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Taliban blindside U.S. forces with surprise Afghan offensive

- The Washington Times

The Taliban are on the verge of dramatically expanding their control over southern and eastern Afghanistan in a surprise offensive that has caught Afghan and U.S. forces off guard and thrown a vexing new wrench into the Trump administration’s strategy for ending the nearly 17-year-old war there.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on "oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Peter Strzok, face of anti-Trump resistance in government, fired from FBI

- The Washington Times

FBI agent Peter Strzok became a face of anti-Trump resistance within the government. It’s now cost him his job. Mr. Strzok confirmed Monday that he had been fired from the FBI, months after an internal watchdog revealed damning text messages he exchanged with paramour and fellow FBI employee Lisa Page vowing to “stop” Donald Trump’s rise to the White House.

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Official: Venezuelan general arrested in assassination plot

Associated Press

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2 Greek soldiers released from Turkish jail return to Greece

- Associated Press

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Duterte: China should temper its behavior in disputed waters

- Associated Press

The Philippine president said Tuesday that China's claim to airspace above newly built islands and surrounding waters in the disputed South China Sea "is wrong" and Beijing should not tell others to leave those areas to avoid possible clashes.

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Mattis: US needs Space Force to counter Russia, China

- Associated Press

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China blasts US military bill as interference in its affairs

- Associated Press

China on Tuesday blasted a U.S. military spending bill that calls for development of plans to help self-ruled Taiwan improve its defenses and warned of possible damage to cooperation in other areas.

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Kurds meet with Syrian government to discuss self-rule

- Associated Press

Representatives from Syria's Kurdish-run northeastern region met with the government in Damascus last week to discuss self-administration in a postwar Syria, a leading Kurdish official said Tuesday.

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UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive

- Associated Press

Police flooded central London streets and cordoned off the city's government district Tuesday, after a speeding car plowed into cyclists and crashed outside Parliament in what authorities were treating as an act of terrorism.

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Activist compares Beijing's rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

Associated Press

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Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

- Associated Press

The Taliban overran a remote base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern city of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush them out of the city's outskirts, officials said.

In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)

Assaults by Taliban raise questions about US plan for peace

- Associated Press

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers.