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US Troops May Have Left Afghanistan, But Federal Contracting Goes On

Federal contracting continues in Afghanistan as the Pentagon takes steps to ensure security of those performing it. Contracting officers across the armed services and other DoD activities are instructed to hide the names and other information about contractors if the place of work is Afghanistan. More at Federal News Network
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UK Defense Official Exposes Email Addresses of Afghan Interpreters

An official of the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence exposed the email addresses of 250 Afghan interpreters who had worked for them and now...

Perilous Situation for Afghan Allies Left behind Shows a Refugee System That’s not up...

The dangerous situation faced by Afghans who want to flee, but can’t, shows how unwilling or unprepared the U.S. and other countries are to deal with refugees. More at Government Executive
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An ‘Urgent Request’ for Feds to Help with the Afghan Resettlement Process

A federal employees group sent out an “urgent request” looking for colleagues who could help with the resettlement process for Afghan evacuees by acting as translators and interpreters. Responses are due by the end of Thursday. More at Government Executive
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Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Afghanistan and Beyond After 9/11

A new study from the Center for International Policy and Brown University looks at waste, fraud, and abuse post-9/11, and how the defense industry may be influencing policy to beef up the military-industrial complex for the next phase of threats. In the wake of the September 2011 terrorist attacks, the United States put $14 trillion […]
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Congress’ Afghanistan Oversight Marred By Politics

Lawmakers overwhelmingly postured instead of asking America’s top diplomat real questions. More at Government Executive
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State Dept. Working ‘at the Highest Levels’ to Clear Mazar-i-Sharif Charter Aircraft

State Department officials acknowledged that they have been unable so far to get six chartered aircraft carrying about 1,000 evacuees out of Mazar-i-Sharif, but it was not clear whether the holdup was due to U.S. bureaucracy or Taliban action. More at Government Executive
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Taliban to Allow 200 Americans, Other Foreigners to Fly Out of Kabul

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities allowed 113 Americans, U.S. permanent residents and holders of other Western passports to leave the country on a flight to Qatar on Thursday, the first such departure by air since U.S. forces withdrew last month. More at the Wall Street Journal
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Cyber Threat Posed by Taliban

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned this week that al-Qaeda may attempt to regenerate in Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal from the country and subsequent reinstatement of the Taliban regime. However, technological advances during the past 20 years mean that acts of terror no longer need to be kinetic. Cyberattacks against critical infrastructure can potentially […]
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U.S. Global Media Agency Vows to Help Locally Employed Staff Left in Afghanistan

Republican lawmaker says it is “disgraceful” that about 140 locally-employed media agency staff, plus their families, are still in the country after U.S. troops finished their withdrawal. More at Government Executive
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