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PAE tapped for vehicle support for Afghanistan

PAE tapped for vehicle support for Afghanistan

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Aug. 31 (UPI) -- PAE Government Systems of Arlington, Va., has received a $ 138.5 million modification to a foreign military sales contract for ground vehicle support for Afghanistan. Work on the U.S. Army contract, announced Thursday by the Pentagon, will be performed in HKIA, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of August 2022. Army fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $ 138.5 million were obligated at the time of award. The Afghan government has received tens of billions of dollars in military support contracts for the Afghan National Army and other security forces, including thousands of light utility trucks and Humvee fighting vehicles. The United States has been training and equipping the Afghan military and security forces since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan ...
Insitu receives contract for ScanEagle UAVs for Afghanistan

Insitu receives contract for ScanEagle UAVs for Afghanistan

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July 25 (UPI) -- Insitu out of Bingen WA has received $ 10.8 million for a modification to an existing contract for ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems. The contract, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, provides for the procurement of 27 ScanEagles, spare parts and 37 payloads for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The ScanEagle is an unmanned aerial vehicle with a 10 ft. wingspan that provides intelligence surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance data with high endurance. The aircraft can loiter over a target area for over 24 hours at a maximum altitude of 19,000 ft. and carry a variety of sensor payloads and other mission gear. It is designed to be launched from makeshift sites using a catapult and a hook-and-line recovery line, so it does not require a runway...
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...