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2 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

American soldier in Afghanistan
An American soldier in Afghanistan. Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

Two U.S. service members died in northern Afghanistan on Friday during a joint operation with Afghan forces.

Why it matters: Four American soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far in 2019, and 14 died in 2018 according to iCasualties. President Trump ordered the Pentagon last year to withdraw half of the 14,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, but his State of the Union address in February tied troop withdrawals to an ongoing peace process and gave no clear timeline to move forward, per the Washington Post.

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Trump suggests Brazil could become NATO member

President Trump holds up a yellow sports jersey with the letter ten on it and his name, while sitting next to the Brazilian president in the Oval Office.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and President Trump in the Oval Office. Photo: Chris Kleponis/Pool/Getty Images

President Trump suggested that Brazil could be a NATO member during a joint press conference at the White House with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday.

The big picture: Trump said that he intends to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, which is a significant diplomatic designation granted by the U.S., but suggested that Brazil could "possibly" become a NATO member at some point in the future if he talked "to a lot of people." The Balkan country Montenegro was the last country to join the alliance in 2017, per the BBC.

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