The narrative and goals for what has become America’s longest war have shifted in the past 16 years, and they may take a new turn Monday night, as President Donald Trump is expected to announce his policy approach for Afghanistan. The war started in October 2001 in the wake of the September 11th attacks, under then-President George W. Bush, and after Obama, Trump is now the second president to inherit -- and have to make a decision on how to handle -- the ongoing conflict. "These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations, and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime,” Bush said in an address from the Treaty Room of the White House.
House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke up forcefully in a Facebook post on Monday against the recent violence in Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a car plowed into a group of counter protestors. “There are no sides,” Ryan wrote in an implicit critique of President Donald Trump, who was rebuked by Democrats and Republicans last week for blaming “both sides” for the violence between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville. “There is no other argument,” Ryan said in the post, which made no mention of Trump.
The collision between the USS John S. McCain and a Singapore merchant ship today marks the fourth time in the past eight months that a ship in the U.S. Navy's Pacific fleet has been involved in a crash. In the wake of the McCain’s collision, which left 10 sailors missing and another five injured, Adm. John Richardson has ordered a broad review of recent incidents involving U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific. The review will focus on the pace of operations for Navy ships in the Pacific pertaining to maintenance, equipment and personnel.
A Northwestern University professor, as he allegedly stabbed his boyfriend whom prosecutors say he couldn't subdue, yelled for a second man to help him, according to a court document detailing the alleged murder. Wyndham Lathem, a faculty member at Northwestern until he was fired this month after the alleged crime, and the second suspect, Andrew Warren, spent more than a week on the run together after, police say, they killed Lathem's boyfriend, Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. Cornell-Duranleau, 26, was found stabbed to death at Lathem's Chicago apartment July 27.
Spun off from the second season of its hit "Daredevil" series, "The Punisher" again features Jon Bernthal as one of Marvel's most popular heroes, former elite soldier Frank Castle, who uses his skills to mercilessly hunt down criminals of every stripe after the murder of his family. In the sneak peek, Castle takes a sledgehammer to a concrete floor, perhaps to unearth a weapons cache.
President Donald Trump's announcement tonight on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan may be at odds with prior positions he has taken on a conflict that has become the longest war in U.S. history. Trump's exact plans have not been released ahead of his comments tonight, but some of his top advisers, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, are known to favor an approach that involves keeping in line with current policy and adding more American troops on the ground. Here's a review of what Trump has said about U.S. policy in Afghanistan in the past.
It's been 30 years since "Dirty Dancing" premiered, which means it's been 30 years since moviegoers were impressed with the stellar dance moves of Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze. It's such a tender moment between them and he's literally holding her back and guiding her," she said.
If you haven't seen last night's absolutely insane episode of "Game of Thrones," this is your cue to leave now. In the penultimate episode of season 7, we said goodbye to priest Thoros of Myr and to one of Dany's dragons! Daenerys Targaryen lost Viserion when the Night King threw a special ice spear into the beast, which caused it to crash and fall into an icy lake.
Spanish authorities announced that Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver in a deadly vehicle attack in Barcelona that killed 13 people, was shot and killed Monday. Earlier this morning, police named Abouyaaqoub as the driver of a van that plowed down Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade Thursday, killing 13 and injuring many more. Authorities say Abouyaaqoub escaped the scene on foot, then carjacked a vehicle, killing the driver, authorities said.
Millions of people in the United States are expected to be within the path of today's total solar eclipse, when the moon moves between the sun and Earth and casts a dark shadow across our planet. ABC News meteorologists predict the Pacific Northwest and the Tennessee Valley will have the best weather conditions for viewing the total solar eclipse. People in Lincoln City, Oregon, will be the first in the continental United States to view the total phase, which starts there at 10:15 a.m. PT.
As President Donald Trump marked his 214th day in office on Monday, ABC News looked at how he has divided his time among his many private properties and the White House. As of Sunday, with the his return to Washington, D.C., from a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, he has visited at least one of his properties on more than a third of his days as president — 35.7 percent, or 76 days out of 213, according to ABC News' count.
Kesha's "Rainbow" debuted this week at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. "Rainbow" hit No. 1 with 116,000 in sales and equivalent streams.The album was released earlier this month and is the singer's first since 2012 because of her legal battle with producer Dr. Luke.The singer took to Twitter to thank her fans about what this new album means to her. ...
Tonight he will unveil his long-awaited plan for Afghanistan -- the moment the war will truly become Trump's War. More than 2,400 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other top brass want Trump to essentially stay the course.