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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No lasting actions taken by Pakistani military against Haqqani network: Gen. Votel


The commander of the United States Central Command General Joseph L. Votel has said the Pakistani military and security services have not taken lasting actions against the notorious Haqqani terrorist network inside its soil so far. In his statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Votel said “Pakistan remains a critical partner in the counter-terrorism fight. Twenty U.S-designated terrorist ...

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The Afghan Challenge for President Trump


The longest and the pricey war in Afghanistan was almost nonexistent in the election narrative of the recently concluded cacophonous presidential campaign in the United States. A war that drained the US exchequer by 600 billion and witnessed the death of 2247 US military personnel, along with 20000 more wounded. The costly and bloody war in Afghanistan may have failed ...

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Calexit: The move for Californian Independence Campaign from the U.S.


US: You heard it time and time again during the presidential election season: If Donald Trump wins, people will move out of the country. Now, it looks like a whole state might up and create a new country. On Thursday, California’s secretary of state gave the go-ahead to Yes California Independence Campaign to begin the process of collecting signatures necessary ...

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Trump suspends US refugee program, entry from seven Muslim countries


US President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new executive order Friday to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries. Making good on one of his most controversial campaign promises, and to the horror of human rights groups, Trump said he was making America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists”. “This is big stuff,” he ...

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US awards $9.3 million contract in support of Afghan Air Force


The United States has awarded a contract worth $9.3 million support of the Afghan Air Force, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said. “AAI Corp., doing business as Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a $9,352,070 predominantly firm-fixed-price contract for contractor logistics support and maintenance training services,” according to a press release by DoD. The statement further adds ...

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US would consider more troops for Afghanistan, Trump told Ghani


KABUL: The United States would consider sending more troops to Afghanistan in a bid to prevent further deterioration of the security of the country. The commitment was reportedly made during a telephone conversation between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Donald Trump in December last year when he was the president-elect of the United States. Afghan officials privy of the development ...

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Taliban’s open letter to Trump call for an end to Afghan war


KABUL: The Taliban militants group has issued an open letter to the US President Donald Trump, urging the new US leader to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan. The group which is accused of incurring the most casualties to the civilians admits in its letter that the 15 year war has caused human and material losses to both sides. Taliban ...

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