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Nearly $1 trillion was spent on the war in Afghanistan, mostly under President Obama.
From: Reason | By: Veronique de Rugy | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Renee Montagne talks to John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. He recently released a report highlighting significant waste, fraud and abuse in the U.S. funded program.
From: NPR | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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An Afghan official says a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle as it was being followed by police on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, killing a police officer and wounding three others....
From: Fox News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The Pakistan Taliban said the attack was revenge against the Army for its crackdown in a tribal area. More than 130 children died in Tuesday's attack by gunmen on a school in Peshawar....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Pakistan Bonus Read: “Pakistan’s 9/11,” Peter Bergen (CNN). Pakistan lifts death penalty Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday in the aftermath of a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar that...
From: Foreign Policy | By: emdsch | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A look at steps the Pakistani government is taking to address militancy following Tuesday's Taliban massacre of 148 people at a school: __ PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN COORDINATION: Pakistan has reached out for help from neighboring Afghanistan, with which it...
From: Fox News | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Pakistan is the epicenter of a horrifying new trend....
From: The Atlantic | By: Kathy Gilsinan | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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After more than 30 hours of extended talks, a global agreement on climate change was reached over the weekend at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed to a new deal that forms the basis...
From: Truthout | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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It was a military bake sale of sorts. For the first time in history, the U.S. military auctioned off some of its surplus Humvees to the public. And truck-lovers responded in kind, paying as much as $41,000 for the iconic military vehicle that entered...
From: Defense Tech | By: Brendan McGarry | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A group of armed insurgents has stormed the Kabul Bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, a spokesman for the provincial governor said Wednesday....
From: CNN | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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All school shootings force journalists to wrestle with images from hell and the information that poured out of Peshawar, Pakistan, was tragically familiar. Here is part of the barrage from the top of a long report in The Los Angeles Times: When it was...
From: Get Religion | By: Terry Mattingly | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Just over .0001 percent. In terms of annual spending by the federal government, which totaled $3.5 trillion in fiscal year 2014, the cost for implementing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act each year would have accounted for around...
From: Media Matters | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The lawyer representing the woman suing Bill Cosby for allegedly sexually battering her in 1974, when she was 15 years old, has interviewed two witnesses who corroborate her story. The Associated Press reports attorney Marc Strecker wrote in a sworn...
From: The Wrap | By: Greg Gilman | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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The Taliban's massacre of more than 100 students caps an awful year for the world's children....
From: The Atlantic | By: Haider Javed Warraich | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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As Pakistan reels in the aftermath of yesterdays Taliban massacre in Peshawar the New York Post is reporting that, Ahmed Rashid, an expert on the Taliban group, claims that the atrocity “may have been committed to send a message to those who support...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Alan Ewart | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Tuesday's attack on a military-run school in Peshawar is Pakistan's bloodiest terror incident in several years. Last week saw a similar attack on a much smaller scale in Kabul.  ...
From: Christian Science Monitor | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Abbott said Monis also had a gun license despite his long criminal historyThe post Siege gunman was dropped off Australian watch list years ago appeared first on Macleans.ca....
From: Macleans | By: The Associated Press | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A compilation of the most interesting photojournalism found on the web, curated by Mikko Takkunen
From: Time | By: Mikko Takkunen | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Saluting troops returning home from Afghanistan, President Barack Obama declared the US is moving toward a period of a leaner military. Obama noted there are now 15,000 troops in Afghanistan, down from 180,000 when he took office....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including William Hague publishing plans for English votes for English laws (Evel) and David Cameron giving evidence to the liaison committee about climate change and radicaliationLunchtime...
From: The Guardian | By: Andrew Sparrow | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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That's John Lewis getting the billy-club treatment in Selma, Alabama, March 1965. His skull was fractured when police went berserk. At The Atlantic, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a veteran and icon of the 1960s civil rights struggle, writes Michael Brown,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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The attack in Peshawar killed more than 130 people, most of them the young children of army officers and soldiers....
From: The Atlantic | By: Dashiell Bennett | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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A day of terror at a school in Pakistan.
From: Gone Hollywood | By: Doug Mataconis | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah has said the critical decision of not making such a distinction should be taken soon in the better interest of all.
From: The Economic Times | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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On the 4,815th day of America’s longest war, Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris was killed in combat in Afghanistan....
From: New York Daily News | By: Editorials | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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KABUL (Reuters) - Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line....
From: Reuters | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A suicide car bombing Thursday morning killed one police officer and injured three others in east Kabul in the latest deadly attack in the Afghan capital....
From: Los Angeles Times | By: Ali M. Latifi | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A top U.S. watchdog is raising new questions about the Pentagon's $700 million effort to boost Afghanistan's economy....
From: Foreign Policy | By: siobhanogradyfp | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Afghan authorities say a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle, killing one police officer and wounding at least two more on the outskirts the capital, Kabul. Afghan security officials said the police were following the bomber's car to prevent him from...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A Defence inquiry has found a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan not because of enemy fire but the crew's response to pitch disturbances.
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Taliban suicide bomber followed by police detonates himself, killing a policeman in Kabul, Afghan police officials say.
From: Al Jazeera English | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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An Afghan official says a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle as it was being followed by police on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, killing a police officer and wounding…Click to Continue »...
From: Charlotte Observer | By: The Associated Press () | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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KABUL (Reuters) - One policeman was killed and two were injured on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Thursday, in a blast caused by a suicide bomber attempting to enter Kabul in a vehicle laden with explosives, an interior ministry spokesman said....
From: The Star Malaysia | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The Leopold Cafe reopened four days after several customers were killed during the November 2008 urban swarm attack on Mumbai. The Lindt Cafe in Sydney will, I expect, also reopen.  Prior cases suggest a community’s sense of defiance is good for business....
From: Homeland Security Watch | By: Philip J. Palin | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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KABUL (Reuters) - One policeman was killed and two were injured on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Thursday, in a blast caused by a suicide bomber attempting to enter Kabul in a vehicle laden with explosives, an interior ministry spokesman said....
From: Reuters | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Dwell and GoodWeave Explore Ethical Design Written by  Erika Heet December 15, 2014With a focus on ending child labor in the rug industry and beyond, a Dwell-hosted conversation in Los Angeles last month shed light on sustainable design practices. Ahmad...
From: Dwell | By: Erika Heet | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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The horrors that surround hostage dramas are confusing enough on their own. Throw in complex questions about religious faith and terrorism and journalists and this kind of story pushes journalists -- in real time, under unbelievable amounts of pressure...
From: Get Religion | By: Terry Mattingly | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Saffron cultivation needs lots of land and a lot of labor, but the world’s most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in the coming years. In the western province of Herat, elderly...
From: The Raw Story | By: Agence France-Presse | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistan's government lifted a moratorium on executing convicted terrorists Wednesday and sought Afghanistan's help to find the mastermind of Tuesday's murderous attack on an army-run school in the northern city of Peshawar, as...
From: St. Paul Pioneer Press | By: By Tom HussainTribune News Service | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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What follows is an account from a French ISAF soldier that was stationed with American Warfighters in Afghanistan sometime in the past 4 years. This was copied and translated from an editorial French newspaper. A NOS FRERES D’ARMES AMERICAINS "We have...
From: Free Republic | By: Warrior Lodge | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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BUFFALO, New York (AP) -- One of three Afghan military officers detained after fleeing a U.S. training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan has been
From: Taiwan News | By: CAROLYN THOMPSON | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Not only is torture against international law, it also produces no useful intelligence. Common sense is enough to prove that statement.If someone threatened to rape your sister, kill your mom,  or shackled you until you were half-dead while feeding...
From: Global Economic Trend Analysis | By: Mike Mish Shedlock | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistan’s government lifted a moratorium on executing convicted terrorists Wednesday and sought Afghanistan’s help to find the mastermind of Tuesday’s murderous attack on an army-run school in the northern city of Peshawar,...
From: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By: By Tom Hussain / McClatchy Newspapers | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Pakistan’s military and intelligence chiefs rushed to Kabul to ask the Afghan government and U.S.-led military coalition for help in crushing the masterminds of a Taliban attack on a school that killed 132 children.
From: Wall Street Journal | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Fatima Bhutto in Scroll (Photo Credit: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP): There is no word for a parent who buries a child. No equivalent of widow or orphan in any language that I know, we do not have the language to describe a...
From: Three Quarks Daily | By: Robin Varghese | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The Pakistani Taliban's attack on a school in Peshawar is not a sign of their strength, but rather of their weakness....
From: Foreign Policy | By: emdsch | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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For the last two and a half months, 83 different countries have been able to entertain dreams of glory in this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. On Friday, 74 of those countries will see those dreams disappear, as a nine-film shortlist...
From: The Wrap | By: Steve Pond | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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One of three Afghan military officers detained after fleeing a U.S. training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan has been allowed to make a refugee claim in Canada.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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This is not an unusual story. This precise form of deadly violence happens all the time in America. Every day, several times a day. American men kill American women. Every damn day.
From: Slacktivist | By: Fred Clark | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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