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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Abrupt US pullout from Afghanistan opposed

John R. Bass

WASHINGTON: America cannot risk the dangers of leaving Afghanistan, President Trump’s nominee for US abassador to the war-torn country told lawmakers on Tuesday. “We cannot afford not to sustain our efforts in Afghanistan. As a nation, we cannot afford the increased risks and peril that would come from a wholesale departure or rapid reduction in our footprint in Afghanistan,” John R. Bass ...

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US aware of Afghan Taliban’s presence in Peshawar and Quetta: Gen John Nicholson

Gen John W. Nicholson

Gen John W. Nicholson, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, claimed on Saturday that the US was aware of Afghan Taliban leadership’s presence in Peshawar and Quetta, adding that the military would continue to put pressure on Taliban sanctuaries inside and outside Afghanistan. In an exclusive interview with Tolo News, the top commander discussed US President Donald Trump’s recent speech in ...

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Radical change in approach to Pakistan: US official

The White House

WASHINGTON: The United States has said it is time for Pakistan to demonstrate fully its willingness to assist America in achieving its core counterterrorism goals . “It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate fully that it is willing to assist the US in its core counterterrorism goals in the region,” a senior administration official told reporters during a conference call. Unlike in ...

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