"After 16 years of war in Afghanistan, experts have stopped asking what victory looks like and are beginning to consider the spectrum of possible defeats."
"Years of war, TV spots depicting the struggles of wounded warriors, and curbs on military advertising budgets have left the armed forces with an image problem."
"NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan remains undeterred by Taliban activity as it heads into 2018, officials said."
'The possibility of a military conflict between two NATO allies is unprecedented but, after years of deteriorating relations between Turkey and the United States, not unthinkable."
"... there is one foreign threat against which the Blue Ridge proved utterly defenseless for many years: a 6-foot-3, 350-pound tugboat owner known as 'Fat Leonard.'"
"The war plan relies on raising troop levels from about 11,500 to about 15,000, deploying more air power against militants and moving military advisers back to the front line."
"The recent high-profile bombings in Afghanistan have reignited a debate about the state of the war."
“Washington’s attempt to find a resolution to the Afghan conflict militarily while continuously antagonizing Iran and chastising Pakistan is bound to end in failure.”
“Step by step, we will clean our entire border,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared over the weekend. But the operation has created an international mess.
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"Afghanistan’s dwindling prospects for peace took another downward turn Tuesday when both Afghan officials and Taliban leaders issued sharply bellicose messages."
“Journalists wrongly portrayed the Tet Offensive as a U.S. defeat and never corrected the record.”
"In coming months, the total number of American troops in Afghanistan will grow to an estimated 15,000. Nearly a third of them will have been sent under Trump’s new war strategy."
"Indicators being kept secret include size of Afghan army and police force and number of civilian airstrike casualties."
A new report paints a bleak picture of U.S. efforts to secure Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the United States invaded.
"Ending the conflict with the ELN, most here agree, will most likely prove to be even more of a challenge than ending the one with the FARC was."
Kurd officials say Ankara wants to re-shape the demographics of the borderlands in a bid to establish a “corridor of stability” populated by fewer Kurds, with Sunni Arab refugees taking their place.
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Taliban attacks on two consecutive weekends in Kabul have occurred in the midst of stepped-up efforts by the Trump administration to find a way out of the 16-year-old war.
"Erdogan is now claiming that Afrin and surrounding towns are majority Arab, although reliable local sources indicate a significant Kurdish majority."
"The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the location and movements of subscribers."
"Now, some of those fighting alongside the Kurds are vowing to fight against Turkey."
A defiant Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that he’s prepared to risk confrontation with the United States.
"Turkey’s assault against Kurdish militants in Syria has exposed the limitations of the Trump administration’s new Syria policy."