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Pentagon endorses non-military solution for Afghanistan, says State Dept

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Both civil and military officials in the United States believe that there’s no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that’s why Washington is committed to a peace deal between Kabul and the Taliban, says the US State Department. US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, is currently …

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10 security personnel, 15 civilians killed in Afghan fighting

KABUL (Web Desk) 15 Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shia militia forces fighting the Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday, officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued. The fighting in Jaghori district, an area inhabited mainly by Shia ethnic …

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US special envoy to visit Afghanistan, Pakistan

WASHINGTON DC / MOSCOW (Web Desk) United States special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from November 8 to 20 to push for peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, the US State Department said on Thursday. Khalilzad met Taliban leaders …

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Peace talks in Moscow ‘not about holding negotiations’, say Taliban

Moscow (Web Desk) Moscow on Friday hosted international talks on Afghanistan aimed at kickstarting direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, both of whom sent delegations. Russia hopes “through joint efforts to open a new page in the history of Afghanistan,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said as …

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War on terror left half a million dead in 17 years, says report

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) War-related violence has killed 65,000 people in Pakistan in the last 17 years, including 23,000 civilians, 9,000 security personnel and 90 American contractors, says a report released on Thursday. The rest of the casualties were anti-government fighters. The report by the Brown University’s Costs of War Project notes …

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US shoring up support for Geneva conference on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process were the two key items discussed during this week’s US-Pakistan talks in Islamabad, said an official US statement released on Wednesday. US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian …

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Taliban kill 20 Afghan troops in attack on post near Iran border

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban militants attacked a border outpost in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 20 Afghan soldiers in the latest assault likely to compound fears that security forces are facing an unsustainable casualty toll. Sparsely-populated Farah, on the border with Iran, has seen months of heavy fighting, with hundreds of …

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Afghan Taliban to ‘join’ Moscow peace talks

Kabul (Web Desk)  The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks being hosted by Rus­sia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Monday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations. But Taliban spokesman Zabih­ullah Mujahid said they had not formally agreed to take part. Russia invited 12 countries …

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Afghan govt’s control over territories reaches record low

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Afghan government has lost control over a record number of districts this year, although Taliban too have lost some areas, says an official US report sent to Congress this week. The report — that covers the period between July 1 and Sept 30, 2018, — identifies a …

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Ashraf Ghani to seek re-election next year

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced on Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country’s top job ahead of the ballot. Mr Ghani, who was elected in a controversial poll in 2014, is expected to present himself to war-weary voters as …

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