These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
America’s longest war ever proving failure
One of the biggest foreign policy challenges facing the administration of US President Donald Trump is the war in Afghanistan. The-16-year US military presence in Afghanistan following the 2001 invasion has to a large extent failed to eliminate militancy there. Taliban militants have shown resilience and are now capturing more territory from the government. Trump’s military advisers admit that the conflict has reached a stalemate and a surge in the number of American troops is the likely option. As Trump weighs his options, the Taliban have written an open letter to the US president urging him to review America’s strategy in Afghanistan.
Turkey makes strategic shift over Syria policy
The news came as a surprise: Turkey is ending its support for the Syrian opposition of coalition forces. National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (also known as the Syrian National Council) has been one of the major anti-Syria terror groups that's responsible for much of the terror activities in the country. Reports say the decision was made because of Ankara's unwillingness to contribute to a group that is "only capable of talking at press conferences and useless in combat