Huge attack shows Taliban strength at outset of talks

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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With one of the deadliest attacks of Afghanistan’s 17-year insurgency just hours before a new round of peace talks, the Taliban rammed home its message that it intends to agree any settlement from a position of strength on the...

Backlash Mounts Over Trump's Withdrawal From Syria - CBS News

Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Hawks in the Republican Party are fuming over President Trump's abrupt decision to pull some U.S. troops from Syria, a move they say he made without consulting him. And the White House and Pentagon are offering sparse details on how such a withdrawal will work, with the White House and the Pentagon referring questions to each other Wednesday in the wake of the announcement. "It's a catastrophic disaster," one senior administration official told CBS News "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan of the fallout from the president's decision, saying the national security...

White House Orders Pentagon To Pull U.S. Troops From Syria - NPR

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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The U.S. plans to withdraw all of its troops from Syria, a senior Pentagon official tells NPR. About 2,000 U.S. troops are currently in the northeastern part of the country, near the Turkish border. The decision to remove all troops from Syria was made by the White House late last week and sent to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the official says. The Joint Chiefs of Staff held a meeting on Monday about the issue, and officials at U.S. Central Command will work on a timetable for the withdrawal. Officials are considering also reducing troops in Afghanistan. A State Department...

South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously - AP

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future. Seated at a restaurant in Bentiu town, the 29-year-old teacher said life has started to change “with peace.” He is opening a printing shop with the hope it will make enough money for him to leave a United Nations site where, like hundreds of thousands of others across the country, he has been sheltering for years. Just months ago, planning ahead in South Sudan seemed impossible. Now, after warring sides signed a new peace...

Royce leaves lasting legacy on development - DEVEX

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Representative Ed Royce absorbed the importance of the United States’ role in the world at an early age. His father served in the army during World War II and was among the U.S. forces that liberated the concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, in 1945. His photos of the emaciated bodies and gas chambers are still being used to teach about the horrors of the Holocaust. His father’s experience had a profound impact on Royce, who is retiring from U.S. Congress after serving as a Republican representative from California for 26 years, the last six of which he was...

India-Pakistan Conflict Leaves Great Powers Powerless - Foreign Policy

Monday, December 10, 2018

By: Moeed Yusuf

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A decade ago, the world watched in disbelief as terrorists from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group ripped through the Indian financial capital of Mumbai. By the time the 10 attackers were stopped four days after the assault began, they had killed 164 people—Americans and other foreign nationals among them—and left over 300 injured. India’s 9/11, as the Indian media dubbed it, had unfolded. India, having long seen the Lashkar-e-Taiba as a direct proxy of the Pakistani intelligence outfit, the Inter-Services Intelligence, blamed the Pakistani state for...