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Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan Monday night, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war....

Analysis: Trump vows to win the seemingly unwinnable war
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is vowing to win what has seemed to be an unwinnable war....

The Latest: Afghan government applauds Trump speech
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. policy in Afghanistan (all times EDT):...

Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for Foxconn at town hall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will not support a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over his comments following the white supremacist march in Virginia, even though he believes Trump "messed up" by saying "both sides" were to blame for violence and that there were "very fine people" among those marching to protect Confederate statues....

Trump's Afghanistan strategy includes new ultimatum on India
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Laying out his new Afghanistan war strategy, President Donald Trump reissued old demands on neighboring Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries. Less expected: an entirely new warning to close U.S. partner India to provide more economic aid....

On Afghanistan's front lines, US commanders await more men
TACTICAL BASE GAMBERI, Afghanistan (AP) -- Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they need more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. President Donald Trump declared Monday he'd augment troop levels, but wouldn't say by how much....

Mattis: IS militants caught in Iraq-Syria military vise
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Expelled from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, Islamic State militants are now trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said....

Trump watches eclipse from White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump squinted and pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to take in the solar eclipse at the White House....

America's 16 years in Afghanistan: From triumph to stalemate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday outlined his strategy for "victory" in a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions....

Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape
PHOENIX (AP) -- Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when he came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time....

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