IN THIS SECTION AFGHANISTAN CNN: First on CNN: US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan Express: US drops BIGGEST non-nuclear bomb in combat for first time as Trump BLITZES ISIS. By Zoie O’Brien. 04/14/2017 Taliban BBC: Who are the Taliban? (05/26/2016) Operation Cyclone CIA assistance to Osama Bin Laden - Allegations CIA activities in Afghanistan How US Taxpayers are funding the Taliban US Aid The Guardian: US funds fed corruption in Afghanistan, eroding security fighting Taliban – report Two main causes of Afghanistan’s staggering levels of corruption are the sheer volume of aid and lack of oversight, new report by a US Congress watchdog says Afghanistan funds abusive militias as US military 'ignores' situation, officials say Foreign donor money goes to Afghan spy agency, which arms groups intended to fight Taliban – but some militia leaders instead target local officials Reuters: Millions in CIA "ghost money" paid to Afghanistan president's office: NYT. By Reuters staff (04/29/2013) http //www reuters com/article/us-afghanistan-money-cia-idUSBRE93S0AW20130429 http //www reuters com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-obama-cia-idUSKBN0E70JH20140527 http //www reuters com/article/us-afghanistan-alqaeda-cia-idUSKBN0MA0S620150314 Declassified U.S. document suggests Pakistani link to attack on CIA agents. By David Alexander (04/14/2016) http //www reuters com/article/us-usa-pakistan-cia-attack-idUSKCN0XB2VM CIA pays many in Karzai administration: report (2010) http //www reuters com/article/us-afghanistan-usa-cia-idUSTRE67Q0YG20100827 Ex-detainees say CIA used makeshift electric chair in secret Afghan prison: rights group. By David Rohde and Jonathan Landay (10/03/2016) (Reuters) - Two Tunisian men who spent 12 years in U.S. custody in Afghanistan said CIA interrogators tortured them using previously unreported techniques that included threatening them with a makeshift electric chair and beating them with batons so brutally that they suffered broken bones, Human Rights Watch reported on Monday. The accounts, which could not be independently confirmed, raised new questions about how prisoners were treated in a former CIA prison in Afghanistan that remains shrouded in secrecy. Ryan Trapani, a CIA spokesman, said the "CIA reviewed its records and found nothing to support these new claims." But Daniel Jones, who led a Senate investigation into the CIA detention program, said the accounts given by the two men, Ridha al-Najjar, 51, and Lotfi al-Arabi El Gherissi, 52, were important because so little is known about the "Cobalt" black site, where an Afghan detainee froze to death in 2002. BOOKS Afghanistan, Pakistan and Strategic Change: Adjusting Western Regional Policy edited by Joachim Krause, Charles King Mallory, IV Pakistan: Terrorism Ground Zero By Rohan Gunaratna, Khuram Iqbal Updates: 2020/01/04 page Afghanistan News Sketches started, moved from River Gold dot net; 08/27/2017 Reuters-various articles; Wikipedia - various on CIA involvement; 05/03/2017
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