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Afghanistan – Google News

US Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 2207 – ABC News


US Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 2207
ABC News
As of Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at least 2,207 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is three less than the Defense

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:20 pm

Ashraf Ghani Races to Make His Mark on Presidency in Afghanistan – New York Times


New York Times

Ashraf Ghani Races to Make His Mark on Presidency in Afghanistan
New York Times
KABUL, AfghanistanAfghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, is a man in a hurry to break from his predecessor's governing style. Best not make him late. He drove the point home this month when he started a meeting without the prominent and widely …
A NEW PAGE FOR AFGHANISTAN?Daily Sabah
Moving beyond the new deal in AfghanistanHindustan Times
Afghanistan: A Dangerous Projection of Presidential InaugurationCenter for Research on Globalization
Eurasia Review -GreaterKashmir.com -Sharnoff’s Global Views
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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:07 pm

Afghanistan Déjà Vu? – Huffington Post


Afghanistan Déjà Vu?
Huffington Post
This continues a pattern, begun in late 2001 with the Bonn Agreement, where the US and its allies determined, rather undemocratically, who would lead Afghanistan and how Afghan institutions would be structured. In the process, Niland argues, the US …

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:35 pm

This map shows all the areas in Afghanistan where poppy production rose – Washington Post


The Diplomat

This map shows all the areas in Afghanistan where poppy production rose
Washington Post
The U.S. military is closing in on the end of its long war in Afghanistan, and Washington has spent $7.6 billion trying to reduce the production of poppy, the brilliantly blooming plant whose resin is made into heroin and other opioids. The legacy thus
Afghanistan Poppy Cultivation at All-Time HighThe Diplomat
Surprise: US Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going WellThe Intercept – First Look Media
Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time highThe Guardian
Aljazeera.com -KPRC Houston
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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:23 pm

Skiing in Afghanistan – it’s one hour up and two minutes down – The Guardian


The Guardian

Skiing in Afghanistan – it's one hour up and two minutes down
The Guardian
Pointing at the cliffs where the 6th-century statues were dynamited and destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, he explains: “When you live in a country like Afghanistan, you have a different way of thinking about danger. I think this is another one of the

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 10:28 am

Claims soldier pulled handgun on ASIS agent in Afghanistan to be investigated – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

Claims soldier pulled handgun on ASIS agent in Afghanistan to be investigated
Sydney Morning Herald
The watchdog that oversees Australia's spy agencies is investigating an incident in which a special forces soldier is reported to have pulled a gun on an Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer during a drinking session in Afghanistan. The claim
Special forces soldier pulled handgun on Australian spy during drinking ABC Online
Special Forces Soldier, Spy, Handgun, Drinking Session, Afghanistan International Business Times AU
Special forces soldier drew gun on Australian spy in AfghanistanThe Australian

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:07 am

Billions Of American Dollars Fail To Halt Thriving Poppy Production In Afghanistan – International Business Times


International Business Times

Billions Of American Dollars Fail To Halt Thriving Poppy Production In Afghanistan
International Business Times
Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit a record high in 2013 despite years of American efforts to curb its production and trade, according to a new report from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR. As of

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:34 am

US watchdog: Afghanistan poppy production at record levels despite … – Stars and Stripes


US watchdog: Afghanistan poppy production at record levels despite
Stars and Stripes
The most recent findings by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction come just a few months ahead of the withdrawal of coalition combat troops, when the vast majority of U.S. and NATO forces will leave the country. SIGAR cited a

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:16 am

A (fighting) season to remember in Afghanistan – Washington Post (blog)


BBC News

A (fighting) season to remember in Afghanistan
Washington Post (blog)
With little fanfare, and even less Western media coverage, another April to October fighting season is now grinding to a bloody close in Afghanistan. This year's campaign offers an unusually revealing glimpse of the Government of Afghanistan's exposed …
The West Made Lots of Promises to Afghan Girls, Now Its Breaking ThemDaily Beast
Afghanistan conflict: Life inside a Taliban strongholdBBC News
Haqqani Leaders Detained in Persian Gulf, Not Inside AfghanistanWall Street Journal
Port Huron Times Herald -NDTV -RAWA News
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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 12:45 pm

Iran and India’s Road to Afghanistan – Indian Express


Iran and India's Road to Afghanistan
Indian Express
Delhi, which long chafed at Pakistan's refusal to provide overland access to Afghanistan, viewed the Chabahar port as a credible alternative to gaining physical access to Afghanistan. Land-locked Kabul, whose only route to the sea is through Pakistan, …
Afghanistan to find new sea routes through Iran's Chabahar portKhaama Press

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:08 am

Afghanistan – Yahoo News Search Results

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,207

As of Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at least 2,207 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:19 pm

Afghan poppy growing hit record high in 2013

Poppy production in Afghanistan hit record levels last year even though the United States has poured some $7 billion into destroying the deadly crop which supplies some 80 percent of the world's opium.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:47 pm

How the U.S. Wasted $7.6 Billion to Stop Afghan Heroin Production

A new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction provides another painful reminder that despite $7.6 billion of counter-narcotics efforts over the past decade, illegal opium poppy cultivation is at an all-time high in Afghanistan – helping to fuel a heroin epidemic in the United States. “In past years, surges in opium poppy cultivation have been met by a coordinated …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:00 pm

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade, a U.S. report showed on Tuesday.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 4:14 pm

New Afghanistan president Ghani to visit China

Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani will head to China next week for a three-day visit, his office said in a statement Tuesday, his first trip abroad since being sworn in last month.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 3:06 pm

Afghanistan's opium problem will keep growing

$7.6 billion later, Afghanistan's dependency on the opium trade continues to expand.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 2:30 pm

Fight against Afghanistan's opium trade is failing, U.S. report says

For the last decade, the United States has spent $7.6 billion in a massive effort to combat Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade. But after a record harvest last year, the U.S. inspector general for Afghanistan has concluded that the counter-narcotics strategy is failing badly.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:06 am

Despite costly U.S. effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the U.S. government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an "unprecedented" 209,000 hectares (516 …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 4:26 am

Afghanistan anti-corruption task force shuttered amid U.S. troop drawdown

The Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combating corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama's target force of 9,800 U.S. troops in the country — adding to concerns about oversight and accountability in a government rife with waste, fraud and abuse. Shuttering …

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 2:25 am

Monkey Cage: A (fighting) season to remember in Afghanistan

Five lessons from the 2014 fighting season in Afghanistan

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 12:44 pm