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In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line.

ohsoromanov: AFGHAN GIRL //  STEVE MCCURRY Her eyes are sea...

7 hours agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

ohsoromanov: AFGHAN GIRL //  STEVE MCCURRY  Her eyes are sea green. They are haunted and haunting, and in them you can read the tragedy of a land drained by war. She became known as the “Afghan girl,” and for 17 years no one knew her name. (x) An audio snipped from NG’s documentary in search of the Afghan Girl can be found here. 

Afghan, Pakistani Forces Engage in Firefight, Killing at Least One

As Afghanistan and Pakistan struggle to combat the Taliban, the two nations have attempted to mend relations. A skirmish between security forces along the border on Wednesday threatens to ruin any hope for reconciliation.

USAID May Not Even Know Locations Of Clinics It Funds In Afghanistan, Watchdog Says

9 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A government oversight agency reported on Wednesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development provided inaccurate or incomplete data on the locations of 80 percent of the health clinics it is funding in Afghanistan. In...Show More Summary

Fighting between Afghan, Pakistani forces on border kills one

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Border clashes between Pakistani and Afghan security forces broke out on Wednesday morning, officials said, killing at least one person and potentially undermining efforts by both sides to improve relations.

Saving Mes Aynak

Can Afghan archaeologists take on the Chinese and the Taliban to save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist site?

Afghan army general accused of drug trafficking

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police have detained an army general accused of smuggling nearly 20 kg (44 lb) of heroin, police and defense officials said on Wednesday.

Former Afghan soldier who fled U.S. training granted asylum: lawyer

BOSTON (Reuters) - A soldier in the Afghanistan army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Report: US-Funded Afghan Local Police Destabilizing Country, Empowering Militias

yesterdayNews : Vice News

The International Crisis Group's latest report on Afghanistan's security forces, "The Future of the Afghan Local Police," is an important and illuminating read. The report focuses on the controversial US program to organize local villagers...Show More Summary

The US Taxpayer Money's Continued Waste in Afghanistan

The US has spent some $110 billion on Afghanistan's reconstruction. More than half ($60 billion) has gone to build the Afghan security forces, including the Afghan National Army and the various police forces. The balance was spent on infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals, power plants, and so on. Show More Summary

Breaking Taboos With Our Pens: Afghan Women Shine in New Anthology

"I talked about taboos and I broke them with my pen." -- Pari, writer and Dari translator for Washing the Dust From Our Hearts If you've wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives,...Show More Summary

In Afghanistan, Suicide Blast and Angry Crowd Target American Soldiers

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

In the confusion after a suicide bombing in Kabul on Tuesday, Afghans accused American soldiers of opening fire on them, and one soldier was attacked.

How to Destroy the Morale of the Army Special Forces

On Sunday, a Special Forces board at Fort Bragg tossed out the accusation that a Green Beret had shot an unarmed Afghan bomb maker in 2010. The board declared that accusation to be unsubstantiated, but it found him guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer. Show More Summary

Taliban Claims Car Bomb Attack in Kabul; 1 Dead

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed vehicle targeted a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding up to 22, police, military and government officials said.

Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops serving with NATO on the main road running between Kabul's airport and the U.S. embassy, police and security officials said.

Large explosion hits Aghanistan's capital Kabul

Afghan security forces arrive quickly at the scene of major blast in a busy area of the city's airport road.

Angry Afghans Rally in Protest Against Continuing US Military Raids

A raid conducted early Monday morning by US forces to destroy a cache of weapons incited local Afghan residents to take to the streets in protest, demonstrating the bitter tension caused by the controversial operations.

U.S. raid on Afghan weapons cache incites protests

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. forces conducted a raid to destroy a cache of weapons north of Kabul, the Afghan capital, early on Monday morning, a U.S. army spokesman said, giving rare details of unilateral activity in Afghanistan.

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