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WikiLeaks reveals NSA recording ‘nearly all’ phone calls in Afghanistan

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The NSA records almost all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan, similar to what it does in the Bahamas, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange said. Reports in the Washington Post and the Intercept had previously reported that domestic and international phone calls from two or more target states had been recorded and stored in mass as of 2013. Both publications censored ... Read More »

Drone operator speaks out: “This is what you are not told”

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Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for ... Read More »

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

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 Afghanistan. However, the US insists that details still need to ... Read More »

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. But the Pentagon’s 2014 war budget would dramatically increase that ... Read More »

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 it does not know anything about the victims. The civilians ... Read More »

US led drone strike kills 12 Afghan civilians

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A US-led airstrike has killed at least 16 Afghans, including eight women and children, in the eastern province of Kunar, officials say. According to the provincial governor, 16 people – 12 of them civilians – lost their lives in the strike. Among the victims are four children and four women. The latest deadly US-led drone attack occurred in the Watapur ... Read More »

Afghan president Karzai admits to being on CIA payroll

Afghanistan's President Karzai speaks during opening ceremony of the Afghanistan parliament in Kabul

Top Afghan officials have been on the CIA’s payroll for over a decade, receiving tens of millions of US dollars in cash. Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted to receiving the clandestine financial support, but dismissed the sum as a “small amount.” A New York Times report has revealed that unparalleled corruption in the Afghan government has been encouraged by the ... Read More »

11 children killed by NATO airstrike

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Afghan villagers sit near the bodies of children who they said were killed during an air strike in Kunar province April 7, 2013. A NATO airstrike has killed 11 children and one woman in the East of Afghanistan, report local officials. A house collapsed during the attack, causing the casualties and leaving six women injured. The civilians were killed during ... Read More »