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12 ways tax payer money is being wasted in Afghanistan

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Everyone knows America’s campaign in Afghanistan has been an enormous foreign policy success. The Taliban harbored al-Qaeda before and after 9/11 so naturally, the US had to oust Mullah Omar and company on the way to chasing Osama bin Laden through the mountains whilst laying waste to whatever civilization existed …

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US airstrike kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan

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Afghan officials said on Friday that American warplanes killed 16 civilians as they tried to flee an area in eastern Afghanistan controlled by Islamic State militants, but the United States military insisted the dead had been extremist fighters. Hajji Saz Wali, the governor of Haska Meena District in the southern …

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Karzai’s farewell speech: US didn’t want peace in Afghanistan

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Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai punctuated on Tuesday his tumultuous 13-year relationship with the United States, alleging that America invaded Afghanistan in 2001 for “its own interests” and never really wanted peace in the region. Karzai, the only Afghan president since the 2001 US-led invasion, said the United States only …

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US drone strike kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan

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By James Holbrooks On Thursday, the United Nations condemned the killing of at least 15 civilians by a U.S. drone strike in the Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan, and called for an independent investigation to be initiated. From a U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) press release: In the early morning of 28 September, …

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Is the CIA running opium trade out of Afghanistan?

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Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes. In July, the Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths …

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Opium cultivation hits record high in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan has once again set a new record for opium cultivation despite a constant U.S. military presence for the last thirteen years. According to a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium production rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. “The total area under …

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Terrorist attack: United States bombs civilian hospital in Afghanistan

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Up to 20 civilians were killed by U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan early Saturday morning that hit a hospital in Kunduz. According to reports, another 37 people have been injured and many more remain unaccounted for. The hospital is operated by a French affiliate of Doctors Without Borders, Médecins Sans Frontières (MFS), and was the only …

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Pentagon wastes $150 million of taxpayers money on luxury villas in Afghanistan

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The Pentagon isn’t known for being frugal with its spending habits, and new reports have surfaced which show that US taxpayers footed the bill for nearly $150 million in luxury villa rentals and fine dining in Afghanistan. When Pentagon personnel travel abroad, they’re typically placed in government housing, perfectly livable accommodations …

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US troops could stay in Afghanistan until 2024

US Marines from the 2nd Battalion wait for helicopter transport as part of Operation Khanjar at Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. The US and Afghanistan have reportedly finalized the draft of a mutual security pact indicating that US troops could remain in the country until 2024, according to …

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NATO airstrike kills 5 civilians in Afghanistan

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Afghan men carry the coffin of a civilian, killed in a NATO air strike, on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province on October 5, 2013. Five civilians, three of whom were children, were killed in an overnight airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local police said on Saturday. NATO has said …

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Legalised murder: US airforce kills 12 Afghan police

US airforce kills 12 Afghanistan police officers

Twelve Afghan security forces servicemen have been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, according to local police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi. Washington says the incident was a case of friendly fire. The US forces haven’t yet confirmed the number of casualties. The friendly-fire incident occurred in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province …

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UK deploys toy-sized spy drones in Afghanistan

British troops in Afghanistan are now using 10-centimeter-long 16-gram spy helicopters to survey Taliban firing spots. The UK Defense Ministry plans to buy 160 of the drones under a contract worth more than $31 million. The remote-controlled PD-100 PRS aircraft, dubbed the Black Hornet, is produced by Norwegian designer Prox …

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UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan

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The UK military reportedly aims to double the size of its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan to ten by purchasing five US-made Reaper drones, which for the first time will be controlled from a UK base. The first five were controlled at US stations. The Royal Air Force (RAF) announced …

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Each troop in Afghanistan costs US taxpayers $2.1 million

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The average cost of each U.S. troop in Afghanistan will nearly double in the last year of the war to $2.1 million, according to a new analysis of the Pentagon’s budget.  For the past five years, from fiscal 2008 through 2013, the average troop cost had held steady at roughly $1.3. million. …

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Australian soldiers ‘shot dead two children tending cattle’ in Afghanistan

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Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan shot dead two children tending cattle, local officials said on Saturday as the international coalition launched an inquiry into the incident. Civilian casualties caused by NATO-led troops have been one of the most contentious issues in the campaign against Taliban insurgents, fuelling public anger and …

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Controversial British plan to ‘divide and rule’ Afghanistan

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A Tory MP proposes hacking up Afghanistan into separate “kingdoms”, each ruled by a foreign power, and to include members of the Taliban. The plan is the brainchild of conservative MP and Foreign Office aide Tobias Ellwood, a former army captain in the Royal Green Jackets, and is already under …

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