Mark Esper
Amid recurring violence, uncertainties around peace talks continue in Afghanistan

Seven civilians lost their lives in Afghanistan hours before the Taliban negotiators arrived in Pakistan to discuss the way forward in the Afghan peace process. The incident took place in the Ghazni province

14 Afghan security personnel killed in Taliban attack

The overnight clash in the Khwaja Bahauddin district lasted for two hours. Attacks by the Taliban continue despite the Ashraf Ghani-led government’s repeated calls for a permanent truce

US withdraws troops from Germany US announces withdrawal of around 12,000 troops from Germany

US president Donald Trump has said that Germany needs to pay for its own defense and stop taking advantage of the US. Germany called the move senseless and harmful for NATO  

US lawsuit against Trump White House protests Black Lives Matter, rights groups sue US president for violence against protesters

Civil rights groups in the US have filed a lawsuit against the US president and others in his administration over violence perpetrated against protesters in Washington D.C. when federal troops cleared the way for a photo-op for Trump on June 1

US airstrikes US conducts airstrikes on Kataib Hezbollah targets in Syria and Iraq

Over 30 militia fighters were killed and 55 others injured in the US strikes which were a response to a rocket attack in which one US civilian contractor was killed

unsc-meeting China and Russia call for UNSC meeting over US missile test, provocative statements

China and Russia argued that the missile test conducted by the US and the statements by the officials that followed need to be discussed as “threats to international peace and security”.

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