The United States and the Taliban are close to an agreement on a temporary reduction in violence in Afghanistan in a move that could lead to all-Afghan negotiations aimed at ending the decades-long conflict.
The Taliban have refrained from attacking major urban centres, though violence in the provinces has continued, bringing frequent attacks on Afghan and USA security forces.
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John F. Sopko, says his report is the first to look at the human cost of rebuilding Afghanistan following the 2001 US -led invasion.
Other projects included counter-narcotics, governance, and mine removal.More news: Wild trade Jason Zucker to the Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk
In 2019, the U.S. Air Force dropped 7,423 bombs on Afghanistan - up slightly from 2018, when it dropped 7,362 bombs on the war-shattered country, according to statistics from the U.S. Central Command Combined Air Operations Center.
SIGAR said the most unsafe job was road construction, which made up "30 percent of all casualties". The report didn't say how many among the kidnapped had been recovered. About $136.97 billion has been spent on Afghan relief and reconstruction since 2002. In 2012, 37% of Afghans were listed below the poverty rate, surviving on less than $1 a day. Today that figure has risen to 55% of Afghans.
The latest attack is being considered a major attack on the forces.
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At least six people were killed and 12 others injured after a suicide bomb explosion took place outside a military university in Kabul on Tuesday, the Afghan Ministry of Interior confirmed.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after months of relative calm in Kabul.
One of the witnesses said, "The auto bomb explosion, which caused panic among residents, took place at 7.05 am after military students and university employees were arriving and waiting to enter Marshal Fahim National Defense University".
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