The federal government spent almost $43 million in taxpayer money to build a gas station in Afghanistan, according to a special inspector general report released Monday.
The Islamic terror threat in Afghanistan is expanding and poses new threats to the U.S. homeland as the Taliban, al Qaeda, and now the Islamic State build up forces inside the war-torn Southwest Asian state.
U.S. special operations analysts were analyzing a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, days before it was destroyed in an airstrike amid suspicions it was the site of a Pakistani operative helping the Taliban organize.
President Obama plans to announce Thursday that he will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2017 and maintain the current level of 9,800 troops through “most of 2016.”
Twenty-nine Afghan border police officers were slain by insurgents after the Taliban stormed two check points in the southern Helmand province, an Afghan official said.
The Taliban has more reach in Afghanistan than it has maintained since American forces facilitated the group’s ouster in 2001, according to data from the United Nations gathered in early September.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R., Ohio), an Iraq war veteran, said Wednesday that President Obama’s plan to scale back troops in Afghanistan would leave a “vacuum” in which the Taliban will rise as the Islamic State did in Iraq.
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan admitted Tuesday that the U.S. “mistakenly” launched the airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 22 people.