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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 ...
Yet most officials are also quite alarmed by the fact that this 80 percent continuity came only after President Donald Trump considered dramatic breaks with established policy — withdrawing from the Iran deal and the North American Free Trade Agreement, pulling out of Afghanistan, lifting sanctions on ...
Exclusive: Officially, the U.S. military objective in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to the negotiating table, but just last month President Trump said that ... And as to capabilities, the Obama-era surge proved that even with 100,000 troops, the United States cannot win a war against committed, indigenous ...
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 ...
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.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight I can announce that over the next year another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in ...
In Afghanistan, America, our 25 NATO allies, and 15 partner nations are helping the Afghan people defend their freedom and rebuild their country. Thanks to the courage of these ... Obama, who had campaigned to end the war in Afghanistan, won the presidential election held that November. By the time he ...
James L. Jones, promised in March to deploy an additional 4,000 Americans to train Afghan national security forces. And by December, Mr. Obama agreed to a surge of an additional 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. “It will be clear to the Afghan government, and more importantly to the Afghan people, that they ...
... to Afghanistan, President Trump's State of the Union address offered a subtle but stinging rebuke to former President Obama and his foreign policy genius, Ben Rhodes. It came via the following line: Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement. Along with their heroic Afghan partners, ...
The Taliban were part of Afghanistan's “political fabric,” Mr. Gates noted accurately. The Obama strategists decided to try to “degrade” the Taliban and “reverse its momentum,” according to participants, while building up Afghan security forces to take charge. The language was vague and subjective because ...
The Trump administration, however, says its policy, unlike the previous Obama administration, does not attempt any nation building there. Since the announcement of the new South Asia policy by Mr. Trump, American troop levels have increased in Afghanistan and a newly formed Security Force ...
All previous U.S. administrations have pressed the Pakistani government to end their covert support of the Afghan Taliban. The FATA (Federally ... However, by the end of Obama's presidency, the military and political situation in both Afghanistan and Pakistan had deteriorated significantly. Does Trump offer ...
On the margins of that meeting, the first meeting of the C5+Afghanistan will be held. The C5+1 format — the five Central Asian states plus the United States — was an initiative launched from Washington in the final days of the Obama administration. Bringing together the five Central Asian states and ...
Press reports are that Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan. The love affair between the GOP and war continues. What happened to America First and its isolationism, and promises to eschew foreign militarism? Like everything that rolls out of Donald Trump's mouth, that seems to be a lie.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he argued against President Obama's Afghanistan war strategy that set dates for the drawdown of U.S. troops. ... I was convinced that we could dramatically weaken the Taliban and strengthen the Afghan army during that period — and if not, then we probably ...
This provided a hugh stimulus in the following years and gave Trump a humming economy to work with. The deficit spending by Obama was used to stimulate the economy and all for the good. Eliminated bin Laden threat and withdrew troops from Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Raised fuel efficiency standards ...
Global Respect for U.S. Leadership Dropped Sharply Under Trump—the Opposite Happened Under Obama ... President George W. Bush left office, following the costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, started in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and the global financial crisis sparked by U.S. financial institutions.
On the one hand, there are the frustrated diplomats, Kerry and Power, who favor intervention; on the other, the contingent from the West Wing, Obama and Rhodes, wary of overextension after the Bush invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. There was a similar divide over Obama's optimistic final speech to the ...
It involves shifting away from a "time-based" approach to fighting the war to instead put emphasis on linking U.S. assistance to concrete results and cooperation from the Afghan government. It includes sending up to 3,900 more U.S. troops on top of the 8,400 Americans that former President Barack Obama ...
A small team of U.S. forces on horses worked with Afghan rebels to defeat the Taliban in northern Afghanistan just a month earlier. .... The U.S. troop presence peaked at more than 100,000 in the early years of former President Barack Obama's administration, and a U.S. force of about 14,000 remains there ...
The Obama administration had charted out a policy to draw down US troop levels in Afghanistan. The United States was, meanwhile, committed to train and assist Afghan security forces as part of a broader strategy of nation building in Afghanistan. This framework was based on a timeline that was tied to ...
Today's strike was the first recorded inside Pakistan since Dec. 26, when US drones killed Jamiuddin, a jihadist who helped fighters move from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Jamiuddin was reportedly a “trusted man” in within the Haqqani Network, a subgroup of the Afghan Taliban. That strike also took place in ...
The sour relations could lead to the U.S. to lose access to key supply routes used for the Afghanistan war, experts say. ... who served in the State Department during the Obama administration and now is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington.
But when Obama left office eight years later, we still had more than 4,000 U.S. armed troops in Iraq and 12,000 in Afghanistan. President ...
While the U.S. bleeds in a defiant Afghanistan and India in a resurgent ... President Obama, who ordered Osama's assassination, knew that ...
International court seeks probe into possible Afghanistan war crimes ... Taliban and Afghan government forces also may have used torture and ... President Barack Obama banned such practices after taking office in 2009.
Here's what we do know about the state of Afghan security forces: A ... Obama administration “was trying to portray the war in Afghanistan as all ...
The one thing that has always unified the Afghan tribes is their pride in ... But that strategy was tried by President Barack Obama and failed.
Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the ... President Barack Obama traded Taliban prisoners to bring Bergdahl back, ... after he abandoned his remote post near the Afghan town of Mest.


 

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