Cost overruns halts work on massive US-funded Ministry of Defense in Afghanistan

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As usual, ridiculous projects with massive cost overruns at the US taxpayer expense.  This time, the US has spent more than $107 million on new office building for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, during which the money has been squandered and is now so over-budget and behind schedule that the US has run out of funds to complete the project.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-needs-millions-more-to-complete-afghanistans-pentagon/2013/12/07/6d9314b6-5b62-11e3-801f-1f90bf692c9b_story.html?wpmk=MK0000203

 

 

More than 8000 Iraqis killed in 2013, according to new UN report

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The violence in Iraq continues to escalate, according to the latest UN figures, with more than 650 Iraqi civilians killed in November 2013.

The UN reports that  7,157 civilians and 952 security forces have been killed so far in 2013.    Perhaps most tragically, so many of these innocent victims have been killed while doing the most mundane daily tasks – shopping for food, drinking coffee in a cafe, etc.   Meanwhile, the failure of the Iraqi security forces to quell this violence is weighing heavily on the negotiations in Afghanistan, where the Loyal Jinga voted overwhelming to ask US forces to stay on pretty much indefinitely.  No one really wants this outcome but everyone is fearing the kind of resurgent strife that is growing in Iraq.

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