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    Trump Outlines New Afghan War Aims

    “We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.” So said President Donald Trump in last night’s address laying out new strategy for America’s longest war. The commander in chief didn’t specify troop numbers, but the Pentagon’s expected to add 4,000 to the 8,000 already in Afghanistan — mainly to train Afghan troops. While he was initially inclined to withdraw, he said terrorists would fill that vacuum. Trump also said he’d pressure Pakistan to eliminate terrorist “safe havens” while continuing Afghan economic aid contingent on controlling government corruption, but stressed there’d be no “blank check.”

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