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    Afghanistan neighbours needed for long-term solution

    KABUL (PAN): Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has said Afghanistan's neighbors needed to be engaged in order to find a long-term solution to the conflict there.



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    Terror war fought at cost of Afghan lives: govt

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government on Saturday condemned the September 11 attacks on the US which claimed the lives of thousands, but said the war against terrorism should not be fought at the cost of innocent Afghan civilians.



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    US on the offensive against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan: Obama

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The US has gone on the offensive against Al Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan and elsewhere, President Barack Obama said on Saturday.



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    NATO refutes Taliban chief's victory claims

    KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led coalition on Friday dismissed a claim by the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, that the insurgents were close to victory in Afghanistan, saying how could he possibly known what was going on as he was hiding out in Pakistan.



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    Obama pursuing a regional strategy on Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The US has not ruled out involving Iran in regional discussions on resoling the conflict in Afghanistan, a US official said.



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    Pentagon concerned by murder charges against soldiers

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon said it was seriously concerned by the charges levied against a group of US soldiers that they killed Afghan civilians at random and kept their body parts as souvenirs.



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    Burning can't harm Quran: Karzai

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday said that even if a US pastor went ahead with his threat to burn the Quran, it could not harm the holy book as it was alive in the hearts and minds of Muslims.



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    Obama urged to abandon military-led stratgey in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (PAN): A group of eminent American public policy practitioners, former officials and academics, have urged the Obama administration to accelerate the military withdrawal and focus on a more political resolution to the protracted Afghan conflict.



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    Parliamentary candidate quits race

    KANDAHAR (PAN): A parliamentary candidate from southern Kandahar province on Thursday said he had quit the race, citing the lack of security to campaign.



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    Omar urges fighters to protect civilians

    KABUL (PAN): The leader of Taliban movement, Mullah Muhammad Omar, in a message to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, on Thursday called on Taliban fighters not to hurt civilians.