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US combat troops to start leaving Iraq in October, Iraqi MP says

US combat troops will start leaving Iraq from early next month, an Iraqi lawmaker on parliament's Security and Defence Committee has told The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site.The withdrawal will take place in stages, and is based on the…
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Iran seriously pursuing legal action against Gen. Soleimani assassination

A special committee for legal and international investigation into the assassination of Iran’s top General Qassem Soleimani and his entourage was held on Tuesday at the presence of managers and representatives of relevant state and military…
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Pakistani security official urges U.S. to engage with Afghanistan

Pakistan urged the world to engage with Taliban-led Afghanistan and said the United States should listen to its message as it reassess its relationship with the South Asian nation, a top Pakistani security official said on Wednesday.Moeed Yusuf,…
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US envoy to Afghanistan: Ghani’s decision to flee torpedoed deal to keep Taliban out of Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's decision to flee his country on Aug. 15 torpedoed an 11th-hour deal the U.S. had brokered to keep the Taliban out of Kabul for at least two weeks, according to the State Department's special envoy to Afghanistan.  The…
U.S. Military Denies, Israel Declines to Comment on Iraq-Syria Border Strike Reports
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U.S. Military Denies, Israel Declines to Comment on Iraq-Syria Border Strike Reports

The U.S. military has denied conducting airstrikes against Iraqi militias operating in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq, and Israeli forces would not comment on the alleged incident. Speaking on behalf of the U.S.-led coalition tasked…
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US Lose-Lose Game in Afghanistan (Part 1)

U.S. provided an estimated $83 billion worth of training and equipment to Afghan securityU.S. purchased and provided 75,898 vehicles and 208 aircraft to the Afghan army and security forcesArmored personnel carriers such as the M113A2 cost $170,000…
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Cohen: Donald Rumsfeld — Iraq invasion was his brainchild and his folly

by : Andrew Cohen , OTTAWA CITIZEN ORTLAND, Maine — On Aug. 23, they brought the body of Donald Henry Rumsfeld to Arlington National Cemetery on a flag-draped, horse-drawn caisson, accompanied by an honour guard. As a former serviceman…
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Lindsey Graham Says United States ‘Will Be Going Back’ Into Afghanistan

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) says he believes the United States “will be going back into Afghanistan” despite the recently declared end of nearly two decades of American military presence in the country. Graham, in an interview Monday…

The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

By : Craig Whitlock @CraigMWhitlock , Amazon LinkCraig Michael Whitlock (born 26 March 1968) is a journalist working for The Washington Post, where he is responsible for covering the Pentagon and national security. He has worked as a staff…
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The United States Left Afghanistan Littered With Decaying Factories, Schools and Offices

The Afghan countryside is littered with abandoned and decaying power plants, prisons, schools, factories, office buildings and military bases, according to a watchdog, the legacy of the 20-year effort the United States to fund the creation…