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DoD to Mitigate ‘Ghost’ Afghan Forces Through Verification, Biometric Registration

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The Defense Department has said several efforts are underway to address so-called “ghost” soldiers in Afghanistan such as person-by-person verification and biometric registration, Stars and Stripes reported Friday. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a letter to DoD that there are gaps between the number of assigned Afghan forces and …

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Brown University Report: US Govt’s War-Related Expenditures to Hit Nearly $5T by 2053

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A new report published by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs projects the U.S. federal government to spend a total of $4.79 trillion on overseas contingency operations, veterans’ medical care and homeland security efforts from 2017 through 2053. Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Boston University …

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Gen. Joseph Votel: Meetings With Partners Within Centcom’s Area of Responsibility Aim to Address Regional Security

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U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. Central Command, has said his meetings with U.S. allies’ military and government leaders as part of his visits to countries that comprise Centcom’s area of responsibility seek to build up regional security and stability, DoD News reported Aug. 30. Cheryl Pellerin writes Votel …

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Gen. John Nicholson Requests India to Boost Military Support in Afghanistan

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Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has called on India to boost military aid for the Middle Eastern nation in support of Western sanctions against Russia, Defense News reported Thursday. Vivek Raghuvanshi writes Nicholson has met with Ajit Doval, India’s national security adviser, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, foreign …

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Army Gen. John Nicholson: US Forces in Afghanistan Cut Islamic State Group’s Territory

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Army Gen. John Nicholson Jr., commander of the U.S. Forces Afghanistan, has highlighted significant reductions in Islamic State group-held territories in Afghanistan since U.S. troops  there received counterterrorism authority in January, DoD News reported Thursday. Terri Moon Cronk writes Nicholson told Pentagon reporters the militant organization’s regional affiliate in Afghanistan has …

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John Adams, Robert Jones to Take New Roles With FBI’s Intelligence, WMD Directorates

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FBI Director James Comey has selected John Adams, special agent in charge of the Norfolk division, and Robert Jones, the counterintelligence division’s deputy assistant director, to serve under new roles within the bureau beginning August. FBI said Tuesday Adams has been appointed as assistant director of the directorate of intelligence and Jones …

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John Sopko: DoD, State Dept, USAID Have Invested Over $2.6B in Afghanistan ICT Sector Since 2002

John Sopko

John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, has issued a report that says the U.S. Agency for International Development and the departments of Defense and State have invested more than $2.6 billion in Afghanistan’s information and communications technology sector since 2002. Sopko said in the audit report dated July 19 …

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Ashton Carter: US to Maintain Financial Commitment, Force Presence in Afghanistan

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters in Kabul that the U.S. will continue its financial support for Afghanistan’s security forces as well as retain U.S. military presence in the country through 2017, DoD News reported Wednesday. Karen Parrish writes Carter met with the Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to discuss …

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Ashton Carter: US Forces Granted Added Flexibility to Support Afghan Military

Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said U.S. military forces in Afghanistan will deliver added firepower support and advise ground and air troops of the Afghan military, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes President Barack Obama approved plans to provide additional flexibility for U.S. forces in Afghanistan to proactively support local conventional forces through firepower, close-air …

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NATO-led Mission in Afghanistan to Continue Beyond 2016 as Voted by Foreign Ministers

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Resolute Support foreign ministers have agreed to continue the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan beyond 2016 to assist in the stabilization efforts of the country through political, military and financial support. Ministers had also reviewed the financial support to the Afghan security forces with $1.4 billion U.S. dollars in the Afghan National …

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