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FILE -- In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Afghan farmers harvest opium, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. For the past month, the Taliban have held control over most of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where the majority of the world’s opium is grown -- and as insurgent attacks intensify around the provincial …

Watchdog: Afghans Turn to Heroin Production for Job Security

The historic production of opium and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan — with a record output value of up to $6.6 billion last year, or nearly a third of the country’s entire gross domestic product — appears to provide better prospects for job security than any other industry in the nation.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS group leaders sumit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 16, 2014. Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers ( Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met today …

Russia, India Agree to First Joint Project in Afghanistan

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have reportedly agreed to break ground on their countries’ first joint project in Afghanistan despite backing opposing sides in the Afghan war.

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Audit: U.S. Wasted $60 Million on Inoperable, Dangerous Afghan Power System

The U.S. government has spent an estimated $60 million on a high-voltage power system in Afghanistan that remains inoperable because people still reside along the transmission line route, and turning it on “presents life and safety hazards,” an audit by an American watchdog agency found.

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Afghanistan Will Not Award Mining Contracts to U.S.-Backed Companies Despite China Deal

The Afghan government, funded in part by the American taxpayer, has refused to award contracts to exploit the country’s lucrative mining industry to Pentagon-supported international companies, including U.S.-based contractors, according to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency.

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Watchdog: U.S. Wasted Up to $62 Million on Afghan Border Security

The Pentagon wasted more than $62 million on procuring, operating, and maintaining inspection equipment intended to prevent illegal cross-border activity known to fuel the Taliban’s pocketbook in Afghanistan, revealed an American watchdog agency.

US soldiers inspect the site of a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on September 16, 2014. A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy close to the US embassy in Kabul on September 16, killing three soldiers and wounding at least 13 Afghan civilians. …

Taliban Celebrates: ‘150,000 Americans Couldn’t Kill Us’

The Taliban can withstand U.S. President Donald Trump’s offensive to coerce the terrorists to lay down their arms and accept peace with the Kabul government, a commander loyal to the jihadist group argued to The Guardian.

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Taliban Again Targets Afghan Security Troops Collecting Pay in Helmand, Killing Civilians

The Taliban has once again targeted members of the Afghan security forces while they collected their pay, killing at least seven people, including two women and a child, and injuring more than 40 others, mostly civilians, in the jihadist group’s stronghold of Helmand province, located along the Pakistan border in southern Afghanistan.

A drug smuggler stands handcuffed as a police keep watch after being captured with 63 kilograms of drugs during a police operation in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, November. 22, 2014Afghan policemen Afghan police seized over 630 kilograms of heroin and arrested one men during an operation. (Photo by Nasrullah Shirzada/NurPhoto) …

U.S. Revives Anti-Heroin Efforts in Afghanistan: Opium Seizures, Eradication Up

President Donald Trump’s administration has resuscitated the U.S.-backed efforts to combat the deadly opium crop and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan, triggering an increase in interdiction and eradication activity after counternarcotics operations nearly disappeared over the last few years.

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Chief Afghan War Auditor: Wasteful Spending and Fraud ‘Kills’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wasteful spending and fraud involving the billions in American taxpayer funds devoted to the nearly 16-year-old war in Afghanistan can be fatal, warned the chief of the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency.

TOPSHOT - An Afghan security personnel stands guard as others destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on April 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA (Photo credit should read NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Placed U.S. Strategy to Combat Afghan Heroin Production ‘On Hold’

The American government placed a revised version of the U.S. counternarcotics strategy in Afghanistan “on hold for more than two years” while cultivation and production of opium and its deadly heroin derivative has reached historic levels in the war-ravaged nation, reports a watchdog agency.

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 …

Afghanistan Loses Control of Nearly Half the Country Under Obama

Afghanistan, under the presidency of Barack Obama, lost control and influence of nearly half of its war-ravaged territory as armed clashes between the nation’s security forces and the Taliban reached unprecedented levels, reports a congressionally appointed watchdog agency.