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Pakistan PM: Afghan Peace Within Reach

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan PM: Afghan Peace Within Reach

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday that peace in Afghanistan is “around the corner,” citing ongoing negotiations between the United States and Taliban insurgents.

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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

The longest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban has ended with “real strides” being made but without an agreement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on March 12.

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Taliban: Afghan Peace Talks With US Heading in ‘Right Direction’

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban: Afghan Peace Talks With US Heading in ‘Right Direction’

American and Afghan Taliban officials have temporally paused ongoing peace talks in Qatar to consult with their respective leaderships before returning to the table on Saturday.

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U.S. and Taliban Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. and Taliban Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

The highest-level negotiations yet between American diplomats and the Taliban began in Qatar’s capital on Monday, with the presence of the Afghan insurgents’ deputy leader raising hope of progress toward ending the long conflict that is taking lives in record numbers.

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Taliban continues to host foreign terrorist groups, despite assurances to the contrary

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban continues to host foreign terrorist groups, despite assurances to the contrary

In its latest statement on the summit in Moscow, the Taliban stated “we do not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against other countries including neighboring countries.” Although the Taliban has employed similar language for years, it is a demonstrably false claim. The Taliban has continuously worked alongside jihadist organizations with regional and […]

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US Senate Criticizes Trump’s Plan to Withdraw Troops from Syria, Afghanistan

Thursday, February 7, 2019 Comments Off on US Senate Criticizes Trump’s Plan to Withdraw Troops from Syria, Afghanistan

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to caution President Donald Trump against swift U.S. troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan. Trump revealed his decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria in December, declaring that the U.S. had defeated Islamic State and no longer needed to deploy troops in Syria.

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Talk to Kabul, US Envoy Tells Taliban

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Talk to Kabul, US Envoy Tells Taliban

The U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation is urging direct talks between the Taliban and the Kabul government as he confirmed details in a draft peace deal aimed at ending the 17-year conflict in the country.

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US limits contacts with Afghan military after insider attacks

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off on US limits contacts with Afghan military after insider attacks

The US military in Afghanistan has halted most face-to-face contacts with the Afghan security forces and has temporarily withdrawn troops from Afghan security facilities after recent “insider” shootings, US media reported on Thursday.

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Afghanistan declares ceasefire with Taliban

Monday, August 20, 2018 Comments Off on Afghanistan declares ceasefire with Taliban

The ‘conditional ceasefire’ starts on Monday and will be in place for around three months, ‘provided the Taliban reciprocate’, said President Ashraf Ghani. Afghanistan on Sunday declared a “conditional” ceasefire with Taliban militants ahead of the Eid-al-Adha festival this week. The ceasefire starts on Monday and will be in place for around three months, “provided […]

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Afghan president felicitates Imran Khan on poll victory; extends invitation

Monday, July 30, 2018 Comments Off on Afghan president felicitates Imran Khan on poll victory; extends invitation

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on his victory in the general election…“I extended an open invitation to Mr Khan and he expressed his wishes to visit Kabul soon,” he added.

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Top Iranian Official Mohammad-Javad Larijani On Claims In U.S. 9/11 Report: In Some Cases, We Allowed Al-Qaeda Members To Pass Through Iran Without Stamping Their Passport

Monday, June 25, 2018 Comments Off on Top Iranian Official Mohammad-Javad Larijani On Claims In U.S. 9/11 Report: In Some Cases, We Allowed Al-Qaeda Members To Pass Through Iran Without Stamping Their Passport

Senior Iranian official Mohammad-Javad Larijani referred to the U.S. 9/11 Commission Report, and said that in some cases, Al-Qaeda members travelling from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan and elsewhere were allowed to pass through Iran without having their passports stamped. Larijani, who heads Iran’s Human Rights Council and is a top adviser to Supreme Leader Khamenei, […]

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In letter to American people, Taliban claims it seeks end to war

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off on In letter to American people, Taliban claims it seeks end to war

In an open letter to the “American people,” the Taliban militant group has claimed it is willing to enter into “peaceful dialog” to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. According to copies of the nearly 3,000-word letter, released by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in several languages on Wednesday, the group called on the American people […]

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US provides $100 million assistance to Afghanistan

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off on US provides $100 million assistance to Afghanistan

The United States government on Monday released $100 million in budget assistance to Afghanistan. The agreement was signed between Afghan Finance Minister Iklil Hakimi and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass in Kabul.

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Afghanistan security forces kill 54 rebels in operations

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off on Afghanistan security forces kill 54 rebels in operations

At least 54 rebels were killed and several others sustained injuries during clashes with Afghan security forces in the past 24-hours across Afghanistan, said Ministry of Defense on Friday. The casualties inflicted on the insurgents in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah, Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Kunduz, Baghlan, and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan, a statement by […]

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NATO backs intra-Afghan dialogue

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off on NATO backs intra-Afghan dialogue

NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Cornelius Zimmermann has stressed timely holding of upcoming election, saying, “With transparent polls, people’s trust in the democratic process increases.” Zimmermann made the remarks during a meeting with a number of Afghan journalists at his office. He said the new US strategy on Afghanistan encouraged NATO member countries to […]

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NATO chief warns that leaving Afghanistan would mean return to chaos

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off on NATO chief warns that leaving Afghanistan would mean return to chaos

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at the end of a four-day NATO parliamentary assembly in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday that “if NATO leaves too soon, we risk Afghanistan returning to a state of chaos – a safe haven for international terrorism”. “The situation in Afghanistan is challenging. We all understand the costs of staying in […]

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US could keep troops in Afghanistan for another decade

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off on US could keep troops in Afghanistan for another decade

The US Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker said on Sunday that American troops will remain in Afghanistan for at least another decade. “But are we likely to have troops in Afghanistan for the next decade? Sure,” Corker said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd aired on […]

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US, NATO pledge support for Afghanistan in fight against terror

Friday, September 29, 2017 Comments Off on US, NATO pledge support for Afghanistan in fight against terror

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States have said they will not abandon Afghanistan. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Defense Secretary James Mattis at the news conference after holding closed door meeting, and reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to Afghanistan, saying ‘NATO wants to ensure the […]

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India, Afghanistan review bilateral relations

Friday, September 29, 2017 Comments Off on India, Afghanistan review bilateral relations

India and Afghanistan reviewed their bilateral relationship during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday. “Strengthening strategic partnership with a close neighbour,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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US airstrike kills at least 8 IS terrorists in Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Comments Off on US airstrike kills at least 8 IS terrorists in Afghanistan

At least eight terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group’s offshoot, ISIS Khorsan have been killed in an airstrike by the United States forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial police commandment in a statement said the airstrike was carried out in Nazian district of Nangarhar.

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NATO chief welcomes US new strategy for Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Comments Off on NATO chief welcomes US new strategy for Afghanistan

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with The Associated Press (AP) that he welcomed the announcement by US President Donald Trump that the US is now going to be in Afghanistan on a condition-based mission and said NATO will also increase troop numbers to train Afghan forces. He did not however reveal details […]

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US doubled airstrikes in Afghanistan following new strategy

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Comments Off on US doubled airstrikes in Afghanistan following new strategy

The U.S. forces with coordination of Afghan military have doubled its airstrikes in Afghanistan, following Washington’s new strategy for the war-torn country, Presidential Palace (ARG) said Wednesday. According to ARG, drone and warplane raids were being “effective” in suppressing the insurgents across the country.

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NATO to decide on more troops in Afghanistan

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off on NATO to decide on more troops in Afghanistan

NATO will take another month to respond to Washington’s demands for alliance allies to send more troops to Afghanistan. During a meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Tirana in Albania on Saturday, defense chiefs from 29 member nations recognized the need to send in more troops, said the committee’s chairman General Petr Pavel.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, US express commitment to eradicate Daesh

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off on Afghanistan, Pakistan, US express commitment to eradicate Daesh

Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States expressed their commitment to eliminate Daesh from the region, which could best be achieved through information sharing, complementary efforts and enhanced cooperation. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the tripartite (Pakistan, Afghanistan, United States) counter Daesh and Pak-Afghan bilateral military cooperation

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India, Afghanistan discuss political, security cooperation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off on India, Afghanistan discuss political, security cooperation

The second Indo-Afghan Strategic Partnership Council meeting was held in New Delhi on Monday. At the meeting, both countries held extensive talks and discussed political relations, security issues, development and cultural cooperation, investments and reviewing challenges in mutual relations. Afghanistan minister of foreign affairs also met with Indian national security advisor and discussed counter terrorist […]

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Afghan forces kill over 70 Taliban in eastern Nuristan

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Afghan forces kill over 70 Taliban in eastern Nuristan

Afghan security forces have repulsed a major coordinated assault by hundreds of Taliban militants in eastern Nuristan province, killing over 70 militants, officials said Wednesday. Hundreds of militants stormed security check posts in this mountainous province bordering Pakistan a day earlier. The militants were taken on by National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) for hours.

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Afghan FM to visit India

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off on Afghan FM to visit India

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani will visit India next week. During his visit, he will call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will also hold bilateral talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The visit comes weeks after US President Donald Trump announced a new policy on Afghanistan and sought sought more help from […]

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Afghan security forces kill over 58 insurgents

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off on Afghan security forces kill over 58 insurgents

Over 58 anti-government militias including their senior local commander were killed and 10 others were wounded during joint military operations led by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces within the last 24 hours across the country. Afghanistan Ministry of National Defense press office issued BNA, the operations were conducted with support of Afghan air and […]

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United States to send some extra troops to Afghanistan

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off on United States to send some extra troops to Afghanistan

The United States will send about 3,500 extra troops to Afghanistan, U.S. officials confirmed on Wednesday. The report was first released by Reuters after two top U.S. military officials hold closed door briefings with members of the America’s Congress about Donald Trump’s policy for South Asia. But the Pentagon said it would not make any […]

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US approves deal for selling 150 helicopters to Afghan forces

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off on US approves deal for selling 150 helicopters to Afghan forces

U.S. military has signed a 1.4 billion contract with MD Helicopters for supply of 150 530F aircraft to the Afghan army. The contract will be executed by 31st August, 2020, according to statement from U.S. Department of State. It includes also pilot training and maintenence.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan to discuss peace on sidelines of UN meeting

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off on Afghanistan, Pakistan to discuss peace on sidelines of UN meeting

The foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations meeting in New York within the next two weeks, the Afghan Foreign Ministry confirmed on Thursday. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif and the acting foreign minister of Afghanistan, Salahuddin Rabbani, discussed the upcoming meeting in a phone call on […]

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Egypt condemns Kabul attack

Friday, September 1, 2017 Comments Off on Egypt condemns Kabul attack

Egypt has condemned the attack on a mosque in Kabul, which resulted in the death of 28 people and injuries to 50 others. In a statement issued yesterday, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the government and people of Egypt stand with the government and people of Afghanistan in the face of terrorism, […]

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UN, NATO condem attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

Monday, July 31, 2017 Comments Off on UN, NATO condem attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

Office of The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the suicide attack by the Daesh militant group on the embassy of Iraq in Kabul that left two Afghan civilians dead. “The attack, which occurred in a residential area of central Kabul, lasted around five hours and involved several armed men who killed […]

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Pakistan, China discuss ways to achieve Afghan peace

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off on Pakistan, China discuss ways to achieve Afghan peace

Pakistan and China have agreed to continue to work closely with the Afghan government to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. The agreement over the issue was reached after a meeting between Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, according to a statement issued by Pakistan […]

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Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on joint border operations

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on joint border operations

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Tuesday said his country agreed to conduct joint border operations with Pakistan. His statement came two weeks after Pakistan proposed joint border operations against illegal movements. Ghani told a visiting delegation of the U.S. Senate led by Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that Washington’s support […]

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