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Operation Enduring Freedom: A look back in photos

With the curtain coming down on combat operations, Stars and Stripes is looking back at the U.S. troops who have fought in the war, what they encountered, and how they coped. We present three photo galleries featuring the work of our photographers and reporters who have covered the war in Afghanistan.

 

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Escalating conflict along Pakistan-Afghan border threats peace talks

An escalating border conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan is threatening to undermine their cooperation on terrorism and peace talks with the Taliban as the Trump administration begins weighing its options to spur progress on both fronts.


 

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Deals between Afghan army, Taliban spur doubts on US aid under Trump

As the Taliban and Islamic State ramp up their insurgencies against the government of President Ashraf Ghani, new revelations of corruption and double dealing have put into doubt the effectiveness of the $69 billion the U.S. has spent training Afghanistan's army, with calls mounting for President Donald Trump to review the 15-year war in Afghanistan.


Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities.

 

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Dunford: Counter-Islamic State plan will have global scope

A Pentagon-led review of strategy to defeat the Islamic State group will present President Donald Trump with options not just to speed up action against IS but also to counter al-Qaida and other extremist groups beyond Iraq and Syria, the nation's top military officer said Thursday.


McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain says he traveled to northern Syria last week to discuss with the U.S. forces stationed there plans for defeating the Islamic State extremist group and pushing the militants out of their self-declared caliphate in Raqqa.


Afghan official says bomb blast killed 3 in eastern province

A motorcycle bomb went off at a busy market in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three people, while a Taliban ambush targeting a military convoy in the country's northeast killed four civilians, officials said.


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Iraqi suicide bomber was former Gitmo detainee

A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.


Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissures

An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for his deadly shooting of a Palestinian attacker who lay wounded on the ground, capping a nearly yearlong saga that has deeply divided the country.


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National security adviser choice McMaster battle-tested in Iraq

President Donald Trump’s choice for his national security adviser is a battle-tested Army general whose leadership in dealing with insurgents in Tal Afar, Iraq, in 2005 made him a leading U.S. strategist.


ANALYSIS

Escalating conflict along Pakistan-Afghan border threats peace talks

An escalating border conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan is threatening to undermine their cooperation on terrorism and peace talks with the Taliban as the Trump administration begins weighing its options to spur progress on both fronts.


Suicide bombers kill 6 outside court in northwest Pakistan

A group of suicide bombers with grenades and assault rifles struck outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing six people in an attack claimed by a Taliban splinter group.


Pakistan says airstrikes have killed 'dozens' of militants

Pakistani airstrikes killed "dozens" of militants on Monday in a tribal region along the Afghan border, the military said.


Mattis to decide soon on troop levels in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits.


Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack

Two Pakistani officials say a second key Chaman border crossing into Afghanistan has been closed, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country.


Analysis

Pakistan cracks down on militants after Islamic State attacks shrine

A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday.


Afghan official: Islamic State kills 17 Afghan army soldiers in east

The Islamic State group launched an attack on Afghan security posts killing 17 soldiers, an Afghan official said Friday.


Taliban attack kills 5 police officers in east, Afghan official says

An Afghan provincial official says the Taliban have stormed several Afghan security posts in eastern Kunar province, killing five police officers.


Thornberry: US unlikely to send large ground force to Syria

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday that he doubts the United States will send a large-scale ground force to fight in the Syrian war after reports the Pentagon might consider the option.



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