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8/12/19 Jason Ditz with the Latest on Afghanistan

8/12/19 Jason Ditz with the Latest on Afghanistan

Jason Ditz discusses a recent Taliban suicide attack in Kabul and a report finding that about 40,000 soldiers on the books of the Afghan army don’t really exist. These so-called “ghost soldiers” often abandon their posts, but army officials don’t report it, since it’s in their interest to appear to have as many soldiers as possible. Ditz sees this report as a good sign that the government is trying to clean house before a peace deal with the Taliban. He and Scott lament the fact that so few Americans actually understand which sides America supports in which wars—if they did, they would know that their tax money goes to fund Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Afghanistan Loses 42,000 Troops in Crackdown on ‘Ghost Soldiers'” (

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Scott Horton

Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He is the author of four books. He has conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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