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United States puts more pressure on Pakistan to help with Afghan war


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

A day after President Donald Trump singled out Pakistan for harboring Afghan Taliban insurgents and other militants, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington's relationship with Pakistan would depend on its help against terrorism.

"We are going to be conditioning our support for Pakistan and our relationship with them on them delivering results in this area," Tillerson told reporters.

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The United States Intervention In Afghanistan: Key Developments


US military

Below are developments in the US military presence in Afghanistan, as President Donald Trump unveiled his new strategy for the country and cleared the way to send thousands more US troops there.

Currently 8,400 American soldiers are taking part in NATO's operation in Afghanistan, which comprises a total of 13,000 troops in all. Most of them are charged with overseeing and training Afghan forces.

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Donald Trump to unveil new Afghanistan strategy on August 21 night


Donald Trump

According to a statement by the White House, in the televised speech on Monday at 9:00 p.m. local time, Trump will provide an update on the path forward for America's engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia, Xinhua reported.

Former US President Barack Obama had planned to reduce the current number of 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan to some 5,500 by the end of 2015 and withdraw all troops by the end of 2016 when his presidency came to an end.

However, given the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the Obama administration repeatedly postponed the withdrawal.

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Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Kandahar, Aghanistan


Several casualties are feared in the attack that destroyed at least two NATO vehicles in the outskirts of Kandahar city, said Zia Durrani, spokesman for the Afghan police in the region.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission confirmed the suicide attack in a statement, adding that it was gathering information to assess the situation on ground.

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US reacts to disclosure of secret military bases in Syria


US reacts to disclosure of secret military bases in Syria

Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankin-Galloway said the US Department of Defense is concerned about the disclosure of secret military bases in Syria, which was due to the publication of a map of American positions by the Turkish state news agency.

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80 Killed, Over 350 Injured In Kabul Suicide Car Attack Near Indian Embassy


Kabul Blast

At least 80 people have been killed and over 350 wounded in a suicide car bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter this morning, a few hundred metres from the Indian embassy. The area where the explosion took place is close to the presidential palace and several foreign embassies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condemning the massive attack, tweeted, "India stands with Afghanistan in fighting all types of terrorism. Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated."

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In Angela Merkel's 'Chummy Meeting' With PM Narendra Modi, Reminder Of Ties Beyond US


Donald Trump

President Donald Trump escalated his feud with Berlin on Tuesday, even as Germany's leader and Trump's own spokesman tried to defuse the conflict, which has sent tremors through Washington's core postwar alliances.

Before the presidential tweets began flying early Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed the importance of Germany's ties to the United States. But she pointedly did not back down from earlier comments about Europe's need to rely on itself rather than its friends.

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British PM Theresa May To Cut Short G7 Trip After Manchester Attack


British PM Theresa May

Britain is on its highest terror alert level following Monday's bombing, meaning another attack is thought imminent, and police are searching for the perpetrator's accomplices.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will curtail her trip to the G7 summit in Italy this week following the deadly suicide attack on a Manchester concert, an official said Wednesday.

Britain is on its highest terror alert level following Monday's bombing, meaning another attack is thought imminent, and police are searching for the perpetrator's accomplices.

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Britain 'Furious' Over US Leaks On Manchester Attack


British Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Earlier, US media, also quoting US security sources, identified the assailant as a suicide bomber, well before British authorities confirmed that publicly.

"Furious" British officials scolded their US counterparts on Wednesday following repeated leaks of shared material about the investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd roasted the US Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence branches after the bomber's identity and details of the probe leaked out to US media before British officials felt ready to disclose them.

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France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State


France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State

France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.

The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda.

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