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Members of Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, in January. - Rahmat Gul , The Associated Press .... That's what happened when then-president Barack Obama carried out a much larger surge in 2009. "Instead of confronting NATO ...
Even Trump's own cabinet members admit that publicly, although they argue after years of quiet, civilised talks between the United States and China under Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, it's time for aggressive action, especially over Chinese theft of US intellectual property. Adam Posen ...

President Barack Obama said that “the only way to end this conflict and to achieve a full drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan is through a lasting political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban.” In 2013, the Taliban opened an office in Qatar to facilitate negotiations to end the ...
This marks a shift for the C.I.A. in Afghanistan, where the agency had primarily focused on Al Qaeda and on helping the Afghan spy services. ... company, Koch Industries, is based in Mr. Pompeo's former district, Mr. Pompeo repeatedly attacked the Obama administration's efforts to battle climate change.
Mattis flew into the war-torn city two weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, Afghanistan's biggest ... The US has renewed its focus on Afghanistan after years of drawdowns under former president Barack Obama and talk by top US generals of “not ...
Instead, Trump has largely doubled down on the wars he inherited from President Obama, from increasing troops in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, to upping air strikes in Somalia and Libya, to clearing the way for the sale of more munitions for use in Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen. While none ...

Elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday as he arrived in Kabul on an ... The US has a renewed focus on Afghanistan after years of drawdowns under former president Barack Obama and talk by top US generals of "not winning" ...
In mid-August, she alleged that the initial U.S. invasion into Afghanistan — which started in 2001 — was started by President Barack Obama. She also blamed Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the death of Capt. Humayun Khan, whose parents were ardent opponents of Trump.
“The Taliban will not focus on conventional military attacks this year,” David Sedney, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia during the first Obama term told me. “That's what they did from 2014 through 2016,” as the American presence drew down. Rather, “they're ...
When we went into Afghanistan, the Obama administration sat around in the Situation Room as it escalated the war, and it debated, what are the ... kind of a fashionable bubble of doctrine around counterinsurgency theory that was applied to the Afghan war, after the perceived success in Iraq in 2007-2008.
US marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province last year, the first to be deployed in the war-torn country since Nato forces ended their combat ... Coll takes readers through this nest of vipers, but judging from the behaviour of the Obama and Trump administrations in Syria, US policymakers ...
The nitty-gritty details may differ, but both the Obama and Trump administrations have focused efforts on training and building the Afghan security forces to create political space for an eventual reconciliation dialogue. However, after many false starts, it would be prudent to take a closer look at what is ...
Trump's absence from the war zones more than a year into this presidency stands in contrast to his immediate predecessor: Former President Barack Obama made his first of five presidential trips to the front lines three months after taking office and he went to Afghanistan twice in 2010, including one visit ...
A common complaint of the Obama administration was that they had been rolled by the military by being presented with a limited number of options for the way forward in Afghanistan. And later, after seven years of effort with very little to show for it, it was the turn of military leaders to blame that failure on the ...
“We have to separate personalities from performance," said Jason Dempsey, a former combat adviser to Afghan army units who is now at the Center for a ... “War is a contest of wills,” Nicholson said an extensive interview, arguing that the Obama administration's far larger troop surge from 2009 to 2011 ...
The U.S. involvement in the Afghan conflict is now in its 17th year, and 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in 2017 alone. All sides are hung up on even the format for potential negotiations. The Obama administration's peace push, which relied heavily on Afghanistan's neighbor Pakistan, ...
Bush and Obama – who seem endearingly human compared with the current incumbent of the Oval office – both struggled to answer essential questions about Afghanistan. So did experienced officials like Richard Holbrooke, the larger-than-life diplomat who tried to arrange talks with the Taliban, and ...

None of the detainees released under Obama were transferred to Afghanistan, even if they were Afghan citizens. They were put under surveillance or supervision by the governments that resettled them so they would not go fight U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The legal challenge specifically details how ...
While Obama was successful in reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan from a peak of which was once 100,000 to less than 10,000, like with Trump, strategies to win the war were never pinpointed. Instead, the ongoing fight to keep Taliban fighters from overpowering the Afghan government ...
Rand Paul on the new senate spending bill: "If you were against President Obama's deficits, and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of .... And I said the other day, you guys want to have a parade, let's bring them home from Afghanistan, all 14,000 of them, declare victory.
There President Obama initiated, and President Trump continued, a return to direct combat in Afghanistan, after previously, at the end of 2014, saying we ... is that we're directly at war with the Islamic State, but we're not directly at war with the Taliban, except to the extent that we're supporting Afghan forces.
But this was often couched with the Taliban's renunciation of violence and distancing from al Qaeda, or a military win for the Afghan-US coalition that would put these allies in a position of strength ahead of negotiations. Yet on Wednesday, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani swept away over a decade of ...


 

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