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Trump Boosting Troop Levels in Afghanistan…China: US Navy “a Danger”…Mattis: ISIS Making “Last Stand”

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is declaring that U.S. troops “will fight to win” the long war in Afghanistan. He pointedly declined Monday to disclose how many more U.S. troops will be sent. In a prime-time address billed as the unveiling of his new Afghanistan strategy, Trump said the U.S. would shift away from a “time-based” approach, instead linking its assistance to results and to cooperation from the beleaguered Afghan government, Pakistan and others.

SINGAPORE (AP) – China, Washington’s main rival for influence in the Asia-Pacific, has seized on the collision of a U.S. destroyer to accuse the Navy of endangering maritime navigation in the region. The official China Daily newspaper said a string of accidents this year shows the U.S. Navy “is becoming a dangerous obstacle in Asian waters.”

BAGHDAD (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Islamic State militants are caught in a military vise that will squeeze them from both ends of the Euphrates River valley that bisects Iraq and Syria. He calls this their last stand. Mattis arrived in Baghdad Tuesday to consult with U.S. commanders and Iraqi government officials.

MADRID (AP) – French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has confirmed reports that an Audi used by the attackers in the Spanish town of Cambrils had been photographed in the Paris region for speeding some time before last week’s attacks. Collomb said in an interview on Tuesday on BFM-TV that the black Audi A3 was photographed by radar, but did not give a timeframe or location or clarify whether it was transiting through the area.

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) – A regional rail spokeswoman says the driver of a train that crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal has been treated at a hospital and released. Agency spokeswoman Heather Redfern says 42 people were injured in the Tuesday morning crash at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby. She says none of the injuries are life threatening. Commuters from Norristown can expect some delays.

USS McCain Collides with Tanker…Trump To Announce New Afghanistan Strategy…Eclipse Crosses US Today

SINGAPORE (AP) – The oil tanker involved in a collision with the USS John S. McCain destroyer in Southeast Asian waters had four deficiencies, including navigation safety violations, in its last port inspection. An official database for ports in Asia shows the Alnic MC was inspected in the Chinese port of Dongying on July 29 and had one document deficiency, one fire safety deficiency and two safety of navigation problems.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Mourners have wept and hugged each other as they visit the main memorial site of the Barcelona attack while the city tries to get back to normal with the beginning of a new work week. Other smaller flower and candle tributes are located at different points of Las Ramblas along where the van slammed into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring more than 120 others.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. The president has offered no clues about whether he would send thousands more U.S. troops into Afghanistan or order that they be withdrawn. The speech Monday night will also give Trump a chance for a reset after one of the most difficult weeks of his short presidency.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The drills are largely computer-simulated war games and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an invasion rehearsal. The U.S. and South Korea say they are defensive in nature.

UNDATED (AP) – Americans are staking out prime viewing spots along a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the sun Monday. It promises to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history. Eclipse watchers everywhere — well into the millions — are hoping for clear skies for the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the U.S., coast to coast, in practically a century. Astronomers consider a full eclipse the grandest of cosmic spectacles.