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

“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.

Military Blows $3 Million on Boats for Afghanistan, then Secretly Cancels Shipment

Boats now collecting dust in Virginia warehouse
Patrol Boat Purchased for the Afghan National Police / SIGAR Flickr

The U.S. military spent more than $3 million on patrol boats for Afghanistan in 2010 and then quietly canceled the shipment several months later with no explanation, leaving costly patrol boats unused in a Virginia warehouse for the past several years, according to new information released by a government watchdog group.

Five U.S. Troops Killed in Afghan Friendly-Fire Incident

An Afghan policeman stands near a burning NATO supply truck in Behsud district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Five U.S. servicemen were killed in southern Afghanistan in a friendly-fire air strike during a security operation, Afghan police said on Tuesday, days before a run-off round in the country’s presidential election.

Official: Bergdahl Details Don’t Add Up

Don't rule out cash payment for Bergdahl, intel official says
A video screen capture of Bowe Bergdahl being escorted to a helicopter during his handover / AP

Reported details of the high-profile prisoner swap that freed Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend are not telling the full story, according to a high-level intelligence official involved in efforts to find and rescue the Army sergeant.