Congress Passes Visa Extension for Afghan Translators

House and Senate unanimously vote to grant 1,000 visas for translators threatened by Taliban
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The Senate unanimously passed an extension to the U.S. visa program for at-risk Afghan translators who worked alongside U.S. troops on Friday, shortly after the number of available visas ran out and hours before Congress was set to leave for summer break.

DIA Chief: Al Qaeda Ideology Rapidly Expanding

More violent terror groups replace core al Qaeda
Pro-ISIL demonstrators in Iraq / AP

The terrorist ideology behind al Qaeda is expanding significantly—contrary to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign theme that declared the Islamist terror threat in decline, according to the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

U.S. Weapons in Afghanistan Likely Reaching Insurgents, Report Warns

Pentagon says it has ‘no authority’ to ask for weapons back
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers prepare to participate in a military exercise on the outskirts of Kabul

After spending $626 million in taxpayer funds to arm the Afghanistan security forces, U.S. government inspectors have discovered that large portions of the weapons have gone missing and have likely fallen into the hands of militant insurgents, according to a new report.

Advocates to Hold Fundraiser for Afghan Interpreters

Visa shortage hitting Afghan allies subject to retribution hardest
A U.S. soldier with an Afghan interpreter speaking to a local man / AP

The United States will withdraw almost completely from Afghanistan at the end of the year, but for many of the Afghan interpreters that served alongside U.S. combat troops, their tour of duty is far from over.

Thousands of Afghan allies—who lived, worked, and dodged Taliban fire side by side with American soldiers, under the promise that they would be eligible for U.S. visas after their service—are facing increasing threats from enemy combatants as American troops withdraw, advocates say.

The Bear Is Loose

Column: Obama fundraises while Putin runs amok
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“The bear is loose!” President Obama has been saying, whenever he leaves the White House to visit Starbucks, or sandwich shops, or burger joints, or BBQ shacks, or neighborhood diners, in his increasingly rote and pathetic attempts to “connect” with “real people.” Obama, we have been told, is frustrated, “restless,” bored with the responsibilities and chores of office. He thinks of himself as the bear—intimidating, wild, untamed, roving—escaping his den. But he is flattering himself. Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow.