Trump needs to explain Afghan mission, says Thornberry

Trump needs to explain Afghan mission, says Thornberry By: Joe Gould Defense News 13 December 2019 Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, is the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) WASHINGTON ― As U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to cut American boots on the ground in Afghanistan, he owes the American people a clearer

THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS  A secret history of the war — Part 5

UNGUARDED NATION Afghan security forces, despite years of training, were dogged by incompetence and corruption By Craig Whitlock The Washington Post Dec. 14, 2019 KABUL, 2006 (David Guttenfelder/AP) KABUL, 2012 (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) KABUL, 2009 (Emilio Morenatti/AP) For almost two decades, U.S. military commanders have assured the public they are making progress on the cornerstone of their war

THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS A secret history of the war — Part 4

By Craig Whitlock The Washington Post 13 December 2019 CONSUMED BY CORRUPTION The U.S. flooded the country with money — then turned a blind eye to the graft it fueled    KABUL, 2012 (Yuri Kozyrev/Noor) KABUL, 2009 (Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images) KABUL, 2006 (Gary Knight/VII/Redux) About halfway into the 18-year war, Afghans stopped hiding how corrupt their country had become.

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops, but the Pentagon doesn’t keep track

Ellen Ioanes Business Insider December 09, 2019 at 04:51 PM The Washington Post reported this week that a cache of materials about the war in Afghanistan revealed that the U.S. mission there was failing spectacularly, leading to increasing service member and contractor deaths — not to mention tens of thousands of civilian casualties over the past two decades. The internal documents

A Bitter Election Dispute Sends Afghanistan Back to the Brink

Mujib Mashal The New York Times Dec. 12, 2019, 12:04 a.m. ET Abdullah Abdullah, a three-time contender for the presidency, is again at the center of an electoral crisis. This time, he insists, he won’t compromise. “I am not here to create problems for the country,” said Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s chief executive and a presidential candidate,

US-Taliban Talks ‘Paused’ After Bagram Attack

By  13 Dec. 2019 US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the Taliban “will consult their leadership.”  The new round of US-Taliban negotiations in Doha, which began on December 7, has been paused following Wednesday’s attack on a medical facility near Bagram air base that killed two civilians and wounded dozens more. According to sources, the

THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS A secret history of the war — Part 3

BUILT TO FAIL Despite vows the U.S. wouldn’t get mired in ‘nation-building,’ it’s wasted billions doing just that By Craig Whitlock The Washington Post 12 December 2019 KABUL, 2009 (David Guttenfelder/AP) KABUL, 2005 (David Guttenfelder/AP) KABUL, 2004 (Emilio Morenatti/AP) George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all promised the same thing: The United States would not get stuck

Afghanistan’s Karzai says American cash fed corruption

By: Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press    11 December 2019 Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (Altaf Qadri/AP) KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars

Peace Talks Continue into Fourth Day

 By Sayed Sharif Amiri  Tolo News 10 December 2019 A source familiar with the talks said that reduction of violence, ceasefire and intra-Afghan negotiations are still being debated between the two sides. The US and Taliban delegates continued their negotiations in Doha for the fourth day on Tuesday and a Taliban spokesman said there is

Ghani Calls for Regional, Int’l Support for Afghan Peace; Iran Supports An Afghan-Led Peace Process, Says Zarif

By  9 December 2019 Speaking at Heart of Asia conference, Ghani said there is a need for a coordinated process of regional and international support for Afghan peace. President Ashraf Ghani on Monday addressed the eighth ministerial conference of the “Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process” in Turkey and emphasized the need for a political solution

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