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82nd Airborne Division soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on May 25, 2014. (U.S. Army)

In Break From Obama, Trump Embedding More U.S. Forces With Afghan Combat Units

Several years after pulling back, American troops will head outside the wire to battle the Taliban and turn up the air war.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on October 23, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Open to Peace Talks With ‘Moderate’ Taliban

The U.S. secretary of state reopened the offer during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

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Book excerpt: ‘The Final Mission of ‘Extortion 17’ in Afghanistan

This chapter documents the never-before-revealed final minutes of Extortion 17’s fateful mission into Afghanistan’s Tangi Valley.

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On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

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Mapped: The Taliban’s Strongholds in Afghanistan

Trump just announced a troop surge. Here’s what he's up against.

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John Walker Lindh, Detainee #001 in the Global War On Terror, Will Go Free In Two Years. What Then?

In leaked correspondence from prison, the ‘American Taliban’ refuses to renounce terrorism, says he wants to move to Ireland.

Afghan security forces personnel are seen at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017.
At least 40 people were killed or wounded on May 31 as a massive blast ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI        (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

The New, Old War in Afghanistan

Sixteen years into a war Washington refuses to walk away from, a new strategy, led by the Pentagon, is about to start the effort anew.

An Afghan security force member stands at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017.
At least 40 people were killed or wounded on May 31 as a massive blast ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI        (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan Blames Pakistan for Planning Deadly Kabul Attack

Afghan intelligence services admit they knew an attack was coming, but blame the government next door for organizing it.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while standing with the U.S. Air Force Falcons football team before presenting them with the Commander-in-Chief trophy, in the Rose Garden at the White House, on May 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

What’s the Point of Donald Trump’s Afghan Surge?

And four other questions the President's team needs to answer before expanding America’s longest war.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - APRIL 24: U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) and U.S. Army General John Nicholson (L), commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters April 24, 2017 in in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mattis is on a regional tour of the Middle East.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images)

Washington Scrambles to Shore Up Faltering Afghan War Effort

Trump heading to Brussels to ask European allies to do more, everywhere, but he might get the cold shoulder

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‘Mission Accomplished’ Will Never Come in Afghanistan

Will the Trump administration put American interests first, or the president’s own obsession with "winning"?

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ISIS Fighters Disguised As Doctors Attack Kabul Hospital, Kill Dozens

A top U.S. military commander called the attack 'an unspeakable crime.'

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