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  • Donald Trump Oct 26, 2019

    US Meets China, Russia and Pakistan to Talk Afghan Peace

    Representatives of Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan agreed Friday that negotiation is the only road to peace in Afghanistan, including an early resumption of direct U.S. talks with the Taliban. The day-long talks in Moscow came ahead of an intra-Afghan dialogue to be hosted by China. The Beijing talks, which are to be held next week, were postponed,...

  • Donald Trump Oct 21, 2019

    US Defense Chief in Afghanistan for Firsthand Look at War

    Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military’s future role in America’s longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops. Esper told...

  • New York Sep 14, 2019

    White House Says Bin Laden Son Killed in US Operation

    The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A statement issued in President Donald Trump’s name gave no further details, such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed or...

  • California Sep 13, 2019

    US to Disclose Name of Saudi Sought by 9/11 Victims

    The U.S. said Thursday that it will disclose the name of a Saudi citizen sought by lawyers for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks who want to link the kingdom to the terrorist plot.

  • Donald Trump Aug 28, 2019

    Dunford: Too Early to Discuss Full Pullout From Afghanistan

    The top U.S. military officer said Wednesday it’s too early to talk about a full American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, injecting a cautionary note as U.S. peace talks with the Taliban appear to be near a final agreement. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pentagon reporters that any U.S. deal with the Taliban will be...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2019

    Afghanistan Mourns, Vows to Crush Militants After Attack

    As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the weekend blast. “Around 20 victims’ families live in...

  • California Aug 5, 2019

    Attack Highlights Challenge of Pursuing Domestic Extremists

    Federal authorities investigating the El Paso shooting call it an act of domestic terrorism, but they won’t be able to apply the same terrorism law that prosecutors have used for years against supporters of the Islamic State and al-Qaida. The federal government defines domestic terrorism as politically motivated violence designed to coerce or intimidate a civilian population. The assault on...

  • New York Jul 31, 2019

    US Has Intel That Osama Bin Laden's Son Hamza Is Dead, Officials Say

    The U.S. has obtained intelligence that the son and potential successor of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, is dead, three U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials would not provide details of where or when Hamza bin Laden died, or if the U.S. played a role in his death. It is unclear if the U.S. has...

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    Trump Wants Pakistan to Help ‘Extricate' US From Afghanistan

    President Donald Trump said Monday that he could win the war in Afghanistan in a week, but that he doesn’t want to kill millions of people and wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the earth.” He’s trying to persuade Pakistan to help get a deal with the Taliban that would end America’s longest war. “I could win that war in...

  • social media Jul 13, 2019

    Americans, Canadian Journalist Among 26 Dead at Somali Hotel Sieged by Extremists

    Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. The victims included a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist. Three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans and a Briton also were among the dead,...

  • Afghanistan Jun 29, 2019

    US, Taliban Open Doha Talks in Fresh Bid to End War

    A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that negotiations had begun. Originally scheduled to begin in the morning, the two sides...

  • Afghanistan Jun 29, 2019

    US, Taliban Open Doha Talks in Fresh Bid to End War

    A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that negotiations had begun. Originally scheduled to begin in the morning, the two sides...

  • Donald Trump May 7, 2019

    Trump Pardons Former US Soldier Who Killed Iraqi Prisoner

    President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner, the White House announced Monday. Trump signed an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, for former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, of Oklahoma, press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

  • NBC News Mar 24, 2019

    US-Backed Syrian Force Clears Area Retaken From IS

    U.S.-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group on Sunday and arrested a number of militants hiding in tunnels, a day after declaring military victory and the end of the extremists’ self-styled caliphate. The U.S.-led coalition said the clearing operations will continue until the area is secure. A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian...

  • U.S. government Mar 1, 2019

    US Offers $1M Bounty for Capture of Osama Bin Laden's Son

    Saudi Arabia announced Friday it had revoked the citizenship of Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader who has become an increasingly prominent figure in the terror network. There was no immediate explanation why the royal decree stripping his citizenship, signed in November, was only becoming public now. However, the announcement comes after the U.S. government on...

  • Iraq Feb 3, 2019

    Gabbard Holds Rally After Rocky Presidential Campaign Launch

    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her presidential campaign with a rally in her home state of Hawaii on Saturday. The Democratic congresswoman’s first rally on Saturday comes after she formally launched her effort with an online video and declaration on CNN last month. Her nascent campaign swiftly ran into trouble as critics pounced on her efforts to block the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 31, 2019

    Senate Vote Rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan

    In a bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Senate voted 68-23 Thursday to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The amendment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell comes after Trump called for a drawdown of troops in both of those countries.

  • America Jan 26, 2019

    US Envoy Claims ‘Significant Progress' in Talks With Taliban

    The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that “significant progress” was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country’s destructive 17-year war. Zalmay Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to build on six days of meetings in Doha, the...

  • Asher Klein Jan 16, 2019

    Al-Shabab Extremists Claim Deadly Attack on Nairobi Hotel

    Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa’s deadliest Islamic militant group. A police officer said at least 15 people had died. “It is terrible. What I have seen is terrible,” said Charles Njenga, who ran from a scene of blood,...

  • Donald Trump Jan 15, 2019

    ‘Attack Incident' at Upscale Complex in Kenya

    Authorities say an upscale area in Nairobi, Kenya, was under attack Tuesday. People were rushed from the scene after a blast and heavy gunfire.

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