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Trump makes no decision on Afghanistan strategy

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Trump makes no decision on Afghanistan strategy

- HAGERSTOWN, Md./WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump reviewed an array of options for a strategy on Afghanistan with his top national security aides, but made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America's longest war. Friday's meeting was the latest in a series of high-level discussions on Afghanistan and a broader security strategy for the South Asia region that has been bogged down by internal differences
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Trump at Camp David for talks on Afghan strategy

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Trump at Camp David for talks on Afghan strategy

- HAGERSTOWN: US President Donald Trump assembled his national security team at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday (Aug 18) to forge a way ahead in Afghanistan, almost 16 years after the war began. Trump must decide if he wants to continue on the current course, which relies on a relatively small US-led NATO force to help Afghan partners push back the Taliban, or if he wants to try a new tack such as adding more forces - or even withdrawing altogether
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Afghan governor accused of assault, adding woes for Ghani

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Afghan governor accused of assault, adding woes for Ghani

- MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan: A powerful Afghan governor is facing accusations he detained and assaulted a political rival in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif this week, the second senior Afghan official to be accused of violence in a year. The fresh allegations add to Afghanistan's domestic political woes, as President Ashraf Ghani's government has struggled in the war against Taliban insurgents amid a fractious political arena that includes former warlords with armed followers
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Behind the scenes, a major choice looms on Afghanistan

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Behind the scenes, a major choice looms on Afghanistan

- President Trump's calculation about Afghanistan boils down to a familiar question in U.S. national security: Of all the bad options, what's the least worst? Trump, Vice President Pence and other national security team members are scheduled to convene at Camp David on Friday to review the next phase of the nearly 16-year war. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon this week that all options remain in play as the White House weighs a long-awaited new strategy
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Government faces High Court proceedings over alleged civilian deaths in Afghanistan

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Government faces High Court proceedings over alleged civilian deaths in Afghanistan

- A human rights lawyer has filed proceedings against the government over the decision not to hold an inquiry into a military operation that allegedly killed civilians in Afghanistan. Deborah Manning confirmed she had filed a request for a judicial review of the decision in the High Court at Wellington on Friday morning. They alleged the raid had killed six Afghan villagers and injured 15
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US soldier killed in Afghan blast, 20 US, Afghan troops wounded

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US soldier killed in Afghan blast, 20 US, Afghan troops wounded

- BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan: One U.S. soldier was killed and around 20 U.S. and Afghan troops were wounded during a push against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, as Washington wrestled with a months-long debate about the 16-year-old war. The incident late on Wednesday in Nangarhar province came as several Pentagon officials visited Afghanistan, including Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the top generals of the Army and Air Force
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U.S. soldier killed, others wounded fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan

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U.S. soldier killed, others wounded fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan

- An American service member was killed Wednesday, and an unspecific number were wounded, while battling Islamic State loyalists in eastern Afghanistan. Members of the Afghan army also sustained casualties in what the U.S. military characterized as a partnered operation. Officials in Kabul have said little else about the engagement, releasing only a brief statement indicating the wounded were evacuated for medical treatment, the families of those involved were being notified, and the mission was aimed at "further reducing" the Islamic State's regional presence
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Lobbying Pakistan's 'University of Jihad' As Chinese Cash Flows

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Lobbying Pakistan's 'University of Jihad' As Chinese Cash Flows

- Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan has visited the so-called 'University of Jihad' so often that he's become good friends with the hardline cleric who runs it. Omar Zakhilwal's unusual pilgrimage to the Darul Uloom Haqqania madrasa near the northwestern city of Peshawar is central to his efforts to convince the Taliban-supporting school to preach peace. It's a longer-term, non-military approach to the conflict that envisages a tripling of trade flows between Pakistan-Afghanistan, the departure of U
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US service member killed in Afghanistan - military

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US service member killed in Afghanistan - military

- WASHINGTON: A U.S. service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan during an operation with Afghan forces against Islamic State, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. In a statement, the military said the service member died as a result of wounds. It also said that other U.S. and Afghan forces were injured and medically evacuated. No further details were immediately available.
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Taliban urge Trump to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan

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Taliban urge Trump to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan

- The Trump administration is working to finalise a regional strategy that could include nearly 4,000 additional U.S. troops, part of a NATO-led coalition, that have been requested by commanders in the country. That plan has faced scepticism in the White House, where Trump and several top aides have criticised years of American military intervention and foreign aid. "Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economical might," the Taliban said in the English-language letter released to media and addressed to Trump
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Mattis: Administration 'very, very close' to Afghanistan decision

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Mattis: Administration 'very, very close' to Afghanistan decision

- Washington (CNN)Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that the Trump administration was "very, very close" to finalizing its new strategy in Afghanistan, but warned it had not been settled yet. "The strategic decisions have not been made," Mattis said. During comments at the Pentagon press area, Mattis insisted "all options" remained on the table for how to approach Afghanistan, and said those options included a full withdrawal as well as a proposal for the use of more contractors to manage the US effort there
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It's inappropriate to call Afghan women by their names. These women want to change that

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It's inappropriate to call Afghan women by their names. These women want to change that

- When a woman gets married in Afghanistan, her name isn't on the wedding invitations. When she gives birth, her name is left off the child's birth certificate. And when she dies, her headstone reads, "Mr. X's mother, daughter, wife or sister." In a patriarchal, deeply conservative culture, it's inappropriate to openly refer to Afghan women by their first names. Instead, they're called 'Mother of X' or "wife of X
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Taliban, ISIS cooperated on Afghan village attack-rights group

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Taliban, ISIS cooperated on Afghan village attack-rights group

- KABUL: The Afghan Taliban and Islamic State attacked a village in the northern province of Sar-e Pul this week, killing between 50-60 people, a leading Afghan human rights group said on Friday. The Taliban, seeking to restore Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster, rejected statements that the attack on Mirza Olang was a joint operation with the local affiliate of Islamic State, saying they acted alone and had targeted security forces
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ISIS Preys On Unemployed Afghans To Strengthen Fighting Force

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ISIS Preys On Unemployed Afghans To Strengthen Fighting Force

- As unemployment worsens in strife-torn Afghanistan, the Islamic State has arrived to help the jobless with a lucrative new profession: terrorist. The insurgent group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting local villagers, as well as its enemy -- the Taliban -- to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
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ISIS preys on unemployed Afghans to strengthen fighting force

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ISIS preys on unemployed Afghans to strengthen fighting force

- KABUL — As unemployment worsens in strife-torn Afghanistan, the Islamic State has arrived to help the jobless with a lucrative new profession: terrorist. The insurgent group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting local villagers, as well as its enemy — the Taliban —to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
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Frustrated with Trump, McCain promotes his own Afghan plan

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Frustrated with Trump, McCain promotes his own Afghan plan

- WASHINGTON — In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Republican Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that "America is adrift in Afghanistan" as he promoted a war strategy that would expand the U.S. counterterrorism effort and provide greater support to Afghan security forces. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. needs to put strict conditions on continued assistance to Afghanistan, and require the Kabul government to demonstrate "measurable progress" in curbing corruption, strengthening the rule of law and improving financial transparency
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Trump promises Afghanistan troop decision soon

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Trump promises Afghanistan troop decision soon

- Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)President Donald Trump told reporters at his club in New Jersey on Thursday that his administration is getting close to a decision on updated strategy for the war in Afghanistan. "We're getting close. We're getting very close," he said. "It's a very big decision for me. I took over a mess and we're going to make it a lot less messy
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  • Trump at Camp David for talks on Afghan strategy
    Trump at Camp David for talks on Afghan strategy

    , channelnewsasia.com

    HAGERSTOWN: US President Donald Trump assembled his national security team at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday (Aug 18) to forge a way ahead in Afghanistan, almost 16 years after the war began. Trump must decide if he wants to continue on the current course, which relies on a relatively small US-led NATO force to help Afghan partners push back the Taliban, or if he wants to try a new tack such as adding more forces - or even withdrawing altogether
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  • Trump at Camp David for talks on Afghan strategy
    Trump at Camp David for talks on Afghan strategy

    , channelnewsasia.com

    HAGERSTOWN: US President Donald Trump assembled his national security team at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday (Aug 18) to forge a way ahead in Afghanistan, almost 16 years after the war began. Trump must decide if he wants to continue on the current course, which relies on a relatively small US-led NATO force to help Afghan partners push back the Taliban, or if he wants to try a new tack such as adding more forces - or even withdrawing altogether
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  • Cricket - Afghanistan replace Australia for South Africa 'A' tour
    Cricket - Afghanistan replace Australia for South Africa 'A' tour

    , channelnewsasia.com

    REUTERS: Afghanistan have replaced Australia in a development tour of South Africa after the latter pulled out due to a pay dispute between its players and board. With talks between the union and governing body Cricket Australia deadlocked, the players decided they would boycott the triangular series between the 'A' sides. Australia's 'A' team, captained by test batsman Usman Khawaja, were scheduled to play two four-day matches and a 50-over tri-series against India and South Africa on the tour
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  • Afghan girls robotics team competing in U.S. after visa trouble
    Afghan girls robotics team competing in U.S. after visa trouble

    , ctvnews.ca

    WASHINGTON -- A robotics team comprised of six girls from Afghanistan will enter a robot in an international competition in Washington, after clearing visa obstacles that prompted intervention from President Donald Trump. The opening ceremony for the three-day high school competition is scheduled for Sunday evening. They will be competing against entrants from more than 150 countries in the FIRST Global Challenge
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Health

  • Global narcotics market 'thriving;' range of available drugs diversifying at alarming pace –
    Global narcotics market 'thriving;' range of available drugs diversifying at alarming pace –

    , un.org

    Marking 20 years of its publication, the report provides a global overview of the supply and demand for opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as their impacts on health. This year's report states that opium production is up and the cocaine market is “thriving.” In 2016, global opium production increased by one third compared with the previous year and this was primarily due to higher opium poppy yields in Afghanistan
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Family & Parenting

  • Afghan children being smuggled to Pakistani madrassas to educate in ways of Taliban
    Afghan children being smuggled to Pakistani madrassas to educate in ways of Taliban

    , indianexpress.com

    It was a routine check. Two vans, both without license plates, were stopped earlier this month by police in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province, where Taliban hold sway in large swathes of the countryside. Inside, police found 27 boys between the ages of 4 and 15, all being taken illegally to Pakistan’s south-western Baluchistan province to study in seminaries called madrassas, according to a police report acquired by The Associated Press
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Society & Culture

  • US service member killed in Afghanistan - military
    US service member killed in Afghanistan - military

    , channelnewsasia.com

    WASHINGTON: A U.S. service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan during an operation with Afghan forces against Islamic State, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. In a statement, the military said the service member died as a result of wounds. It also said that other U.S. and Afghan forces were injured and medically evacuated. No further details were immediately available.
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  • Afghanistan’s ‘Sesame Street’ muppet promotes respect
    Afghanistan’s ‘Sesame Street’ muppet promotes respect

    , gulfnews.com

    Last year, Afghanistan’s version of Sesame Street introduced a little girl character aimed at inspiring girls in the deeply conservative Muslim nation. Now a new muppet is joining the cast: her brother, who will show boys the importance of respecting women. Zeerak, whose name means “Smart” in Afghanistan’s two official languages, is a four-year-old boy who enjoys studying and learning. He joins six-year-old sister Zari, whose name means “Shimmering,” on Afghanistan’s version of the show, Baghch-e-SimSim, or Sesame Garden
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  • All-Female Afghanistan Robotics Team Barred From Entering The US, So Their Robot Would Travel Alone
    All-Female Afghanistan Robotics Team Barred From Entering The US, So Their Robot Would Travel Alone

    , inquisitr.com

    An all-female team of aspiring robotics enthusiasts from Afghanistan would not be making it to the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington DC later this month. The girls, who have been rejected twice for a one-week travel visa to the United States, would be sending their creation to the United States instead, where it would compete against other robots created by other teenage teams from across the globe
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  • Behind the scenes, a major choice looms on Afghanistan
    Behind the scenes, a major choice looms on Afghanistan

    , mprnews.org

    President Trump's calculation about Afghanistan boils down to a familiar question in U.S. national security: Of all the bad options, what's the least worst? Trump, Vice President Pence and other national security team members are scheduled to convene at Camp David on Friday to review the next phase of the nearly 16-year war. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon this week that all options remain in play as the White House weighs a long-awaited new strategy
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  • Trump seeking new ideas on Afghanistan from service members
    Trump seeking new ideas on Afghanistan from service members

    , bostonherald.com

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is having lunch with service members to come up with new ideas for fighting the war in Afghanistan. Trump tells reporters before the lunch on Tuesday that he wants "to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going and what we should do in terms of additional ideas." He adds that: "We have plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from people on the ground
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