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Gen. Milley says Taliban appear to have ‘strategic momentum’

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"This is going to be a test now of the will and leadership of the Afghan people — the Afghan security forces and the government of Afghanistan," Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentago...

Afghan interpreter for US Army was beheaded by Taliban. Others fear they will be hunted down too

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Kabul, Afghanistan Sohail Pardis was driving from his home in Afghanistan's capital Kabul to nearby Khost province to pick up his sister for the upcoming Eid holiday celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan. It was s...

Gen. David Petraeus says the ‘Taliban has the momentum’ in Afghanistan

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GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: I don’t know about soon [that the Taliban will be in control], Brian, but I’m very worried about the trends right now, the trajectory that this is all headed. The Taliban has the momentum. In fac...

US general vows to continue airstrikes supporting Afghan troops fighting Taliban

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The US will continue airstrikes in support of Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, a top US general said Sunday. Violence has surged across the country in recent months after the Taliban launched a sweeping assault ...

Chinese officials and Taliban meet in Tianjin as US exists Afghanistan

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China's Foreign Minister met with senior leaders of the Taliban in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Wednesday in the latest sign of warming ties between Beijing and the resurgent Islamist group. During a meet...

Comedian John Oliver slams Biden’s ‘inexcusable’ lack of plan to save Afghan translators from Taliban

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On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," the HBO host took aim at the process for former translators to apply for a visa and wait for approval that has only saved "a tiny percentage of people in the pipeline," seemingly plac...

Rep. Waltz slams Biden for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan while Navy veteran remains Taliban hostage

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Waltz, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and is a Green Beret veteran of the war in Afghanistan, stressed that he's growing more concerned about Frerichs being left behind as the U.S. moves to wit...

Afghan translators, families fear Taliban takeover as they try escaping to US

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Since 2012, Hazeen has worked with Americans as a translator as they interrogated high-value terror suspects including members of the Taliban.   "I believe that as soon they are here, they will chase people like me w...

US ‘not ready to throw in the towel’ on Afghan talks even as Taliban violence grows

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The Biden administration has continued to back negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban, insisting the latter is still invested in the political process and political success is still possible, eve...

Taliban capture first Afghan provincial capital as US, NATO forces withdraw, report says

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The group has posted images on social media showing insurgents inside the local airport and posing for photographs at the entrance to the city, according to the Associated Press. Nimroz is sparsely populated in a reg...

Taliban seizes Kunduz, first major Afghan city to fall in vacuum left by US troop withdrawal

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The Taliban has seized control of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, local officials told CNN on Sunday. It is the first major city to fall to the insurgent group since they began their offensive in May, and marks a bi...

Taliban capture third Afghanistan capital in as many days

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Taliban insurgents seized the city of Kunduz in Northern Afghanistan on Sunday. Kunduz is the third provincial capital to fall to the Taliban in three days, but it is the first major city taken since the Taliban star...

Taliban takes another Afghan provincial capital as American, NATO forces finalize pullout

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The militants have ramped up their push across much of Afghanistan, turning their guns on provincial capitals after taking large swaths of land in the mostly rural countryside. At the same time, they have been waging...

Taliban capture 6 Afghan cities, in areas where US airstrikes are rare

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In just 48 hours, the Taliban captured six provincial capitals in northern and western Afghanistan.  With Bagram Air Base closed, the U.S. military is now forced to fly drones, B-52 bombers and AC-130 gunships from b...

US peace envoy warns Taliban to ‘stop their military offensive’ in Afghanistan

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The U.S. State Department said Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy, was in Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office, to "help formulate a joint international response to the rapidly deteriorating situa...

As the Taliban gains ground in Afghanistan, this is Biden’s cold-eyed judgment of American interests

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This story was excerpted from the August 12 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Click here to read past editions and subscribe. At the end of the movie "Charl...