U.S. Lose-Lose Game in Afghanistan
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U.S. Lose-Lose Game in Afghanistan (Part 2)

110 Black Hawk helicopters can cost up to $21 million for each. In 2013, the U.S. placed an order for 20 A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft for $427 million – that’s $21.3 million for each plane. Other specialized helicopters can cost up…
Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban
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Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban

By ROBERT BURNS August 16, 2021 Built and trained at a two-decade cost of $83 billion, Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly and completely — in some cases without a shot fired — that the ultimate beneficiary of the American…
Yemen health system faces collapse as funding declines: World Bank
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Yemen Health System Faces Collapse as Funding Declines: World Bank

Yemen’s health care system is facing existential threats, including institutional collapse, in large part because of the yearslong conflict, according to a policy note released this week by the World Bank. One of the key issues is the country's…
No plans for U.S., Iran to meet at U.N. next week, says U.S. envoy
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No Plans for U.S., Iran to Meet at U.N. Next Week, Says U.S. Envoy

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has no plans to meet with his new Iranian counterpart next week at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Friday. Indirect…
Hashd al-Sha’abi convoy attacked near Iraq-Syria border; US denies involvement
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Hashd Al-Sha’abi Convoy Attacked Near Iraq-Syria Border; US Denies Involvement

A military convoy belonging to Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, has reportedly come under attack by US airstrikes near the Iraq-Syria border. Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with…
The Latest: UN says Taliban must form inclusive Afghan govt
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The Latest: UN Says Taliban Must form Inclusive Afghan Govt

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution stressing that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers need to establish an inclusive government with “the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and upholding human rights.”…
U.N. Afghanistan Mission Extended, Afghan Envoy Asks to Keep Seat
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U.N. Afghanistan Mission Extended, Afghan Envoy Asks to Keep Seat

The United Nations Security Council extended a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan on Friday for six months to allow for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to work out what changes might be needed after the Taliban seized control of the country.…