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Retired U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven speaks during a Reuters Newsmakers event in New York

The Navy SEAL who ran the bin Laden raid says negotiating with the Taliban is like sitting down for talks with ISIS

Talking to the Taliban is like meeting with ISIS, the retired Navy SEAL said weeks after Trump tried to bring Taliban leaders to the US for talks.
Relatives and residents pray near a coffin during a funeral ceremony of one of the victims after a drone strike, in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, September 19, 2019.

A US drone strike meant for ISIS killed 30 pine nut harvesters in Afghanistan

Thirty are dead and 40 injured after a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday. The casualties were pine nut farmers sitting at a bonfire.
National Security Adviser John Bolton stands alongside US President Donald Trump as he speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 17, 2018.

Trump couldn’t handle that Bolton wasn’t a yes man, so he fired him and tapped O’Brien as national security adviser

Trump fired John Bolton as national security adviser after strong disagreements. His new adviser has effusively praised Trump's abilities.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs on travel to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas following back-to-back mass shootings in the cities, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 7, 2019.

Trump keeps threatening US enemies with destructive power greater than nuclear weapons — experts say that’s ‘crazy talk’

Nothing comes close to a thermonuclear weapon. Insider spoke to the US's leading arms control experts, who struggled to make sense of what Trump said.
President Donald Trump departs for travel to North Carolina from the White House in Washington.

Trump’s flip-flopping approach to Afghanistan has left him looking foolish and empowered the Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani's government is in a dire state ahead of Afghanistan's September elections, not least due to Trump.
President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of September 11 attacks at the Pentagon.

Trump used his 9/11 speech to threaten terrorists with force even greater than ‘nuclear power’ if they attack the US again

President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the Pentagon to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Trump said he’s hitting Taliban ‘harder than they have ever been hit before’ hours after a rocket strike near the US embassy on 9/11...

Fighting is said to have picked up across Afghanistan in the aftermath of Trump's decision to end peace talks with the Taliban.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump visits South Korea

Bolton’s 2-sentence resignation letter was shorter than Trump’s tweets firing him

Bolton's short resignation letter is emblematic of the terse nature of his departure from the White House, which did not occur under friendly terms.
National Security Advisor John Bolton (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a meeting of his cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House February 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump fires national security adviser John Bolton, saying he ‘disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions’

President Donald Trump cited strong disagreements he had with the national security adviser John Bolton's suggestions in announcing his dismissal.
President Donald Trump announces opioid response grants to state governments in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 4, 2019.

Trump says he’s a dealmaker, but the derailed Taliban talks are just the latest major negotiation he’s bungled as president

Based on his track record as president, Trump seems to be more skilled at breaking deals than making them.