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Analysis: Trump will own the war that bedeviled predecessors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before he became president, Donald Trump rarely talked about Afghanistan. When he did, he often called for a swift end to America's longest war....

After fraught debate, Trump to disclose new Afghanistan plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will unveil his updated Afghanistan policy Monday night in a rare, prime-time address to a nation that broadly shares his pessimism about American involvement in the 16-year conflict. Although he may send a few thousand more troops, there are no signs of a major shift in strategy....

On front lines, US commanders want more trainers for Afghans
TACTICAL BASE GAMBERI, Afghanistan (AP) -- Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they needs more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. They're hoping President Donald Trump heeds their calls when he outlines his new war strategy....

Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape
PHOENIX (AP) -- Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when he came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time....

Trump watches eclipse from White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump squinted and pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to take in the solar eclipse at the White House....

Search underway for missing sailors; Navy chief orders probe
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured....

Between cancer treatments, McCain maintains rigorous agenda
PHOENIX (AP) -- Sen. John McCain's packed agenda while on break from Congress in his home state of Arizona has hardly been the schedule of a typical brain cancer patient - or even someone about to turn 81....

VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Monday during a visit to Montana that his agency will propose changes to make it easier for rural areas to receive funding to build nursing homes for veterans....

Paul Ryan: Leaders must push beyond 'passions of moment'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's leaders "have an obligation" to steer the country past "the passions of the moment," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday in remarks that didn't explicitly criticize President Donald Trump's handling of this month's deadly clash in Charlottesville, Virginia....

America's 16 years in Afghanistan: From triumph to stalemate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday will outline his strategy for a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions....

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