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Why Was ISIS Terror Cell Able to Operate in Spain?

Christopher Dickey, The Daily BeastAlthough not as deadly as they might have been, the terrorist attacks in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon and at a Spanish beach resort in the early hours of Friday appear to be the most extensive coordinated operations claimed by the so-called Islamic State since the carnage in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March 2016. … Read the referenced story here: Why Was ISIS Terror Cell Able to Operate in Spain?

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What Should Trump Do in Afghanistan?

Krishnadev Calamur, The AtlanticPresident Trump and his national-security team are meeting Friday at Camp David, Maryland, to discuss the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. The results of that meeting could have long-term consequences not only for both countries, but also for many regional powers engaged in a new “great game” in Afghanistan. At the heart of the deliberations lies one question: What more can the U.S. do in a country where it has been present for 16 years? … Read the referenced story here: What Should Trump Do in Afghanistan?

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On Afghanistan, Trump Needs to Put America First

Brandon Weichert, Am. GreatnessThe ongoing war in Afghanistan—America’s longest (and most expensive) conflict to date—is a mess and the military has no idea how to clean it up. What began as a simple punitive expedition targeting the terrorists responsible for 9/11 has become an indefinite nation-building exercise … Read the referenced story here: On Afghanistan, Trump Needs to Put America First

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U.S. Can Win Trade War With China, But It Shouldn’t Try

Ian Bremmer, TimePresident Donald Trump was ready to wage war in Asia this week — but not against North Korea and not with conventional weapons. Instead, it was China at risk and of a trade war. The White House had repeatedly warned that the Middle Kingdom’s persistent misbehavior would lead to more U.S. pressure on the superpowers’ trade relationship, and it seemed finally ready to act. Yet China’s cooperation on U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Koreaearlier in August seems to have bought Beijing some time. Instead of announcing retaliatory…

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