All U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan under peace deal

‘Conditions-based’ withdrawal will be complete in 14 months if Taliban keep commitments. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group’s top political leader, shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. … Read More

Pakistan’s Imran Khan calls for U.N. action on India dispute

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DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Wednesday for the United Nations to help mediate between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir. “This is a potential flashpoint,” Khan said during a media … Read More

Israel said bracing for direct cruise missile or drone attack by Iran

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Security cabinet to meet next week as Army Radio cites sources saying Tehran may respond to strikes against its regional proxies attributed to Israel Illustrative: Iran says it successfully tested the Hoveizeh cruise missile on February 2, 2019 (Screen grab … Read More

U.S. preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in initial deal with Taliban

Soldiers carry the casket of Spec. Michael Nance at Dover Air Force Base on July 31 in Delaware. Nance and Pfc. Brandon Kreischer were killed on July 29 in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province. (Steve Ruark/AP) The Trump administration is preparing to … Read More

Sen. Graham: Kim Jong Un Talking Because he Is ‘Afraid’

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North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un is coming to the negotiating table this week in Vietnam with the United States because he is “afraid” of a strong President Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday. “We broke the Iran nuclear … Read More

‘Time for This War in Afghanistan to End,’ Says Departing U.S. Commander

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Gen. John Nicholson, center, during the change of command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.Credit Credit Massoud Hossaini/Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — When American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. Col. John W. Nicholson … Read More

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S.

A member of the Afghan Special Forces is seen through a night-vision goggle during a training exercise with American Special Forces at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province in September. CreditAndrew Renneisen/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Once described as an ill-equipped band of … Read More

U.S. Evolving Middle East Operations of Carrier Strike Group as ISIS Loses Ground, Iranian Drones Make Daily Appearances

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An F-18 lands aboard carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations in the Persian Gulf on March 10, 2018. USNI News photo. ABOARD CARRIER USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, IN THE PERSIAN GULF — The rollback of ISIS forces in Iraq … Read More

Afghanistan endorses Trump’s revised strategy; Taliban warns of ‘graveyard’

The Afghan government on Tuesday embraced President Trump’s commitment to “fight to win” in Afghanistan, but the insurgent Taliban vowed the country would become a “graveyard” for U.S. troops if they don’t withdraw. Trump said in a televised speech Monday … Read More

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