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ProPublica: Billions Blown In Afghanistan Reconstruction Spending

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 […]

The United States will keep its troop level at 9800 through the end of the year, and not reduce it to 5500 as had been planned. The announcement comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits President Barack Obama and attends a series of meetings at the White House. Ghani has requested that the U.S. consider […]

Pakistani officials told senior representatives of the Afghan Taliban that the group’s two top leaders must resolve their differences or else peace talks might never get off the ground, according to a Reuters report Thursday. The militant group met in Islamabad late last month for secret discussions days after it had indicated interest in talks […]

GENEVA — The United Nations reported Wednesday that it had uncovered two credible accounts of torture at U.S. military facilities in Afghanistan in recent years during an investigation into the treatment of detainees. The report, which was devoted primarily to mistreatment of prisoners held in Afghan custody, said the “credible and reliable” accounts came from […]

Afghanistan Marine veteran Hunter Garth (pictured) is tired of hearing “Thank you for your service.” Mike Freedman, a Green Beret, calls it the “thank you for your service phenomenon.” To some recent vets — by no stretch all of them — the thanks comes across as shallow, disconnected, a reflexive offering from people who, while […]

Representatives from the Afghan Taliban are set to meet U.S. officials in Qatar late Thursday to begin peace talks, according to media reports. Afghan Taliban officials communicated through the Pakistani military that they are willing to open negotiations, Reuters reported Thursday. The development comes after several unsuccessful attempts to initiate talks over the years. A […]

Ayman Mohyeldin said Chris Kyle was known to be “racist” and that his actions were “killing sprees.” You are dying to “like” us on Facebook  Now read this:Bergdahl Charged With Desertion (Mar 25, 2015) Remember ISIS? They’re Shooting Their Fleeing Comrades Now (Mar 12, 2015) Iraqi Forces Making Progress Against ISIS (Mar 11, 2015) U.S. Sending […]

MINNEAPOLIS — The widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is facing growing blowback over her late husband’s bestselling memoir, “American Sniper,” now a hit movie and recently the subject of a defamation case by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Taya Kyle had planned to give interviews this week to promote the movie and her Feb. […]

Yes, this is the country where we spent 13 years and lost thousands of lives. Oh, and threw away billions of taxpayer dollars. We’ve left it in much better shape. Not. Hundreds in southern Afghanistan rallied to praise the killing of 12 people at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, calling the two gunmen “heroes” who […]

NATO formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday, holding a low-key ceremony in Kabul after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence. The event was arranged in secret due to the threat of Taliban strikes in the Afghan capital, which has been hit by repeated […]

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