Tuesday Headlines

UN Misspent Afghanistan Funds
The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, on Monday disclosed a series of letter exchanges with Helen Clark, the administrator of the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), detailing the allegations of widespread misspending by the United Nations.

Poor oversight of the fund used to pay Afghan National Police salaries allegedly  contributed to the diversion of up to $200 million by Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry for questionable practices, The Washington Examiner reports.

Turkey Calls For Ground Troops To Fight ISIS
As ISIS troops close in on the border town of Khobani, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that terrorism cannot be ended by airstrikes, adding, “If you don’t support them on the ground by cooperating with those who take up a ground operation, the airstrikes won’t do it,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

His remarks come at a time when Kurds are calling for military aid, a proposition complicated by the fact that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

“But failing to aid the Kurds risks thwarting Turkey’s fragile reconciliation with the PKK, an effort years in the making,” notes The Journal.

Lebanon Nearing The Brink Of Chaos
Author and columnist Michael Young argues that the international community must pay attention to the coming storm in Lebanon if it wishes to  counter the Islamic State and prevent the further erosion of order in the Middle East.

“Sectarian tension in Lebanon is at an ominous level. Avoiding war, let alone solving some of the country’s economic problems, will be a major achievement. If the international community is to counter the Islamic State and find a way to prevent the further erosion of order in the Middle East, its leaders will have to think about the region as a whole. That must include shoring up Lebanon’s stability,” he writes.

Book Review: “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace.”
Mark Moyar, author of “A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency From the Civil War to Iraq,” reviews former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s new book, “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace.”


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