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US, NATO to Leave Afghanistan Together: Khalilzad

US, Nato to Leave Afghanistan Together: Khalilzad

WASHINGTON – US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has said that Washington and NATO would leave Afghanistan together if it was decided to pull out from the country. He made the remarks in his latest statement posted on the official Twitter account of US Special Envoy for …

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Accountability, Transparency, MoIC’s Key Priorities: Safi

Accountability, Transparency, MoIC’s Key Priorities Safi

KABUL – Acting Minister of Information and Culture (MoIC) Hasina Safi held a hearing program on Sunday, wherein the ministry’s directors presented their annual activity reports. Addressing the inaugural session, minister Safi emphasized on transparency, accountability, coordination and effective works and called them as key priorities of the MoIC. The …

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Airstrike Targets Taliban Militants Planning Suicide Attacks

Airstrike Targets Taliban Militants Planning Suicide Attacks

JALAL-ABAD – At least seven Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike which was carried out in the vicinity of Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghan National Army (ANA) said in a statement. As per the statement, the Afghan Special Forces called in air support after coming under fire during …

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Afghanistan Signs Six MoUs with UAE

Afghanistan Signs Six MoUs with UAE

ABU-DHABI – President Ashraf Ghani met Sunday with Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Prime Minister (PM) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during his trip to the country, Presidential Palace said in a statement. During the meeting, both sides discussed expanding trade, development and economic relations. According to the …

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Azerbaijan May Increase Fuel Exports to Afghanistan

Azerbaijan may improve export of oil to Afghanistan

BAKU – Azerbaijan may increase fuel exports to Afghanistan, Trend reported referring to Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company. SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev and Advisor to the President of Afghanistan for Banking and Finance Ajmal Ahmadi have discussed the matter at a meeting. It was noted at the meeting that SOCAR already …

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Taliban: Talks with US Set Stage for Ending Afghan War

Taliban: Talks with US Set Stage for Ending Afghan War

DOHA – Top Taliban leader says their recent negotiations with the United States have achieved “great progress” and he is “very hopeful” the stage is set for ending the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy chief of the fundamentalist insurgent group and head of its “political …

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Afghan Mission’s Future Depends on Peace Talks: Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who presented his Annual Report for 2018 on Thursday, March 14, said the future of the alliance’s 15-year presence in Afghanistan will depend on the outcome of peace talks involving Taliban militants. He said NATO has stepped up in the fight against terrorism, …

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US Govt Summons Afghan NSA Over Peace Talks Remarks

Afg NSA Hamdullah Mohib summoned by US

WASHINGTON – In an unusual move, the United States summoned Afghan National Security (NSA) Advisor Hamdullah Mohib hours after he criticized US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad for bypassing the elected government of Afghanistan in their direct peace talks with the Taliban. “Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale summoned Afghan …

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US Forces Kill Five Afghan Soldiers in ‘Self-Defense’ Airstrikes

Five Afghan Soldiers Killed by US self-defence airstrike

TRINKOT – At least five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 injured in air strikes conducted by US forces in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on Wednesday, Afghan officials said, in an apparent case of friendly fire. The Defence Ministry said in a statement, giving the casualty numbers, that …

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Local Official, Troops Killed; Journalist Wounded in Afghanistan Attacks

Local officials, troops killed, journalist wounded

FARAH – A local Afghan official was gunned down outside his home in the western province of Farah, while a local journalist was seriously wounded in a bombing in the country’s south, officials said. Also in Farah Province, Afghan troops reportedly suffered casualties as the Taliban stormed an army checkpoint. …

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