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  1. global tech
    Afghanistan’s Real Internet Lives on Its StreetsOn the “Sneakernet,” files and media are sold, physically, by street vendors. It’s often more efficient than using 3G or a low-speed broadband.
  2. Report: Trump Is Considering Erik Prince’s Plan to Privatize the Afghanistan WarThe Blackwater founder is pushing a plan to replace soldiers with contractors and Trump is warming to it.
  3. White House Is Reportedly Pursuing Direct Talks With TalibanWith the push for Afghan-led talks stalled, the U.S. aims to jump-start the process by giving in on the Taliban’s demand for bilateral negotiations.
  4. Twin Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan Kill 29, Including JournalistsThe second bomber targeted people rushing to cover the first blast. AFP’s chief photographer in Afghanistan was among the seven journalists killed.
  5. Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 57 Afghans in Attack on Would-Be VotersThe attack was one of several targeting recent efforts to register voters in the country.
  6. Suicide Attack in Kabul Kills DozensIt’s the second high-profile assault claimed by the Taliban in recent days.
  7. politics
    Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Wins First Place in European CompetitionThey invented a solar-powered robot that could help small-scale farmers in their fields.
  8. Bowe Bergdahl Avoids Prison Time After Pleading Guilty to DesertionA judge sentenced Bergdahl to a dishonorable discharge but spared him time behind bars.
  9. Trump’s Statements Interfere With Bowe Bergdahl’s SentencingThe president commented on the case again last week.
  10. Bowe Bergdahl to Plead Guilty to Desertion Before the EnemyHe could spend the rest of his life in prison.
  11. What the Trump Administration Means When It Says ‘On Notice’▶️ Is it more than an empty threat?
  12. Breitbart News Will Try to Force Trump to Be Trump, Whether He Likes It or NotYou can expect Breitbart News to intensify its efforts to get Trump to stay “populist”, even if it mean repudiating key family members and advisers.
  13. international intrigue
    Afghan Women Are Fighting for the Right to Be Called by Their NamesRather than by their husband’s or brother’s.
  14. Trump’s Bold New Afghanistan Strategy: Neither Bold, Nor New, Nor a StrategyTo the extent that it’s bold, it’s dangerous; to the extent it’s new, it’s vague; to the extent that it’s a strategy, it’s Obama’s.
  15. Trump Says New Afghanistan Strategy Is to Stop Announcing Afghanistan StrategyHe offered few details, saying, “America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.”
  16. international affairs
    Trump Compared Afghanistan Policy Review to 21 Club Renovation: ReportHe suggested replacing the top general, but experts say the issue is he hasn’t approved a new strategy.
  17. Trump Compared Afghanistan Policy Review to 21 Club Renovation: ReportHe suggested replacing the top general, but experts say the issue is he hasn’t approved a new strategy.
  18. Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Keep the Minerals!Struggling to find a reason to prolong America’s war in Afghanistan, the president’s thoughts turn to the nation’s reserves of iron ore.
  19. politics
    The Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Was Just Denied Entry to the U.S. AgainThe six teenage girls wanted to travel to the U.S. for a robotics competition, but their visa applications were denied twice.
  20. The Pentagon Is Preparing to Send 4,000 More U.S. Troops to AfghanistanThere are currently 8,400 U.S. troops in the country, along with 5,000 NATO soldiers.
  21. Top ISIS Leader in Afghanistan Killed in RaidAbdul Hasib died in an April 27 raid, along with dozens of ISIS fighters, in eastern Afghanistan. He had led the terror group for less than a year.
  22. Secretary of Defense Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to AfghanistanThere was reportedly a Taliban bombing at a U.S. base the same day as his visit.
  23. ‘Mother of All Bombs’ Kills 36 ISIS Fighters in Afghanistan“It felt like the heavens were falling,” one local said.
  24. U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ Biggest Non-Nuke Ever Used, in AfghanistanThe 22,000-pound bomb was dropped on ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan.
  25. ISIS Attackers Dressed As Doctors Kill Dozens at Afghan Military HospitalAt least 38 are dead with more than 50 injured.
  26. 4 Americans Killed in Suicide Attack on NATO Base in AfghanistanThe Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
  27. The Taliban Was Disappointed in the First Presidential DebateNot enough talk about Afghanistan.
  28. ISIS Behind Kabul Blasts That Kill at Least 80One of the deadliest attacks on Afghanistan’s Shia minority. 
  29. Reports: Afghan Taliban Leader Killed in U.S. Air StrikeThe targeting of Mullah Mansour is the U.S. military’s most significant strike on Pakistani soil since the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
  30. Military Personnel Punished for Hospital BombingNo criminal charges were filed.
  31. U.S. Soldier Killed, Two More Wounded, in Taliban FirefightAs of Tuesday morning, the rescue helicopter remains grounded.
  32. NYPD Detective Killed by Taliban Suicide Bomber in AfghanistanFive other American soldiers were killed by a motorcycle bomb on Monday.
  33. U.S. Troops Thought Taliban Was in MSF HospitalAccording to the AP, Green Berets on the ground requested an air strike because they thought it was under Taliban control.
  34. Report: U.S. Knew Bombed Afghan Site Was a HospitalSpecial-operations analysts suspected the location was used to coordinate Taliban activity.
  35. Obama May Leave U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Through the End of His PresidencyAmerica’s longest war looks like it will extend its run.
  36. 33 Still Unaccounted for in Wake of Kunduz Hospital BombingOne of our doctors died on an improvised operating table — an office desk — while his colleagues tried to save his life.”
  37. U.S. Military Official Says Hospital Airstrike Was a MistakeGeneral John Campbell also told Congress on Tuesday that the plan to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 2016 may be changed.
  38. U.S. Air Strike Hits Hospital in AfghanistanA Doctors Without Borders medical facility in Kunduz was bombed early Saturday morning, killing at least 19 and injuring dozens.
  39. The American War in Afghanistan Officially Ended Today We still have 10,800 troops over there, though.
  40. 4 More Guantánamo Bay Prisoners Released They were sent back to Afghanistan.
  41. Governor Cuomo Is Spending the Weekend in AfghanistanAlong with some other governors. 
  42. 3 Missing Afghan Soldiers Found Trying to Cross Into CanadaIs it because of the socialized medicine?
  43. N.Y. Times Reporter Ordered to Leave AfghanistanHe’s in no hurry.
  44. Bowe Bergdahl Moved to Outpatient TreatmentA week and a half after returning to the United States. 
  45. Friendly Fire Airstrike Kills 5 U.S. Soldiers in AfghanistanA bomber accidentally hit them after they called for air support.
  46. Bowe Bergdahl’s Parents Receive Death Threats As Son Begins Recovery Bob and Jani Bergdahl still haven’t spoken to Bowe.
  47. Bowe Bergdahl Was Known to WanderThe Army’s classified report reveals new details about the former POW
  48. Taliban Video Shows First Footage of Bowe Bergdahl’s ReleaseAmid reports that he looked “alarming” in a recent video.
  49. Republican Strategists Are Helping Bowe Bergdahl’s Critics Get Their Stories OutDiscussion about the American POW is becoming increasingly partisan.
  50. Fellow Soldiers Criticize Bergdahl They say his actions led to the deaths of his fellow troops.
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