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Israel Demands for U.S. Base Are a Hitch in Trump’s Syria Plans

Israel Demands for U.S. Base Are a Hitch in Trump’s Syria PlansThe American base at Al-Tanf, originally established as a southern foothold against Islamic State and a training ground for Syrian rebels, has become one of the main obstacles to the president’s plan to leave. Israeli and some U.S. officials argue that a continued American presence there is critical to interrupting Iran’s supply lines into Lebanon, where Hezbollah — Iran’s proxy and Israel’s enemy — has been building up its arsenal.



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Taliban attack on Afghan military base kills more than 100

Taliban attack on Afghan military base kills more than 100Taliban attackers killed more than 100 Afghan security personnel when they detonated a car bomb in a training base and then stormed inside. The deadly attack on an intelligence training centre came amid American fears that the beleaguered Afghan forces are suffering unsustainable casualties against the Taliban. A captured, American-made armoured vehicle loaded with explosives was rammed through a checkpoint at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) training base in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Maidan Wardak province. A senior defence official told Reuters that after the vehicle detonated in the campus, two gunmen had entered and shot dead many Afghans in the wake of the huge explosion. "We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre, eight special commandoes are among the dead," said the official. Another official put the NDS death toll at more than 100. An Afghan policeman keeps watch at a checkpoint on the Ghazni highway, in Maidan Shar (file photo) Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail Last month, the Pentagon’s pick for the next commander of U.S. Central Command said the Afghan's high casualty rate was unsustainable. Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie said: “Their losses have been very high. They are fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct this problem.” Ashraf Ghani, last year said Afghanistan had lost 28,000 soldiers and police killed since 2015. Sharif Hotak, a member of the Wardak provincial council in Maidan Wardak, said he saw bodies of 35 Afghan personnel in the hospital after the attack. "Many more were killed. Several bodies were transported to Kabul city and many injured were transferred to hospitals in Kabul," said Hotak, adding that "the government was hiding the accurate casualty figures to prevent a further dip in morale of the Afghan forces." Two senior officials in the interior ministry said the exact casualty figures was not being disclosed to prevent unrest within the armed forces. Lindsey Graham, the senior US Republican senator, said during a visit to Islamabad earlier this week that the Afghan forces still needed American help. “ Those who want the Afghans to fight and be in the front of the fight, they are,” he said. “ To those who believe they should do more and America should do less, that's coming true. One thing I can tell President Trump and the American people is that we are still needed. It is in our interests to see this through.”



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United Airlines passengers stranded over 15 hours at frigid Canadian military base

United Airlines passengers stranded over 15 hours at frigid Canadian military baseUnited Flight 179 passengers leaving New Jersey were stranded for nearly a day in Canada and then sent back to Newark Liberty International Airport.



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At least 8 Somali soldiers killed in attack on army base

At least 8 Somali soldiers killed in attack on army baseAt least eight Somali soldiers were killed when the Al-Shabaab jihadist group overran their military camp on the outskirts of the town of Kismayo early Saturday, military officials and local elders said. According to the sources, heavily-armed Shabaab militants launched a dawn raid on the military camp, followed by a heavy exchange of gunfire which lasted hours. “The terrorists attacked Bulogagdud military base using heavy weaponry and explosives.



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Trump travels to Delaware base to honor four Americans killed in Syria

Trump travels to Delaware base to honor four Americans killed in SyriaU.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. The Dover base is a traditional hub for returning the remains of American troops abroad.



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George H.W. Bush's body arrives at Joint Base Andrews

George H.W. Bush's body arrives at Joint Base AndrewsThe nation celebrates the former president's legacy.



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The Latest: Afghan president condemns attack on army base

The Latest: Afghan president condemns attack on army baseKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan (all times local):



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Taliban attack Afghan army base, killing 17 soldiers

Taliban attack Afghan army base, killing 17 soldiersKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have attacked an army base in western Afghanistan, killing 17 Afghan soldiers and abducting 11 others, officials said Sunday.



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Rep. Paul Ryan Says GOP Base 'Activated' By Fight Over Brett Kavanaugh

Rep. Paul Ryan Says GOP Base 'Activated' By Fight Over Brett KavanaughHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday said he believed the Republican



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At U.S. Marine base, families plead for housing help after Florence

At U.S. Marine base, families plead for housing help after FlorenceSome, like Jennifer Maher, said they feel unsafe in their Camp Lejeune homes but were told they will not be moved because assessment crews determined their houses are habitable. Another 267 suffered sustained damage but were habitable.



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