AFGHANISTAN, Mazar-i-Sharif : An Afghan balloon vendor walks past the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-i-sharif on September 21, 2014. Afghanistan’s economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. AFP PHOTO / Farshad Usyan

"Deeds, Not words"

Did you know? In 2001, the then Canadian Prime Minister (PM), Jean Chretien, did not know that Canada’s elite Special Operation Forces, Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2), had deployed and were engaging enemy forces in Afghanistan (OEF).

It wasn’t until news reports several months later, showing the distinctive forest-green Canadian Forces combat uniform, that Chretien and the Canadian public were first aware of JTF2’s involvement of OEF.

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Watch: Fox Caught Deceptively Editing 60 Minutes Video

A Fox News ‘Special Report,’ which aired on September 19th, featured a brief clip from a 60 Minutes interview with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Fox host Bret Baier set up the clip, by saying it’s the latest in a:

‘very public back-and-forth between the White House and the Pentagon,’

over the 2011 withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

Here’s the segment as it appeared on Fox, on Friday,…

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Two wars, two veterans, both homeless. Henry Addington, 67, served with the Navy in Vietnam and Dan Martin, 29, was a medic in Afghanistan.

If you ask them, homeless veterans might tell you they only have a vague idea of what they look like, or how they got to where they are. At least that was true of the few we met in San Diego.

There are about 50,000 homeless vets in the U.S., according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who have struggled with drug use or mental illness, unemployment or criminal records — or any number of things.

NPR spoke with Henry, Dan and 7 other veterans in a pop-up portrait studio at Stand Down San Diego. Find out what they had to say.

Afghan turmoil threatens NATO’s ‘mission accomplished’ plans | ADRIAN CROFT AND MIRWAIS HAROONI

(Reuters) - NATO will declare “mission accomplished” this week as it winds down more than a decade of operations in Afghanistan but departing combat troops look likely to leave behind political turmoil and an emboldened insurgency.

The embattled country is also suffering a sharp economic slowdown.

NATO had hoped its summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday would herald a smooth handover of security at the end of this year from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Afghan forces. It then plans to cut back its role to a smaller mission to train and advise Afghan troops.

The 28-nation alliance had also hoped to celebrate Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power by inviting a new president to share the spotlight with U.S. President Barack Obama and the other 27 allied leaders.

Instead, NATO diplomats privately admit that the backdrop to the summit is the “worst case scenario”.


Photo: U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Jeremy L. Wood via Chuck Holton/flickr