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Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

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July 9 (UPI) -- Mike Pompeo made his first visit to Afghanistan as secretary of state Monday, offering optimism about the Trump administration's approach to the 17-year war. Pompeo arrived unannounced to meet with President Ashraf Ghani over potential peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. After assessing the United States' role in the conflict there, Pompeo said he believes President Donald Trump's strategy -- a conditions-based approach over a timeline-based one -- has paid off. "The strategy sent a clear message to the Taliban, they cannot wait us out," Pompeo said. "Many of the Taliban now see that they can't win on the ground militarily, that has everything to do with President Trump's strategy." A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstru...
Save the Children offices in Afghanistan hit by attack

Save the Children offices in Afghanistan hit by attack

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAttackers have detonated explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.At least two people have been killed and 12 injured, officials say. It is believed about 50 staff were in the building at the time.At least three gunmen are involved in the attack, reports say, with fighting continuing on the upper floor.No group has yet said it was behind the attack.What's the latest?The attack started at about 09:10 local time (04:40 GMT) on Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle explosive at the entrance to the Save the Children compound, Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, told the BBC.An eyewitness who was inside the compound at the time tol...
Report: Pentagon skirted U.S. law on human rights abuses in Afghanistan

Report: Pentagon skirted U.S. law on human rights abuses in Afghanistan

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Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. agency overseeing Afghanistan reconstruction said in a report Tuesday that the State and Defense Departments skirted U.S. human rights laws by financially backing Afghan security forces accused of abuses.The report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that both departments sidestepped Leahy Laws, continuing funding despite credible allegations of "gross violations of human rights," including child rape.Leahy Laws prohibit the agencies from providing financial support and military assistance to foreign security forces that violate human rights with impunity.According to the report, the Pentagon used an exception meant for security and continued to provide "select training, equipment, and other assistance to some of the Afghan units...
Survey of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans finds half affected by suicide

Survey of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans finds half affected by suicide

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Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A new study from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America revealed more than half say know know a fellow post-9/11 service member who committed suicide.The nonpartisan veteran organization had more than 4,300 IAVA veteran members participate in the study, a collaboration with George Mason University and Threespot Media. The findings were presented Thursday to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin during a meeting with other veteran service organizations on Capitol Hill.While the survey is not representative of all veterans, it provides a glimpse into the challenges facing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, ranging from employment opportunities to reforming the Department of Veteran Affairs. Suicide was the most pressing issue in the survey.IAVA found that...
International Red Cross to reduce presence in Afghanistan

International Red Cross to reduce presence in Afghanistan

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that it will "drastically" reduce its operations in Afghanistan, including closing some offices, after seven members were killed in attacks this year."Since December 2016, the ICRC has been directly targeted in northern Afghanistan three times, including in what we considered one of our safest facilities, the rehabilitation center in Mazar-i-Sharif," said Monica Zanarelli, head of delegation for the ICRC in Afghanistan said in a statement. "These incidents have affected not only the ICRC in Afghanistan, but the organization as a whole."ICRC, in a news release, said "there is no other choice but to drastically reduce its presence and activities in Afghanistan, in particular in the north of the country."ICRC's offices i...