The Obama administration has blocked the public release of disturbing torture photos out of concern they would endanger US troops. Now, a federal judge is giving the government until December to justify its actions.
The US authorities see the ISIS threat as an opportunity to regain its position in Iraq where it spent trillions of dollars waging war, but at the same time wants to maintain domination in Afghanistan, Richard Becker from the Answer Coalition told RT.
Despite Washington spending $7.6 billion on counter-narcotic initiatives in Afghanistan, 2013 witnessed a record surge in the amount of opium poppy cultivation, according to the US inspector general for Afghan reconstruction.
Arming insurgencies around the world has rarely worked for the CIA without direct support from Americans on the ground, according to a still-classified agency review of the practice conducted during debate over arming rebels in Syria.
NATO and Afghan officials are disputing an airstrike in E. Afghanistan that killed at least seven people. An Afghan official said all the dead were civilians, including a 12-year-old child, but NATO said the “precision” strike only killed militants.
Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui has withdrawn what is likely the final appeal of her conviction for attempted murder of American agents in Afghanistan. Islamist militants have attempted to free Siddiqui in prisoner swaps with the United States.
A US watchdog is asking why 16 planes bought for the Afghan Air Force, costing almost $500 million, were turned into scrap metal valued at just $32,000. The government wants to know why hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money were wasted on the project.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Friday to meet the new president, Ashraf Ghani. The PM acknowledged that Britain had paid a “very high price” to bring stability to the country.
The British Army has deployed its state-of-the-art Watchkeeper unmanned air system in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence said Tuesday the drones will provide “force protection” for the troops as they prepare to withdraw by the end of this year.