• News Alert: Trump says no deadlines on Afghanistan

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    President Trump laid out his goals for the war in Afghanistan[1] in a primetime speech, saying he will not announce dates or troop levels but "from now on victory will have a clear definition."

    Trump said those objectives will include "obliterating ISIS" and "preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan." To achieve these goals, Trump said he would expand authority for the US millitary to target criminal and terrorist networks in Afghanistan.

    Still, Trump warned that he was not offering a blank check of US support to Afghanistan, insisting that the country will have to continue to show a serious commitment and make strides toward addressing persistent issues like corruption.

    In a CNN town hall aired live immediately after the President spoke, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he supported the President's war plan[2] and that he was especially happy with how Trump came to his decision.

    "I'm pleased with the decision," Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper. "We cannot allow another safe haven for terrorists to materialize again."

    Ryan said that he believed he'd heard a new "doctrine" Monday night from Trump.

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