09 May 2019

Sixth round of Taliban-U.S. peace talks end

The latest round of US-Taliban peace talks, the 6th in total, ended on Thursday after a little over a week. According to a Taliban statesman, the talks were “positive and constructive,” with both sides making “some progress […] on the draft agreement prepared in the last round of talks.” In

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09 May 2019

North Korea launches ‘unidentified’ projectile

Less than a week after North Korean leader Kim Jung-un oversaw a “strike drill” in which various tactical guided weapons were shot into the East Sea, the country carried out another launch, this time of an unidentified projectile, South Korea warned on Thursday. Experts worry that the increasing missile activity

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09 May 2019

Europeans reject “ultimatums” from Iran as it eases nuclear curbs

The European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have rejected a 60 day deadline for limiting the impact of US sanctions on Iran. Earlier this week, Iran said that it is scaling back some of the commitments it made under the deal and threatened to resume enriching high level

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09 May 2019

Taliban Attack Aid Group Office in Kabul, in Setback to U.S. Peace Talks

A week after the start of a new round of US-Taliban peace negotiations, the Taliban attacked the Kabul office of American nonprofit Counterpart International, killing at least 5 people, including 3 employees of American charity CARE, which has an Afghanistan office near the site that was targeted. According to the

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08 May 2019

Mike Pompeo visits Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Growing US-Iran tensions prompted US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to pay a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday in order to talk to the Iraqi government “about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it’s able to adequately protect Americans in their country.” Pompeo also wanted to inform Iraq about

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08 May 2019

Iran rolls back pledges under nuclear pact abandoned by Washington

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani elaborated on his country’s recent announcement that it will scale back some of the commitments it made under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Rouhani stated that Iran will stop selling enriched uranium and heavy water to other countries, as a result of which the

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07 May 2019

Libya’s Haftar urges troops to ‘wipe out’ military opponents

While the United Nations (UN) this weekend called on the fighting parties in Libya to agree to “an extendable one-week humanitarian truce” in the context of Ramadan, which started this week, renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar made it very clear on Sunday that he doesn’t want his Libyan National Army

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07 May 2019

Iran Set to Scale Back Nuclear Commitments as U.S. Tensions Rise

Iran indicated on Monday that it will reduce some of the commitments it made under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to specify the policy changes on Wednesday. However, the country said it is not pulling out of the agreement. Tensions between the US and

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07 May 2019

Pompeo: Russia is “aggressive” in Arctic, China’s work there also needs watching

At a meeting of the Arctic Council, which consists of the United States, Canada, Russia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and representatives of the region’s indigenous populations, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday criticized Russian and Chinese activity in the region. While China doesn’t have any territory in the

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06 May 2019

How to Win America’s Next War

In the face of growing threats from China and Russia, the US can no longer take its military superiority for granted according to Elbridge Colby, the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. In fact, Colby believes that if the US military doesn’t undergo

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