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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.

FILE - In this March 1, 2017 file photo, an Iraqi soldier inspects a recently-discovered train tunnel, adorned with an Islamic State group flag, that belonged to the former Baghdad to Mosul line, that was turned it to a training camp for IS fighters, in western Mosul, Iraq. Some 40 square kilometers on the western bank of the Tigris River is the Islamic State group’s last major stand in Iraq. In addition to Mosul’s so-called right bank, IS still controls a handful of small pockets of Iraqi territory and a swath of Syria’s north including the group’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Pentagon Report: Islamic State Degraded in Afghanistan After MOAB Drops

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has declined “in size, capability, and ability to hold territory” since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who allowed the U.S. military to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on the jihadist group, reports the Pentagon.

TOPSHOT - Afghan security forces and residents stand near the crater left by a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital and shattering windows hundreds of metres away. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan Blames Haqqani Network, Pakistan for Kabul Massacre

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the intelligence agency in Afghanistan, accused Pakistan, considered a willing terrorist safe haven, and the Haqqani Network, a terrorist group affiliated with allies al-Qaeda and the Taliban, of being behind the recent carnage in Kabul.

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