Afghanistan

U.S. might stay in Afghanistan for decades

AFGHANISTAN: Top U.S. military commanders, who only a few months ago were planning to pull the last American troops out of Afghanistan by year’s end, are now quietly talking about an American commitment that could keep thousands of troops in the country for decades, The Washington Post reports. The news agency citing senior military officials say that the shift in ...

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Peace talks only with Taliban groups renouncing violence: Afghan govt

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government on Monday said peace talks will only take place with the Taliban groups renouncing violence as efforts are underway to revive the stalled peace process amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency. Deputy presidential spokesman Syed Zafar Hashemi told reporters that trilateral and quadrilateral meetings between Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States will continue as part of efforts for ...

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Students from Kabul University and Civil Society Members Show Solidarity with Bacha Khan University

KABUL: Today Kabul University student and civil society member come out and show solidarity with the Bacha Khan University victims. They were protesting the massacre and condemn the attack with strong words. Today evening, the students, teachers, journalists and civil society members gathered in front of Kabul University gate and hold the candlelight vigil in the memory of BKU victims. ...

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6 Killed, 24 wounded in Blast near Russian Embassy in Kabul

KABUL: A relatively heavy explosion rocked Kabul city few minutes earlier this evening leaving at least six civilians dead and twenty four others wounded. Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior confirmed a suicide attack has taken place in Dar-ul-Aman area of the city. He did not disclose further information regarding the incident saying the area has been cordoned ...

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Attack on Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad leaves 7 Afghan troops martyred

AFGHANISTAN: Gunfire followed by explosion rocked Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan earlier today. Sediq Sediq, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said at least seven members of the Afghan National Security Forces lost their lives and as much others were wounded in the attack. Local government officials, at least six people including two ...

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Following QCG Meeting, Hekmat Karzai says Nation should Witness Change in 2 Months

Pre-negotiations, direct talks and implementation are the three steps of peace process To resume the process, Pakistan hosted first round of preparatory meeting on Monday and the second round is scheduled to be hosted by Kabul on January 18. AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai who is leading his country in the preparatory discussions with Pakistan, U.S. and ...

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Seven Afghans Kidnapped in Pakistan’s Baluchistan Province

PAKISTAN: Seven Afghans have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in restive Baluchistan province of Pakistan. Reports suggest that guns were fired in Taftan area of Chagai District near the border with Iran which left two Afghans wounded on Sunday evening. Following the gun battle, seven Afghans were taken to an undisclosed location, said Taftan Assistant Commissioner Murad Kasi. Health condition ...

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Won’t Beg for Peace, says President of Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN: President of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that Afghanistan has a specific stance for peace and no deal would be made on its independence and constitution. While talking to a gathering of local government officials and representatives of the eastern region on Sunday, he said first round of discussions for peace talks is going to be held tomorrow and ...

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Preparatory Meeting for Peace Talks with Taliban in Islamabad on Monday

AFGHANISTAN: The preparatory or quadrilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China for talks with Taliban would be held  in Islamabad on Monday. Afghanistan would be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and Pakistan by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry. The U.S. and China would be reportedly represented by their special representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan region. The conference ...

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Obama Briefed on Troops’ Causalities in Afghanistan: White House

KABUL: In his daily news conference, the White House’s Press Secretary, Josh Earnest told newsmen that President Barack Obama had been informed regarding causalities of US troops caused in Afghanistan fighting. “This does underscore that Afghanistan is a dangerous place,” he said. A US troop was killed and two more were wounded in hours-long fighting in southern Helmand province on ...

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