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US Government Agency Calls For Changes in Afghan Troops Training

A U.S. government auditor blames flawed U.S. planning, training and oversight for the inability of Afghan forces to secure their country from threats and prevent the re-establishment of terrorist havens.  The head of the independent agency warns that billions of dollars could be wasted unless changes are made to the way Afghan troops are trained. The assessment from John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, follows a U.S. decision to send more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, an increase of more than 25 percent in…

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GOP lawmakers: Move Appalachian agency out of Washington

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite WASHINGTON (AP) — Two powerful Kentucky Republicans have an idea to boost an economic development agency that helps Appalachia: Move it out of the nation’s capital. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and veteran Rep. Hal Rogers are sponsoring a bill they say will refocus the Appalachian Regional Commission to invest more in the poorest communities in 13 Appalachian states. The bill would move the panel’s headquarters from Washington to an undetermined location in Appalachia. The lawmakers say similar commissions are … Read the referenced┬ástory here: GOP…

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