In Tangled Afghan War, a Thin Line of Defense Against ISIS

The Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan has survived intense pressure from American airstrikes and raids by United States and Afghan forces.

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A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt in Afghanistan

The assignment heralds a shift for the agency, which once viewed such a mission as risky and a drain on resources.

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Fallen Troops’ Families Tell of Meeting Presidents: Sympathy and Sometimes Discomfort

President Trump’s condolence call to the widow of a slain soldier was outside the usual range of encounters with presidents, wounded service members and families of those killed said.

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Digging In for Next Decade, U.S. Expands Kabul Security Zone

The remaking of the Afghan capital almost triples the footprint of a fortresslike Green Zone to take in nearly all ministries and Western compounds.

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What an Afghan Victory Looks Like Under the Trump Plan

The mantra has long been that peace is the only solution in Afghanistan. But the Taliban, more tenacious after 16 years, is showing no interest.

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Trump Sets U.S. Strategy for Afghan War

The president embraced deepened American involvement in a nearly 16-year-old war, but he did not say how many troops would be committed or how he would judge success.

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Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In

The president, who had called for American withdrawal from Afghanistan before he took office, in the end accepted a “big military” approach as the only viable option.

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Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels

President Trump will offer “a path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia” in a speech on Monday that is likely to include increasing the American military presence there.

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