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$56 Billion to Rebuild Afghanistan (So Far): The Whole Kit & Kabul-Dole

Remember how you doled out allowances to your kids, trying to teach them the value of a quarter before moving on to a dollar? (OK — I was cheap.) Check out this chart from a Thursday report from the Government Accountability Office: direct payments to Afghanistan from Washington more than tripled between 2009 and 2010 with …

Afghanistan: “Can Do!” or “Can We Do?”

Marine Lieut. General John Allen told the Senate Armed Services Committee three weeks ago that he was “cautiously optimistic” about the future of Afghanistan as he readied to take over for Army General Dave Petraeus (the change of command happened Monday).

A new State Department inspector general’s reportSensitive But

The Military Outlook in Afghanistan: Betting Against the Odds

The U.S. troop presence has peaked in Afghanistan at 101,000 and from here on out the Afghans will increasingly be on their own, President Obama made clear Wednesday night. The military challenge going forward is easy to describe, but tough to execute: can the fledgling Afghan national security forces — salted with corruption, …

Power Shortage at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

For years, U.S. officials have bemoaned the lousy electrical service in Iraq, where blackouts persist. Turns out that’s also a problem for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, even though it has its own power plant, according to a State Department IG report released Thursday. Got to love the footnote!

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