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Armed Services panel chairman seeks $696 billion DOD budget

An influential House committee chairman pressed his case Monday for $696 billion defense budget in 2018 — more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue reading ? The post Armed Services panel chairman seeks $696 billion DOD budget appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Can There Be Peace With Honor in Afghanistan?

In an era when wars never end, America’s definition of peace needs to be defined down.

Joint chiefs chairman in Afghanistan to push new strategy

U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford arrived in Afghanistan Monday with a mission to pull together the final elements of a military strategy that will include sending nearly 4,000 more U.S. … Click to Continue »

Top Republican to press for $705 billion defense budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential House committee chairman will press his case on Monday for a $705 billion defense budget in 2018, more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a level even a number...Show More Summary

Echoes in Syria of Afghanistan in the 1990s

Paul R. Pillar Afghanistan Syria, Middle East South Asia The battle for Raqqa is now being waged, and the diverse forces that have been helping to extinguish the self-proclaimed caliphate of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) soon must...Show More Summary

War and Waste: cautionary tales as U.S. ponders Afghan boost

These tales help explain why some in Congress question the wisdom of investing even more resources in Afghanistan, nearly 16 years after the United States invaded the Taliban-ruled country. Continue reading ? The post War and Waste: cautionary tales as U.S. ponders Afghan boost appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2017

From Iraq and Afghanistan to Turkey and Singapore, Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the holy month.

Taliban attack targets police in Afghanistan's Herat

Gun battle near Salma dam in western province follows country's deadliest Ramadan month since the 2001 US invasion.

China aims to improve ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan

China's foreign minister says Beijing will hold a dialogue with Afghanistan and Pakistan to help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbors. Wang Yi said during a visit to … Click to Continue »

China urges Afghans, Pakistan to form crisis-management mechanism

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - China's foreign minister has urged leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism during visits to both countries, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Show More Summary

Afghan official says Taliban kill 10 police

An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a security post in western Afghanistan, killing at least 10 police and wounding another three. Jelani Farhad, spokesman for the governor of … Click to Continue »

China urges Afghans, Pakistan to form crisis-management mechanism

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

Pakistan, accused of terrorist infiltration, starts to fence its border with Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The 1,800-mile border between Pakistan and India has long been treated as a hostile red line between neighboring, nuclear-armed rivals. Its sole official crossing is a heavily guarded military post. Long stretches...Show More Summary

US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan quits post

2 days agoNews : The Lookout

Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan stepped down on Friday, just as the United States is preparing to send thousands more troops to the region. A senior State Department official told AFP that acting special representative Laurel Miller left the post without a replacement being named. Show More Summary

The Trump Doctrine in Afghanistan: Let the Generals Handle It

We’re about to find out what Mattis’s Pentagon will do with mostly unchecked authority to conduct a war.

Can flourishing Islamic State be stopped in Afghanistan?

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Islamic State group is rapidly expanding in parts of Afghanistan, advancing militarily into areas where it once had a weak presence and strengthening its forces in core regions, according to Afghan and U.S. officials. Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied...

The Ireland and Afghanistan domino effect

2 days agoSports / Cricket : The Cordon

Both countries being awarded Test status is as much about restrictions lifted as about opportunities gained

Observations: The QandO Podcast for 23 Jun 17

Technically, it’s possible to have served in Afghanistan as an E-1 Private and now be a Sergeant First Class. We’ve been there for 15 years, and we have no clue when we’ll leave or what victory is. Which is interesting to think about, considering we seem to staggering towards another war in Syria. BTW, what’s […]

Suicide car bombing near Afghan bank kills 29, mostly civilians

A huge suicide car bombing struck Thursday outside a bank in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, targeting Afghan troops and government employees waiting to collect their salaries ahead of a major Muslim holiday and killing at least 29 people, officials said. Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial...

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