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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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Pakistan: Daesh presence in Afghanistan is concerning

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off on Pakistan: Daesh presence in Afghanistan is concerning

Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in statement said that there have been numerous meetings held by regional countries to address the rising influence of Daesh and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan. He added the war-like situation in Afghanistan is going on for the last 40 years, and has given space to non-state actors and […]

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Pakistan hosts Afghan peace meeting

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Comments Off on Pakistan hosts Afghan peace meeting

Pakistan hosted a meeting between the Afghan government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan representatives in eastern Murree city near federal capital as part of the commitment to facilitate an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, said Foreign Office on Wednesday. According to Pakistan Foreign Office, representatives from China and the United States also participated in the […]

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NATO to continue support for Afghanistan

Friday, June 26, 2015 Comments Off on NATO to continue support for Afghanistan

NATO defence ministers confirmed, during a meeting of the NATO mission Resolute Support nations here on Thursday, enduring support for Afghanistan. The meeting, attended by Afghan Acting Minister of Defence Masoom Stanezkai, reviewed the security situation and the first six months of the Resolute Support mission.

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Pak fighter jets at least 12 militants near Afghan border

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Comments Off on Pak fighter jets at least 12 militants near Afghan border

At least twelve militants were killed during precise air strikes in Pakistan’s northern Khyber tribal region on Tuesday, said the military. According to Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that fighter jets carried out air strikes in the early hours of Tuesday near the Pak-Afghan border, which is part of Khyber Tribal Agency. The […]

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Pakistan pledges support for Afghanistan democracy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Comments Off on Pakistan pledges support for Afghanistan democracy

Pakistan on Wednesday said it fully supports peace and stability in Afghanistan, as the two sides agreed to work closely for the security and socio-economic development of the region. “Pakistan has firm resolve to fully support Afghanistan’s efforts for peace and stability, including through facilitating an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process,” said

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India affirms its support for a democratic evolution in Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Comments Off on India affirms its support for a democratic evolution in Afghanistan

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said India was proud of its close relations with Afghanistan and shared Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s goal of building a strong, prosperous and independent Afghanistan. He was speaking at the Rastrapati Bhawan during a banquet hosted for the Afghan president who was on a three-day visit to India. Mukherjee […]

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Afghan security forces kill over 70 rebels during operations

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off on Afghan security forces kill over 70 rebels during operations

Around eighty insurgents and eleven Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were killed during operations in several provinces, claimed Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday. According to the MoD, 68 rebels were killed in Andar and Waghaz districts of southern Ghazni province and over 20 insurgents were killed in Badakhshan and Kunar provinces. It confirmed that […]

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US to maintain 10k troops in Afghanistan through end of year

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off on US to maintain 10k troops in Afghanistan through end of year

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he approved Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s request for “some flexibility on our drawdown timelines. “I’ve consulted with General Campbell in Afghanistan. My national security team and I’ve decided that we will maintain our current posture of 9,800 troops through the end of this year,” Obama said at a joint […]

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US, Afghanistan announce new development partnership

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off on US, Afghanistan announce new development partnership

Secretary of State John Kerry announced a “new development partnership” with Afghanistan that includes USD 800 million in aid and plans for the Pentagon to request funding for 352,000 Afghan Security Force personnel through 2017. The details were announced in a press conference where Kerry spoke alongside Secretary of Defense (DoD) Ash Carter, Afghan President […]

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Obama, Ghani discuss Afghan progress

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Comments Off on Obama, Ghani discuss Afghan progress

US President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan by video conference, along with Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the White House announced. Obama “encouraged accelerated Afghan progress toward forming an inclusive national unity government and expressed his expectation that their visit to Washington later this month (March) will demonstrate […]

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France vows to continue support to rebuild Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Comments Off on France vows to continue support to rebuild Afghanistan

In a meeting with Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister, Jean-Michel Marlaud, the French ambassador to Afghanistan said that his country has a long standing relationship with Afghanistan and will continue to help the Afghans by fully cooperating with the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation (MRRD) in their efforts to build the rural […]

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Security forces, rebels clash in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Comments Off on Security forces, rebels clash in Afghanistan

At least nine security personnel and five rebels were killed in clashes with security forces in different parts of Afghanistan, said the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday. A statement by MoD confirmed that eight soldiers died during anti-rebels offensive. Five militants were perished in southern Ghazni, Helmand and northern Kunduz provinces of Afghanistan, it […]

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NATO welcomes Bulgaria decision to take part in new Afghanistan mission

Friday, January 23, 2015 Comments Off on NATO welcomes Bulgaria decision to take part in new Afghanistan mission

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Thursday welcomed Bulgaria’s involvement in NATO’s new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces during a meeting with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Sofia. NATO ended its combat mission in Afghanistan last December and replaced it with a non-combat mission of about 12,000 personnel.

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Pak army pledges to intensify fight against terror

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off on Pak army pledges to intensify fight against terror

Pakistan’s armed forces were going after terrorists ‘without any discrimination’, said a military spokesman in a statement to media on Tuesday. “There are no good terrorists. We are going against all terrorists without any discrimination of hue and color,” spokesman General Asim Saleem Bajwa, director general of Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said. “I […]

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Afghan soldiers attacked in eastern province

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off on Afghan soldiers attacked in eastern province

A local official says the Taliban have attacked Afghan troops in eastern Laghman province, triggering a gunbattle that killed two soldiers and wounded a third. The provincial governor’s spokesman Sarhadi Zwak says the attack began around today in Alishing district.

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Pak ISI chief visits Afghanistan

Monday, January 12, 2015 Comments Off on Pak ISI chief visits Afghanistan

Pakistan’s spy agency ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and discussed ways to increase anti-terror cooperation. It was second visit of the ISI chief in less than a month to Afghanistan and third since November 2014. Lt Gen Akhtar visited Kabul soon after the Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar last month that killed 150 people […]

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Sharif toughens stand after Peshawar massacre

Friday, December 19, 2014 Comments Off on Sharif toughens stand after Peshawar massacre

With the death toll in the Peshawar army school massacre rising to 148 overnight, Pakistan yesterday turned over a new leaf in its approach to terrorism. Mr. Sharif swore that politicians would bury their differences and unite to defeat terrorism. Their meeting came as a photograph of the men who attacked the school was released […]

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US to keep 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned next year

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Comments Off on US to keep 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned next year

The United States will keep about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned early next year to fill a temporary Nato troop gap in the new mission to train and advice Afghan security forces, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday on his final visit to this war-weary country as Pentagon chief. At a news […]

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Obama, Ghani discuss Afghan future

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Comments Off on Obama, Ghani discuss Afghan future

US President Barack Obama spoke by video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the White House announced late Tuesday. “The President commended President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah on the timely ratification of the Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement […]

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NATO ceremonially end combat mission in Afghan after 13 years

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off on NATO ceremonially end combat mission in Afghan after 13 years

 The US and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which was in charge of combat operations, lowered its flag, formally ending its deployment.

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