While the ultimate objective still remains political reconciliation in Afghanistan, the route by which the parties get there will be vastly different under the Trump administration.
This position assumes significance given that under the new Trump policy the US wants India to contribute more in the war-torn nation.
US troops supporting Kurdish and Sunni Arab fighters battling ISIS in Syria have been wrestling with how to respond to hostile actions by Iranian-backed forces.
While no action has been confirmed, comments made by the officials suggest an increase of troops by about 3000-5000 in the region.
In a clear articulation of a new Afghan policy, James Mattis and Rex Tillerson have virtually ruled out any political settlement with the Taliban.
Aya Hijazi, detained on charges of human trafficking, works with street children and was acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others.
Despite the military and neoconservatives sharing hostility toward certain states, they don’t always see eye to eye, especially in terms of garnering multilateral support.
Tehran has kept up its part in the deal to rein in its nuclear programme but there are still concerns that it is sponsoring militant activity and terrorism.
Men of violence are in command in the US and now call the shots in the world’s major ‘trouble spots,’ with diplomacy slowly slipping out of sight.
Trump made no mention of one of the main sources of European concern, his friendly overtures during the campaign toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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James Mattis said Russia, China and Islamist militants were presenting the biggest challenge to the US-led world order since the Second World War.
Retired General James Mattis was meant to testify regarding a congressional waiver he needs to be able to take over as defence secretary.
Jeff Sessions has said he would oppose a ban on Muslims entering the US and would enforce a law against waterboarding.
Obama’s administration has decided to include a massive report on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in his presidential papers, meaning it may eventually be declassified.
Trump continues to build his cabinet as he prepares to take office on January 20.
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter Carter is in Japan to try to soothe anxieties caused by the victory of Trump, who has called for allies to pay more to sustain US forces or face their possible withdrawal.
“We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with,” Trump said.
In the aftermath of the Raymond Davis and bin Laden affairs, General James Mattis was key in maintaining ties with top Pakistani military leadership.