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Czech parliament sanctions more troops in Afghanistan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Czech lawmakers have approved a government plan to increase the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan and other countries. The plan calls for the Czech Republic to deploy 390 soldiers in Afghanistan through 2020, up from the current 230, as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission …

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FATA-KP merger draws criticism in Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The government of Afghanistan on Sunday criticized Pakistan’s decision for the merger of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan’s National Assembly recently passed a bill for the FATA merger – a move Kabul alleges goes against the 1921 agreement between Afghanistan and the British India. Islamabad’s decision …

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US, NATO indirectly created class of Afghan warlords by funding poorly managed projects: Report

By John Grady-The United States, NATO and coalition partners indirectly created more warlords “who were just as bad as the terrorists themselves” for Afghans by pouring huge amounts of money into grandiose projects without proper oversight and coordination, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Thursday. Speaking at the …

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“Iran still harboring al Qaeda”

AT-KABUL: The Trump administration alleged that some top al Qaeda figures are hiding in Iran and the regime has been a sanctuary for al Qaeda since the 9/11 attacks. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a major policy speech said that Iran has long sponsored terrorism and refrains from …

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Iran highly likely behind Farah offensive: Pentagon

AT-KABUL: A Pentagon spokesperson has said that Iran is likely behind a fierce Taliban insurgent offensive on western Farah city. More than a thousand Taliban militants brutally assailed Farah city in the west early on Tuesday morning. U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson Dana White said that Pentagon can’t rule out …

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