Taliban and Haqqani network still able to operate from Pakistan: US


Washington has said the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network still retain the ability to operate from Pakistan. Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells told reporters on Friday that “We believe that the Taliban leadership and the Haqqani Network still retain an ability to ...

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CPEC passes through disputed territory: US


WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territory. “The One Belt, One Road also goes ...

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Trump ready for whatever steps necessary regarding Pakistan: Mattis


The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has warned that President Donald Trump is prepared to take whatever actions are necessary if Washington’s efforts fail to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Mattis said Washington considers to try one more time to work with Pakistan. He said “We need to try one ...

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50 dead, 200 injured in Las Vegas concert shooting, IS claims responsibility


People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard. ─ AP A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 as tens of thousands of frantic concert-goers ...

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Russian, Iran provide weapons to Afghan Taliban: Mattis

General Joseph Dunford

KABUL: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has accused Iran and Russia over armed support to Afghan Taliban, a media report said on Saturday. The Pentagon chief blasted Russia and Iran’s continued support to Taliban jihadists, echoing concerns previously expressed by US officials, including Gen. Nicholson, who has also noted that Pakistan is assisting the terrorist group as well. “Those two countries have suffered ...

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Terror safe havens in Pakistan unacceptable: US

General Joseph Dunford

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s new Afghan policy is based on the assumption that Pakistan cannot be a terrorist safe haven for and as such it is important for the plan to succeed, a top American general said on Tuesday. “There’s a key assumption in our — in the president’s South Asia strategy, that Pakistan cannot continue to be a sanctuary for Haqqanis, Taliban and ...

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Trump pushes Ghani to close Taliban office in Qatar


NEW YORK: The US President Donald Trump has stepped up efforts and pressures on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for the closure of the Taliban office in Qatar, a move which is apparently aimed at increasing pressures on the group as part of the new US strategy to combat terrorism and eliminate their sanctuaries from the region. Sources privy of the ...

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Time to expose countries supporting terror groups like Taliban: Trump


NEW YORK: The US President Donald Trump says it is time to expose and hold responsible the countries supporting the terror groups like Al-Qaeda and Taliban group. Speaking during the UN General Assembly, President Trump said “It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like Al Qaida, Hezbollah, the Taliban and others that slaughter ...

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3,000 additional US troops on their way to Afghanistan


KABUL: More than 3,000 additional US troops are their way to Afghanistan in line with President Donald Trump’s new strategy, media reports said on Tuesday. Defense Secretary James Mattis told a news conference at the Pentagon he had signed the order to send more troops to the war-torn country at the end of last month. The troops — half of them from ...

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Trump to meet President Ghani in New York: McMaster


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump would meet his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 21. US National Security Advisor HR McMaster said Friday Ghani would one of the select world leaders who Trump would be meeting on the margins of the General Assembly next week. “On Thursday, the president will meet ...

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