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Two Moldovan pilots freed from Taliban captivity

AT Monitoring Desk KABUL: Two Moldovan pilots have been freed after spending 3 1/2 years in captivity in Afghanistan, President Igor Dodon has announced on Monday. “At the end of the week or the beginning of next week, I’ll fly to Moscow to return with the aviators to Chisinau,” Dodon …

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U.S. says no timetable for Afghan troop withdrawal

KABUL: The US envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has said that Washington still has no timetable to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, brushing off claims by the rebel Taliban that a ‘military drawdown’ deal has been struck. Khalilzad said: “To be clear, no troop withdrawal timetable exists”. Taliban deputy …

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‘US committed to achieving durable peace in Afghanistan’

AT News Report KABUL: The US Secretary Mike Pompeo in a telephonic conversation with President Ashraf Ghani, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to achieving a durable peace in Afghanistan. The secretary underscored Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad’s role in facilitating an inclusive peace process, US Department of State said …

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Trump pushes for Afghanistan withdrawal amid Republican opposition

KABUL: As opposition of US Senate Republications is growing over Afghanistan drawdown, President Donald Trump reiterated on Tuesday his rhetoric considering withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. In his State of the Union address hours after the Senate voted overwhelmingly for keeping US forces in Afghanistan, Trump defended his position and recalled …

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U.S. Senate opposes withdrawal from Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The US Senate voted on Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Syria, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. The lawmakers, voting resoundingly in favour of the American military stay in the war-torn country, warned a …

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Trump says everybody including Taliban ‘tired of war’

AT-KABUL: In the wake of fresh efforts by his special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad—who at same stage made progress in talks with Taliban in Qatar, the US President Donald Trump on Sunday said that Taliban and everyone become tired of war, and insisted on troop’s pullout from Afghanistan.  …

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Trump says, war in Afghanistan must finally end

AT-KABUL: President of the United States, Donald Trump said that wars in Afghanistan and Syria must be ended. “I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the “Endless Wars” of unlimited spending and death,” he tweeted on Friday. “During my campaign I said, very strongly, that these wars must …

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Puma helicopters power through Afghan winter

AT Monitoring Desk-Puma helicopters deployed to Afghanistan have continued to operate ‘despite the challenges the aircrew face from the Afghan winter, snow and mountainous terrain’, say the Royal Air Force. Squadron Leader Max Bond, Officer Commanding the UK’s Theatre Aviation Detachment, said: “Operating the aircraft is always a challenge because …

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