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US Envoy Calls on Afghanistan to Unite as Peace Talks Intensify

khalilzad requests Afghans to Unite

KABUL – US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has called on Afghans to put aside their differences and unite as attempts to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war gain momentum. Khalilzad has held a series of direct talks with Taliban negotiators in the Middle East in recent months, although those discussions have not …

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Turkish Aid Agency Helps IDPs in Afghanistan

IDPs

KABUL – Turkey’s state-run aid agency on Monday provided food aid to 1,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in northern Afghanistan who were forced to leave their houses due to conflict, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said in a statement. As per the statement, the food packages contained flour, rice, …

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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia Support Afghan Peace Efforts

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia support Afghan peace efforts

ISLAMABAD – Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have underlined the need for a political settlement and promotion of peace efforts in Afghanistan. Peace in Afghanistan is imperative for refugees to return to their homeland and contribute to their country’s development and lasting peace, they said. The call came in a joint …

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Khalilzad And Sayyaf Discuss Afghanistan Peace Process

Khalilzad meets Sayyaf

KABUL – US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with former Jihadi leader, Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, in his residence on Monday. “Productive discussion with Professor Sayyaf this morning (Monday morning),” Khalilzad tweeted. “We agree that a national, inclusive, and unified Afghan negotiating team is urgent and necessary,” …

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32 Killed, Wounded in ANSF and Taliban Clash

32 killed in clash between ANSF and Taliban

MAIMANA – At least 32 people including Taliban militants and soldiers of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) were killed or wounded during an overnight clash in Qaisar district of Faryab province, Afghan National Army (ANA) said in a statement. As per the statement, the clash took place late on Sunday …

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Afghanistan Has Received $1.3B in Loans in Last 18 Years

Afghanistan Received 1.3b in loans in 18 years

KABUL – Afghanistan has received at least $1.3 billion in loans from different countries and international institutions in the last 18 years, statistics by Ministry of Finance shows. The statistics shows that though the loans obtained during this period are smaller compared to other countries in the region, economic commentators …

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Key Taliban Commanders Among 21 Killed in Uruzgan

Key Taliban Commanders Among 21 Killed in Uruzgan

TARINKOT – At least 21 Taliban militants, including some key-commanders were killed in an airstrike in central Uruzgan province, an official claimed on Saturday. The airstrike took place in the Khanaqa locality of the Tarinkot, the provincial capital, late on Friday night, a police officer told Sahar News. Malak Zainullah …

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US May Withdraw 1000 Troops from Afghanistan: Votel

General Votel

WASHINGTON – The United States may withdraw more than 1,000 soldiers from Afghanistan even before a peace deal is reached with the Taliban, a top American general suggested. General Joseph Votel, the Central Command chief, said in an interview the decision to reduce some of the 14,000 US forces in …

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Afghanistan Among the 10 Worst Countries to be a Child

Afghanistan among the worst for children

KABUL – Save the Children International charity said in a report that at least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and related effects, with Afghanistan listed among the 10 worst countries to be a child. The report by the organization highlighted, “Children in conflict suffer in different …

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Russia Should Support US Peace Efforts in Afghanistan: Stoltenberg

Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that Russia should support US peace efforts in Afghanistan. During an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan, Jens Stoltenberg said that there is no way it is possible to have a lasting peace without full involvement of the Afghan government. He …

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