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US consulate in Afghanistan attacked by Taliban

Taliban insurgents attacked the US consulate in Herat in western Afghanistan early Friday morning, leaving at least three people dead. "Our aim for this attack is to show the Americans that they are not safe anywhere in this country," the Taliban said.

China's New Great Game

HONG KONG — For centuries, global powers have flexed their muscles across greater Central Asia, jockeying for supremacy over its rich resources and strategically knotty landscape. In the 19th century, Great Britain and czarist Russia competed in the so-called Great Game, fought largely by spies and saboteurs. In the 20th, the United States waged a proxy war in the vast, rugged region against the USSR; following communism’s fall, Washington, DC, launched a costly aid offensive to draw the newborn countries into its sphere of influence. Now, Beijing thinks it’s China’s turn.

This is how American reactions to 9/11 contributed to the current crisis in Syria

Analysis: On yet another dark anniversary of the day that changed the world, the United States finds itself once again in crisis. It’s increasingly apparent that some elements of Syrian civil war have their roots in America’s response to those September attacks.

16 dead in drone strike as Taliban kill 4 troops in Afghanistan

A drone strike in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province killed up to 16 people, officials said Sunday, as the Taliban killed four Afghan troops and wounded more than 120 civilians near Kabul.

Suicide bombing at Afghanistan bank kills at least 6

The explosives were detonated as both police and civilians were passing through the Kabul Bank branch's security checks to collect their salaries.

Afghan governor among 9 killed by suicide attack

Kabul, Aug 30 (EFE) — At least nine people died, including a district governor, and 11 were wounded in a suicide attack Friday in front of a mosque in the northern province of Kunduz, an Afghan police spokesman told Efe. The assailant detonated explosives he was carrying inside his vest when Dasht-e-Archi district chief Sheik Sadruddin walked past as he was leaving the mosque. The other fatalities were Sadruddin's two bodyguards and six civilians, police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini said.

Taliban kill at least eight in attack on Polish-US military base in Afghanistan

Afghan and Western troops eventually killed the attackers after a gun battle that lasted six hours.

Russia could be the unlikely partner who helps solve the mess in Syria

Commentary: Assad isn't the real threat in Syria today; it's the radical Sunnis, who are the best organized of the rebel groups and who could easily take over were Assad overthrown.
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A picture taken on August 22, 2013 shows a devastated street in the Salaheddine district of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. Russia questioned Western claims the Syrian regime may have carried out a chemical weapons attack and branded as 'unacceptable' calls to consider using force against Bashar al-Assad's regime. (LOUAI ABO AL-JOD/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama has backed himself into a corner. A US air attack against Syria has become necessary. But the reality is that it will be more in reaction to Obama's threats than to Assad's use of chemical weapons. It was just over a year ago that Obama made his forceful statement that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would be a "red line" that would require a US response.
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Here are 3 other places the US military bombed in the past month

Not every bombing campaign is as well publicized as the one probably coming to Syria. Here's what else the US military is up to.

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan guilty of murder, jury to debate death penalty

A jury on Friday convicted Nidal Hasan — an Army major and psychiatrist — on 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of premeditated murder. That he would be convicted in the killings was rarely in doubt in the four years since he began shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
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