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Taliban militants in Herat province of Afghanistan (File photo by AP)
Taliban militants in Herat province of Afghanistan (File photo by AP)
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These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

US sinking in Afghanistan

US president Donald Trump is notorious for making illogical statements about various issues. But he was definitely right when he recently criticized the US military for still being bogged down in Afghanistan after so many years of occupying the country. The president's frustration was revealed by the US media which reported details of a tense meeting between the president and military officials at the White House last month. The report says Trump flatly said the US is not winning and that it’s actually losing in Afghanistan. He startled his advisers by suggesting they sack the US war's top military commander.

BDS movement

Israel has defiantly violated international law for several decades. It has occupied Palestinian lands, forced out their residents and keeps building on them besides other flagrant violations of human rights. An embarrassing failure by governments and international bodies to force Israel into compliance with international law has led to the emergence of popular movements against the occupation. Perhaps the most successful of these popular movements is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. The global campaign was launched in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian NGOs. The campaign has significantly piled pressure on Israel in different fields from trade to scientific areas. For instance it has targeted companied that are involved in Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian lands. The BDS has been rapidly growing in popularity and caused alarm in Tel Aviv and among members of the Israeli lobby in the United States.