“We still haven’t got a strategy for Afghanistan. It makes it hard for us to support you when we don’t have a strategy.” – Senator John McCain
1. The U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the authority to send about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, a White House official said Thursday. The troops will assist the 8,500 troops that are already there. A majority of the troops will be assigned to the training of Afghan forces, while other troops will conduct counterterrorism against ISIS and the Taliban. Next week a final decision will be made about the matter.
2. Former Officer Jeronimo Yanez is found not guilty.
Former Police Officer who shot Philando Castille was found not guilty by a jury of his peers today. He was also acquitted of two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety. The jury deliberated for 29 hours of the two-week trial. Yanez testified saying that he feared for his life because Castille reached for his fireman. Former Officer Jeronimo is not out of the woods yet, Yanez is on trial for one count of second-degree manslaughter and another two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety since Castille’s girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter was also in the car.
3. Trump Announces New Restrictions on Cuba.
President Donald Trump announced today that he will rollback on any US-Cuba relations. His administration is likely to reintroduce new restrictions on travel and will move to stop business deals tied to the Cuban military. White House officials said changes would not amount to a complete reversal.