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U.S. bungled $70 billion mission to train Afghan forces: report

September 22, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. has invested 16 years and more than $70 billion to train Afghan security forces, but the effort has been undermined by poor planning, training and oversight, a government watchdog said in a report Thursday.
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U.S. Acknowledges More Troops Are in Afghanistan

August 31, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military said Wednesday it maintains 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, 2,600 more than it has previously disclosed.
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Military leaders consolidate power in Trump administration

August 23, 2017
Robert Costa, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
High-ranking military officials have become an increasingly ubiquitous presence in American political life during Donald Trump’s presidency, repeatedly winning arguments inside the West Wing, publicly contradicting the president and even balking at implementing one of his most controversial policies.
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Trump’s Afghanistan plan set to spark fresh congressional debate

August 23, 2017
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
President Trump’s decision to announce expanded U.S. military operations in Afghanistan but disclose few details is set to spark fresh congressional debate about the future of the United States’ longest war and whether it is time for lawmakers to approve a new use-of-force law.
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Trump announces new strategy for Afghanistan that calls for a troop increase

August 22, 2017
Abby Phillip, David Nakamura, | The Washington Post
President Trump outlined a revised vision for the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Monday, pledging to end a strategy of “nation-building” and instead institute a policy aimed more squarely at addressing the terrorist threat that emanates from the region.
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‘It’s a hard problem’: Inside Trump’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan

August 22, 2017
Robert Costa, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
President Trump was frustrated and fuming. Again and again, in the windowless Situation Room at the White House, he lashed out at his national security team over the Afghanistan war, and the paucity of appealing options gnawed at him.
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Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels

August 21, 2017
Maggie Haberman, Michael Gordon, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
President Trump, who has been accused by lawmakers of dragging his feet on Afghanistan, has settled on a new strategy to carry on the nearly 16-year-old conflict there, administration officials said Sunday.
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