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Trump appoints new ambassador to Afghanistan

Trump appoints new ambassador to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced nominating his envoy to Turkey John R Bass as his next ambassador to Afghanistan. A career foreign service official, Bass has been the US Ambassador to Turkey since 2014. The Senate needs to confirm his nomination. An American diplomat since 1988, Bass also served as US Ambassador to Georgia from 2009 to 2012. ...

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US says Pakistan failed to act against Taliban, Haqqani Network

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The United States has once again accused Pakistan of not taking significant action against the militant outfits and accusing them of operating from “Pakistan-based safe havens” to threaten the US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. The US State Department, in its annual “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” released on Wednesday, said Islamabad has failed to take significant action to constrain ...

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US defense secretary Mattis asked to present long-term Afghan strategy

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WASHINGTON: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, as passed by the US House of Representatives on Friday, requires the defense secretary to provide an Afghan strategy beyond five years. “It directs the secretary of defense to provide an Afghanistan strategy that will look beyond the next five years to describe the trajectory of US efforts in Afghanistan and assess the timeline ...

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We will not have peace in the region without Pakistan: McCain

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ISLAMABAD: Peace will elude Afghanistan and the region at large without the involvement of Pakistan, a leading American lawmaker has acknowledged. McCain, a former US presidential runner and head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said during a visit to Islamabad on Sunday. “We will not have peace in the region without Pakistan.” After meetings with Pakistan’s foreign policy advisor Sartaj Aziz, and ...

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Trump administration to close special envoy’s office for Afghanistan and Pakistan

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The President Donald Trump administration will close the office of the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, it has been reported. According to the Wall Street Journal, quoting informed US sources, the office will be absorbed into the larger State Department division responsible for South and Central Asia. The officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said the acting US ...

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Pakistan affecting Afghanistan stability: Pentagon

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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on Tuesday said Pakistan was ‘the most influential’ external actor affecting Afghan stability and the military alliance’s mission. “Pakistan views the outcome of Afghanistan to be in its vital national interest and thus remains driven by its India-centric regional policy objectives,” the Pentagon said in its six monthly report to the Congress. It said the Afghan-oriented militant groups, including the ...

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Greater regional construct vital for lasting peace in Afghanistan: US

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WASHINGTON: Weeks ahead of presenting the revised Afghan strategy to the US President Donald Trump, the Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday called for a regional construct to bring lasting peace in this country. “Our military posture is part of a larger regional context in South Asia,” Mattis said before a Congressional subcommittee Thursday morning. “The revised Afghanistan strategy with ...

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Trump lands in Saudi Arabia, received by King Salman ahead of ‘Arab Nato’ summit

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US President Donald Trump (C) holds a bouquet of flowers upon being welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) during the former’s arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20. ─ AFP United States President Donald Trump has landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on his first trip abroad since taking office. He is reportedly also ...

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US announces new policy for Afghanistan, Pakistan

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KABUL: The US president Trump administration has taken the initiative to frame a new policy with an aim of not allowing terrorist outfits to use Afghanistan and Pakistan’s soil for launching terrorist attacks in any part of the world, ANI reported. The US National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster has said that the new US policy would be applied to both ...

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Decision on increasing NATO troops in Afghanistan to be taken soon: Stoltenberg

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KABUL: The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said the alliance will soon decide regarding the request to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan. Speaking to media during his trip to London, Stoltenberg said “We have received a request from our military authorities to increase our military presence in Afghanistan with a few thousand troops.” Stoltenberg further added “We are ...

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