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Afghan Opium Production Hits New Highs

(GPA) Afghanistan – The UN Office on Drugs and Crime released a report last week that shows opium production is up 43% in Afghanistan. Production was down slightly in 2015 due to a drought yet 2016 is the third highest year for opium cultivation in Afghanistan following 2013 and 2014. The largest cultivations came out […]

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An ISIS Stronghold in Afghanistan Could Destabilize Iran and Pakistan

Tehran (GPA) – Russia and Iran warn the UN that ISIS influence is growing in Afghanistan. An ISIS stronghold in the country could put Pakistan, India, Iran, and central Asian countries at risk for increasing ISIS influence. Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN, Gholam-Ali Khoshroo, warned on Wednesday that as ISIS presence grows in Afghanistan, international […]

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Study Estimates Cost Of The Iraq War Around Five Trillion Dollars

(GPA) – This week, researchers at Brown University published the results of a study that calculated just how much the United States’ wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had cost the country since 2001. The researchers estimate the price of US intervention and the war on terror to currently be around $3.7 trillion. The researchers factored […]

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The Risky Business of Being a US Ally

(NEO) It’s hardly a secret that the hardships of common people are getting worse by the year. Due to continuous attempts by Washington to redraw the map of the world, in many countries, American intelligence agencies have been particularly active in launching so-called “color revolutions” and staging military conflicts, bringing bitter hunger and poverty upon […]

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Important Global News Stories Outshined by the Orlando Shooting This Week

Clashes at the Pakistan/Afghanistan Border Afghan and Pakistani military have been fighting along the border for the past few days. Four have died so far. Each side blames the other for initiating the conflict which began on Sunday and appears to be over Pakistan’s construction of a new guard post and border crossing. Afghanistan has […]

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Taliban Plans for Violent Summer; United States Considers Airstrikes in Afghanistan

(TFC) –Despite efforts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States, the Taliban continues to reject peace talk offers. As a result, the United States has been throwing around a plan involving offensive airstrikes. But with Afghanistan’s second largest resistance group, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), agreeing to come to the table, things may not be so cut-and-dry. […]

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Heightened Security in Afghanistan and Pakistan: What’s Next for the Taliban?

 (TFC) Despite a devastating attack carried out by the Taliban at Bacha Khan University in January, terror-related violence in Pakistan has been declining. Afghanistan hasn’t been as fortunate: according to the U.N., 2015 resulted in record-breaking civilian deaths since the U.N. began recording statistics. Will upcoming American involvement in Afghanistan drive violence back into Pakistan? […]