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Gabbard pushes back after Meghan McCain suggests she's an 'Assad apologist'

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) battled "The View" host Meghan McCain on Wednesday over accusations that Gabbard had acted as an "apologist" for Bashar Assad's government in Syria.

THE HILL

US officials warn ISIS' Afghanistan branch poses a major threat

Washington (CNN)ISIS' Afghanistan-based affiliate has emerged as a major threat capable of carrying out direct attacks on the US and is actively using its members' social media to acquire contacts in the United States, a US intelligence official in Afghanistan tells CNN.

CNN

What Is Wrong With Afghanistan’s Peace Process

President Trump’s announcement of an impending withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s declaration that the Americans and the Taliban have “in principle” agreed to a framework for a deal have been described by both sides as a leap toward ending the war i

NEW YORK TIMES

Afghans fear Trump team is about to sell them out

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He has reported from Afghanistan for two and a half decades and is the co-editor of "Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion."

CNN

Cancellation of Pakistan Trip Revives Debate Over Taliban’s Ability to Travel

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have called off meetings in Pakistan, including a first audience with a national leader since their regime was ousted from power in Afghanistan in 2001, after the Afghan government protested to the United Nations Security Council that leaders of the insurgent group w

NEW YORK TIMES

Modern Horticultural Practices Improve Rural Livelihoods in Northern Afghanistan

Planting drought-resilient crops using modern horticultural practices has given drylands in northern Afghanistan a new lease on life. Supported by the National Horticulture and Livestock Project, farmers are turning their previously uncultivable land into a source of income by growing crops, such as

WORLD BANK BLOGS

If Elected, Democratic Candidate Pete Buttigieg Would Be The Youngest President Ever

Democrat Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) recently launched a presidential exploratory committee. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Afghanistan war veteran, would be the youngest president in history if he is elected.

WBUR

U.S.-India missile defense strategy could threaten Afghan peace process

The U.S. is ostentatiously promoting cooperation with India on ballistic missile defense, highlighting it in the 2019 Missile Defense Review as a “key element” of its Indo-Pacific strategy.

AXIOS.COM

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Munich, Germany (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence called on European allies to abandon the Iran nuclear deal while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, shortly after German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany's decision to stand by the deal.

CNN

Roadside bomb kills 6 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says at least six civilians were killed by a roadside bomb as their vehicle was traveling through the eastern province of Laghman. Asadullah Dawlatzai, the provincial governor's spokesman, says the victims were travelling in Qarghayi district when the bomb wen

FOX NEWS

Imran Khan’s Faustian Bargain with Saudi Arabia

There is now a growing conviction in Iran that Pakistan has for all practical purposes turned into an ally of Iran’s regional bete noire, namely Saudi Arabia. Its much-dreaded crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), received a warm welcome in Islamabad only a few days after a deadly attack on Iran’

LOBELOG

Farewell, Afghanistan

Like a distant light at the end of an excruciatingly long tunnel, the prospect of American withdrawal from Afghanistan now seems to glimmer ahead. Several rounds of negotiation in Russia, Qatar, and elsewhere have produced the outlines of an agreement. Details are unknown, but by all accounts, the a

BOSTON GLOBE

Afghan Taliban likely to meet Saudi crown prince in Pakistan: sources

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is likely to meet Afghan Taliban representatives during his visit to Pakistan starting on Sunday, Pakistani government sources said, part of efforts to broker an end to Afghanistan’s 17-year-old civil war.

REUTERS

Afghanistan set to ‘host’ first home test in India vs. Ireland

For Afghan cricket the series against Ireland includes a debut “home” test match, despite it being on Indian soil in the foothills of the Himalayas. From where the game was in Afghanistan a decade ago, though, it represents significant progress.

NEW YORK POST

Thirty years on, some Russians want to reframe Soviet war in Afghanistan

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thirty years after the Soviet Union left Afghanistan, some Russian politicians are calling for a reassessment of the conflict which critics have long cast as a bloody foreign adventure akin to the U.S. war in Vietnam.

REUTERS

As Afghanistan’s capital grows, its residents scramble for clean water

Twice a week, Farid Rahimi gets up at dawn, wraps a blanket around his shoulders to keep warm, gathers his empty jerrycans, and waits beside the tap outside his house in a hillside neighbourhood above Kabul.

IRIN

Exclusive: U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan in belt-tightening - general

MUSCAT/KABUL (Reuters) - Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a U.S. general told Reuters on Friday, estimating the cuts may exceed 1,000 forces.

REUTERS

Why Trump Must Continue His Peace Push in Afghanistan

The longest war in American history may finally be coming to an end. Late last month, news broke that the United States and the Afghan militant group the Taliban had agreed “in principle to a framework for a peace deal.” This is certainly good news, as it’s time for the US to leave Afghanistan—but w

FEE.ORG

After 18 Years of War, the Taliban Have the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks

Last year, thousands of young Afghans marched across the country, demanding an end to fighting that has destroyed millions of lives since the Soviet invasion in 1979. The grassroots peace movement led to a number of local ceasefires throughout the country between Taliban militants and Afghan governm

THE INTERCEPT

U.S. troop reduction in Afghanistan 'will be coordinated' with NATO, acting defense secretary says

BRUSSELS — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Thursday that the United States will not withdraw from Afghanistan without consulting NATO allies, and suggested that any coming troop reduction would be coordinated.

NBC NEWS