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    House and Senate Republicans are mostly quiet about President Joe Biden having killed top al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, a terrorist who was Osama bin-Laden’s second in command. Few gave him credit for taking out the terrorist, despite lauding Donald Trump when he took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani. Ayman al-Zawahiri was “a mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks” who was “one of the most sought-after people by the U.S. for over two decades,” NBC News reports. Some Republicans offered praise to the men and women in the armed forces, some to the CIA, the agency Biden used to carry out the assassination. And some used the killing of the top al-Qaeda terrorist as an opportunity to attack the President. Americans paying attention only to Fox News or Republicans on Capitol Hill would have a very different understanding of this critical moment in history. READ MORE: ‘Trump Was Taking Saudi Blood Money – Biden Was Killing Terrorists’: Experts Weigh in on Historic Counterterrorism News Matthew Dowd, a former Republican who was a chief strategist on the George W....
    Fifty-six per cent of Americans believe President Joe Biden's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. Nearly an idential percentage of Americans fear Putin could use nuclear weapons as the conflict escalates.  A I&I/TIPP Poll released Monday found that Americans are 'deeply unsettled' by Putin's moves against Ukraine.   Fifty-six per cent of Americans believe President Joe Biden's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. A photo from Tuesday shows a burned out car and buildings damaged in Putin's assault A majority of American adults believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was emboldened to invade Ukraine after the U.S.'s disorderly exit from Afghanistan - but Republicans and conservatives agreed in larger numbers  Overall, 56 per cent of respondents said it was very or somewhat likely that Putin could use nuclear weapons in the conflict.  On that question, there wasn't a major divide between Republican and Democratic, and liberal and conservative responses, with 59 per cent of Democrats in agreement, compared to 53 per cent of Republicans. And 59 per cent of conservatives versus...
    Bill Barr said he suspected Vladimir Putin would see President Joe Biden as 'weak' and start 'grabbing whatever he wanted' with more bravado. The former Attorney General, who served under Donald Trump's administration, added that Biden's win offered Russia with 'no incentive to use diplomacy', especially following the President's withdrawal from Afghanistan and taking the U.S. out of energy independence. Speaking with Fox News, Barr said: 'Given Biden's manifest weakness, Putin is likely to feel he's better off making no concessions at all.' Bill Barr said he suspected Putin would see President Joe Biden as 'weak' and start 'grabbing whatever he wanted' with more bravado A passage from Barr's new book, One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General, read: 'I am afraid that, with a wavering, intermittently alert Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Vladimir Putin will pursue Russian strategic goals more assertively and feel little need to find agreed-upon frameworks with the U.S.' Touching on 'Russia-gate', Barr implied that by furthering the state away from diplomatic relations following Trump's loss, Russia became bolder. He said that even...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has told lawmakers that the US is nearing a formalized agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, according to three sources familiar with the details of a classified briefing with members of Congress that took place on Friday morning.Pakistan has expressed a desire to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in exchange for assistance with its own counterterrorism efforts and help in managing the relationship with India, one of the sources said. But the negotiations are ongoing, another source said, and the terms of the agreement, which has not been finalized, could still change. The briefing comes as the White House is still trying to ensure that it can carry out counterterrorism operations against ISIS-K and other adversaries in Afghanistan now that there is no longer a US presence on the ground for the first time in two decades after the NATO withdrawal from the country. Biden promised ISIS-K will pay. Having no US troops in Afghanistan makes that harderThe US military currently uses Pakistan's airspace to reach...
    President Joe Biden should not position U.S. troops at Russian bases, his congressional allies warned following a report that a top Pentagon official discussed such an idea with his Russian counterpart. “You can't trust them,” House Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, told the Washington Examiner. “I can't see utilizing a base.” Russian President Vladimir Putin floated the idea during the Geneva summit with Biden, and White House National Security Council officials requested more information on the offer, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed that Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, broached the subject in a recent meeting with Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov. “President Putin offered to provide assistance,” Austin told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday. “I can assure you that we are not seeking Russia's permission to do anything ... [Milley] asked for clarification on what that offer was.” PENTAGON BRASS REVEAL BIDEN IGNORED TROOP RECOMMENDATIONS ON AFGHANISTAN A senior U.S. diplomat in the region demurred Tuesday when asked...
    A woman embraces her sister-in-law as she arrives with other Afghan refugees on a flight at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 23, 2021. The federal government has billions in unspent funds following the official withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan—and that money should be reallocated to aid refugees who have now been displaced following the war, a group of Democratic senators tell the Biden administration. They cite nearly $3 billion in leftover funds from fiscal years 2020 and 2021 intended to support Afghan forces, “none of which continue to be operational.” The 2022 fiscal year includes another request for over $3 billion for now-defunct Afghan forces, they said. Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Chris Van Hollen, Jeff Merkley, and Ron Wyden are now asking the Biden administration “to resist calls to reallocate this balance to the already bloated Department of Defense budget. Instead, we call upon you to work with Congress to direct those and other available military funds instead to support the humanitarian and relocation needs of the Afghan people.” “With the legacies of Iraq and Afghanistan to guide us, it is very clear that we need to...
    Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen slammed the Biden administration on the "Brian Kilmeade Show" on Tuesday saying the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was an "absolute travesty." Thiessen continued by arguing the Biden administration wanted to end the Afghanistan War on 9/11 as "political prop," and this ultimately caused many Americans and U.S. allies to become stranded in the war-torn nation.  BIDEN MET WITH PROTESTORS UPON CALIFORNIA ARRIVAL OVER AFGHANISTAN, VACCINATIONS: ‘BIDEN GO HOME’ MARC THIESSEN: Joe Biden wanted to use the anniversary of 9/11 as a political prop. He wanted to take the sacred day and turn it into a day where he could declare victory for having ended America's longest war on the day it began. As a result, he betrayed hundreds of Americans who were left behind, thousands of American permanent residents who were left behind, and thousands of Afghan allies.  It looks like not only did we leave Afghan allies behind but we might have assassinated one of them on the way out with that incompetent drone strike. We still had a CIA base in Kabul when...
    Ari Fleischer, who served as former President George W. Bush's press secretary during the September 11 terror attacks, predicted that the media coverage of this year's remembrances will have to share time with a "split screen" of the chaos in Afghanistan. President Biden withdrew all U.S. troops from the region but it was a chaotic, bloody process that resulted in over 100 Americans being left behind, breaking a promise he had made to maintain a military presence until every American had been evacuated. The deadliest day of the crisis occurred Thursday,  Aug. 26, when a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members and over 100 Afghans. Media pundits and lawmakers broadly agreed that Biden's handling of the withdrawal was a disaster, and one which will be felt for some time.  THESE ARE THE SERVICE MEMBERS KILLED IN THE KABUL AIRPORT ATTACK Fleischer regretted that the episode will cast a shadow this weekend as Americans mark 20 years since September 11, 2001. "And now of course, we’ll have split screens on September 11, I’m...
    THE RAF is prepared to hit ISIS targets in Afghanistan in the wake of rocket attacks carried out by the terror group, its chief has said. Sir Mike Wigton was speaking after Dominic Raab said the UK will use “all means necessary’ to combat the threat posed by the jihadists. 2RAF jets could be called into action in AfghanistanCredit: Getty 2Dominic Raab has pledged to hit back at ISISCredit: Getty A branch of the terror group based in Afghanistan known as ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb at Kabul airport that killed 170 Afghans and 13 US troops. But even as the US finally withdrew after 20 years, attention has already turned to dealing with the terror group who its feared could use Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to plot attacks on the UK. Air Chief Marshall Wigton told the Telegraph that “ultimately, what this boils down to is that we've got to be able to play a global role in the global coalition to defeat Daesh”. Daesh is a derogatory term in Arabic for ISIS and is often used by their...
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm earlier this week chartered a military jet to attend a diplomatic summit in Ukraine as the Pentagon struggled to evacuate Americans and allies from Afghanistan with limited time and operational resources, sources told the Washington Free Beacon. Granholm's flight took place amid the United States' frantic effort to airlift tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan ahead of the Taliban's Aug. 31 deadline, and as the Department of Defense was forced to call in civilian airlines to bolster its strained evacuation fleet. The secretary's use of a military jet — and particularly the flight's timing — may raise questions for the Biden White House, which is responsible for approving such flights. Trump administration officials faced allegations of wasteful spending for their use of expensive military charters for trips that did not have national security urgency. PENTAGON SAYS TWO ‘HIGH-PROFILE’ ISIS-K TERRORISTS KILLED BY US AIRSTRIKE; ANOTHER WOUNDED Tom Price, who served as Health and Human Services secretary under former president Donald Trump, was forced to resign in 2017 amid revelations that he took numerous overseas military flights...
    On Thursday, President Joe Biden addressed the nation after an explosion outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport took the lives of 13 American service members. In that speech, Biden sent condolences to the families of those lost, promised to track down the terrorists behind the attack, reaffirmed his commitment to carry on with the evacuation in Afghanistan, praised the sacrifice and dedication of the all-volunteer military, took full responsibility for his decisions, and doubled-down on bringing the 20-year conflict to a close.   In response, Republicans made it clear that they have a strategy of their own. That strategy won’t get one more person out of Afghanistan. It won’t save the lives of a single service member. It’s not concerned with finding the ISIS-K terrorists behind the explosion. It isn’t concerned with taking any responsibility. It most certainly doesn’t want the war to end. Nope. The Republican plan for Afghanistan is blindingly simple: With the help of the media, use it to damage Joe Biden.  As CNN reports, the only thing bothering Republicans about Afghanistan is a divide over just...
    Donald Trump has claimed he warned the Taliban leader his organization would be eviscerated by US F-18 jets if they moved to retake Kabul - and claims the group's success is because they know Joe Biden is too weak to punish them.  The former president spoke on the deal he says he made with Taliban's political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Sean Hannity's show Monday night.  Trump said 'Abdul, as I like to call him, Abdul was just going to wait on us.' Trump argued his administration 'had them totally under control'.  'Every time we saw movement we hit them with an F-18 and the movement stopped,' he said of keeping the Taliban out of Afghanistan.  'Before, they would've gotten blown away. (Now) zero resistance,' Trump said as he called Biden's decision to take the US military out of Afghanistan 'the dumbest move anybody has ever made perhaps in the history of our country, allowing this to happen'.   'This country has never seen stupidity like this and our country is really in trouble,' Trump said on the segment.  'It's...
    Vice President Kamala Harris declared that evacuating US citizens and allies out of Afghanistan is the Biden White House's 'highest priority' at a press conference in Vietnam on Thursday. Harris also told reporters that she spent 'almost [her] entire career' on 'the protection of women and children' after critics spent a week pointing out her delay in speaking out about the plight of Afghan women and girls under Taliban rule. It was the second of two stops on the vice president's Southeast Asia tour. Asked about American safety and evacuations in light of the growing threat from an Afghanistan ISIS affiliate, Harris echoed other senior Biden officials: 'Our highest priority right now is evacuating American citizens, evacuating Afghans who worked with us and Afghans who are at risk, with a priority around women and children.' 'It is a dangerous and difficult mission, but it must be seen through, and we intend to see it through as best as we can.' Harris's visit to Vietnam immediately after Kabul fell to the Taliban spurred comparisons to the fall of Saigon. Kamala...
    FROM THE front line to the start line – they are the Afghan war heroes now fighting for Paralympic gold. There is a long and rich history with the Armed Forces and those who compete for Britain at the Paralympics. 3Cyclist Jaco van Gass will compete in five events in Tokyo, both on the track and roadCredit: Getty 3Van Gass, pictured with Samantha Cameron, lost his left arm following a helicopter attack in 2009Credit: Lee Thompson - The Sun And there will be three individuals in Japan who suffered life-changing injuries while serving their country in Afghanistan over the past 12 years. The trio have been supported by military veterans’ charity Help for Heroes on their rehab from the operating theatre to the sporting arena. Track and road cyclist JACO VAN GASS, who competes in five events in Japan, was a former member of the Parachute Regiment. In 2009, he was completing his second six-month tour of Afghanistan when the helicopter he was flying in came under heavy enemy fire. Gass, 35, was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, sustaining devastating injuries and losing his left arm....
    Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe spoke with Trey Gowdy on the international consequences following the Afghanistan crisis. The "Sunday Night in America" host asked Ratcliffe about President Joe Biden’s overall reaction to the Afghan situation. Ratcliffe called out the president for failing to listen to his intel and claimed it was a "trend" in the administration. "Let me be clear, this was not a failure of intelligence. It was a failure to listen to intelligence. Unfortunately, it’s been a trend in the Biden administration. They didn’t listen to our intelligence at our own southern border and created a crisis there and they didn’t listen to our intelligence in the Middle East and allowed for an Iranian-backed attack on Israel. This is just the latest chapter," Ratcliffe said. CBS REPORTER INSTRUCTS WH STAFF TO SHOW BIDEN THE POLL ABOUT HIS JOB APPROVAL FALLING  Ratcliffe referred to the fall of Afghanistan as a "near certainty" among his intelligence and former officials, noting that "everyone should have seen this coming." He also maintained that President Donald Trump put together a different...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The island kingdom of Bahrain has said it is “allowing flights to make use of Bahrain’s transit facilities” amid the evacuations of Afghanistan. The kingdom made the announcement in a statement released early Saturday. Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf off Saudi Arabia, is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. The announcement comes as the U.S. faced issues Friday with its facilities at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar filling up with those fleeing the Taliban takeover of the country. The kingdom also said it is hoping that “all parties will commit to stabilizing the internal situation and to protecting the lives of civilians and the rule of law.” ___ MORE ON THE CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN: — Report: Taliban killed minorities, fueling Afghans’ fears — US struggles to speed Kabul airlift despite Taliban, chaos — Western groups desperate to save Afghan workers left behind — Allies embraced Biden. Did Kabul lay bare “great illusion”? — Afghan president latest leader on the run to turn up in UAE ___ — Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/afghanistan ___...
    Sixteen Republican senators sent a letter to President Biden calling on the president to use all means necessary to rescue Americans and Afghan allies trapped in Afghanistan. Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., led 15 of his colleagues in a letter to the president Thursday, calling on Biden to take charge as Americans and allies alike are stuck behind Taliban lines. "From the very beginning, when you announced the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Members of Congress — along with your top military advisors — advised you that a complete, unconditional U.S. withdrawal would be catastrophic," they wrote. AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL: BIDEN CONTINUES BUNKER STRATEGY AFTER WIDELY PANNED ABC INTERVIEW "Now, we have seen what we predicted come to pass," the senators wrote. "The situation in Afghanistan has gone from bad to worse in a matter of weeks, and we are facing the worst-case scenario — a total Taliban takeover in Afghanistan." The senators expressed concerns that the Biden administration failed to establish at plan to evacuate all Americans and Afghan allies "as quickly and safely as possible." "This must be...
    Over a dozen Republican lawmakers are calling on President Joe Biden to use “all means necessary” to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan as administration officials admit they have no idea how many American citizens are currently stranded in the country. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Biden alongside 15 of his colleagues, detailing the U.S. government’s duty to get “American civilians and Afghans who have aided us out of the country as quickly and safely as possible.” “The situation in Afghanistan has gone from bad to worse in a matter of weeks, and we are facing the worst-case scenario – a total Taliban takeover in Afghanistan,” they wrote, blasting the president’s administration for failing to “establish a coherent plan” to do so. They wrote: This must be our top priority. Not only should we protect American citizens in Afghanistan, we must also uphold our promise to the thousands of Afghans who put their lives on the line to work with us to advance our shared security goals. Otherwise, they will...
    HOW Dominic Raab must now regret his short-lived family holiday in Crete. Caught on the hop by the Taliban’s lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan, our Foreign Secretary is reportedly in hot water with PM Boris Johnson. 2PM Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab during Afghanistan debate in recalled CommonsCredit: pixel8000 Even so, the calls yesterday for Raab’s sacking by his Labour opponent Lisa Nandy and her colleagues were crass. Having only last month backed the full withdrawal of troops so Afghans could “determine their own affairs”, Ms Nandy is no crystal ball-gazer herself. Mr Raab now needs to get a grip and ensure the UK takes a leading role in the international response. With Afghans being shot dead in the street and desperate mothers hurling babies over barbed-wire airport fences to get them to safety, there is no time to lose. There’s certainly no point looking to weakling US President Joe Biden, who continues to shuffle away from questions on the topic, and bizarrely claims he doesn’t even now know of any way “to have gotten out without chaos ensuing”. The lion’s...
    Terrified Afghans are scrambling to delete their digital history amid fears the Taliban have seized Afghanistan's biometric database which they could use to track and target their 'enemies'.  Afghans have reportedly been going through their phones and deleting messages, pictures as well as their music history for fear of repercussions from the Islamic militants who have taken control of the country.    After years of a push to digitise databases in the country, and introduce digital identity cards and biometrics for voting, activists warn these technologies could be used by the Taliban to hunt down vulnerable groups.  The biometric databases - which includes facial recognition technology - makes it much more difficult for Afghans to hide and the data could even be used to find out who their friends and family are.  Terrified Afghans are scrambling to delete their digital history amid fears the Taliban have seized Afghanistan's biometric database which they could use to track and target their 'enemies' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'We will honour women's rights (within Islamic law)':... 'F***...
    Democrats now want to allocate money and a plan to help Afghan refugees resettle in their $3.5 trillion budget package, congressional sources told Axios in a Tuesday morning report. Discussions on how to include this plan in the massive welfare and social spending budget, disguised as a so-called 'human infrastructure' bill, are brand new and will be worked out in the coming weeks, according to the three Hill sources familiar with early talks. Many Democratic lawmakers who supported President Joe Biden's complete withdrawal from Afghanistan are now scrambling to find a way to help women, children, interpreters and other vulnerable individuals fleeing from the country. Biden doubled-down on his withdrawal and the decisions made in the aftermath, which saw the swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan – including the capital city of Kabul on Sunday. Lawmakers and political pundits on both sides of the aisle have bashed Biden's decisions surrounding the withdrawal, while a poll released Monday showed nearly 70 per cent of likely primary election voters disapprove of the president's handling of Afghanistan. While progressives and others within the party...
    Twitter has allowed the Taliban to spread news of their takeover of Afghanistan even as former President Donald Trump is being kept off the platform. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, whose Twitter account has amassed some 287,000 followers, regularly provides updates on the Taliban’s seizure of the country. He uses social media to assert that the overthrow has been largely peaceful despite reports to the contrary. One Monday tweet from Mujahid, which might be an alias, showed a video of Afghanis in Kabul and was accompanied by the caption noting that Taliban militants have been deployed to various parts of the city. “The general public is happy with the arrival of the Mujahideen and satisfied with the security,” Mujahid claimed. BIDEN REMAINS SILENT AS AFGHANISTAN CRISIS INTENSIFIES Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump was permanently suspended from the platform after the Jan. 6 riot and has not been allowed to tweet for months. The ban prevents Trump from interacting with his followers during the botched U.S. withdrawal, even as some figures have used the platform to...
    The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is poised to begin using the same military surveillance systems that American troops used against terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, as it moves into a “new path towards an intelligence based protective agency” after the January 6 Capitol breach. The USCP released a statement last week that said through a loan from the Department of Defense (DOD), it will have access to “state-of-the-art campus surveillance technology, which will enhance the ability to detect and monitor threat activity.” The surveillance technology systems will provide “high-definition surveillance video, including night vision,” to identify “emerging threats,” according to a DOD press release. The June 2 release said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had approved a request from the USCP for surveillance systems to improve U.S. Capitol security. It said: Under this arrangement, the DoD will provide eight Persistent Surveillance Systems Ground – Medium (PSSG-M) units, on a reimbursable basis, for a period of one year. The Army will install the units and will train USCP personnel or authorized contractors to operate the systems. Except for required maintenance of the...
    (CNN)To most Americans, the main foreign policy accomplishment of former President Barack Obama's time in office was the killing of Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader who evaded justice for 10 years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and met his end in a raid by US special operations forces on May 1, 2011. Bin Laden's death was one half of the bumper sticker slogan coined by then-Vice President Joe Biden to justify Obama's reelection."Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!" Biden would say at rallies, illustrating that Obama had made the country safer and helped the economy. Obama won reelection.Biden won in 2020 in large part promising to carry on Obama's agenda. But on military policy in particular, he often broke with his old boss and there's evidence he'll be a much different kind of President, starting with his decision to carry on with former President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The bin Laden raid worked out -- reading about it is still fascinating -- but it was a gamble. Just...
    Taliban militants and Afghan civilians celebrate the signing of a peace deal with the United States on March 2. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images) CC BY-ND The Taliban militants of Afghanistan have grown richer and more powerful since their fundamentalist Islamic regime was toppled by U.S. forces in 2001. In the fiscal year that ended in March 2020, the Taliban reportedly brought in US$1.6 billion, according to Mullah Yaqoob, son of the late Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who revealed the Taliban’s income sources in a confidential report commissioned by NATO and later obtained by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. In comparison, the Afghan government brought in $5.55 billion during the same period. The government is now in peace talks with the Taliban, seeking to end their 19-year insurgency. I study the Taliban’s finances as an economic policy analyst at the Center for Afghanistan Studies. Here’s where their money comes from. 1. Drugs – $416 million Afghanistan accounted for approximately 84% of global opium production over the past five years, according to the United Nation’s World Drug Report 2020....
    By Orooj Hakimi KABUL (Reuters) - In a small art gallery in the Afghan capital, Marzia Panahi watches as one of the young artists she has just employed applies paint to a framed felt canvas propped up against a easel. Panahi, 21, set up the Namad Gallery at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in September. Her aim was to revive the use of felt in art, to showcase her war-torn country's creativity and to try to create jobs for young people hit hard by the pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused. "When COVID-19 cases increased in Afghanistan, I saw how unemployment was getting higher, and when we realized how deadly poverty can be...I put together a team of young people so that we could at least be useful to ourselves and those around us, and become entrepreneurs," she said. The international relations student's company now employs 10 people, including three artists, and sells paintings to local art lovers for between $100 and $200 each. Afghanistan, where more than 60% of the population is below the age of...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Approximately half of all police in Afghanistan’s southern provinces use drugs and up to 70% of police positions in those regions are “ghost” positions not actually filled by a person, a new report released Wednesday by a U.S. government watchdog said. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR, monitors the billions of dollars the U.S. spends in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The report said Afghanistan’s Internal Security Directorate, partnering with the National Security Directorae, found that approximately 50% of all police in Kandahar, Zabul, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces used drugs. The report did not specify what kind of drugs. The agencies also found that between 50% and 70% of police positions were “ghost soldier” jobs unfilled by real people. The report comes as efforts appear to be ramping up to start negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Afghanistan’s future. Across Afghanistan, the rosters of many units’ soldiers and police are filled with fake names or names of men who were killed in battle but never officially declared dead. Tariq Arian, a...
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