Report: Nearly 200,000 U.S.-Funded Afghan Soldiers Are ‘Ghost’ Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly two-thirds, or about 200,000, of the number of U.S.-funded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) needed to keep Afghanistan safe have been deemed nonexistent “ghost” service members who are supposed to be backing American troops on the battlefield, revealed a letter sent to the Pentagon by a watchdog agency.

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Pentagon: Dozens of Afghan Troops Missing in U.S. Since 2015

At least 44 members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which includes police and military units, have gone missing since January 2015. They disappeared while participating in U.S.-based training programs, including eight since last month alone, Reuters has learned from the Pentagon.

Afghan security forces arrive at the Kunduz airport in Afghanistan on April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

Top Leader: Afghanistan Is Fighting ‘The Devil’

Afghanistan is combating forces of the “devil and darkness” intent on destroying humanity, declared the country’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah as he called for increasing support to the U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

FILE -- In this March 9, 2016 file photo, smoke rises from a building, where Taliban insurgents hide during a fire fight with Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, south west Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to …

U.S. Urges India to Boost Military Aid to Afghanistan

The top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan urged neighboring India to provide more military aid to Afghanistan, a request that marks a change in America’s stance towards Indian involvement in the security sector of the war-torn nation.

INDIA, POKHRAN : Indian Air Force (IAF) MI - 17 helicopters, one displaying the Indian tricolour, fly past during IAF Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Pokhran in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on March 18, 2016. / AFP / SAM PANTHAKY

Afghanistan: Revoking Obama Rules of Engagement Leads to Progress Against Taliban

The expanded military authorization granted by President Barack Obama last month, which allows American troops supporting their Afghan counterparts to offensively target the Taliban rather than waiting for the terrorist group to attack first, is leading to progress on the battlefield, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told USA Today.

The Afghan Taliban have announced the start of their 'spring offensive', even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table

Watchdog: U.S. Has No Way to Evaluate Effectiveness of Afghan Forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon lacks a reliable system to gauge whether the Afghan security troops are an effective fighting force capable of holding its ground against the enemies of Afghanistan, such as the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports a congressionally appointed watchdog agency.

Afghan Special Forces in Kunduz AFP Getty