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Trump says remaining troops should be home from Afghanistan by Christmas

In its own deal struck earlier this year with the Taliban, the Trump administration said it would remove all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by next spring if the Taliban complied with certain conditions, including a reduction in violence and the Taliban severing all relations with al-Qaeda militants.

Afghan government officials have said they see no evidence of such a break, and the level of violence has sharply increased in Afghanistan in recent months.

U.S. military officials last month announced that U.S. troop deployments would be reduced from about 8,600 to about 4,000 this fall but have said a full withdrawal would come only if conditions permit. U.S. forces in Afghanistan peaked around 100,000 under the Obama administration. Although they had fallen dramatically by the time Trump took office, he added several thousand early in his term on the recommendation of the military.

Earlier in the day, White House national security

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Bengals Allowed to Have 12,000 Fans At Remaining Home Games

CINCINNATI — News broke Monday that the Browns would be allowed to have up to 12,000 fans in attendance for future home games, including their upcoming matchup with the Colts. 

The Bengals are going to get the same treatment. 

State health officials informed the team that they’ll also be allowed to have 12,000 fans in the stands for their final six regular season home games.

The Bengals welcomed 6,243 fans for Sunday’s 33-25 win over the Jaguars. It was the first time fans were allowed in the stands this season due to COVID-19. 

“It was exciting to have some real people in the stands,” rookie quarterback Joe Burrow said after the game. “The last couple weeks without fans just felt a little off, so to have some home fans in the stands felt great. It felt good to have cheering going on when you make a play. It felt like

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