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Taliban ‘Wipes Out’ Scores of Afghan Forces in Opium-Rich Helmand Bastion

Taliban narco-jihadis killed at least 68 members of the U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and injured 38 others in fierce clashes over the weekend in the terrorist group’s opium-rich stronghold of Helmand, Afghanistan’s largest province located along the Pakistani border.

Rudy Ayala (R) Law Enforcement Professional embeded with the Marine corps questions opium poppy farmer Abdul Manan (L) and his two sons, Hastihan (2nd R) and Muhammad Bayan (2nd L) at Maranjan village in Helmand province on April 25, 2011 as US Marines from Border Adviser Team (BAT) and Explosive …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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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.

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