Reversing course, Trump commits to open-ended Afghan war

Reversing course from his campaign pledges, President Donald Trump on Monday night committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war and vowing “a fight to win.” In a speech offering few specifics, Trump promised a stepped-up military campaign[…]

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African Union troops killed in al-Shabab ambush

At least 23 African Union peacekeeping troops and a Somalian soldier have been killed in an ambush carried out by armed group al-Shabab in the country’s south, according to a senior regional official. The fighting broke out when the al-Shabaab fighters attacked the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops[…]

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Obama: No US troops on Syria front lines

President Barack Obama has said the US is not putting its troops on the front lines in Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), despite his decision to deploy special operations troops on the ground. In his first comments since the deployment was announced on[…]

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Obama to slow withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

President Barack Obama will on Thursday announce a reversal of policy in Afghanistan, slowing plans to draw down U.S. troops and instead maintain a force of 9,800 through most of 2016, senior administration officials said. His decision prolongs the U.S. role in that country’s 14-year-old war and ensures he hands[…]

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