know that we will win this thing because the Afghan people do not want to go back to the darkness. They want to pursue the light.feedback

Joe Dunford

Winning is getting major areas of the country under control, and working towards some kind of ceasefire with the Taliban. They will not negotiate unless they think they are losing.feedback

Elizabeth Warren

The political patience at home will depend on the clear articulation of a strategy going forward. We need a strategy in the United States that defines our role in Afghanistan, defines our objective and explains how we are going to get from here to there.feedback

Lindsey Graham

All of us realize that it's more than just dropping bombs that will win in Afghanistan. Secretary Tillerson needs to come to Afghanistan quickly.feedback

Richard Kemp

Special forces are highly disciplined and they don't lash out and kill anything that moves.feedback

Richard Kemp

This doesn't ring true to me. We've learnt from the investigations into troops in Iraq, brought by British lawyers, that they can be made for political or commercial reasons, and harrowing for the individuals involved.feedback

Roya Mahboob - Citadel Investment Group

The first time [they were rejected] it was very difficult talking with the students. They're young and they were very upset. In Afghanistan, as you know it's a very man-dominated industry. The girls, they're showing at a young age that they can build something.feedback

Robert J. Samuelson

Democracy without dissent is not democracy. But dissent should be disciplined.feedback

Ahmad Shuja - Human Rights Watch

The fighters have little or no knowledge of the political-security context into which they are marching. They do not speak Arabic, most of them have never been beyond Afghanistan or Iran, many are barely literate, most are devout Shiites.feedback

Harjit Sajjan

Afghanistan is obviously very important to us, and we're going to monitor the situation. The military is not going to give you that complete victory. It takes an entire whole of government approach for it; the real solution will come from the political side.feedback

Michael Fallon

We are in it for the long haul, it's a democracy that has asked for our help and it is important that Europe responds. Transnational terror groups that operate in Afghanistan are a threat to us in Western Europe and to the continued existence of the Afghan state.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

We have to put this into context and understand that this is about training, assisting and advising the Afghan forces. NATO has ended our combat operation in Afghanistan. What we do now is not to conduct combat operations but to help the Afghans fight and to help the Afghans take full responsibility for the security in their own country.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I also thank the Indian people for their contributions to the effort in Afghanistan, and for joining us in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime. The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Then we will present to the president a strategy that has been informed by our allies, including Afghanistan, and given a framework that is regional in nature and focuses on how do we end this war, but on conditions that remove the dangers to the Afghan people, and to us, and to all the nations that have been attacked by terrorist groups out of that region.feedback

Ayesha Siddiqa

It's unprecedented and very different from what Pakistani-American relations ever were. While the US invested in Pakistan, its dominance will never be like what the Chinese will be.feedback

Ayesha Siddiqa

If I were Putin, I'd be smirking and thinking, this is my chance to get back at the Americans and turn Afghanistan into another Vietnam.feedback

James Cunningham

It's a distinction without a difference whether a decision has been made, since there is functionally nobody in the office. The key part of this isn't whether there is an SRAP office. It is how is the senior official who is responsible for these issues, and as far as I know, that basically doesn't exist. This is all part of the whittling down, eviscerating, debilitating of the state department's ability to participate effectively in diplomacy.feedback

Barnett Rubin

But they can't do that by slashing the state department by one-third. Unless there is an agreement about Afghanistan between Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan, India and the US, Afghanistan will be unstable. And if the idea is that Afghanistan is defended and secured by becoming an American base, there won't be an agreement.feedback

Ayesha Siddiqa

It also means that in Afghanistan, there will be more violence. Pakistan sees Afghanistan as an American-Indian project against Pakistani interests.feedback

Will Arnett

We actually have a mutual friend over there in the U.K. His name is Harry, he's a redhead. Prince Harry, that's right. I couldn't think of his first name! 'Hey man. I'm just in London for a few days and I thought of you, I'm walking in front of your gran's house,' . He was in Afghanistan or something. He's the real deal, that dude. He's a real prince of a guy.feedback

Daniel Feldman

Whether by design or mismanagement, it leaves the department with no institutional memory on Afghanistan-Pakistan at the very moment when we are on the cusp of surging militarily. It's a recipe for deeper military involvement with no political strategy.feedback

James Dobbins

It's absolutely normal for any new administration to do away with ad hoc special arrangements the previous administration had, and then do their own. Every administration says it wants to do away with special envoys and they end up having 30 of them by the time they're through.feedback

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

The Israeli enemy must know that if an Israeli war is launched against Syria or Lebanon, it is not known that the fighting will remain Lebanese-Israeli, or Syrian-Israeli. This doesn't mean there are states that might intervene directly. But this could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate - from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.feedback

Daniel Feldman

What we're still bereft of is any strategy for what's going to lead to stability in Afghanistan.feedback

Mohandas Menon

Ireland has enjoyed some notable successes at International level in the shorter versions of the game. We can now look forward to some great days ahead as Ireland takes on the top Test cricket playing nations in the world.feedback

Warren Deutrom

We saw recently from Ireland's inaugural one-day international against England at Lord's in May that Ireland were able to get 25,000 bums on seats when it is not easy to sell tickets. While I can't say nobody will go and play again for England but at least the reasons given in the past for Irish players to leave no longer exist. Our performance director has been talking recently with ECB to get into the detail of that (of Ireland players being counted as overseas). There is follow up to be done and we cannot give any definitive response at the moment.feedback

Mohandas Menon

I am delighted that Ireland will take its place among the Test playing nations. It's great news for the game here and a fitting result for many years of hard work and campaigning by Cricket Ireland.feedback

John Sopko

You don't pick a proprietary pattern for an arid desert country based upon fashion. You want to pick it based upon camouflage purposes. If you were fighting away in Germany or Maine, where you have forest, then this makes sense.feedback

John Sopko

It's good to talk to the Afghans. That doesn't mean you agree with everything they say.feedback

John Sopko

We just poured in a lot of money real fast, and the people who make the dumb decisions – six months or a year later – they're gone. They're never held accountable – that's been the problem.feedback

David P. Gelios - FBI

When the subject went up to the officer and stabbed him, he continued to exclaim 'Allah' and made a statement, something to the effect of 'You have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and we are all going to die.feedback