News Roundup 8/21/17

  • Trump will meet with several military advisers about a plan for the Afghanistan War. Trump is expected to announce a decision soon. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The family of a young man charged with attempting to bomb an Oklahoma City bank has issued a statement. The family claims their son has paranoid schizophrenia and he was pushed by an FBI informant to commit the crime. [Link] FBI Fyle
  • Ten US sailors are missing after the USS John McCain collided with a merchant ship near Singapore. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Residents of a Somalian town hit by US airstrikes claim the strikes killed seven civilians. The US claimed the strikes killed members of al-Shabaab. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Vice President Pence and NSA McMaster are pushing Trump to send more troops to Afghanistan. McMaster also blocked Erik Prince from pitching Trump his plan to wage a private war in Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Iraqi Kurds are considering postponing a September independence vote in exchange for concessions from the Iraqi government. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • The Syrian Arab Army continues to take territory from ISIS and move towards Deir Ezzor. The US-backed forces are moving south of Raqqa towards Deir Ezzor. The movement of these two armies could lead to future conflict. [Link] Syria Fyle

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