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Pompeo Talks Afghanistan Progress, NKorea Visit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the Trump administration’s calls for peace talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban on an unannounced visit to Kabul. Pompeo spoke at a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (July 9)

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People rushed to hospital after deadly Afghan suicide attack

A suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting kills at least 19 people, including the only Sikh candidate in upcoming legislative elections. The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor’s compound where Ghani was holding meetings.

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Here’s the latest for Friday, June 15th: China raises import duties on U.S. goods; Two cooling towers imploded in Florida; UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Mosul; Afghan President Ashraf Ghani extends ceasefire. (June 16)

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The Afghan Commandos Trying To Beat Back The Taliban (HBO)

Today in Kabul five gunmen attacked a military academy killing 11 soldiers and injuring 15. It was the fourth major terrorist attack in Afghanistan in just the last 10 days.

On Saturday, more than 100 people died when an ambulance packed with explosives detonated on a crowded street in the capital.

Both the Taliban and ISIS are ramping up the pace of their attacks—and the Afghan National Army isn’t effective enough to do anything about it. So President Ashraf Ghani is betting on a different strategy: drastically increasing the number of special forces troops who might stand a better chance.

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VP Pence Makes Suprise Visit to Afghanistan

Vice President Mike Pence met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and then addressed American soldiers to outline President Donald Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan. (Dec. 21)

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