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Former military contractor from Arizona found guilty of theft of government property

The former contractor, Michael Dale Gilbert, 38, of Young, was convicted of three counts of theft and unauthorized sale of government property, and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Strange.

AZCENTRAL - 2018-07-18 15:54:00

Trump Administration Exploring Direct Talks With Afghan Taliban

The US move is being construed as a tacit acknowledgment of the failure of its “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” peace plan.In this respect, Ghani has been unable to coax the Taliban back to the negotiating table; this, as the group's territorial expansion risks negating hard-fought gains by the Afghan arm

JERUSALEM POST - 2018-07-18 11:51:00

Afghan officials: Gunmen abduct 12 de-miners in the east

Walayut Khan Moshwani, head of the provincial council in Kunar, says the de-miners belong to a local de-mining organization called AREA.

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-07-18 10:49:00

The Stories Corporate Media Failed to Cover This Week

Journalist Sam Husseini, reporting for The Nation magazine, holds a sign reading "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty" before being forcibly removed from the room at the press conference following the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace i

TRUTHDIG - 2018-07-18 00:00:00

Taliban Leaders Declare a Halt to Bombings in Civilian Areas

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents are refraining from attacking Afghan civilians for the first time in many years, according to Afghan officials and the insurgents themselves.The change in tactics started after a Taliban cease-fire expired on June 17, and came after a six-month period that the

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-07-18 00:00:00

ISIS And Taliban Jihadists Are Blowing Each Other Apart In Afghanistan

“Two Daesh fighters entered a Taliban commander’s house where a ceremony was under way and opened fire,” Zabiullah Amani, spokesman for the Sar-e Pul governor, told reporters.

THE DAILY CALLER - 2018-07-17 15:50:00

Official: 54 released form Taliban prison in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says at least 54 people, including security personnel and civilians, have been released from a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province.


In parched Afghanistan, drought sharpens water dispute with Iran

KABUL (Reuters) - Rafiqullah Dawoodzai says his fields were too dry to sow crops this year, the first time he has skipped a growing season in more than 40 years. The 60 acres he farms lie along the banks of Afghanistan’s Helmand River, but the country lacks the infrastructure to use its waters for l


ISIS just ambushed and killed 15 Taliban fighters as the terror groups wage a bloody battle while the US watches

ISIS fighters attacked the house of a Taliban commander in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people as they were attending a prayer ceremony, the provincial governor's office said.


Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference

During the press conference, which capped off the two leaders' summit in Helsinki, Trumprefused to denounceRussia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, siding with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community.


Death toll in Pakistan election rally bombing rises to 149

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide attack on an election rally in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday spiked to 149, officials said, putting it among the deadliest attacks in the south Asian nation's history. FILE PHOTO: Army soldiers carry the casket of Siraj Ra


Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 police in eastern province

KABUL, Afghanistan –The Taliban stormed a police checkpoint in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province and killed seven policemen, a provincial official said Monday.


'Drop By Drop': How Poetry Helped The U.S. Military In Afghanistan

From the Rough Translation podcast, the story of an Air Force captain who seemed to hold the key to turning around the Afghan war, and why everything went wrong. From the Rough Translation podcast, the story of an Air Force captain who seemed to hold the key to turning around the Afghan war, and why


Afghan police shoot suspected suicide attacker in capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police on Monday shot a suspected suicide bomber as he approached a demonstration in the center of the capital Kabul, officials said. The man was shot following a challenge by police as he approached a gathering in the Shar-e Naw park in Kabul's main business area, police s


White House Is Reportedly Pursuing Direct Talks With Taliban

Eleven months ago, President Trump held a prime-time press conference to announce what was billed as a major shift in his administration's Afghanistan policy - though it wasn't really bold, new, or even a strategy. Now the administration is said to be quietly pursuing what may be a much more signifi


Report: White House to Pursue 'Direct Talks' With Taliban

The White House has instructed diplomats to seek "direct talks" with Taliban leaders in an attempt to end the 17-year war, The New York Times reports. The move is a "significant shift" from the administration's earlier position: that Afghan leaders play a pivotal role in initial negotiations. The Ta


Trump Administration Reportedly Willing To Talk With The Taliban

The Trump administration reportedly wants to hold direct talks with the Taliban.The New York Timessays it confirmed this shift in strategy with multiple U.S. and Afghan officials. The Taliban has long wanted to deal directly with the U.S., but up until this point, American leaders have said negotiat


PTSD rate among prison employees equals that of war veterans

Working conditions in a prison can include regular exposure to violence and trauma, and threats of harm to the workers and their families. Previous studies have shown that prison workers have some of the highest rates of mental illness, sleep disorders and physical health issues of all U.S. workers.


Study: Prison employees have PTSD levels of soldiers at war

A recent study from Washington State University showed an alarming amount of prison employees—19%, or just under 1 in 5—suffered from diagnosable PTSD. This is a rate equal to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and a higher rate of PTSD than police officers.


Police officer, bystander die from gunshot wounds in Massachusetts

Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said the shooting suspect, Emmanuel Lopes, was in custody. No additional information about Lopes has been released.