2. Source: The NY Times, link
3. After months of tense negotiations over the size and role of a postwar presence in Afghanistan, senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials say they are planning a more minimalist mission, with a force consisting of fewer combat trainers and more military managers to ensure that billions of dollars in security aid are not squandered or pilfered.
4. Pilfered: v. To steal, especially in small quantities
5. Aladdin pilfered some apples from the market to feed himself and Abu for the night.