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The Final Mission: While Louisiana troops return from Afghanistan, the fight … – WDSU New Orleans


The Final Mission: While Louisiana troops return from Afghanistan, the fight
WDSU New Orleans
Today, American involvement in Afghanistan is winding down, but the war goes on. For nine months, FOB Apache has been home to the 927th Sapper Engineer Company. The unit is headquartered in Baton Rouge, attracting soldiers from across south …

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 10:17 pm

The long goodbye to Afghanistan – Chicago Tribune


The Conversation UK

The long goodbye to Afghanistan
Chicago Tribune
So now, finally, we're set to have the conflict we would have preferred: Afghanistan's own army, trained and supported by the U.S., will take on the Taliban. American forces, which peaked at 100,000 during the surge of 2010-11, will contract to 9,800
Dallas Morning News: A better plan for AfghanistanMadison.com
Farewell to Afghanistan, the unwinnable warThe Conversation UK
Afghanistan campaign 'worst military blunder since Charge of the Light Brigade WalesOnline
Daily Mail -Stratford Observer
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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 7:13 pm

Defence says Afghanistan ‘less dangerous’ so cuts Australian military’s pay – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

Defence says Afghanistan 'less dangerous' so cuts Australian military's pay
Sydney Morning Herald
The daily bonus for personnel serving through the Afghanistan campaign, which included years of fierce combat and the loss of 41 Australian diggers' lives, has been $200 a day. That will continue up to December 31, though Australia's main base at Tarin …
Danger money cut by $50 for Diggers in AfghanistanThe Australian

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 6:17 pm

Strange, fanged deer persists in Afghanistan – Phys.Org


Phys.Org

Strange, fanged deer persists in Afghanistan
Phys.Org
More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which
Fanged deer pops up in Afghanistan, 60 years after its last appearanceWashington Post
The Vampire Deer Of AfghanistanScience 2.0
Meet Afghanistan's Elusive, Endangered "Vampire" Deerio9

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 4:06 pm

The Real First Ladies of Afghanistan – Foreign Policy


Foreign Policy

The Real First Ladies of Afghanistan
Foreign Policy
"I want to take the opportunity and thank my life partner, Bibi Gul [an Afghan name the Mrs. Ghani adopted when she married Ghani] for supporting me and Afghanistan. She always helped the internally displaced people in the country and I am sure she

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 2:45 pm

Ghani Urges Taliban to Join ‘Inter-Afghan Dialogue’ – Voice of America


Voice of America

Ghani Urges Taliban to Join 'Inter-Afghan Dialogue'
Voice of America
ISLAMABAD—. Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani used a regional conference in China Friday to reiterate his call for the Taliban to join a national peace dialogue and urged his country's international partners to support what he said is an Afghan

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 12:51 pm

Afghanistan Going off the Rails as U.S. Withdrawal Speeds Up – Foreign Policy


Foreign Policy

Afghanistan Going off the Rails as U.S. Withdrawal Speeds Up
Foreign Policy
While the world's eyes are trained on Iraq, Syria, and the fight against the Islamic State, a new report to Congress by the government's reconstruction watchdog warns that Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been fighting the Taliban and other
NATO Says Service Member Has Died in AfghanistanABC News
Kids tell us their views on the war in AfghanistanBBC News
The US Is Leaving Behind A Dysfunctional And Incompetent Army In AfghanistanBusiness Insider

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:54 am

Afghan Leader Makes Rare Reference to Taliban – ABC News


Wall Street Journal

Afghan Leader Makes Rare Reference to Taliban
ABC News
Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.
China to Help Afghanistan Fight Terrorism, RebuildWall Street Journal
China signals interest in playing bigger role in AfghanistanSouth China Morning Post (subscription)
China hosts international conference on AfghanistanPress TV
The Diplomat -Xinhua -Economic Times
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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:42 am

United States praises China’s growing role in Afghanistan – Reuters


CNN (blog)

United States praises China's growing role in Afghanistan
Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States welcomed China's growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan's stability on Thursday, saying a Beijing conference of foreign ministers on Afghan reconstruction this week shows its commitment to the region as
China no substitute for US involvement over AfghanistanCNN (blog)
Can China Save Afghanistan?The Diplomat
conference conducive to building consensus on AfghanistanChinadaily USA
Al Jazeera America -India Today
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:46 am

The Capabilities of the Afghan Military Are Suddenly a Secret – TIME


TIME

The Capabilities of the Afghan Military Are Suddenly a Secret
TIME
Classifying the data “deprives the American people of an essential tool to measure the success or failure of the single most costly feature of the Afghanistan reconstruction effort,” John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
With Just Months Left In The US Mission, Bloodshed In Afghanistan Has Surged Business Insider
A Big Week in Afghanistan War OversightJust Security
US Counternarcotics Efforts in Afghanistan Fail to DeliverHeritage.org
Defense One -The Fiscal Times
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 4:03 am

Afghanistan – Yahoo News Search Results

A gripping 'One Million Steps' examines Marines in Afghanistan

In the preface to "One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War," Bing West announces that "this is my sixth and final book about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." If so, West has clearly left the best for last: a gripping, boot-level account of Marines in Afghanistan during the bloody…

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 5:13 pm

Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban

BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:40 am

NATO says service member has died in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says one of its service members has died in eastern Afghanistan from a non-battle-related injury.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 11:20 am

Afghanistan's Ghani drops Pashtun name from official documents

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has removed his tribal Pashtun surname "Ahmadzai" from all official documents, a spokesman told AFP on Thursday. "The chairman of the Office of Administrative Affairs Abdul Salam Rahimi has sent a formal letter to all the ministries and state institutions to call the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani," said deputy presidential …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 5:17 am

Russia completes helicopter deliveries to Afghanistan

Richard Tomkins MOSCOW, Oct. 30 (UPI) — Russia's Rosoboronexport has completed its delivery of 63 Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 8:16 pm

The U.S.’s $7 Billion War on Drugs Helped Grow Afghanistan’s Heroin Biz

Last week, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a report to Congress painting a very grim picture of the government’s largely ineffective, multi-billion dollar war on drugs in Afghanistan—noting that opium poppy cultivation in the country has now hit record levels.  The war-torn country now produces 90 percent of the world’s opium poppy and the illicit …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:15 pm

U.S. Sees Critical Role for China on Afghanistan Security

The U.S. sees China playing a “valuable role” in providing security assistance in Afghanistan as foreign troops start withdrawing from the country, a State Department official said.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:48 am

United States praises China's growing role in Afghanistan

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States welcomed China's growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan's stability on Thursday, saying a Beijing conference of foreign ministers on Afghan reconstruction this week shows its commitment to the region as Western troops pull out. The comments, made by a senior State Department official, are rare U.S. praise for Beijing, which this week hosts Afghan …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:45 am

Afghanistan's Ghani in trade talks with China's Xi

Ed Adamczyk BEIJING, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani was greeted warmly in Beijing Tuesday on his first official trip to China in search of stronger economic ties.

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 3:40 pm

Afghanistan: Out with NATO, in with China?

The last British soldier left Afghanistan over the weekend. The last American combat troops will be gone by Christmas. Afghanistan’s beleaguered government is looking in new directions for help, and new President Ashraf Ghani arrived Tuesday in Beijing, where Chinese authorities are anxious to oblige.

Posted on 28 October 2014 | 3:14 pm