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The war on terrorism in Afghanistan cannot be won as long as militant safe havens exist in neighbouring Pakistan, a former American general told lawmakers on Tuesday.  
 

“We need to identify cross-border terrorism and a fund to combat terrorism. Pakistan has pledged $500m for Afghanistan’s development. This amount can be spent to contain extremism. Afghanistan suffered the highest number of casualties last year.

  “We need to identify cross-border terrorism and a fund to combat terrorism. Pakistan has pledged $500m for Afghanistan’s development. This amount can be spent to contain extremism. Afghanistan suffered the highest number of casualties last year.
 
A newly launched program from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is bringing an emerging trend in aid work—transfers of cash, rather than goods—to a war zone. Starting this fall, the IRC has committed to distributing $1 million in cash aid to tens of thousands of people in parts of Afghanistan. The effort leverages cell phone technology and local informal banking networks to help ensure the cash winds up where it’s most needed: with impoverished families displaced by the Taliban and ISIS.  
 
The US military in Afghanistan is increasingly trying to control public information about the war, resulting in strained relations with western organisations offering different versions of events to official military accounts, the Guardian has learned.  
 

Earlier this year, several former ISAF commanders and diplomats wrote President Barack Obama, imploring him to freeze troop levels in Afghanistan until the next administration takes office. 

 

Most of the high-ranking officials have violated the constitution. Yet they are free and holding important positions. They could not be apprehended and held accountable by the corrupt legal system. The rich get away with harassment, corruption, kidnapping and murder.  Some of the parliamentarians and most of the top officials are using every tool in their bureaucratic toolbox to use laws of the land for their own benefit and hit the poor with these if seen as barriers.

 

On Tuesday, the Taliban in a statement said that the leadership has directed the foot-soldiers and commanders on the ground to provide security to the developmental projects that would benefit the nation and the country. The statement has been received as a sign of changing Taliban’s face in the advanced geo-strategic game that has entered into new phase. The militant organization is trying to win sympathize of Afghan people, who suffered most at the hands of insurgents and terrorists.

 
Afghanistan’s anti-corruption court has held its inaugural public hearings in Kabul, the first steps on the long road to transparency in one of the most corrupt countries in the world — and expectations are immense.  
 

Fifteen years after the United States first scattered the Taliban with high-altitude bombing, the battlefield gains achieved by tens of thousands of U.S. troops are in jeopardy from a resurgent Taliban. The 15th anniversary of the start of the war passed last month almost without notice. The stark choices facing President-elect Donald Trump ? more troops? more money? withdrawal? ? received no attention in the presidential campaign, an ill omen for the months ahead when careful and considered action will be needed.

 
The courtroom was tense. The prosecutor’s team fiddled with their new equipment. The defendant, tall and imposing in the dock, fidgeted with his shirt cuffs. Then the lights were switched off and a video scene flashed on the wall.   
 


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