Greater regional construct vital for lasting peace in Afghanistan: US


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


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


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


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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US may deploy 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

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KABUL: Around 3,000 more US troops could be sent to Afghanistan to stem a spike in insurgent-related violence, international media reports said on Tuesday. Under the proposals from the Pentagon and State Department, military commanders might be empowered again to hit Taliban leaders with air strikes, the BBC reported. The plan, including a request that other NATO members send 3,000-5,000 ...

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US to grant 2,500 more visas for Afghans under $1 trillion deal


KABUL: The United States government will grant 2,500 more visas for the Afghan nationals have worked with the US military in Afghanistan, it has been reported. The Afghan nationals will be granted with the visas under the deal that concluded on Sunday worth around $1 trillion. This comes as the US government had approved 1,500 more visas for the Afghan ...

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2017 to be another tough year for Afghanistan, says Defense Secretary Mattis

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KABUL: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned of “another tough year” in Afghanistan as he arrived here on an unannounced visit on Monday, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack that triggered anger and left the embattled army in disarray. Paying his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, Mattis met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials, as ...

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Pentagon chief in a surprise visit to Kabul: US continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghans


KABUL: The U.S Secretary of Defense, James Mattis said the US would continue to support Afghanistan and that both Taliban insurgents and the Islamic State (IS) militants, aka, Daesh terrorists would be defeated. Pentagon chief made a surprise visit to Kabul on Monday where he met with high-ranking Afghan officials. He also held discussion with US-led Resolute Support Commander Gen. ...

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US launches targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria


US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 6.— Reuters US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from which a deadly chemical attack was launched and added there could be no dispute that ...

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US Embassy says Afghan visa holders can visit US, rejects travel ban rumors


KABUL: The Embassy of the United States of America in Kabul has said the Afghan nationals holding valid visa can travel to the country, rejecting rumors circulating regarding the travel ban on Afghans to US. “Contrary to social media rumors about the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration, #Afghans with valid visas may travel to the United States,” according to a ...

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