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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
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Jun 24 2017
The latest person who has talked about Afghanistan is John Nicholson: “I applaud the tremendous skill and courage shown by our Afghan partners. This fight strengthens our resolve to rid Afghanistan of these terrorists and bring peace and stability to this great country. Any ISIS member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of John Nicholson and all the other people that have spoken about Afghanistan. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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All quotes about Afghanistan

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

John Sopko

This is not a one-off. This is not unique. We have too many contracts like this in Afghanistan, where people make stupid decisions, and people are not held accountable and the taxpayer pays.feedback

John Sopko

They picked the pattern based on a fashion preference, not by experts, but by the minister of defence. That was a dumb decision. So you would assume you want something that blended with the desert.feedback

Jedidiah Royal

DoD concurs in the suggestion contained in this report that a DoD organization with expertise in military uniforms should conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the current Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform specifications to determine whether there is a more effective alternative, considering both operational environment and cost.feedback

John Sopko

It's the totally wrong pattern for a country like Afghanistan. We are in Afghanistan; 98 percent of it is desert. So you would assume you want something that blended with the desert.feedback

Adam Stump - the Pentagon

The United States and Pakistan continue to partner on a range of national security issues.feedback

David Sedney

It didn't affect Pakistan's behavior one bit. In fact, I would argue it made Pakistan's behavior worse.feedback

Paul Stirling

It's pretty extraordinary. It is the pinnacle of the game.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

These are going to be people specifically designed, trained and organized and equipped to go in and advise them (ANSF) how you take the hill, get them the air support and artillery support and rocket support that will enable them.feedback

John Allen

Three thousand to 5,000 additional advisers and trainers is essential.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It is time to get out of Afghanistan. We are building roads and schools for people that hate us. It is not in our national interests.feedback

Richard Kohn

The president doesn't have the time or interest to make these decisions, so they want to leave the decision-making to Mattis. They trust Mattis because he's got the expertise and common sense.feedback

Daniel Feldman

I am not against a troop increase. But this appears to be tactics waiting for a strategy.feedback

James Jay Carafano

What we are seeing now is that the president has acknowledged that the Afghan mission is important, and we ought to do it right.feedback

Dana White

The president has delegated force management authority for Afghanistan to the secretary. Any decisions about troop numbers will be made only after consultation with the inter-agency, the Afghan government, NATO allies and coalition partners.feedback

Abdul Qahar Araam

An Afghan soldier shot and killed four American troops inside the base. We are investigating.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're not looking at a purely military strategy. All wars come to an end. Our job is to end it as quickly as possible without losing the very mission that we've recognized, through several administrations, that was worth putting those young Americans on the line for.feedback

Daulat Waziri

The United States knows we are in the fight against terrorism, . We want to finish this war in Afghanistan with the help of the NATO alliance.feedback

Nasrullah Sadeqizada

The security situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan and the foreign troops who are here are not making it better.feedback

Ahmad Ramazanzada

My father was the target. When the suiciders attacked the mosque, there weren't many people there, and the attacker knew all the alternative routes of the mosque, and he knew where my father was standing.feedback

Ali Sadaat

ISIS claimed responsibility, but we are not sure. It may be Taliban terrorists, it may be a fifth column in the government. There are too many questions unanswered, like how did these terrorists know about last night's program?feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I've been given some carte blanche to – to draw up a strategy or a number that's out of step with the strategy. I think right now what we have to look at is what kind of capabilities do we bring to them because the Afghans have proven they will fight.feedback

Shane Story

In certain respects, I think of ourselves as having a role comparable to the government accounting office.feedback

Robert Mardini

We see also that many other conflicts are taking place in urban areas in other places such as Somalia and Afghanistan and other countries.feedback

Jason Dempsey

Does Mattis do something different, or fall into the trap of the last eight years of doing the same thing but doing it better? Which would be a waste of time, lives and money.feedback

David Barno

He does have some pretty obvious limits on this in my mind. I think it's probably something under 5,000 – and maybe quite a bit under. I think the bigger question is what degree of strategy change are we considering? What's your end game that you're trying to achieve?feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

So why would I come to you and tell you there's some alternative now, where we put some forces back in? We would have to change the priorities, we would have to put it in a more regional construct.feedback

Andrew Exum

Even though he doesn't take direct ownership by delegating some authorities, he still takes all the risk. You can't deny that the Obama administration had a very thorough process, and at the end the president owned decision.feedback

David Barno

I'm skeptical. I know the region and the environment and the sanctuaries they have and the amount of resilience they have. None of those things are amenable to a large number of troops being able to defeat the insurgency.feedback

Jason Dempsey

Airpower is a panacea, and we're going to continue stressing on it and helping the Afghan's build it when they're fighting an enemy with zero air assets.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are not winning in Afghanistan right now. And we will correct this as soon as possible. The Taliban had a good year last year, and they're trying to have a good one this year.feedback

Jerry Brooks

We did a disservice to the American public, because we did not put enough historians downrange to collect the documents. And now we're reaping what we've sowed.feedback

Michael Gisick

I suspect there are great quantities of images, emails, and other digital narratives tucked away on the hard drives of America's veterans.feedback

Jerry Brooks

Well, they failed to take into consideration that people are lazy.feedback

Shane Story

Since 1991, the operations we've gotten into–Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo–were more complicated scenarios. Even more since 9/11, both Afghanistan and Iraq, they're not clean, neat narratives. ... [In] the best work that you write, you know what the last word is before you start. We don't know what the last word is.feedback

Michael D. Clow - US Army

The U.S. Army facilitated the procurement and delivery of thousands of Ford Ranger trucks to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, concluding in 2012. The managing program office has not facilitated the transfer of any vehicles out of Afghanistan, and we cannot speculate on the origin or disposition of the truck in the image.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The delegation of this authority does not in itself change the force levels for Afghanistan. Rather, it ensures the Department of Defense can facilitate our missions and align our commitment to the rapidly evolving security situation, giving our troops greater latitude to provide air power and other vital support.feedback

Malek Mohammad

I hope to be selected there to represent my country, because the amputee community are looking at me.feedback

Bibi Sabza Gul

I'm really happy seeing my son improving day by day in his career. He is helping his sisters and brothers and encouraging them in sports so I am not concerned about him anymore.feedback

Mohammad Jawad

Malek is a talented person and he has already competed in international competitions, but this time if he does his best efforts, God willing, I am sure he can achieve great things for his country at the Olympic Games as well.feedback

Bibi Sabza Gul

I was hopeless and crying. Imagine when you see your son lose two legs and covered with blood.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We've already seen what can come out of these ungoverned spaces. The problems that originate there do not stay there. They come out and threaten all of us; they threaten the world order; they threaten our economy; they threaten our very country.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The Afghan government, with international help, will be able to handle the violence [and] drive it down to a level local security forces can handle it. With our allies, it would probably require a residual force doing training and maintaining the high-end capability so that the threats – should they mature – we can take them down.feedback

John McCain

We want a strategy, and I don't think that's a hell of a lot to ask. We're now six months into this administration. We still haven't got a strategy for Afghanistan. It makes it hard for us to support you when we don't have a strategy. We know what the strategy was for the last eight years: Don't lose.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're putting it together now, and there are actions being taken to make certain that we don't pay a price for the delay. We recognize the need for urgency and your criticism is fair, sir. We have entered a strategy-free time, and we are struggling to put it together.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're taking a regional approach to this. We're looking at everything from the situation between India and Pakistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Obviously, Iran and that whole South Asia area. We are going to have to recognize that problems that come out of ungoverned spaces like that as we experienced on 9/11…do not stay there. They can come home to roost here.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The commander on the ground has asked for more. Those discussions are ongoing now with the president.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

It would probably require residual force doing training and maintaining the high-end capability. It's going to be an era of frequent skirmishing and it's going to require a change in our approach from the last several years if we're to get it to that position.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are taking a regional approach to this, because if we look at it in isolation, we'll probably have something that's lacking.feedback

Marianne Davis

One by one, I started seeing them in the whole neighborhood. There was a woman on the block with a son in the military, in Afghanistan, so Gerry gave her one, too.feedback

Mike Pence

On my way here I was informed that U.S. service members were killed and wounded in an attack in Afghanistan. The president and I have been briefed; the details of this attack will be forthcoming. But suffice it to say, when heroes fall, Americans grieve. And our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes.feedback

John W. Nicholson Jr

This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in 2017. This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

We are investigating the circumstances of the combat deaths of the two Army Rangers in the beginning of what was an intense three-hour firefight.feedback

Mohammad Radmanish

It is part of their propaganda war. We need to investigate what really happened here.feedback

Elliott Abrams - Council on Foreign Relations

Young, very well-educated Republican veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are in a sense the next generation of party leadership.feedback

Sayed Hamed Daqiq

It is really difficult to be optimistic for peace with the Taliban and other armed oppositions when Kabul has witnessed such a tragedy. With the current government leadership, it is nothing more than a dream.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

It is time to get serious . . . because our region is under threat. We want to talk with the Taliban, but it is not an open-ended opportunity. If the Taliban wants to join peace talks, the Afghan government will allow them to open an office, but this is their last chance.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

Half of the body of a person standing less than two meters away from Dr. Abdullah ended up in one hospital, while the other half was taken to a different one.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

There are too many players running too many parallel tracks with too little clarity on who they are and what they represent. We also ask that you respect the integrity of an Afghan-owned and -led consolidated process and not set up separate tracks of your own.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What the west did in Iraq and Afghanistan was appalling… we are living with the consequences of the war on terror of 2001. If we continue to try to create legal obstacles and make value judgements about people without considering the overall policy we are following, we will return to legislation such as this again and again, year after year. I feel that we should think about this rather more carefully and avoid the knee-jerk reaction of saying, These are bad fighters and those are good fighters, so we will ban these and allow those in.feedback

David Axelrod

They are going to be faced with the same questions we were. How and when does this end? Or is it an open-ended commitment of American lives and resources? What will the investment produce in the long run?feedback

Julie Bishop

The global terrorist threat is ever evolving, we've seen brutal attacks in a number of European cities, we've thwarted attacks here in Australia, and so we want to discuss with you, the links back into the Middle East, the role we're playing with you in Iraq and Syria and also Afghanistan. We are united in our resolve to defeat Isis, the Islamic State terrorist organisation and its ilk.feedback

Jonny Priest - Inzpire

Students want to be inspired by a guy who has flown thousands of hours and knows what it's like. They want to hear what doing a dust landing in Afghanistan is like and how to handle it.feedback

Manfred Kösterke

The authorities' approach is scandalous. They haven't taken the fundamental rights of a family into account at all. To give a baby a deportation notice without waiting for a court decision on his parents' ongoing procedure shows they're just sending out preformatted letters.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

Terrorist groups plot to sow chaos. Their aim is to create poor governance and disorder in communities. We must not let ourselves fall into the trap that the enemies have brought to our country.feedback

Mohammad Azim

There were sounds of explosions everywhere and I saw my hands and face were on fire. There were parts of human bodies everywhere.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!feedback

John Nagl

Running an anticorruption task force in Afghanistan makes being Donald Trump's national security adviser look easy. He understands how arduous, how grinding, how interminable this is going to be. But what is the alternative?feedback

Donald J. Trump

I agree with Pres. Obama on Afghanistan. We should have a speedy withdrawal. Why should we keep wasting our money – rebuild the U.S.!feedback

Douglas Lute

Trump has made it harder, not easier, to follow the U.S. lead. Questioning U.S. leadership makes it more difficult for the allies to send troops into harm's way.feedback

Daniel Feldman

This whole decision is being seen too narrowly, through a military prism. It has to be seen in a more integrated way. It requires a more aggressive diplomatic component.feedback

Hassan Shah Frogh

Police also fired, and only one or two protesters may be wounded.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that. Thank God, they were smart enough not to do that after we released information about it. Has Assad make mistakes? Yes, quite a few. And what about people confronting him? Are they angels? Who are they who kill people there, execute children? Are they people who we should support? Primarily, we are defending not Assad but the Syrian statehood. We don't want to see the situation there become like it is in Libya, Somalia or Afghanistan.feedback

Mohammad Anwar

We are calling on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to resign.feedback

Rahila Jafari

Our brothers and sisters were martyred in the bloody attack on Wednesday, and our leaders are doing nothing to stop this carnage. We want justice, we want the perpetrators of the attack to be hanged to death.feedback

Amir Arya

Some of them were beaten by police with sticks and some others detained. This act of police and government proves that peaceful demonstration would not be useful any more.feedback

Abdullah Habibzai

We have transported a large number or a large amount of broken glass and windows.feedback

Mirza Mohammad Yarmand

I don't think that more U.S. or NATO soldiers can solve the security problems in Afghanistan.feedback

Angela Merkel

Today we're united in shock and sadness across all borders. We will lead the fight against terrorism, and we will win it.feedback

Abdul Hakim Mujahid

There are movements underway about peace and the making of a peace deal, but I am not hopeful about the current situation.feedback

Mohammad Sarwar

This is the second day that we are searching for my nephew Habibiullah and have been to all Kabul hospitals, still couldn't find him.feedback

Ghulam Sakhi

For God's sake, what is happening to this country? People leave home to fetch a loaf of bread for their children and later that evening, their dead body is sent back to the family.feedback

Michael Kugelman

Let's be clear: This is an intelligence failure, as has been the case with so m any other attacks in Kabul and beyond. There was a clear failure to anticipate a major security threat in a highly secured area. The sad reality is that more foreign troops would not necessarily ensure these attacks happen less. But they could help by supplementing training programs meant to enhance Afghan intel-collection capacities, which have long been a deficiency in Afghanistan.feedback

Angela Merkel

We're united in shock and sadness, but also in determination. All of us together who believe in law, freedom and human dignity in Europe, in America, in Africa and yes, of course also in Afghanistan, we will lead the fight against terrorism and we will win it.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Such attacks do not change our resolve in continuing to support the Afghan government in the stabilization of the country. An Afghan security officer involved in the protection of the embassy area has died.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

In the face of this senseless and cowardly act, the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan is unwavering; the United States stands with the government and the people of Afghanistan and will continue to support their efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

Even in this holy month of Ramadan which is a month of worship, virtue and blessings, terrorists have no intention to stop killing the innocent people. We've eliminated a number of key places and we've captured a lot of information. [But] it's not finished by any means.feedback

Sushma Swaraj

By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive # Kabul blast.feedback

Mohammad Haroon

I've never seen such a powerful explosion in my life. Business will be very bad, nobody will come for shopping anymore.feedback

Thomas Pesquet

It takes all of this technology to come up here and understand the simplicity of things. From here, it's really difficult to understand borders, wars and hate. But I will certainly miss the view.feedback

Nasrullah Sadeqizada

The situation is deteriorating day by day. If the situation continues to deteriorate, Afghans will lose all trust in the foreigners who are in Afghanistan as friends.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. We wish those injured a quick recovery. It's particularly despicable that these people were targeted.feedback

Jimmy Kimmel

Let's not throw a parade yet. To say we're better than last year is good, but last year was disastrous, so it's not a great benchmark. This is one weekend.feedback

Marielle de Sarnez

There has been some material damage in the French embassy, as well as in the Germany embassy.feedback

Musa Khan

Every day, children slip and fall down on their way to school and return home with broken arms or broken heads.feedback

Mohammed Gul

People are more interested in the blue and the green color.feedback

Marise Payne

These additional (Australian Defence Force) members will allow Australia to commit additional advisers to further develop the long-term capabilities of the Afghan security forces, as part of our current train, advise and assist mission.feedback

Mar Amu

I can show that Afghanistan is so much more! That we Afghans as have the same interests, the same joy as everybody else in the world.feedback

Barry Gardiner

Military intervention has gone in hard then lost its way. You can look back to Iraq, Afghanistan and see that the stabilisation of a country is so important.feedback

Greg Jaffe - The Washington Post

The lights had just come up and the credits were still rolling on “War Machine,” a new movie that pillories the U.S. military for its performance in Afghanistan, when I turned with some hesitation to my friend who had spent more than two years of his life fighting that war. “Wow, that was the most [].feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The attack on Manchester was shocking, appalling indefensible wrong in every possible way. The parallel I was drawing this morning was a number of people ever since the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn attention to the links with foreign policy, including Boris Johnson in 2005, two former heads of MI5, and of course the foreign affairs select committee. The point I was making was we have to make our streets secure, our population secure. Any sensible government has got to look at what's happened in Libya, a huge ungoverned space and apparently a source of support for extremism.feedback

Aaron MacLean

It consisted of traditional ethnic, tribal, state and religious patterns, all of which had been partially transformed by modernization and traumatically stressed by decades of war and the rise of Islamic radicalism.feedback

Simon Jenkins

We committed armed aggression against sovereign peoples who had not attacked us, claiming our motive was ‘to keep terror off the streets of Britain’Jeremy Corbyn is perfectly right to relate this week’s Manchester terrorist atrocity to British foreign policy in the Middle East. Whenever Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron struggled to explain why British blood and finance had to go on toppling regimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, they were explicit: it was “to prevent terrorism in the streets of Britain”. The reason was given over and again: to suppress militant Islam.feedback

Charles Kupchan

I think that European leaders will, in part, be asking, Will the real Trump please stand up? Is America under your leadership going to remain the stalwart ally it has been since Pearl Harbor? I think that he'll be looking for a consensus on the way forward in Afghanistan.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

What I've done is I've gone to Afghanistan. I've met President Ghani, I've met with the NATO representatives and I've met with our commanders in the field.feedback

Jack Keane

The questions they have to ask are: Is that additional force decisive? Are we going to win? Can we force a political settlement? The reality is that the Taliban have the initiative. They have the momentum. They attack when they want, where they want, and the outcome is usually successful for them.feedback

James Jay Carafano

Trump has the same challenge Obama did: If you walk away from Afghanistan, it's going to be a strategic disaster. Even if Trump's instincts are to say, This isn't the kind of military operation I'd like do,' he's caught with the strategic reality.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is. Unfortunately, Americans have always made mistakes in our region. When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran. In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen. Who can claim that stability of the region can be restored without Iran? I hope that the day will come that Saudi Arabia will adopt this path. They should have polling stations in place for the people and let the rulers not be on a hereditary basis. They should be picked by the people.feedback

Hervé Nicolle

Children are very quickly sent out to beg in the street. Parents, unless they are educated themselves, do not see why there would be a contradiction between work and school. Children can beg for 10 hours and go to school for five. But even if they do, it's uncertain what they get out of it because of psychosocial traumas and the capacity to get something out of school.feedback

Abdul Baqi Samandar

I tell them, Your kid has the right to study. Why must your kid stay in the street for one piece of bread?feedback

Ronald Reagan - Challenger

I might add that Colonel Qadhafi's expectation of unquestioned support from the Islamic world strikes me as hypocritical. Nowhere is the slaughter of Muslim people greater than in Afghanistan, and yet Colonel Qadhafi allies himself with those perpetrating this crime on Islam and all of mankind.feedback

Abdul Jalil

They had rented the house, they would leave the house in the morning and return at around 4:30 in the afternoon. They would wear our traditional clothes and headscarves, they were not armed and had two guards.feedback

Hamid Samar

There has been a lot of talk about women's rights and media rights. But we've never seen anything special for women and that's why we've done this.feedback

Shelly Whitman

Our forces have been facing child soldiers in Afghanistan, they've been facing them in Iraq now with the special ops. As long as we don't prepare troops for this context and these interactions – or prepare for this on an operational level – those who want to use child soldiers will continue to use them because right now they have got the upper hand.feedback

Khatira Ahmadi

I am so happy that this TV station has been created for women because there are women in our society who are not aware of their rights. So this station represents women and we work to raise the voice of women so they can defend their rights.feedback

Toby Keith

I don't apologize for performing for our country or military. I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.feedback

Malay Khan

When I came outside, I saw all the children lying around – some of them had hands missing, some head, some feet.feedback

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

I was appalled to hear that an unexploded mortar round killed five boys from the same family yesterday. The children were playing outside their home and found the mortar round, likely fired during fighting earlier in the day. A family destroyed in seconds - this horror is just one of too many incidents documented at the onset of this fighting season.feedback

Jenny Valentine

As part of a series on rethinking orthodoxies, the author was asked to ‘reform’ adolescence. No easy task. Five hundred years ago, “out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it”, Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses, a rallying cry against corruption and the abuse of power, false promises, materialism and the deification of wealth within the Catholic church. As a young adult writer taking part in Hay festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations, I have been asked to take this idea of reformation and apply it to adolescence, “imagining the world” under a new set of rules, asking what “better” might look like.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We are certainly open to increasing our work there, but we've obviously got to look at the commitments of the Australian Defense Force in other parts of the region and indeed in other parts of the world. It is very important that we continue - we and our other allies in the effort in Afghanistan - continue to work together.feedback

Wang Yiwei

Regardless of the U.S. government attitude, U.S. companies will join the Belt and Road if there is money to be made. There is a huge market for U.S. technology, and by bringing development and stability to Afghanistan and other parts of Central Asia, which are hotbeds of terrorism, the Belt and Road will also benefit U.S. security.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We are certainly open to increasing our work there, but we've obviously got to look at the commitments of the ADF in other parts of the region and indeed in other parts of the world. But it is very important that we and our other allies in the effort in Afghanistan continue to work together to build up the capacity of Afghanistan's own security forces so that they can keep that country secure from the threat of terrorism, both ISIL (Isis) and of course the Taliban.feedback

Kim Beazley

We have a lot invested in that Afghan operation so I imagine the Turnbull government would be looking at [the request] pretty favourably. I would hope they would look on it, given the context, of being within the framework of what we're already doing. I think we'd probably want to do it.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I believe that you who have withstood oppression can most keenly savor freedom and have never taken it for granted or looked away when it is threatened. Even in the face of a neighbor next door shredding trust, Lithuania has nonetheless contributed to the NATO-led mission far away in Afghanistan. And it has continued to provide capable trainers for the counter-ISIS mission in Iraq.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

There is not a single fact, there is no compelling evidence given to anyone regarding Russia's intervention and that is it. Those who are working on Afghanistan have not found a single expert to say we're transferring arms.feedback

Rod Nordland

Afghanistan would become a Taliban state again in a fairly short time, or at the very least the Taliban would reconquer large parts of the country. ISIS would probably roll back Iraqi forces from Mosul and might even threaten Baghdad again, and ISIS would be expanding rather than shrinking in Syria, as it is now. The Damascus regime would be less affected, since the American military role is only oriented against ISIS, and the regime is much more threatened by other opposition rebels than ISIS.feedback

Rod Nordland

I think both in Iraq and Afghanistan it's been the single biggest recruiting tool, death through airstrikes especially, for the Taliban and for Al Qaeda and its allied groups in Iraq. Airstrikes have almost never succeeded, especially against irregular forces, or with very limited objectives. I can think of one case where they succeeded, against Milosevic in Serbia, but even that is debatable, the Russians withdrew support.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want to see a peace settlement in Afghanistan, I was opposed to the deployment of troops in the first place in Afghanistan. I think we have to look at promoting political stability in Afghanistan, and we will look at that request when it comes. At the end of the day, wars are not solved by the presence of foreign troops, they're solved by political solutions, that's what I believe. We're a party that covers the whole country, and I want people all over the country to have a chance to vote Labour.feedback

Andrew Wilder

The review is an opportunity to send a message that, yes, the U.S. is going to to send more troops, but it's not to achieve a forever military victory, . Rather, it's to try to bring about a negotiated end to this conflict.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

Well, I'd certainly urge the President to look at how we can turn the tide in Afghanistan. I know we've been there a very, very long time and obviously the goal is to have a government that's stable in Kabul that can't be assaulted by the Taliban.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

What is the strategy now? It doesn't make sense to increase troop strength to keep doing the same thing. One of the first conversations needs to be with Vladimir Putin and to say, Do you really want to get back into Afghanistan after what happened to you before in Afghanistan?' There's no reason for the Russians to be arming the Taliban, and so that conversation needs to take place.feedback

Andrew Wilder

If we don't achieve that, Plan B should be to prevent state collapse, which would also require additional military resources.feedback

Daniel Feldman

All of this leads back to prioritizing the launch of a viable peace process in Afghanistan and using any military decision to support that process.feedback

John Nicholson

I applaud the tremendous skill and courage shown by our Afghan partners. This fight strengthens our resolve to rid Afghanistan of these terrorists and bring peace and stability to this great country. Any ISIS member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate.feedback

Mark Cuban

Okay guys. I think your mission is good. I think it is going to be impactful beyond just your product. I have invested in a lot of military companies. Combat flip-flops does a lot in Afghanistan.feedback

John McCain

If the present status quo prevails, then there's no end to it.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We are always more assured of winning when we are fighting together. We can put the refugee deal behind you and move on. Today and together we condemn and resist the reckless provocations of North Korea. We fight together in Iraq and Afghanistan to defeat and destroy the terrorists who threaten our way of life. Today Australians and Americans stand shoulder to should defending our freedoms.feedback

Michael Gerson

Like his predecessor, the president should embrace a plan that includes both military and ally-strengthening elements.feedback

Theresa Whelan

I expect that these proposals will go to the president within the next week, and the intent is to do just that, to move beyond the stalemate.feedback

Theresa Whelan

We are actually actively looking at adjustments to the approach in Afghanistan right now. The interest is to move beyond the stalemate and also to recognize that Afghanistan is a very important partner for the United States in a very tricky region.feedback

Yasuhiro Hishida

The number of applications from regions which generate lots of refugees, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is small.feedback

Jack Tsao

Focusing on mild traumatic brain injuries, in the period immediately following concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, we know that injured service members typically make an excellent recovery and are able to return to full duty.feedback

Jack Tsao

The focus of treatment immediately following injury is rest and education about what to expect during recovery, similar to what is recommended for a sports- or accident-related concussion. If symptoms persist and become diagnosed as persistent post-concussive syndrome or if new mental health conditions emerge and are diagnosed, additional treatment targeted towards the symptoms is warranted.feedback

John Sopko

If there is a stalemate, the question is why and how it can be improved. The why is corruption, the why is poor leadership. . . . If leadership is poor, the people below don't care, and they wonder why they have to die.feedback

Daniel Berehulak

I have worked in 60 countries, covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent much of 2014 living inside West Africa's Ebola zone, a place gripped by fear and death. What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers' summarily shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, vigilantes' taking seriously Mr. Duterte's call to 'slaughter them all.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Today Australia and the United States continue to work with our allies to address new security threats around the world. Together, we're taking a strong message to North Korea that we will not tolerate reckless, dangerous threats to the peace and stability of our region and we are united in our efforts to defeat the terrorists in the Middle East and Afghanistan.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

We are investigating the circumstances of the combat deaths of the two Army Rangers in the beginning of what was an intense three-hour firefight. It is possible these Rangers were struck by friendly fire. This was a dangerous mission and we knew this going in. This was the leader of ISIS in Afghanistan. We knew that he was going to be well protected and that they were going to fight very hard to prevent him from being captured or killed. And that is indeed what happened.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

War is a very difficult thing, in the heat of battle, in the fog of war the possibility always exists for friendly fire, and that may have been what happened here, and that is what we are looking into with this investigation. We did know going in that this was going to be a very tough fight. We were going after the leader of ISIS in Afghanistan and doing it in a way that required us to put a large number of people on the ground as part of this mission, and it was a mission that appears to have accomplished its objective ... but it did so at a cost.feedback

Abu Al-Hool

It is a vexing paradox that the coarsest and most sinful among us often become the most pious: itinerants, nomads, wanderers; young men banished from their homelands, lost to their parents; and older men like myself, strangers to our own families – we were all lost, in the world's eyes – and yet, at the same time, possessed of a deceptive resiliency, like the new spring wood best suited for fashioning into arrows.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

Hence, keeping the evolving situation in mind, this year's Mansouri Operations will differ from previous ones in nature and will be conducted with a twin-tracked political and military approach.feedback

Christine Wormuth

Before you can get to the question of how many troops is enough you have to have clarity on what is the goal. Is the goal to decisively defeat [the Taliban] and make Afghanistan into a viable state (or) is the goal to continue to prop up the government of Afghanistan?feedback

Andrew Wilder

How the Trump administration can move from a policy of avoiding failure to one of achieving success.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

Their identities, service, and unit affiliations are being withheld pending next of kin notification. US Forces Afghanistan will provide more information soon.feedback

John Nicholson

The fight against ISIS-K is important for the world, but sadly, it is not without sacrifice.feedback

Alexander Blackman

I made a split second-mistake. I had been sent to a brutal battlefield to fight for my country in an unpopular war. And yet at the end of my trial, the Establishment lined up to portray me as an evil scumbag because it suited them to do so at the time.feedback

Raj Panjabi

My dream is that this academy will contribute to the training of hundreds of thousands of community members to help bring health care to their neighbors … from the forest communities of West Africa to the fishing communities of rural Alaska, from the hilltops of Appalachia to the mountains of Afghanistan.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law. We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission.feedback

Michael Kugelman

Let's face it, no matter how many troops you may send to Afghanistan, it's going to be very difficult to end the war. We had 100,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan during the height of the surge and we didn't end the war.feedback

John Nicholson

We continue to get reports of this assistance. We support anyone who wants to help us advance the reconciliation process, but anyone who arms belligerents who perpetuate attacks like the one we saw two days ago in Mazar-e Sharif is not the best way forward to a peaceful reconciliation.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Our enemy sensed that and they have redoubled their efforts, and it's time for us, alongside our Afghan partners, to respond.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

Our fighters have inflicted heavy casualties on the Afghan army stationed there.feedback

Hosna Waziri

When we ask my grandmother if she wants to go back to Afghanistan, she says, No, I don't like it there. She tells us: 'It is dirty. I don't want to be surrounded by women with their faces covered.feedback

Zoran Stevanovic

Without a social network who can support her in Afghanistan, she is at risk of serious harm.feedback

John Nicholson

The attack on the 209th Corps today shows the barbaric nature of the Taliban. The Afghan National Defense and Security forces and the people of Afghanistan have my personal assurance that we will continue to stand with them. We support our valuable friends and partners in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Mohammad Radmanish

Two suicide bombers detonated their vests full of explosive inside the mosque of the army corps while everyone was busy with Friday prayers.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

We provided all the tools [for Dier] to be a Premier League player. My first game in charge against West Ham, he started as a centre back, next to Kaboul. Kyle Naughton got a red card, he moved to full-back and scored. That season, he played like a full back, like a centre back but never as a midfielder. Then in the summer, we were looking for a midfielder and we had plenty of options (to buy one), but I decided to play Eric in midfield.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Our enemy sensed that and they have redoubled their efforts and it's time for us, alongside our Afghan partners, to respond. We'll give him those options. And we'll be prepared to execute whatever decision he makes.feedback

Hamid Karzai

My message to President Trump today is that he has committed an immense atrocity against the Afghan people, against fellow human beings. If the American government sees us as human beings, then they have committed a crime against fellow human beings, but if they treat us as less than human beings, well, of course they can do whatever they want.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I hope that there will be no more unilateral actions like the one we have recently seen in Syria while the United States will pursue the course which President [Donald] Trump has announced during his election campaign. If the US vice president meant that Washington could unilaterally use military force, then it is a risky road. I can't say that Obama's presidency was 'an era of strategic patience' because the United States took quite tough steps against North Korea in order to hamper the development of industries important for missile and nuclear programs.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world has 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 armed forces of the United States in this region. We are with you 100 percent. Even in these troubled times, we stand with you for a free and secure future. The U.S. stands shoulder to shoulder with the Republic of Korea. We will continue to closely consult with South Korea and your leadership as we make decisions moving forward.feedback

Erin Cunningham

More than 8,000 U.S. troops are helping Afghan forces battle the Taliban. The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., has said that he will need thousands of additional troops to better support the international coalition's mission. While here, McMaster … met with Nicholson, senior Afghan officials and other NATO commanders overseeing the mission to advise Afghan security forces.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. There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over. The United States is troubled by China's economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself. But as the president has made very clear, either China will deal with this problem or the United States and our allies will.feedback

Frode Kristofferson

When [Norway] deployed to Afghanistan we saw that we needed female soldiers. Both as female advisers for the Afghan special police unit that we mentored, but also when we did an arrest. We needed female soldiers to take care of the women and children in the buildings that we searched. We have them available when we need the female soldiers in operations abroad.feedback

Dawood Moradian

Many people in Afghanistan are wondering about the nature of relations between the United States and Pakistan, particularly the fact that everyone recognizes the principal role of Pakistan in supporting Taliban and other terrorist groups.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 are with you 100%. North Korea would do well not to test [President Trump's] resolve.feedback