Top Picks- October 12-16: US Troops Extended in Afghanistan, Report on South Sudan, Drones & Troops in Cameroon

Our photo of the week comes from a photo essay by tom keifer titled  "Sueno Americano Project." The photos show objects he found in trash cans while working as a janitor and groundskeeper at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in arizona.  He said most of the items were taken from people entering the US illegally. the items such as rosaries were considered potentially lethal and discarded.  See the photos here.

Our photo of the week comes from a photo essay by tom keifer titled  "Sueno Americano Project." The photos show objects he found in trash cans while working as a janitor and groundskeeper at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in arizona.  He said most of the items were taken from people entering the US illegally. the items such as rosaries were considered potentially lethal and discarded.  See the photos here.

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Foreign Policy has published a photo essay on the aftermath of the bombing of the hospital operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Warning: Some readers may find the following images disturbing. In related news, MSF has launched a Change.org petition to compel President Obama to consent to an independent investigation of the attack by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission.

On Thursday, President Obama announced that the current American forces in Afghanistan consisting of 9,800 troops will remain in place through most of 2016, before dropping to about 5,500 at the end of next year or in early 2017. The New York Times discusses this policy change.

The White House announced it will be placing 300 U.S. troops and a drone base in Cameroon, “where they will operate a small fleet of unarmed Predator drones that will conduct surveillance across the region, according to the Defense Department. About 90 troops arrived Monday, with the remainder expected in the next several weeks.”

The Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) last week published two reports. The first, co-researched by the Better World Campaign, looks at the unique challenges faced by the UN Mission to South Sudan since the start of violence in December 2013. The second report, by Kyle Dietrich, examines the gaps in the protection of civilian populations in Nigeria.

As shown in the above photo, CNN published a story and photo essay of items disposed of and confiscated at the border between the U.S. and Mexico. 

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