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  • November 13, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide Kills More US Soldiers Than Iraq, Afghanistan Wars
    Sputnik: Suicides have killed more US soldiers than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined; the current phenomenon of high suicide rates among former US soldiers is an important issue the Department of Veteran Affairs is starting to focus on, as the country marked Veterans Day on Wednesday. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, every day 22 veterans take their own lives.      Full news...

  • October 25, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption and Fraud Inside Afghanistan’s 600 Million USD Police Force
    The Fiscal Times: The Defense Department has spent more than 470 million USD to maintain the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and is on the hook to spend millions more, even though the force itself is hindered by corruption and poor management, according to a top federal watchdog. A new report from the office of John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), says the Pentagon will spend an additional 121 million USD through 2016 supporting an effort that lacks oversight, logistical support and controls for the payment of salaries.      Full news...

  • October 12, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The US Massacre in Kunduz Exposes the Bankruptcy of Obama’s National-Security Policy
    The Nation: The aerial destruction that rained down on a hospital complex run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, a provincial capital in northeast Afghanistan, on October 3 puts an exclamation point on the story of America’s 14 years of warfare in that Central Asian country. At least 22 people were killed, among them doctors, other medical personnel, and patients, including three children, and dozens were wounded in the attack.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.
    TruthDig: “The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, featured a pivotal and highly controversial scene in which one of the young male protagonists is raped by an older youth. That harrowing section of the best-selling book highlighted the rampant sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan. Now, a revelation—even more horrifying—has implicated real-life U.S. soldiers serving in that country.      Full news...

  • August 25, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Before the Massacre by US soldier in Afghanistan: Booze, Steroids, Racism and 'Hands-Off' Leadership in Afghanistan
    ABC News: The American soldier who murdered 16 Afghan civilians was based at an Army post with Special Forces teams immersed in a culture of drugs, booze and casual racism – one not overseen by Special Forces leadership because they chose to take a “hands-off” approach, according to newly released military report. The damning assessment by U.S. military officials came in the aftermath of the 2012 massacre by Sgt. Robert Bales, now serving a life sentence after being convicted in a court-martial of multiple counts of murder.      Full news...

  • August 5, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Conflict: Highest Number of Women, Kids Killed, Wounded on Record
    NBC News: The highest number of women and children on record were killed or wounded by the conflict in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The number of women who died or were injured jumped 23 percent in the six months to June, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) study showed. From January to June, 164 women were killed and 395 were wounded, according to the report.      Full news...

  • August 1, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The U.S. War on Drugs in Afghanistan Is an 8 Billion USD Failure
    The Fiscal Times: The U.S. is dealing with the most severe heroin epidemic the country has seen in years, but the public health crisis here is dwarfed by the severity of the problem in Afghanistan. And the billions of dollars the U.S. is spending to fight the epidemic in the central Asian nation seems to be having little effect.      Full news...

  • July 31, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    DOD Scrapped 160 Million USD in Equipment Meant for Afghanistan
    The Fiscal Times: A top government watchdog says the Pentagon wound up junking nearly 160 million USD of military equipment it purchased but never actually made it into the hands of the Afghan National Army (ANA). In its latest quarterly report to Congress the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) states that the Defense Department, which can reclaim equipment Afghan forces say they don’t need, only exercised that option for about 16 million USD worth of equipment out of a total of roughly 175 million USD purchased.      Full news...

  • July 20, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO Airstrike Kills 8 Afghan Troops, Injures 5
    The Associated Press: A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints on Monday in a restive province east of the capital, Kabul, killing at least eight Afghan troops in what an Afghan official describes as an accident due to bad coordination. The early morning strike took place in Logar province’s district of Baraki Barak, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Kabul, according to Afghan provincial army commander Abdul Razaq.      Full news...

  • July 15, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan war costs American taxpayers 4 million USD per hour – study
    RT: New data shows that America’s war in Afghanistan is costing taxpayers roughly 4 million USD an hour, despite the Obama administration’s drawdown of troops leaving only 10,000 soldiers in the country. Despite the colossal cost, the Obama administration and Afghan leadership both recognize the war will only end with peace negotiations, according to observers.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Declassified Pentagon Report: US Created ISIL as Tool Against Assad
    Veterans Today: It was so much so that we have always suspected that high up “dupes” were used to sandbag on this childish “arm the moderates” nonsense, knowing it would not only be a smokescreen for the shadow government to field their own units, but also to tap into the Pentagon kitty for funding. In working to track the money flow — a normal tool in establishing who is running operations — our source told us, in regard to the Jordan training for example, that once the money got to Jordan for training, weapons and ammo, the paper trail hit a firewall.      Full news...

  • June 2, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War in Afghanistan since 2001 has killed 100,000: Report
    Press Trust of India: War in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban regime and sparked an insurgency has killed almost 100,000 people, and wounded the same number, according to a new report from Brown University. The study, called Costs of War and produced by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, looks at war-related deaths...      Full news...

  • May 31, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Airstrike hits Logar school, 2 students killed, 4 injured
    PAN: A primary school was bombed from the air during an operation against militants in the Barak-i-Barak district of central Logar province, killing two students and injuring four others, including a teacher. Logar education director Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the school was hit about 9am in the Jalozo area.      Full news...

  • May 11, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World review – a lucid account of the longest war
    The Guardian: In November 2008, an Estonian minister by the name of Harri Tiido was being given a tour of Helmand province. Estonians were stationed in Nawzad, which had once been a town of 30,000 people, but was now deserted, “with the two sides dug into first world war-type trenches with their lines 300 yards apart”. After receiving the usual PowerPoint briefing, Tiido was asked by his British hosts if he had any questions: “I have only one,” he said. “What the fuck are we doing here?”      Full news...

  • April 27, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Forty Years Later, Will the End Games in Iraq and Afghanistan Follow the Vietnam Playbook?
    TomDispatch: If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly - and it won’t be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we’ve since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission.      Full news...

  • March 30, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Billions Blown in Afghanistan Reconstruction Spending? (MuckReads Edition)
    ProPublica: After routing the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. government began a now 13-year effort to stabilize and develop the country. It has cost taxpayers billions — and some say, achieved little. These stories examine the waste and problems plaguing U.S. reconstruction efforts that, despite the end of combat, will continue to cost billions — even as our military presence shrinks.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US troops, immune from prosecution, raped dozens of Colombian children US soldiers and military contractors were responsible for the rape and sexual abuse of scores of Colombian children, but faced no legal repercussions because of a treaty between Washington and Bogota granting them full immunity. A fresh revelation of these appalling crimes came as a byproduct of ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) guerrilla movement taking place in Havana, Cuba.      Full news...

  • March 17, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Declassified Documents: CIA Helped Fund al-Qaeda via Afghan Government
    Sputnik: Documents declassified at a trial of a suspected terrorist show that millions of dollars in CIA funds fell into the hands of al Qaeda in 2010. The money was used by Afghan officials in a ransom payment.Once again, US money funneled through the CIA into the Middle East has ended up being used against… well, the US... Correspondence made public at the trial of Abid Naseer, a Pakistani al-Qaeda operative convicted in Brooklyn of supporting terrorism and conspiring to bomb a British shopping center.      Full news...

  • February 27, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Our Condolences
    The Intercept: An armored vehicle ran over a six-year-old boy’s legs: 11,000 USD. A jingle truck was “blown up by mistake”: 15,000 USD. A controlled detonation broke eight windows in a mosque: 106 USD. A boy drowned in an anti-tank ditch: 1,916 USD. A 10-ton truck ran over a cucumber crop: 180 USD. A helicopter “shot bullets hitting and killing seven cows”: 2,253 USD.      Full news...

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