NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg describes security situation as "deeply challenging" with most foreign troops already out of the country where insurgents are pushing forward with their sweeping assault.
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says more than 200 of Afghanistan's 419 district centres are under Taliban control, up from district centers under the insurgents' control last month.
The nomination of the former Senator, aimed at not rocking the boat any further, comes at a tense time in relations between the two countries.
The Taliban doesn't have the capacity or capabilities to retain the territories it captures. However, Afghanistan could be headed towards a military impasse that will either force the parties to find a political solution or drag it to a civil war.
Leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at virtual retreat agree to step up Covid-19 vaccination sharing efforts and take action to lower costly tariffs that complicate the movement of vaccines across borders.
The Taliban’s rapid territorial gains in recent months has revealed the shortsightedness of the international community when it comes to their Afghanistan and Taliban policies.
Thousands of Cubans took part in demonstrations, chanting: "Down with the dictatorship," as President Miguel Diaz-Canel blamed the uprising on the US pursuing a "policy of economic suffocation to provoke social unrest in the country."
General Austin “Scott” Miller – the highest-ranked officer on the ground – handed command to US-based General Kenneth McKenzie, bringing the longest US war nearer to its end at a time when the Taliban are making sweeping advances across the country.
Common sense, regional balance and diplomacy stand out when it comes to crisis management between Beijing and Washington, whose asymmetrical differences have eroded.
Despite varying international pressures over years, Iran intends to remain an influential actor on the ground and maintain cards of power and pressure that allow it to protect its strategic interests.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a visit to the UK, says she is "very much concerned" about spread of the coronavirus when London hosts the semi-finals and finals of the European football championships.
US President Joe Biden and the first lady offered comfort to the families of those killed and missing in the June 24 disaster.
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