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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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London meeting backs Afghan peace talks: Peace Council

AT-KABUL: The High Peace Council calls a meeting held by the International Contact Group on Afghanistan ‘hopeful and with achievements. The meeting was held on Thursday in London in which, from the Afghan government, Umer Daduzai, head of the council’s secretariat had attended. The US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad …

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‘More time needed for peace negotiations’

KABUL: The U.S. Department of Defense has said that peace negotiations between Washington and the Taliban are ‘encouraging’ but need more time to culminate into a substantial result. The U.S. acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday said the negotiators should be given time, describing the talks as encouraging. “Now …

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Indonesia reaffirms commitment to restore peace in Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The government of Indonesia has reaffirmed commitments for bringing peace to Afghanistan. Special Envoy of Vice President of Indonesia for Afghanistan, Mr. Hamid Awaluddin said this in talks with the Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. Mr. Awaludin reaffirmed his country’s commitments for bringing peace to Afghanistan and expressed his country’s …

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Italy’s pondering troops pullout from Afghanistan baffling

A-KABUL: Italy’s Foreign Minister said Tuesday that he is not informed of Defense Minister’s announcement over troop’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that it was never informed of the intentions of the Minister of Defence, Elisabetta Trenta, before she released a statement to the press on …

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