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Op-Ed: Eric Prince presents plan to privatize much of Afghan war

Washington - The Trump administration is considering a plan to turn over much of the Afghan US war effort to private contractors supposedly as a means of breaking the stalemate in the war against the Taliban.

29,000 contractors versus 9,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan

Kabul - Data compiled by the Congressional Research Service shows that private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan by more than a three to one margin.

Op-Ed: Investigation of U.S. attack on Afghan hospital hard to believe

Kunduz - A U.S. military fact-finding investigation into an October 3 attack by an AC-130 gunship that killed 30 people found the pilot aimed at the hospital by mistake, intending to hit a compound nearby from which Taliban were firing.

U.S. may keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2016

Kabul - Although the Afghan war was supposedly "ended" as far as foreign combat troops were concerned a couple of years ago, almost 10,000 US troops still remain.

Op-Ed: Obama sees expanded role for US in Afghanistan in 2015

Washington - While US combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year, under an agreement signed by the new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani almost 10,000 troops will remain through 2015 at least.

Op-Ed: Only $ will solve VA hospital problems

Washington - There is no issue in the United States where hypocrisy plays as big a role as the failure to care for wounded and ill veterans. It's a job for triage.

Op-Ed: US government refuses to cooperate in US war crime investigation

Kabul - The Afghan intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the killing of a group of civilians in Wardak province of Afghanistan after being refused access to the US Special Forces soldiers who are suspected of being involved.

Karzai claims NATO air strike leaves 16 civilians dead

Kabul - According to a statement from Afghan president Hamid Karzai's office, a NATO air strike in Kunar province killed 16 civilians.

Afghan US air attack kills five Afghan policemen

Kabul - On Wednesday night July 31, an air attack by US planes accidentally killed five Afghan police and injured two more. Casualties in US air attacks has caused friction between Karzai and NATO.

Op-Ed: US may be considering 'zero option' in Afghanistan

Kabul - Due to disagreements and distrust between the Obama administration and the Afghan government of president Hamid Karzai, the US may not keep any forces in Afghanistan after the end of 2014 when all forces are scheduled to withdraw.

Op-Ed: Afghan Taliban to open political office in Qatar

Doha - Al Jazeera reports that the Afghan Taliban are set to open a political office in Qatar a Gulf state. The office will be in Doha and will aim at facilitating peace talks to end the civil strife in Afghanistan.

Afghan protesters demand justice for torture and killings

Kabul - Afghans are protesting in Wardak Province. The protesters carried the exhumed bodies of three victims the protesters claim were tortured and killed by special forces.

Op-Ed: Gen. John Allen — US to remain in Afghanistan for a 'long time'

Kabul - General John Allen, former chief of the ISAF forces in Afghanistan said that the US is having significant success and that the Taliban are "fighting for their lives" but nevertheless US troops will be required to stay in Afghanistan for a long time yet.

US Defense Dept. wants billions shifted to pay for Afghan war

Washington - The US Defense Department is forwarding documents to Congress that would let it shift as much as $9.6 billion to cover shortfalls that are claimed to be caused by shortfalls in contingency funds for the Afghan campaign.

Leaving Afghanistan could cost US up to $7 billion

Kabul - Military activities usually are expensive. According to defense analysts the total cost to withdraw from Afghanistan could be $7 billion.

Senior US and Afghan officials negotiate details of earlier deal

Kabul - Senior US and Afghan officials are holding talks to work out details of an agreement signed a year ago that sets out the relationships between Afghanistan and the US between 2014 and 2024.

Taliban open spring offensive killing three police officers

Kabul - On Sunday April 28, the Taliban used a remote-controlled roadside bomb to kill three police officers in Ghazni province. The bomb hit a convoy that was traveling to the Zana Khan district to fight insurgents.

General asked for over 13,000 US troops in Afghanistan post 2014

Kabul - .Retired Marine general John Allen, the former top commander in Afghanistan, suggested that 13,600 US troops remain in the country after the main US combat role ends at the end of 2014.

Taliban kill 13 members of crack Afghan unit and burn outpost

Kabul - One of the most highly regarded units in the Afghan military suffered 13 killed as Taliban fighters attacked their remote outpost in Kunar province.

An American diplomat killed in a suicide car-bombing attack

A suicide attack claimed six lives, including the first US state department officer to die in Afghanistan since the 1970s, and Nato air attacks killed 10 children over a weekend that was a bloody reminder of the scale of the country's conflict.

New study puts cost of Afghan and Iraq wars at $4 to $6 trillion

Cambridge - A new study from the Kennedy School, at Harvard University, puts the total costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at from $4 to $6 trillion with much of that amount yet to be paid.

Op-Ed: Afghan night raid kills 5 civilians including 4 children

Kabul - Local police confirm that a NATO-led night raid in Logar Province left at least five civilians dead including four children. A number of others were wounded.

Wardak protesters demand US special forces leave province

Kabul - Hundreds of residents from Wardak province came to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to protest in front of the parliament, demanding that Karzai enforce his order that US Special Forces pull out of the province.

Op-Ed: US wants Afghans to adopt no-trial indefinite detentions

Kabul - Several incidents are souring relationships between the Afghan government and the US. Among the new disagreements, one concerns the transfer of prisoners to Afghan jurisdiction at the Parwan detention facility

Canadian troops prepare for final Afghan mission

Preparations are underway for a final deployment of Canadian troops to Afghanistan both at Canadian Forces Base Shilo Manitoba and also at a base in Edmonton Alberta.

Op-Ed: General wants 13,600 US troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Washington - Centcom commander General James Mattis wants at least 13,600 US troops together with about 7,000 other NATO troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.

Taliban infiltrate US-trained and funded militias in Afghanistan

Kabul - The Taliban are infiltrating local militias funded and trained by the US to attack the Taliban and control security in local areas. A recent attack that killed 17 local police was carried out by Taliban infiltrators.

Taliban negotiators leave Qatar to see snow in Norway

Doha - More than a year ago about a dozen or so Taliban representatives came to Doha in Qatar to prepare negotiations with the US with the aim of eventually entering direct Afghan-to-Afghan talks with the Karzai government for some type of peace deal.

Op-Ed: US admits rosy picture of Afghan situation wrong

Kabul - NATO claims of progress in Afghanistan were buttressed with false figures showing that Taliban attacks were decreasing. Pentagon officials blamed the Afghan military for what they call a "clerical error".

Op-Ed: ISAF claims no evidence for troop misconduct in Afghan province

Kabul - More information about the alleged abuses by US special forces in Wardak province of Afghanistan is now coming to light.
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General Joe Dunford the next commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan
General Joe Dunford the next commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan
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US Marines load gear onto a trailer before it joins a convoy in southern Afghanistan.
US Marines load gear onto a trailer before it joins a convoy in southern Afghanistan.
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President Obama has painted the Afghan occupation as progress  while numerous reports contradict his...
President Obama has painted the Afghan occupation as progress, while numerous reports contradict his rose-colored messaged.
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A new UN report shows civilian deaths in Afghanistan during 2010 reached a record high.
A new UN report shows civilian deaths in Afghanistan during 2010 reached a record high.
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