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08 February 2019 Military News

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  • U.S. Plans 'Full Pullout' From Syria By End Of April RFE/RL 08 Feb 2019 -- The Pentagon plans to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria by the end of April, The Wall Street Journal has reported.
  • Karzai on 'Intra-Afghan' Summit: Talks in Moscow Exceeded All Our Expectations Sputnik 08 Feb 2019 -- In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai summed up a two-day "intra-Afghan" summit in Moscow (5-6 Feb), gave his assessment of the US negotiations with the Taliban and spoke of Russia's role in advancing the peace process in Afghanistan.
  • Afghan Airstrike in Helmand Province Kills Taliban Intelligence Chief - Reports Sputnik 08 Feb 2019 -- An airstrike, carried out by the Afghan Air Force in the southwestern Afghan province of Helmand left three Taliban militants killed, including the movement's intelligence chief Mullah Ahmad, the TOLOnews broadcaster reported on Friday.
  • Have Taliban Turned Tables on Ashraf Ghani? VOA 08 Feb 2019 -- When Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani laid out the red carpet in 2017 for controversial Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – once known as "the Butcher of Kabul" for his role in the bloody conflict for the control of the capital in the 1990s – many thought he was trying to isolate the central Taliban leadership by luring factions to break away and join the government. It didn't work.
  • US Negotiator: Afghan Peace Possible Before July Elections VOA 08 Feb 2019 -- The top U.S. negotiator in peace talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders says he hopes a peace agreement can be achieved before Afghanistan's next set of elections just five months away.
  • US Military Airstrikes Target Al-Shabab in Somalia VOA 08 Feb 2019 -- The U.S. military says it launched two precision airstrikes against the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia this week, killing 15 militants.

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