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  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff.

    Golden Hammer: $1.5 billion spent on Afghan structures that could easily burn down, watchdog says

    A big chunk of taxpayer investment in Afghanistan could go up in smoke because American-paid contractors built structures in danger of catching fire, a new investigation has found.

  • Afghan security forces take cover during clashes with Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday, raining down rockets, setting off a gunbattle with security forces and forcing the airport to close for hours, officials said. The militants occupied two buildings which were under construction some 700 meters (yards) north of the facility, and were using them as a base to direct rockets and gunfire toward the airport and international jet fighters flying over Kabul, said Afghan army Gen. Afzal Aman. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Gunmen attack airport in Afghan capital

    Gunmen carried out a predawn rocket attack on Kabul International Airport on Thursday, temporarily shutting down the facility and setting off a gunbattle with security forces in which four attackers were killed, officials said.

  • Jesuits working to free abducted priest in Afghanistan

    More than a month after the kidnapping of Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, S.J. near the Afghan city of Herat, his order continues to advocate for his release.

  • Relatives and mourners of  Shiite pilgrims who were killed on Tuesday by a bomb blast, protest sitting next to their bodies, in Quetta, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Shiite Muslims in Baluchistan protested Wednesday in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, demanding action to stop the continued violence against their sect; they brought the coffins of many of the dead into the streets as part of their protest.  (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

    HUSAIN: Counting violent Muslim deaths by country in 2014

    More than 37,000 Muslims have been killed in protracted violence in 2014 alone, despite the fact that five months remain in the calendar year. The count takes only a few countries into consideration, including Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, and Burma, but the results are chilling nonetheless.

  • Bergdahl

    Bergdahl returned to active duty

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday, a development that one key lawmaker said keeps open the possibility that he may be charged in a military court martial with deserting his unit in Afghanistan in 2009.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, walks across the presidential palace grounds with Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry chief of protocol Ambassador Hamid Siddiq, left, and Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani on his way to a meeting with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Kerry visited Afghanistan in hopes of diffusing a crisis over the runoff presidential election to find a successor for outgoing President Karzai. (AP Photo/Jim Boug, Pool)

    Kerry: Both Afghan presidential candidates agree to 100 percent ballot audit

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a press conference following the end of talks at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, in Beijing on Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

    Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to help resolve election crisis

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a hastily arranged visit to Afghanistan on Friday to help resolve an election crisis sowing chaos in a country that the U.S. has spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost more than 2,000 lives trying to stabilize.

  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff.  (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

    Golden Hammer: A Year in Review: $73B of fiscal waste identified for the taxpayer

    This week marks the first anniversary of the Golden Hammer appearing in The Washington Times. We thought we’d take a step back and see what that’s meant for you, the taxpayer. After all the Golden Hammer has been awarded to more than two dozen federal agencies, offices, departments and organizations.

  • Khalil Mahmoud working as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Iraq. (mahmoud family)

    Iraqi who aided U.S. troops now a newly minted American

    Khalil Mahmoud was intent on helping the Americans who came to free his home country from Saddam Hussein — and now the U.S. is repaying Mr. Mahmoud by granting him citizenship.

  • WEST: A New Bergdahl Mystery

    Where is Bowe Bergdahl? He was an American Soldier who deserved to be found. I do not concur with President Obama's unilateral decision to succumb to the demands of a terrorist organization and return five senior leaders of the Taliban. And why did it take five years? Regardless, as Fox News reported, "U.S. Army soldiers who were serving with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he left his post and wound up in the hands of the Taliban say no one has contacted them, even though military brass are currently conducting a new investigation into the case."

  • Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai addresses a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The Afghan Independent Election Commission released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai well in the lead for the presidency but said no winner could be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud.(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Obama seeks to salvage Afghan election

    Amid reports of widespread fraud and the possibility the entire Afghan presidential election will be delegitimized, President Obama on Tuesday called candidate Abdullah Abdullah and urged him to remain involved in the electoral process, rather than declare himself the winner and potentially throw the nation into chaos.

  • Illustration on Iraq chaos by De Angelis, Rome Italy/CartoonArts International

    HANSON: Obama wants out of the Middle East

    In his first term, President Obama all but declared victory in America's Middle East struggles.

  • American soldiers of the 2-502 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, participate in a memorial service for an Afghan Army officer from a partner unit who was killed in an insurgent ambush a day earlier, at Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Friday Aug. 27, 2010. American soldiers, and their Afghan partners in Zhari, operate in a district which as the birthplace of the Taliban movement holds many well-armed insurgents who blend in with an organized support network providing explosives and safe haven. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Obama nominates Army Gen. John Campbell to head Afghanistan exit

    President Barack Obama has tapped the vice chief of the Army to take over the U.S. command in Afghanistan later this year as America pulls out its combat troops and leaves a force of about 10,000 to train and advise the Afghan military.

  • In this image released by the Presidential Palace, Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks after casting his vote at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Despite Taliban threats of violence, many Afghans vow to cast ballots in Saturday’s presidential runoff vote with hopes that whoever replaces Karzai will be able to provide security and stability after international forces wind down their combat mission at the end of this year. (AP Photo/Presidential Palace)

    Karzai, presidential candidates not on deputy defense secretary's Afghanistan agenda

    The Defense Department's second highest-ranking official is in Afghanistan this week, meeting with deployed U.S. military troops and senior Afghan leaders. But notably absent from the agenda is a discussion with outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • NUNES: All is not well

    "This is what happens at the end of wars." That is how President Obama justified his order to release five Taliban commanders from Gitmo in return for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who, according to many accounts, was captured by Islamic militants after deserting from the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

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