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October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015



Quote of the Day

“Afghan forces are still not as strong as they need to be,”

-said President Barack Obama

The Obama Admin. will keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through next year, and 5,500 will stay when he leaves office in 2017. He had planned to end the war next year. The prospects of leaving Afghanistan with a safe sovereign government in place have been bleak since the late 2000s, but now it looks like the government has no chance at all against the Taliban without American help. In recent weeks the Taliban took control of two Afghan provincial capitals. With US help, the Afghan military retook control of one, Kunduz. Read Mas
US trying to find diplomatic way to limit Pakistan’s nuclear program
Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear weapons program in the world. Because of the government’s instability and intimate ties to militant Islamist groups, Pakistan’s nukes are one of the biggest security threats in the world. In exchange for meeting the US’ requests, some of the international restrictions from the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which tries to prevent proliferation by controlling the supply of nuclear materials, against Pakistan would be eased. Experts are pessimistic about this because the weapons are a source of nationalist pride in Pakistan and are like a bulwark against rival India.
Ben Carson and Donald Trump threaten to boycott debate
Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump are threatening to skip the next GOP primary debate unless their demands are met. They want the debate to be no longer than 2 hours, including commercial breaks, and opening and closing statements. Trump accused CNBC of drawing out the debate time to sell more commercials. Read Mas
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