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Afghanistan not ready to govern on its own, State Dept. assessments say

Afghanistan not ready to govern on its own, State Dept. assessments say

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Confidential assessments by the U.S. State Department indicate Afghanistan is not prepared to govern itself after the United States withdraws its troops.
Ed Adamczyk
Soldier who killed himself was nephew of missing mudslide couple

Soldier who killed himself was nephew of missing mudslide couple

OSO, Wash., April 16 (UPI) -- Spc. Christopher Dombroski killed himself after having taken an emergency leave of absence from the Army to search for aunt and uncle.
Danielle Haynes
Syrian opposition urges U.S. action after Aleppo 'genocide'

Syrian opposition urges U.S. action after Aleppo 'genocide'

ALEPPO, Syria, April 15 (UPI) -- The head of the Syrian National Coalition has asked the U.S. and other nations to take action to stop the "genocide" after bombings in Aleppo.
Aileen Graef
Afghan economy faces shortfall as Western aid projects disappear

Afghan economy faces shortfall as Western aid projects disappear

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 15 (UPI) -- Afghanistan faces a budget shortfall of about 20 percent of its expenditures, which could lead to a suspension of government workers’ salaries.
Ed Adamczyk
Afghan deputy minister abducted while driving to work

Afghan deputy minister abducted while driving to work

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 15 (UPI) -- Afghan Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid was abducted Tuesday in northwest Kabul while on his way into work.
JC Finley
Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 14 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has named former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah as the frontrunner for the presidency.
JC Finley
U.S. congratulates Afghanistan on 'historic' presidential elections

U.S. congratulates Afghanistan on 'historic' presidential elections

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Afghanistan for a successful voter turnout for Saturday's presidential elections.
JC Finley
Extremely high voter turnout in Afghan elections despite Taliban threat

Extremely high voter turnout in Afghan elections despite Taliban threat

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 6 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's third presidential election saw remarkably high voter turnout despite threats of violence from the Taliban.
Aileen Graef
House members grill USAID official on money spent in Afghanistan

House members grill USAID official on money spent in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- House subcommittee: USAID has spent $17 billion since 2001 to help Afghanistan rebuild but without safeguards in place to avoid corruption.
John Kuhn, Medill News Service
Afghanistan election held despite threat of violence

Afghanistan election held despite threat of violence

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 5 (UPI) -- Despite Taliban threat, very little violence during Afghanistan's first democratic election in modern history.
Danielle Haynes
Two Associated Press journalists shot, one fatally, in Afghanistan

Two Associated Press journalists shot, one fatally, in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 4 (UPI) -- Two Associated Press journalists were shot Friday in Afghanistan, one fatally.
JC Finley
Afghanistan prepares for Saturday's national election

Afghanistan prepares for Saturday's national election

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 3 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's national vote Saturday will exclude roughly 10 percent of voting districts too dangerous to protect, and where no votes are expected.
Ed Adamczyk
Officials: 4 dead, including gunman, in shooting at Fort Hood

Officials: 4 dead, including gunman, in shooting at Fort Hood

April 2 (UPI) -- Fort Hood officials identified the alleged shooter as a soldier who served four months in Iraq in 2011.
Kate Stanton
Concerns over fraud precede Afghan election

Concerns over fraud precede Afghan election

April 2 (UPI) -- As Afghanistan's presidential elections near, candidates are expressing concerns about fraud.
JC Finley
Attack on Afghan Ministry of Interior kills 6

Attack on Afghan Ministry of Interior kills 6

April 2 (UPI) -- A suicide attack against the Afghan interior ministry on Wednesday afternoon killed six policemen.
JC Finley
No U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan in March

No U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan in March

April 1 (UPI) -- For the first time in more than seven years, no U.S. troops died in combat last month in Afghanistan.
JC Sevcik
Soldier flies home from Afghanistan to give his ailing grandfather part of his liver

Soldier flies home from Afghanistan to give his ailing grandfather part of his liver

March 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Specialist Ricky Glenn Henderson returned from Afghanistan to donate 60 percent of his liver to his ailing grandfather.
Brooks Hays
Three Americans among hostages freed after Taliban attack in Kabul

Three Americans among hostages freed after Taliban attack in Kabul

March 28 (UPI) -- Five people, including three Americans, held hostage by militants at an aid organization's guest house in Kabul were freed Friday after a standoff with police.
JC Finley

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, March 28, 2014.
By United Press International
To commemorate this year's suicides, veterans plant 1,892 flags on National Mall

To commemorate this year's suicides, veterans plant 1,892 flags on National Mall

March 27 (UPI) -- Veterans planted over 1,800 flags on the National Mall Thursday, each flag representing a suicide this year by a veteran of the armed forces.
JC Sevcik
Jury finds bin Laden son-in-law guilty of terror conspiracy

Jury finds bin Laden son-in-law guilty of terror conspiracy

March 26 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was convicted Wednesday in New York of conspiring to kill U.S. residents and providing material support to terrorism.
Frances Burns
Donald Rumsfeld: a 'trained ape' could do better on foreign policy than Obama

Donald Rumsfeld: a 'trained ape' could do better on foreign policy than Obama

March 25 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News, "a trained ape" would be better at U.S.-Afghan relations than President Obama.
Aileen Graef

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
By United Press International
Nine killed during Kabul hotel attack

Nine killed during Kabul hotel attack

March 21 (UPI) -- Four gunmen entered the Serena Hotel in Kabul and started shooting, leaving nine civilians dead.
Evan Bleier

Taliban claim responsibility for attacks on police, Kabul hotel

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, March 20 (UPI) -- The Taliban in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for an attack Thursday on a Jalalabad police station and for gunfire at an exclusive Kabul hotel.
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