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Pakistan Reacts to Afghan Strategy: ‘We Must Reject Being Made Scapegoats’

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan gestures during a news conference regarding the dismissal of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, July 28, 2017. Opposition lawmakers, who petitioned the court for disqualification of Sharif, welcomed the court decision, saying it was a victory for justice. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
Afghanistan and India have welcomed the Afghan war strategy recently unveiled by the U.S. president, but Pakistan came out on the defensive, rebuking Donald Trump for admonishing Islamabad over its affiliation with jihadist organizations.

Trump’s Afghan Speech Ignored Record Opium Profits Funding Taliban

Afghanistan, Chaparh?r : An Afghan farmer harvests opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province on April 19, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Oiffce on Drugs and Crime. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA
U.S. President Donald Trump, while announcing on Monday his new strategy for dealing with the nearly 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, failed to explicitly address the historic levels of opium production there, a lucrative source of funding for the Taliban, the country's leading terrorist organization.

Report: U.S. Wasted $160 Million to Improve Afghanistan’s Corrupt Customs Payment System


The United States government has invested more than $160 million since 2009 on a failed program to combat the endemic corruption that continues to plague one of the largest revenue sources for the Afghan government, the cash-based system to collect customs duties on goods entering Afghanistan, reveals a U.S. watchdog agency.

Erik Prince: Trump Will ‘Roll Over and Accept Same Failed’ Strategy on Afghanistan

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster blocked Blackwater founder Erik Prince from debating the merits of his private security proposal at the recent high-level Afghanistan war strategy meeting at Camp David, the former Navy SEAL confirms to Breitbart News. While McMaster and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis have been advocating for increasing the American military presence in Afghanistan, Prince has proposed using a private army of about 5,500 troops, backed by nearly 2,000 U.S. service members, to end the nearly 16-year-old war. On Monday night, President Trump is expected to unveil his “new” Afghanistan war strategy, which the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) chief suggested will likely involve taking a page from the previous administration’s playbook — beefing up the estimated 8,400 American troops already in the war-ravaged country. “Sadly, I anticipate [President Trump] to roll over and accept the same failed DOD paradigm of the last 16 years,” Prince told Breitbart News, alluding to the president’s announcement on the ongoing war in Afghanistan, which started in October 2001. “As interested in diversity as the Pentagon claims to be, they aren’t interested in diversity of opinions on how to end their longest war,” he added, suggesting that the

Mike Allen: Trump’s Afghan Plan ‘Will Have the U.S. Not Winning, but Not Losing’


U.S. President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan war plan is expected to include an increase in the number of American troops fighting terrorists in the country, prompting some analysts to suggest the “new strategy” is only an extension of the failed status quo.

Mattis: Trump Adopts Afghan War Strategy

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L), and General Ngo Xuan Lich, Minister of National Defense of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, listen to their respective National Anthems during arrival ceremonies at the Pentagon August 8, 2017, 2017, in Washington, DC. PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP
U.S. President Donald Trump has adopted a new strategy to deal with the nearly 16-year-old war in Afghanistan following a “sufficiently rigorous" process, declares Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

State Department Confirms It Welcomed Visit from Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Group

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had held several hours of talks the day earlier with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, hoping to smooth out the two countries' ties
The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) affiliated group, did meet with “working level officials” at the U.S. State Department, an administration official confirmed to Breitbart News.

Defector: Christianity Thrives in North Korea as Citizens ‘No Longer Respect’ Kim Jong-Un

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 30, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a test-fire of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. / (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Christianity is spreading in North Korea as fewer citizens in the hermit state consider dictator Kim Jong-Un a god, the Telegraph has learned from an anonymous defector.

Erik Prince: Trump Considering My Proposal for Afghanistan War

Blackwater founder Erik Prince, seen here during 2007 testimony in Congress, is back with a plan to replace US troops in Afghanistan with private contractors
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a plan drawn up by former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince to hire a private army to end the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Breitbart News has confirmed.

Christian Leaders Welcome Support from Trump, Congress to Rebuild Homeland in Iraq


WASHINGTON – A proposed piece of U.S. legislation that places a clear priority on helping Christians and other victims of Islamic State-perpetrated genocide in the Middle East may be able to help President Donald Trump's administration keep its promise to help persecuted minority groups in Iraq and Syria.

Mattis: Withdrawal, Private Contractors ‘Being Considered’ as Options for Afghanistan

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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has indicated that the United States is considering various options for dealing with the war in Afghanistan, including increasing the American military footprint by thousands of forces, the complete withdrawal of troops, and using private contractors.

Two U.S. Troops Dead, Five Injured During ‘Combat Operations’ in Iraq

TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces deploy on October 17, 2016 in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Some 30,000 federal forces are leading the offensive, backed by air and ground support from a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault on IS's last major Iraqi stronghold. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S. military has ruled out enemy contact as the cause of the recent deaths of two American service members and injury of five others while they were participating in the U.S.-led offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq Sunday.

‘It’s Now or Never’: Iraqi Christians Fill Pews in Burned Down Churches After Islamic State


Hope has returned to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world as they struggle to bring life again to their historical homeland in northern Iraq, where they suffered a genocide campaign at the hands of the now crumbling Islamic State.

Report: China Sentences Uyghur Scholar to 10 Years in Prison for ‘Illegal Religious Activity’

This picture taken on June 26, 2017 shows police patrolling as Muslims leave the Id Kah Mosque after the morning prayer on Eid al-Fitr in the old town of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. The increasingly strict curbs imposed on the mostly Muslim Uighur population have stifled life in the tense Xinjiang region, where beards are partially banned and no one is allowed to pray in public. Beijing says the restrictions and heavy police presence seek to control the spread of Islamic extremism and separatist movements, but analysts warn that Xinjiang is becoming an open air prison. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE / TO GO WITH China-religion-politics, FOCUS by Ben Dooley (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Communist state authorities in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, the largest province in China, have sentenced a distinguished theological scholar to ten years in prison for “illegal religious activity,” reports Radio Free Asia (RFA), citing local sources.

Trump: Iran Not ‘Living Up to’ Nuclear Deal

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Iran is not abiding by its commitments under the controversial nuclear deal struck by the former U.S. commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump stressed Thursday.

Report: U.S. to Deploy ‘Dozens’ More Marines to Afghanistan’s Taliban Stronghold

US Marines and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers carry flags during a handover ceremony at Leatherneck Camp in Lashkar Gah in the Afghan province of Helmand on April 29, 2017. US Marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand April 29, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban. The deployment of some 300 Marines to the poppy-growing southern province came one day after the militants announced the launch of their 'spring offensive', and as the Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S. is reportedly deploying dozens of additional Marines to join an estimated 300 others in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, an opium-rich Taliban hotspot located along the Pakistan border.

Report: Iranian Commanders Fighting Alongside Taliban Inside Afghanistan


The influence of state sponsor of terrorism Iran is growing in Afghanistan, where mutual disdain towards the United States has brought together the Shiite Islamic Republic and the Sunni Taliban, two unlikely bedfellows.

Turkey Arrests Soldiers Accused of Beating Syrian Refugees


A video purportedly showing heinous beatings and inhumane treatment of Syrian refugees by Turkish troops has prompted authorities in the country to arrest the service members.

Turkey Arrests Soldiers Accused of Beating Syrian Refugees


A video purportedly showing heinous beatings and inhumane treatment of Syrian refugees by Turkish troops has prompted authorities in the country to arrest the service members.

State Dept. Requests Funds for Office to Close Gitmo

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) Razor wire and a guard tower stands at a closed section of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, also known as 'Gitmo' on October 22, 2016 at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. military's Joint Task Force Guantanamo is holding 60 detainees at the prison, down from a previous total of 780. In 2008 President Obama issued an executive order to close the prison, which has failed because of political opposition in the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump’s State Department has requested $1.2 million to operate the now vacant office of the agency’s special envoy for shutting down the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, despite the commander-in-chiefs campaign promise to keep the facility running.

Syria: U.S. Warns of ‘Grave’ Consequences If Al-Qaeda Allowed to Control Idlib

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Syrian jihadists affiliated with an al-Qaeda offshoot have captured the rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, placing the future of northern Syria “in big danger,” warns the U.S. State Department.

MS-13 Primarily Victimizing Other Latinos, Say Law Enforcement


The ongoing crackdown on the brutal Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang at the hands of President Donald Trump’s White House will likely benefit the Latino community in the United States by keeping them safe from the villainous group--which has mostly plagued other Hispanics--suggest local and federal law enforcement officials.

Iran: Soldiers Gloat About Murdering Americans as Trump Reluctantly Recertifies Nuclear Deal


Troops from state sponsor of terrorism Iran has bragged about killing hundreds of Americans as U.S. President Donald Trump begrudgingly re-certified the controversial nuclear accord struck by his predecessor.

White House on Opioids: U.S. ‘Enduring a Death Toll Equal to’ 9/11 ‘Every 3 Weeks’

NEW LONDON, CT - MARCH 23: A heroin user prepares to inject himself on March 23, 2016 in New London, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented heroin and opioid pain pill epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed nationwide, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency in response to the nearly 142 Americans killed each day by the opioid crisis gripping the United States, a bipartisan White House panel has found.

White House on Opioids: U.S. ‘Enduring a Death Toll Equal to’ 9/11 ‘Every 3 Weeks’

NEW LONDON, CT - MARCH 23: A heroin user prepares to inject himself on March 23, 2016 in New London, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented heroin and opioid pain pill epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed nationwide, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency in response to the nearly 142 Americans killed each day by the opioid crisis gripping the United States, a bipartisan White House panel has found.

Gorka on Developing Afghan Strategy: ‘We Want to Start from Scratch’


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American people should expect President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan war strategy to primarily address why the United States remains engaged in the nearly 16-year-old war, Breitbart News has learned from the White House.

Chief Afghan War Auditor: Wasteful Spending and Fraud ‘Kills’


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wasteful spending and fraud involving the billions in American taxpayer funds devoted to the nearly 16-year-old war in Afghanistan can be fatal, warned the chief of the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency.

EXCLUSIVE: Gorka: Trump Admin ‘Have Had Enough’ with ‘Stale’ National Security Thinking

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House hopes to unveil a new national security strategy (NSS) this year projected to embrace a middle of the road approach between GOP interventionist and isolationist attitudes, rejecting “stale ways of thinking,” a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump tells Breitbart News.

EXCLUSIVE: Gorka: Trump Admin ‘Have Had Enough’ with ‘Stale’ National Security Thinking

Sebastian Gorka
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House hopes to unveil a new national security strategy (NSS) this year projected to embrace a middle of the road approach between GOP interventionist and isolationist attitudes, rejecting “stale ways of thinking,” a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump tells Breitbart News.

EXCLUSIVE: Top U.S. Watchdog: ‘We’re Drowning Afghans in Money’


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hanging from John Sopko's office in a building outside the Pentagon is a plaque that states, “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Report: Trump Admin Looking to Tap into Afghanistan’s Vast Mineral Wealth

PANJSHIR, AFGHANISTAN - JULY 14: An Afghan miner works in a makeshift emerald mine in The Panjshir Valley on July 14, 2010. Reports sugest that Afghanistan is sitting on significant deposits of oil, gas, Copper, iron, gold and coal as well as a range of precious gems like emeralds and rubies. Currently these minerals are largely untapped and are still being mapped. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly expressed interest in harnessing Afghanistan's mineral resources valued in 2010 by the Pentagon at about $1 trillion.

Watchdog on U.S. Taxpayer Waste in Afghanistan: ‘All I Can Say Is It’s Too Much’

Afghan army soldiers patrol in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
American taxpayer money has been mismanaged in Afghanistan to such an extent that it is nearly impossible to determine what percentage of the nearly $117 billion that the United States has spent on reconstruction efforts can be written off as waste, fraud, and abuse, a U.S. watchdog agency indicated.

Afghan Government Spokesman: Reports Say Russia Is ‘Arming the Taliban’

Russia has officially provided military hardware for Afghan forces, but simultaneously propped up the Taliban with arms, official and insurgent sources say
Russia appears to have provided their former enemy the Afghan Taliban with "improved weaponry" as U.S. and Afghan officials have suggested, video footage obtained by CNN purportedly shows.

Unimpressed Trump Sends Pentagon Back to the Drawing Board on Afghanistan


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Donald Trump, unimpressed by the Afghanistan war options presented to him during a White House meeting with his full national security team Wednesday, suggested they may have to go back to the drawing board to craft a strategy that does not mirror the failed ones employed by his predecessors, said an administration official.

No Latin American Country Has Branded Hezbollah a Terror Group Despite Ties to Major Attacks

Report: Iran’s Terror Proxy Hezbollah Registers as Political Party in Peru
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Latin American countries have failed to register Iranian proxy Hezbollah as a terrorist organization despite the threat it poses to the region, a Peruvian official revealed during a discussion on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Military: Afghanistan Airstrikes in 2017 Already Exceed Last Two Years


President Donald Trump’s administration has ramped up the American air war in Afghanistan, dropping 1,634 bombs on terrorists so far this year, a figure that represents an increase of more than 65 percent from the 545 airstrikes launched during the same period in 2016, military data shows.

Report: U.S. Bans Prompt American Allies to Buy Military Drones from China to Spy, Kill

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China is filling the void left by U.S. restrictions on selling powerful military drones to most countries, including American allies like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt and foes such as North Korea, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has learned.

Turkey’s Failed Coup One Year Later: 24 Governors, 169 Generals, 50,000 Total Arrested

Police officers escort people, arrested because of suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, in Kayseri, Turkey, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Police launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining hundreds of people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The suspects are allegedly Gulen operatives who directed followers within the police force. (Olay Duzgun/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
The administration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken legal action against 169,013 people in the wake of the failed coup attempt a year ago, a figure that includes 50,010 individuals arrested, announced the country’s Ministry of Justice.

NGO Monitor Says U.S.-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Largely Holding – For Now

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin
A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Friday prompted the United States, Russia, and Jordan to broker a ceasefire in Syria that has largely held, according to a group that uses ground sources to monitor the conflict.

NGO Monitor Says U.S.-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Largely Holding – For Now

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin
A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Friday prompted the United States, Russia, and Jordan to broker a ceasefire in Syria that has largely held, according to a group that uses ground sources to monitor the conflict.
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