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America's Last Prisoner of War | Politics News | Rolling Stone - 1 views

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    "Three years ago, a 23-year-old soldier walked off his base in Afghanistan and into the hands of the Taliban. Now he's a crucial pawn in negotiations to end the war. Will the Pentagon leave a man behind?"
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Karzai Family Moves to Protect Its Privilege - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "With the end in sight for Hamid Karzai's days in office as Afghanistan's president, members of his family are trying to protect their status, weighing how to hold on to power while secretly fighting among themselves for control of the fortune they have amassed in the last decade. "
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Michael Hughes: How U.S. Taxpayers Are Funding the Taliban - 0 views

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    "The U.S. has been financing both sides of the war in Afghanistan since 2001 as a startling percentage of foreign aid continues to flood Taliban coffers on a daily basis, according to Douglas A. Wissing in his new book, Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban."
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Is counterinsurgency dead? - 0 views

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    West Point faculty debate whether winning-hearts-and-minds strategy is dead.
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David Isenberg: Milo Minderbinder in Afghanistan: Part 1 - 0 views

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    "Remember Milo Minderbinder, a fictional character in Joseph Heller's famous novel, Catch-22? Minderbinder is a war profiteer during World War II, "perhaps the best known of all fictional profiteers" in American literature. "
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Podcasts | Santa Fe Radio Café - 0 views

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    Podcast: KSFR-Santa Fe interview on Radio Cafe Show "Douglas Wissing Historian, journalist, and author of the book Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban"
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Afghan Central Bank Curbs Cash Exodus - WSJ.com - 0 views

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    "The Afghan central bank's efforts to curb the exodus of money abroad are bearing fruit...The money flow-part of it suspected by U.S. and Afghan officials to be stolen foreign aid and proceeds from the drug trade-undermines the country's economy just as foreign forces depart. The cash flight also raises Western concerns about Afghanistan, already the source of most of the world's illicit opiates, becoming a global money-laundering center. "
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American tax dollars are helping to bankroll the Taliban | Fox News - 0 views

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    "Today the news broke that United States officials, in a futile hope of quelling violence, have been party to a pernicious "catch-and-release" system that facilitated the secret release of high-level insurgent detainees, who are then free to strike at American forces again.

    As American taxpayers try to process these indicators of a failing war, do they also know that their taxes are helping to bankroll the Taliban?"
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Osama bin Laden's ironic victory | Washington Examiner - 0 views

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    Bin Laden has been dead for a year, but his strategy continues to work in Afghanistan. Well over a decade after he first formulated his economic "bleed until bankrupt" strategy, the United States continues to spend hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars in Afghanistan on generally fruitless counterinsurgency operations"
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Col. wins award for scathing Afghan war essay - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Ira... - 0 views

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    "An Army lieutenant colonel who accused senior U.S. officials of concealing bad news about the war in Afghanistan will receive the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling on Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

    Lt. Col. Daniel Davis laid out his concerns in "Truth, Lies, and Afghanistan,""
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Exclusive: Karzai family looks to extend boss rule in Afghanistan - National Afghanista... - 0 views

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    "According to journalist Douglas Wissing in his new book, Funding the Enemy, once the unholy alliance was forged between the brothers Karzai, rapacious warlords and incestuous multinational corporations, U.S. taxpayer dollars began to "lubricate an entire system of corruption that eventually extended to the Taliban.""
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The real Afghanistan - Brattleboro Reformer - 0 views

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    "Everyone knows a bit about the failed U.S. efforts in Afghanistan to win the hearts and minds of the people and to install a stable government, but in historian/journalist Doug Wissing's upcoming book, "Funding the Enemy: How U.S, Taxpayers Fund the Taliban," the stark details are laid bare. Wissing spent months in the country with U.S. soldiers and conducted hundreds of interviews. His conclusions are revelatory and scandalous. "
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The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) - 0 views

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    "The attacks that took place a week ago in Kabul received more than their fair share of media coverage. The same thing cannot be said for the parallel attacks launched by insurgents simultaneously in three other provincial capitals."
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Q&A with Douglas Wissing - C-SPAN Video Library - 0 views

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    C-SPAN | Q&A: Douglas Wissing talked about Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban, his book detailing his assertion that much of the U.S. taxpayer money spent in Afghanistan is diverted to the Taliban"
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uprisingradio.org » Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban - 0 views

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    "Now, a new book by award winning, independent journalist Douglas Wissing, chronicles how the US has in effect, funded both sides of its war in Afghanistan. In "Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban," Wissing establishes a shocking pattern of policies in the Afghanistan war, and their consequences"
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Karzai wants 'at least $2 billion' a year from US | DAWN.COM - 0 views

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    "KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said he wanted "at least $2 billion" a year from the United States after it withdraws its troops in 2014."
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CIA drone war in Pakistan in sharp decline - CNN.com - 0 views

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    "(CNN) -- The past year has seen the number of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan plummet. In the first three months of 2012, there were 11, compared with 21 in the first three months of 2011 and a record 28 in the first quarter of 2010."
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Taliban launches largest attack on Kabul in 11 years | World news | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    "In a brazen demonstration of its ability to hit some of the best defended targets in Kabul, the Taliban mounted its largest ever co-ordinated attack in 11 years of resistance to Afghanistan's post-2001 rulers."
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Special Operations, a New Test for Afghan Security Forces - 0 views

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    "Afghan experts said Monday that the country's armed forces would struggle to lead the unpopular military special operations, with one analyst describing yesterday's deal with the US as "propaganda"."
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Asian Exodus: The Logistical Nightmare of Leaving Afghanistan - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News -... - 0 views

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    "NATO forces are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but the withdrawal poses a massive logistical challenge. The US and its allies are dependent on air hubs in Russia and authoritarian Central Asian republics to transport its troops and equipment home -- and getting those countries to play along is not always easy."
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