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Afghanistan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians, injure 6 in northern province of Kunduz, say witnesses
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Afghanistan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians, injure 6 in northern province of Kunduz, say witnesses

The Afghan defence ministry claimed the airstrikes killed 30 Taliban fighters, but added an investigation was being held into claims that civilians were among the dead

As India faces beligerant China, joining military alliance will be realpolitik realism, not sovereign surrender
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As India faces beligerant China, joining military alliance will be realpolitik realism, not sovereign surrender

History suggests that the ‘military alliances’ can make deterrence more effective by increasing the stakes substantially, that are otherwise not possible for a ‘non-aligned’ and effectively, stand-alone nations

Donald Trump versus Vladimir Putin: A COVID-19 vaccine manhood contest
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Donald Trump versus Vladimir Putin: A COVID-19 vaccine manhood contest

The vaccine race comes at a time when Washington is already engaging in a new debate over how to recalibrate relations between the two powers after the election

Afghan military retakes control of Jalalabad prison from Islamic State militants; 29 dead, 50 injured
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Afghan military retakes control of Jalalabad prison from Islamic State militants; 29 dead, 50 injured

Following a battle that started on Sunday and continued till Monday afternoon, Afghan security forces seized a prison which is holding hundreds of Islamic State militants

Donald Trump has a fresh Russia problem: Unread intelligence and a missing strategy
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Donald Trump has a fresh Russia problem: Unread intelligence and a missing strategy

US lawmakers on Tuesday emerged from closed briefings to challenge why Donald Trump and his advisors failed to recognise the seriousness of the intelligence assessment.

Russia secretly offered Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan, intelligence officials say
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Russia secretly offered Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan, intelligence officials say

Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.

John Bolton's book says Donald Trump's offenses went beyond Ukraine; claims US president begged for China's help in re-election
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John Bolton's book says Donald Trump's offenses went beyond Ukraine; claims US president begged for China's help in re-election

In his new book, John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, describes instances when the president sought to halt criminal inquiries. He also says President Trump’s loyalists mocked him behind his back.

Afghanistan War enters new stage as US military prepares to exit, bring down curtain on 18-year conflict
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Afghanistan War enters new stage as US military prepares to exit, bring down curtain on 18-year conflict

The signing of a deal Saturday in Doha, Qatar, to start withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan may not immediately stop the fighting, but it will at least usher in a new era in the 18-year war

33 Turkish soldiers killed, 32 wounded in air strike by Syrian govt forces in Idlib region; Ankara warns of full-scale offensive
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33 Turkish soldiers killed, 32 wounded in air strike by Syrian govt forces in Idlib region; Ankara warns of full-scale offensive

Turkey has sent thousands of troops into Syria and Erdogan has warned that Turkey would launch a full-scale offensive to repel Syrian forces

29 Turkish soldiers killed in airstrike by Syrian forces in Idlib; offence marks escalation in direct conflict between both countries
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29 Turkish soldiers killed in airstrike by Syrian forces in Idlib; offence marks escalation in direct conflict between both countries

An airstrike by Syrian government forces killed 29 Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, a Turkish official said Friday, marking the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016.

Ahead of Donald Trump's visit, a look at how US emerged as one of India's most important military partners
India

Ahead of Donald Trump's visit, a look at how US emerged as one of India's most important military partners

As Donald Trump lands in India on Monday, both Indians and Americans would be well-advised to once again revisit the long road the defence relationship their two countries have traversed over the years by way of inspiration.

Donald Trump boasts about Iranian general Qassem Soleimani's death as 'American justice' in first 2020 election rally in Ohio
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Donald Trump boasts about Iranian general Qassem Soleimani's death as 'American justice' in first 2020 election rally in Ohio

Donald Trump used his first campaign election rally of 2020 to argue that he served up 'American justice' by ordering a drone strike to take out Iranian General Qassem Soleimani while jeering Democratic leaders for questioning his decision to carry out the attack without first consulting Congress.

Fact Check: Donald Trump's speech contained several inaccurate statements about conflict with Iran
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Fact Check: Donald Trump's speech contained several inaccurate statements about conflict with Iran

President Donald Trump, responding during a White House address on Wednesday to the missile strikes by Iran, assailed the nuclear agreement reached by his predecessor and praised American military might. The 10-minute address contained numerous inaccuracies and claims that lacked evidence

Donald Trump's mixed messages on Iran reflect muddled foreign policy, serve to unsettle rather than reassure
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Donald Trump's mixed messages on Iran reflect muddled foreign policy, serve to unsettle rather than reassure

President Donald Trump opened a small window for diplomacy with Iran on Wednesday but combined his words with bald threats that made it hard to see how the two countries could break out of their cycle of confrontation and revenge

Donald Trump says Kim Jong-un risks losing 'everything' after North Korea claims to have carried out 'very important test'
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Donald Trump says Kim Jong-un risks losing 'everything' after North Korea claims to have carried out 'very important test'

Donald Trump said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing 'everything' if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearise after the North said it had carried out a 'successful test of great significance'

North Korea carries out 'very important test' at its rocket launch site, says move will affect country's strategic position
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North Korea carries out 'very important test' at its rocket launch site, says move will affect country's strategic position

North Korea said Sunday it carried out a 'very important test' at its long-range rocket launch site that will have a key effect on the country's strategic position.

'Are you ready?': Nancy Pelosi approves drafting of articles of impeachment against Donald Trump after meet with Democrats
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'Are you ready?': Nancy Pelosi approves drafting of articles of impeachment against Donald Trump after meet with Democrats

On Wednesday, Pelosi met behind closed doors with her Democratic caucus, asking, "Äre you ready?" The answer was a resounding yes, according to those in the room.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in calls for Chinese role in denuclearising Korean peninsula, ending stand-off with North
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South Korea's Moon Jae-in calls for Chinese role in denuclearising Korean peninsula, ending stand-off with North

South Korean president Moon Jae-in said Thursday the global diplomatic push to defuse the nuclear stand-off with North Korea is at a 'critical crossroads' and has called for China to continue serving a 'positive role' in denuclearising the Korean Peninsula and stabilising peace