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U.S. defense chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy

U.S. defense chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy

Published 04/12/2017

U.S. Secretary for Defense, Jim Mattis, sits opposite Britain's Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, before a meeting at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) [more…]

Islamic State seizes new Afghan foothold after luring Taliban defectors

Islamic State seizes new Afghan foothold after luring Taliban defectors

Published 01/12/2017

Afghan National Army (ANA) troops keep watch at a check point in Aqcha district of Jawzjan province, Afghanistan November 27, 2017. Picture taken November 27, [more…]

Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war

Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war

Published 21/08/2017

It will be President Donald Trump's turn on Monday to address a problem that vexed his two predecessors when he details his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America's longest military conflict. [more…]

In Afghan review, Trump`s frustration carries echoes of Obama years

In Afghan review, Trump`s frustration carries echoes of Obama years

Published 06/08/2017

Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown an affinity, and perhaps even a deference, to the generals he has surrounded himself with in his Cabinet and at the White House, save one exception: the war in Afghanistan. [more…]

In Afghanistan, U.S. senators call for coherent policy from Trump

In Afghanistan, U.S. senators call for coherent policy from Trump

Published 04/07/2017

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators visiting Afghanistan on Tuesday called for a new strategy from the Trump administration to turn the tide against an increasingly strong Taliban insurgency and end the longest war in U.S. history.

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Trump gives U.S. military authority to set Afghan troop levels: U.S. official

Trump gives U.S. military authority to set Afghan troop levels: U.S. official

Published 14/06/2017

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander.

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U.S. unleashes `mother of all bombs` for first time in Afghanistan

U.S. unleashes `mother of all bombs` for first time in Afghanistan

Published 14/04/2017

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb is pictured in this undated handout photo. Elgin Air Force Base/Handout via REUTERS

The United States dropped "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said.

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