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Today in Afghanistan Afghanistan
Three U.S. soldiers wounded by an Afghan soldier at a base in Helmand. No further details as of now.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce says Pakistan has lost $3 billion in exports due to the Torkham border crossing. While they give no basis for the calculation certainly the action is costly.
Civilians continue to flee. More than 100,00 displaced since start of assault on west Mosul, more than 225,000 altogether since Mosul battle began.
The anniversary is being largely ignored here in the U.S., but 24 years ago today George W. Bush announced the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, saying “Helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment.” No comment.
Reuters reports on slow progress by Iraqi forces seizing territory in Mosul. They are close to the symbolically important al-Nuri Mosque. Commanders claim IS forces are weakening.
Today in Afghanistan