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Taliban praise continued US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents' spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a "good advancement" even as fighting raged across the war-weary country. reference…
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Army Commander Says Troop Drawdown Will Not Impact Security

An army commander on Sunday said that the Taliban is trying to "conduct terrorist activities" in areas near the capital city but pledged they will be prevented. The commander of the Afghan Army’s 111 Division, Ramin Muqbil, said that there…
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Pompeo suggests Trump should get the Nobel Prize

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is suggesting that President Donald Trump should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting Arab-Israeli peace. Pompeo’s suggestion, made on his official Twitter account, comes as the House is set to vote…
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US slaps more sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency

The United States has imposed more sanctions on companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and on three Iranian entities for conventional arms proliferation. They…
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Suicide rate highest among younger military veterans

Veterans ages 18 to 34 experience a higher rate of suicide than all other age brackets. The suicide rate for young veterans swelled by 76% from 2005 to 2017, according to the Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Report,…
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Female veterans blame toxic military base for miscarriages, cancers

A six-month CBS News investigation has revealed that female veterans who served at a remote base after 9/11 report high rates of reproductive health issues, including cancers. They were among thousands of U.S. troops who passed through the…
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Iran denies Pompeo’s assertion it has ties with al Qaeda.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday rejected as “warmoIRngering lies” an assertion by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Iran has ties to the Islamist militant group al Qaeda. source : REUTERS
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Spokesman Says US Airstrikes Violate Doha Agreement, May Prompt Taliban Reaction

Islam Times - The United States should work to ensure that airstrikes conducted in Afghanistan are done so in a controlled manner to avoid violating the February peace deal reached with the Taliban, also known as the Doha agreement, Taliban…
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Pompeo, in Tuesday speech, to accuse Iran of al Qaeda links: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to use newly declassified U.S. intelligence on Tuesday to publicly accuse Iran of ties to al Qaeda, two people familiar with the matter said, as part of his last-minute offensive…
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Pentagon presses ahead with Afghanistan troop draw down despite law barring it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has not halted a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Department of Defense told Reuters on Monday, despite a new law prohibiting further reductions without the Pentagon sending Congress an assessment…