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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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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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Feature: The Need for an Interim Government in Afghanistan

The Need of an Interim Government in Afghanistan

A recent study by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) shows that the emergence of a transitional government, or an interim government, is the only political solution to the Afghan crisis. The research, conducted by Omar Sadr, has analyzed various plans for a political solution to end the Afghan …

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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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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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US – Taliban Qatar Talks End With ‘Agreement in Draft’

Qatar talks end in agreement in draft

DOHA – The fifth round of the talks between the US and Taliban negotiators in Qatar ended after 16 days on Tuesday with agreement in draft between the two sides on some key issues under debate. Hours after the news broke on Qatar talks, US Special Envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said …

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Conflict Among Commanders Displaces 300 Families

Conflict between commanders displaces 300 families

PUL-E-KHUMRI – As a result of conflict between two irresponsible armed commanders in Pul-e-Hesar district, Baghlan province, 300 families have been displaced. According to Sayeed Mokhtar, governor of Pul-e-Hesar district, in the clashes, 300 families were displaced from their homes and casualties inflicted to residents of Dehyak village and neighboring …

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Taliban Kill 13 Troops in Badghis: Afghan Officials

Taliban kill 13 troops in Badghis

KABUL – Afghan officials said that Taliban killed at least 13 Afghan troops in battles that raged for three days in western Badghis province where insurgents overran several army checkpoints. Jamshid Shahabi, the provincial governor’s spokesperson, said the fate of a dozen other soldiers is unknown. He said in his …

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