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Military dogs go from battle zones to U.S. meth wars

3 hours agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Canine force includes Axel, a 5-year-old German shepherd that spent 3 years in Afghanistan as a search and narcotics dog

Man finds out he's going to be a grandpa, secretly does a little dance.

4 hours agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

He's got all the makings of a very entertaining grandpa. There's always a risk involved when you secretly film people finding out big news. Maybe they won't be as excited as you hope that you're proposing or back from Afghanistan or ordered Domino's. Show More Summary

Afghan court commutes death sentences in woman's mob killing

KABUL (Reuters) - An appeals court in Afghanistan's capital has set aside death sentences for four men convicted in the mob killing of a woman accused of burning a Koran, media and a judge said Thursday.

Afghan forces raid medical aid group MSF's hospital in north

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan special forces on Wednesday raided a hospital run by medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières in north Afghanistan, looking for a suspected Al Qaeda operative being treated there, a commander of the elite force said on Thursday.

Afghan Court Overturns Death Sentences In Mob Killing Of Woman Outside Kabul Shrine

7 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the shocking mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine, a judge said Thursday. Three of the men convicted of the...Show More Summary

The US Government Spent Hundreds of Millions on Afghan Health Clinics. Now It's Not Sure It Can Find Them.

The US government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on heath care facilities in Afghanistan as part of its efforts to rebuild the war-torn country. The problem is that two government agencies involved with the project can't...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Sought Advice on Afghanistan From Former Bill Clinton Advisors

19 hours agoNews : Vice News

Weeks before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Pakistan in late October 2009 in an attempt to improve diplomatic relations with the country, she sought outside advice about how to pressure the Pakistanis to do more in fighting al Qaeda, according to emails the State Department released late Tuesday. Show More Summary

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.

5,000-Year-Old Afghani Historic Site Under Threat From Chinese Mining Company

A 5,000 year-old historic site in Afghanistan may be destroyed by a Chinese mining company. The site, known as Mes Aynak, is filled with ancient Buddhist relics, many of which have yet to be excavated. Unfortunately for archaeologists,...Show More Summary

U.S. campaign highlights stress of fireworks on combat veterans

Gourley's husband Justin, who served in the U.S. Navy from 2000 to 2004, is one of about 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be worsened by the cracks and thunder of celebratory fireworks. Show More Summary

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

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

Afghanistan: No Country for Women

In war-torn Afghanistan it is not the Taliban that poses the greatest threat to women - it is their own families.

What I Saw in Afghanistan

When the late?Richard Holbrooke?was the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, he would periodically invite members of Congress to breakfast meetings with his staff, on which I was serving. On September 16, 2009, we met...Show More Summary

New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails

After the State Department released a trove of additional Hillary Clinton e-mail messages, covering “a range of everyday events as well as matters like the war in Afghanistan, women’s issues and the dispute between Turkey and Armenia in 2009,” the New York Times’ “First Draft” reports that, upon initial review, “the messages contain no incriminating [...]Show More Summary

New Trove of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Highlights Workaday Tasks at the State Department

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

Many of the messages concern simple logistics and scheduling, as well as matters like the war in Afghanistan and women’s issues.

ISIL Threatens to Oust Hamas From Gaza

As the self-proclaimed Islamic State continues to gain territory across not only Iraq and Syria, but Africa and Afghanistan as well, the terrorist group may now have set their sights set on the Gaza Strip.

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

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