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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 […]

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 […]

In a bit of unfortunate timing, PR-wise, former prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been thrust back into the news cycle even as America worships at the altar of slain Iraq War veteran and American Sniper inspiration Chris Kyle. Bergdahl was swapped for five Taliban prisoners last summer, to loud screeching from conservatives who […]

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 […]

The war in Afghanistan ended today. You’d think that would get lots of attention. The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul after 13 years as the insurgency they fought for more than a decade remains ferocious and deadly. The low-key […]

Speaking from Hawaii at Marine Corps Base, President Obama told the troops that combat in Afghanistan will end next week. We’ve been in continuous war now for over 13 years,” Mr. Obama told troops gathered in the mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. “Next week we will be ending our combat mission in Afghanistan.” […]

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