Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson speaks Saturday at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California. Screenshot photo
The US-led effort is continuing to pressure the Taliban toward peace talks, and while the group has continued its momentum across Afghanistan, there is still a "political resolution" possible to end the war, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. Speaking on Saturday at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Mattis said it is "very clear that the lives of the Afghan people are of no interest" to the Taliban, so they are using bombs to "try to terrorize people into dominating them." The US will continue to stand with the 41-nation coalition, "the largest wartime coalition in modern history," to push the Taliban toward reconciliation by getting them to break with Al Qaeda, stop killing Afghan people, and live by the constitution, he said. Until that happens, the US cannot leave the war. "If we leave, 20-odd of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world centered in that region, and we walk out of there, then we know what will happen," Mattis said. "Our intelligence services are very specific that we will be under attack in a number of years, a very few number of years." —Brian Everstine
George Bush, 41st President, Dies at 94George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs but was denied a second term after support for his presidency collapsed under the weight of an economic downturn and his seeming inattention to domestic affairs, died on Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94.
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