• An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier gestures as they arrive in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan August 10, 2016. REUTERS/ Abdul Malik - RTSMD3R
    October 17, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, government forces in Afghanistan are reporting progress against Taliban forces in a key southern city. Also, the city of Aleppo may get a brief respite this week, after Russia announced an eight-hour “humanitarian pause.” But Russian and Syrian airstrikes have continued, while European Union leaders meeting in Luxembourg condemned Russia’s air campaign. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the Paris Agreement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTSQXLR
    October 5, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama praised the Paris climate agreement, set to take effect next month, as “the best possible shot to save the one planet that we’ve got.” Also, the United Nations Security Council agreed that Antonio Guterres of Portugal should be the next secretary-general. Continue reading

  • A fighter from the Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army) runs to avoid sniper fire, in the village of Tal al-Siwan area of the rebel-held stronghold of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus, on September 5, 2016. / AFP / Sameer Al-Doumy        (Photo credit should read SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images)
    September 5, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to reach a deal on a cease-fire in Syria, amid an onslaught of Islamic State attacks. Also, the Taliban carried out twin attacks near the defense ministry in Kabul, killing 24 people. Continue reading

  • Afghan security personnel prepare for combat during an ongoing battle with Taliban militants in the Nad Ali district of Helmand on August 10, 2016.

Fierce fighting in Helmand has sent thousands of Afghans fleeing to the capital of the southern opium-rich province, sparking a humanitarian crisis as Taliban insurgents besiege the city despite intensified US air strikes. The Taliban advance on Lashkar Gah has compounded fears that the city was on the brink of falling into insurgent hands, even as US and Afghan officials insist that they will not allow another urban centre to be captured. / AFP / NOOR MOHAMMAD        (Photo credit should read NOOR MOHAMMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
    August 11, 2016  

    In Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the army is losing ground to Taliban insurgents; 30,000 people have been displaced in the last few weeks alone. Gwen Ifill speaks with special correspondent Jennifer Glasse about the province’s critical location, the effects of the 25 U.S. airstrikes and whether the Afghan forces are strong enough to hold their own. Continue reading

  • Afghan security forces inspect the damage caused by a suicide bombers at the site of the attackon the western outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani   - RTX2J0K4
    June 30, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Taliban attackers killed 37 people and wounded 40 in a double suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The first bomber attacked buses carrying police trainees, followed by a second bomber who blew himself up when people rushed to help the victims. Also, airstrikes in Iraq devastated Islamic State convoys trying to escape Fallujah. Continue reading

  • U.S. General John Campbell, commander of international forces in Afghanistan, arrives for a change of command ceremony for the 438th Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) at Oqab base, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani - RTX1LXBO
    June 18, 2016  

    There is still a debate about how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan 15 years after 9/11. President Barack Obama plans to cut the number of troops by almost half. Reuters reporter Phil Stewart joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what to expect as Obama’s term comes to an end.
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  • U.S. soldiers arrive at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 17, 2015. A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least three people in the latest attack in the city, officials said. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail  - RTX1DAJ3
    June 10, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the White House confirmed that U.S. airstrikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan will expand, and that American troops will join Afghan units on more missions — though the U.S. will not be assuming direct combat roles. Also, food aid reached civilians in Daraya, a besieged rebel suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, for the first time in four years. Continue reading

  • U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. William Greer

    The decision comes as the Afghans struggle with a resurgent Taliban, particularly in the south. But the move is politically sensitive because President Barack Obama had made clear his commitment to get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan. Continue reading

  • memoriam
    June 6, 2016  

    Some stories can be told only because of journalists who are willing to risk their lives. Award-winning photographer David Gilkey of NPR and Afghan journalist and translator Zabihullah Tamanna were two such voices. The two died Sunday in a Taliban ambush in southern Afghanistan. David Greene of NPR joins Gwen Ifill to remember the life and work of David Gilkey. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in observance of Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX2EV36
    May 30, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, on his last Memorial Day as commander-in-chief, President Obama paid tribute to the nation’s veterans and made special mention of the American soldiers who died this past year in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, more than 50 policemen in Afghanistan were killed in a wave of Taliban attacks, the first such violence since the militant group named a new leader last week. Continue reading

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