The United Nations has just issued its semi-annual report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. While the war might be winding down for U.S. and international forces, Taliban violence continues, and the death toll among Afghan civilians is on the rise.
A new Pentagon report concludes that Afghanistan's military has improved and is more and more capable of taking the lead on missions. But the report warns that Afghanistan remains politically fragile, less than two years before most U.S. troops depart. And there's still a real risk that political instability in Afghanistan could fracture the nation's army.
The latest Pentagon report to Congress on Afghanistan says the insurgency is still "resilient" and violence in some areas is at the same level as last year. But the Afghan forces are taking the brunt of the casualties now that the U.S. troop presence has decreased and the remaining forces have turned to training the Afghans.
Afghanistan's parliament began its summer recess having barely squeaked out two important laws governing next year's presidential election. Beyond that, the country's lawmakers failed to get through a number of other important initiatives. What was the session like for the lawmakers and the journalists who cover them?
It's been a bad month in U.S.-Afghan relations and efforts to negotiate a long-term security pact have been sidelined by a series of controversies and rhetorical bombshells. As the end of the NATO mission creeps closer, Afghans are increasingly worried that the bad atmospherics between Washington and Kabul could leave the Afghan people without enough U.S. support and vulnerable to predatory neighbors.
Afghanistan's top political comedy sketch show mocks aspects of day-to-day life in hopes of shaming the government to clean up its act. The cast of Zang-e-Khatar, or Danger Bell, has tackled everything from corruption to bad roads, and they've received death threats for doing it.
A new investigative report from Reuters special enterprise correspondent Scot Paltrow details how the antiquated and error-ridden payroll system for the U.S. military is erroneously cutting soldiers' paychecks and causing terrible hardship.
Reports from the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction show mind-numbing spending decisions on military facilities that will never be used. In addition there are details about multi-million dollar waste incinerators that are sitting idle — while troops continue to inhale unhealthy air from open burn pits. Robert Siegel talks to the special inspector general behind the reports, John Sopko, a former Capitol Hill counsel and organized crime prosecutor.
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