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  1. congress
    Congress Learns Pentagon Wasted $1 Trillion, Promptly Gives It Bigger BudgetHours after learning that the Pentagon lied to taxpayers while wasting their money in Afghanistan, Congress awards the DoD a $22 billion budget hike.
  2. the military industrial complex
    Here’s More Evidence the War in Afghanistan Was a $2 Trillion Mistake“If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction … 2,400 lives lost,” wrote a top U.S. general. “Who will say this was in vain?”
  3. trump tweets
    The White House Scheduled Trump Tweets to Keep His Afghanistan Trip SecretIf Trump doesn’t tweet for 12 hours, people start asking questions.
  4. veterans
    The Next Fight for Cory Remsburg, the Wounded Veteran Obama Made FamousIn 2014, a White House speechwriter made a brain-injured soldier a symbol of resilience. Now he finds the story didn’t end so neatly.
  5. world view
    Trump Tells the World He’s Desperate to Play DealmakerTrump is ready to move past his Taliban summit debacle, but it offered strategic lessons adversaries like Iran and North Korea won’t soon forget.
  6. war in afghanistan
    Trump’s Canceled Meeting With Taliban Was a Failed Attempt to Rush a Peace DealThe Camp David summit was reportedly a last-minute ploy to conclude negotiations and let Trump deliver a grand finale to the war in Afghanistan.
  7. vision 2020
    Joe Biden’s Composite War Story That Never HappenedIt’s not within his usual gaffe territory, but Biden’s blurred account of a heroic soldier is still strange considering his reason for telling it.
  8. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: The Nature of SexThere are enormous dangers in trying to legislate away the differences between social constructs and biological realities on the question of gender.
  9. world view
    U.S.-Taliban May Have Breakthrough Deal — Now All Afghans Must Be HeardU.S. and Taliban officials may have a deal, but there won’t be lasting peace if women, minorities, and everyday Afghans are excluded from the process.
  10. william arkin
    A Former NBC News Military Analyst on Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Underrated“When Mr. Magoo walks across the girder from one skyscraper to another, we should at least recognize that he did it.”
  11. u.s. military
    Trump Makes Surprise Trip to Iraq, One Spot Where He Isn’t Withdrawing TroopsAmid the uproar over his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan and Syria, President Trump made his first appearance in a combat zone.
  12. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: The Establishment Will Never Say No to a WarKeep that in mind when listening to the many defenders of the shadowy and unconstitutional occupation in Syria and the endless slog in Afghanistan.
  13. politics
    Read Defense Secretary Mattis’s Full Letter to Donald TrumpJames Mattis tendered his resignation today, and wrote a letter to the President explaining his reasons for doing so.
  14. 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.
  15. endless war
    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.
  16. foreign policy
    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.
  17. awful things
    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.
  18. awful things
    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.
  19. Suicide Attack in Kabul Kills DozensIt’s the second high-profile assault claimed by the Taliban in recent days.
  20. Bowe Bergdahl Avoids Prison Time After Pleading Guilty to DesertionA judge sentenced Bergdahl to a dishonorable discharge but spared him time behind bars.
  21. Trump’s Statements Interfere With Bowe Bergdahl’s SentencingThe president commented on the case again last week.
  22. Bowe Bergdahl to Plead Guilty to Desertion Before the EnemyHe could spend the rest of his life in prison.
  23. What the Trump Administration Means When It Says ‘On Notice’▶️ Is it more than an empty threat?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. foreign policy
    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.”
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. international relations
    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.
  32. ‘Mother of All Bombs’ Kills 36 ISIS Fighters in Afghanistan“It felt like the heavens were falling,” one local said.
  33. 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.
  34. ISIS Attackers Dressed As Doctors Kill Dozens at Afghan Military HospitalAt least 38 are dead with more than 50 injured.
  35. afghanistan
    4 Americans Killed in Suicide Attack on NATO Base in AfghanistanThe Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
  36. The Taliban Was Disappointed in the First Presidential DebateNot enough talk about Afghanistan.
  37. scary things
    ISIS Behind Kabul Blasts That Kill at Least 80One of the deadliest attacks on Afghanistan’s Shia minority. 
  38. war in afghanistan
    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.
  39. awful things
    Military Personnel Punished for Hospital BombingNo criminal charges were filed.
  40. U.S. Soldier Killed, Two More Wounded, in Taliban FirefightAs of Tuesday morning, the rescue helicopter remains grounded.
  41. NYPD Detective Killed by Taliban Suicide Bomber in AfghanistanFive other American soldiers were killed by a motorcycle bomb on Monday.
  42. awful things
    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.
  43. international affairs
    Report: U.S. Knew Bombed Afghan Site Was a HospitalSpecial-operations analysts suspected the location was used to coordinate Taliban activity.
  44. fog of war
    Obama May Leave U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Through the End of His PresidencyAmerica’s longest war looks like it will extend its run.
  45. fog of war
    33 Still Unaccounted for in Wake of Kunduz Hospital Bombing“One of our doctors died on an improvised operating table — an office desk — while his colleagues tried to save his life.”
  46. 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.
  47. terrible things
    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.
  48. war
    American Deserter: Why AWOL U.S. Soldiers Are Most at Risk in CanadaIt used to be the safest place for a war deserter to go. Now it’s just about the worst destination.
  49. war
    The Riskiest Place for AWOL U.S. Soldiers Is CanadaIt used to be the safest place for a war deserter to go. Now it’s just about the worst destination.
  50. international affairs
    The American War in Afghanistan Officially Ended Today We still have 10,800 troops over there, though.
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