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US use Afghanistan’s territory to test weapons

Kabul (Web Desk ) Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the ISIS terrorist group is a product and tool of the United States, which uses Afghanistan’s territory to test weapons. “ISIS is a US product,” Karzai said in an exclusive interview, adding that the group he described as clearly a foreign-backed …

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New US strategy seeks long-term engagement with Afghanistan

WASHINGTON(Web Desk ) The US Department of Defence has informed Congress that it has prepared a new strategy for Afghanistan, which includes a long-term engagement with the country and possible deployment of additional American troops. “Afghanistan is a very important partner for the United States in a very tricky region,” …

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Trump admin ready for long-term military presence in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON(Web Desk ) The Trump administration is negotiating a proposal with the Iraqi government for a continued presence of US troops in Iraq even after the ongoing campaign against the militant Islamic State militants is over, officials say. The US media reported earlier this week that the Trump administration also …

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declined invitation for Pakistan visit

Kabul (Web Desk )Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has declined invitations extended by top civil and military officials to visit Pakistan, BBC Urdu reported on Wednesday. Quoting the president’s Deputy Spokesman Dawa Khan Minapal, BBC Urdu reported that Ghani, who met with Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Naveed Mukhtar and National …

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8 killed as powerful blast targets foreign forces in Kabul

KABUL: (Web Desk) A powerful blast targeting a convoy of foreign forces near the US embassy in Kabul killed at least eight people and wounded 25 Wednesday, mainly civilians, officials said, in the latest attack to strike the Afghan capital. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the toll from the …

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US aims to eliminate IS from Afghanistan this year

KABUL: (Web Desk) After dropping a monster bomb on its fighters, then targeting its leader, the US military is looking to destroy the militant Islamic State (IS) group’s Afghan branch before battle-hardened reinforcements arrive from Syria and Iraq. While US and Kabul government forces have mainly been combatting Taliban fighters …

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Stop pointless, unholy war: Hekmatyar tells Taliban

KABUL: (Web Desk) In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations. “I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy …

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US losing ‘tremendous amount’ defending Saudi Arabia: Trump

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) President Donald Trump has criticized Saudi Arabia for not paying its fair share in return for the US security umbrella. “Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia,” Trump said in an interview with …

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Afghan Taliban announce start of ‘spring offensive’

KABUL: (Web Desk) The Afghan Taliban launched their “spring offensive” Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating attack on a military base one week ago. Operation Mansouri — named after the group’s former leader, who was killed in a …

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Civilian casualties decline slightly in Afghanistan: UN

NEW YORK: (Web Desk) Civilian casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said on Thursday, a rare drop that officials attributed mostly to residents fleeing areas of fighting. From January to March there were 715 civilians killed and …

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