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Former Ambassador to Afghanistan: Deal With Taliban is Surrender

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban is Vietnam all over again: Abandoning an ally and leaving the country’s people to a brutal regime hostile to the United States. Crocker writes in the Washington Post: Now the United States is negotiating directly with the Taliban. A framework agreement was announced on Monday calling for a cease-fire that could lead

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U.S. Drops the “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan

A president who is intent on winning a war? What unique new concept. The U.S. has dropped one if its largest non-nuclear bombs on a tunnel complex in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, according to the Washington Examiner. The use of the GBU-43/B is a first for the battlefield, and was dropped in Nangarhar province on Thursday. The target was a tunnel complex in Achin

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After Eight Years, Obama Fails to Win Two Wars

Today’s news that Afghan forces trying to hold a provincial capital have been surrounded by the Taliban brings to mind an astounding fact: President Obama has been in power eight years, and he has failed in that time to win the two wars he was handed. To the contrary, Iraq, which was basically peaceful, became a war again and expanded into Syria, Libya and elsewhere

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American University in Kabul Under Attack

American University in Kabul is under attack, according to various reports. There was at least one explosion, and gunmen reportedly stormed the campus. CBS News is following the story closely, and you can find updates here. Help we are stuck inside AUAF and shooting flollowed by Explo this maybe my last tweets — Massoud Hossaini (@Massoud151) August 24, 2016 UPDATE: At least one person is

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Obama Reduces Drawdown, will Leave 8,400 Troops in Afghanistan

President Obama Wednesday announced that he will leave some 8,400 troops in Afghanistan through the end his administration, reducing his planned reduction of troops for 2016 from 4,300 to just 1,400. Obama had wanted to drop troop levels from the 9,800 on hand at the beginning of 2016 to 5,500 troops by the end of the year, but the Taliban has been showing new signs

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Afghan Troop Reversal Hurts Clinton

Republicans are gleeful about President Obama’s decision to leave 5,500 troops in Afghanistan into 2017. On the obvious level, it shows that after seven years, he has not been able to fix the problem, even though he said it was the war that should be won. But it also is basically an admission that his decision to withdraw all troops from Iraq was wrong. Doesn’t

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Obama Agrees to Maintain Force Levels in Afghanistan

President Obama announced today that he will keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan at the current level of about 10,000 troops until the end of the year, delaying a planned drawdown in response to requests from Afghan leaders and U.S. military officials. Obama spoke during press conference with Afghan President Ghani. It’s nice to see the president taking steps to counter the establishment of yet another

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Obama Gets Smart About Afghanistan

Learning the lesson of Iraq, where President Obama withdrew all U.S. troops, with predictable results, the administration today announced that it has signed a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan that will allow nearly 10,000 troops to remain in the country after the “withdrawal” that is supposed to occur this year. Ten thousand is also the minimum number military advisors said would be needed to keep order in

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Incomprehensible

By trading very senior and very dangerous Taliban leaders for a single U.S. soldier, President Obama has created grave peril for every American, and he has branded a “K” of the forehead of every U.S. serviceman and woman serving overseas. The “K” stands for “Kidnap me.” Because kidnapping gets results. Obama was correct to take vigorous steps to save the life of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was

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Obama to Withdraw from Afghanistan by the End of 2016

Updated 3:17 pm ET Speaking in the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama announced that the United States will withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Obama will reduce the current contingent of 32,000 troops to 9,800 by the end of 2014, cut the total to about 5,000 in 2015, and then establish a normal U.S. diplomatic presence in the country

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Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

President Obama today made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to spend time with the troops and to be briefed directly on the situation on the ground. From the pool report: (Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan) President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for a Memorial Day weekend rally with US troops. Air Force One touched down at Bagram Airfield under cover of darkness Sunday, having quietly left

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