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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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Afghan forces bravery, sacrifices hailed

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: NATO Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann has said Afghan security forces suffered terrible injuries while working towards peace and security for the Afghan people, a statement from the SCR office said on Saturday. “When more and more Afghan children can go to school, this is …

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US, UN and NATO vow support for Afghan media

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The United States and the United Nations on Monday condemned the ghastly terrorist attack in Kabul that killed 29 people, including nine journalists. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a strongly-worded statement, denounced the assault as senseless and barbaric, extending condolences to the families and friends of …

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Drone strikes to counter-balance Taliban offensive

AT-KABUL: Top defense officials have announced that Afghan forces used drones to detect and subdue Taliban’s spring fighting tactics in four zones of the country. The defense ministry spokesperson said drones provide a great counter-balance measure against the Taliban and give defense forces necessary information about its tactics. Muhammad Radmanish …

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NATO weights Afghan peace offer to Taliban

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The recent peace offer to the Taliban has been fully backed by the NATO member countries, terming it unprecedented opportunity to end the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan—taking huge toll on civilians. President Ashraf Ghani has offered unparalleled peace offer to the Taliban in order to bring a …

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US Maine Army National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The US Maine Army National Guard this spring will send to Afghanistan a unit that specializes in emergency medical evacuation of injured personnel, it has been reported. Company G, 3-126th General Support Aviation Battalion, a.k.a. MEDEVAC, will be deployed in the next two months, according to Maj. …

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