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WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday stoutly supported the new agreement for NATO to advise, train, and assist Afghan security forces after its combat operations end on Dec 31, media reports Saturday.A... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has issued more than 7,900 special immigrant visas to Afghans who risked their lives working for American forces in Afghanistan.In total more than 11,000 Afghans, taking into account their families, have... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Friday welcomed the prospect of improved co-operation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, calling President Ashraf Ghani’s trip to Islamabad as important in this regard. “We welcome the prospect of... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The three-day 10th annual US-Afghan business match-making conference would begin here from December 9, its organisers said on Monday.For those doing business in Afghanistan and the region, the Afghan-American Chamber of... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Describing Afghanistan as a positive part of the US-China relationship, Obama administration officials on Thursday said there had been increasing convergence of interest between the two countries on the issue. “Afghanistan... read more
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): For the first time after the political transition in Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama spoke with his Afghan counterpart Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai over the telephone late on Wednesday.Also present during the video... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan signed an agreement on electricity transit fees as part of the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project, known as CASA-1000.The accord was signed on the sidelines of the World... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Friday announced 1.4 billion euros in grant for Afghanistan to help the war-torn country boost development efforts post-2014.An agreement to the effect was signed between EU development commissioner... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The World Bank (WB) on Monday projected a dismal 1.5 percent growth rate for Afghanistan for the year 2014, attributing this to the uncertainty over political and security transition in the country.Notably the annual growth had... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US president Barack Obama on Friday congratulated Muslims over the performance of this year’s sacred Hajj pilgrimage and sent them best wishes for celebrating Eidul Adha."As our Muslim neighbours and friends gather for Eid... read more
 WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The delay in signing of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) has no impact on the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan, a top American military general based in Kabul said on Thursday. “We are absolutely on glide... read more
WALES, WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday said the United States and its NATO partners were doing everything to facilitate a peaceful transition in Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is struggling through this transition... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A Pakistan-based Taliban commander, along with four leaders of a Balochistan hawala network, has been designated as global terrorists by the US because of their terrorist activities inside Afghanistan.Haji Basir and Zarjmil... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Pentagon violated federal law by not providing necessary notifications to relevant Congressional committees about the exchange of five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl this... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is looking forward to close cooperation with the next government to further deepen the bilateral friendship, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.       Sending his best... read more
KABUL/WAHSHINGTON (Pajhwok): Condemning the terrorist attack that killed a US general in Kabul, the White House on Tuesday called the a painful reminder of the service and sacrifice made by Americans in Afghanistan.A man wearing an Afghan National... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Thursday welcomed the announcement that the vote audit process would be resumed on Saturday, saying the immense undertaking required hard work and commitment from many people involved."We welcome today's (... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Greeting Muslims across the globe on the occasion of Eidul Fitr, US President Barack Obama on Sunday said the festival celebrated common values that united humanity and reinforced obligations people of all faiths had towards... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Congratulating the people of Afghanistan on the successful second round of presidential elections, the White House on Saturday said it was looking forward to working with next government.“We look forward to working with the... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan was freed on Saturday in exchange for the release of five Taliban prisoners from the US-run Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.US President Barack Obama announced the... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistan would sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US in the very first week of him becoming president, frontrunner Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told a Washington audience on Friday.In a rare address through Skype... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok) US President Barack Obama on Friday expressed his condolences over the landslide in Afghanistan, where hundreds of people were feared dead and missing in the tragic incident trigged by heavy rains.“I want to say on behalf of the... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Preparing to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by this year’s end, the US is now focused on connecting the economies of South and Central Asia, a top President Obama administration official said Wednesday. “While the... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Although Afghan forces have made remarkable progress, they still need American support to build and sustain their capabilities, NATO top commander in Kabul told US lawmakers on Wednesday.    “After watching... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Ahead of the presidential elections, a group of leading foreign policy experts and women's rights advocates has come together to form the Coalition for Afghan Democracy."We know that the best way to help turn the page on a new... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Expressing disappointment over the release of dangerous prisoners, the White House on Friday urged the Afghan government to make every effort that those freed did not commit new acts of violence and terror. “We are... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai is unlikely to sign Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States before the upcoming presidential elections, an influential American lawmaker said on Thursday.“Afghanistan is difficult.... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States will remain committed to Afghanistan on issues related to illicit drugs and rule of law post 2104, an Obama administration official said on Thursday.“We will remain focused on three issues related to drugs and... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he was ready to keep a small force in Afghanistan post 2014, once the negotiated Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was signed.In his State of the Union Address, Obama did not reveal... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Wednesday announced a id="mce_marker"5 million grant for a major electricity transmission project which would transmit the much-needed power from Central Asia to Afghanistan and Pakistan.“We believe... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two key Congress committees on Monday reached a deal on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2014, approving $6.2 billion for Afghan forces, $1.5 billion less than the budget request.    The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The political and economic transition in Afghanistan offers tremendous opportunity for the countries of South and Central Asia to connect together in a common trade link, a top Obama Administration official said Tuesday. “As... read more
WASHNINGTON (PAN): In view of the anti-US demonstrations in Pakistan, the Pentagon on Tuesday announced to temporarily halt shipment of its retrograde cargo through ground lines of communication (GLOCS) as a precautionary measure.“We have... read more
WASHINGTON(PAN): The White House Tuesday urged the Karzai Government to promptly sign the bilateral security agreement and warned that in the absence of it the United States would be left with no other option but to plan withdrawal of all its troops... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon on Monday said the bilateral security agreement (BSA) would pave the way for a signing of status of forces agreement (SOFA) by NATO, which would finally lead to a determination of US and NATO forces presence in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Deputy Secretary, Ashton Carter, made his last foreign trip to Afghanistan meeting his top military leaders stationed in the country and discussed the progress made in the war against terror.“During his visit, Deputy... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House on Mondayexpressed concern over several Afghanistan-related provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2014, as passed by a key Senate committee.The provisions will constrain the ability of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States and its allies need to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 so as to ensure security of the international commitment inside that country, a top Pentagon commander said on Monday.Addressing a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, has been re-appointed as chair of the inter-governmental negotiations on Security Council reforms.This is the sixth consecutive session of the General Assembly for which Tanin will assume... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday vowed to work together for establishing a lasting peace in Afghanistan.Obama and Sharif were speaking after a 90-minute long one-on-one meeting at the White... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said he had assured President Hamid Karzai that Islamabad “wishes neither to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, nor do we have any favourites.”Sharif, who is Washington on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who met with his Afghan counterpart Bismillah Khan Mohammadi in Brussels on Wednesday, said an early conclusion of the bilateral security agreement was in the best interest of the two countries.At... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday assured the Americans his government would do everything it could to support the realization of peace and stability in Afghanistan. “Pakistan will do all it can to support the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who arrived here on Sunday for a four-day official visit, held talks with Secretary of State John Kerry on the situation in Afghanistan and other issues of common interest.“The discussion... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are likely to discuss a wide-range of bilateral issues, including the current situation in Afghanistan and the reconciliation process, when they will be meeting on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to end the combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.“We both reaffirmed our commitment to make sure that when we end... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Indian ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao will host a benefit gala next week here for children and widows being supported by the Nooristan Foundation, organisers said Thursday.Marie Kux, the not-for-profit organization president,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday felicitated an Afghan war veteran with the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honour, for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban in the Ganjal Valley four years ago.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The World Bank has projected a steep decline in Afghanistan’s growth rate from a high 14.4 percent in 2012 to a low 3.1 percent in 2013, attributing the decline to increasing uncertainty stemming from political and security... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top American diplomat, who has been nominated by President Obama as his point person for South and Central Asia, has said “there is a lot of anxiety among regional players about post-2104 Afghanistan."“At the same time there is a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Informal negotiations between US and Afghan officials to complete the text of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) have now been moved to Kabul, the State Department has said. “Negotiators from both sides have made a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States would not divert its attention from the war against terrorism in Afghanistan in the wake of the proposed military strike in Syria, the Pentagon said on Thursday. “We are not taking our eye off the ball in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Asserting that the war against terrorism in Afghanistan is not yet over because of the resilience of the Taliban, a top American general on Wednesdayasserted that due to the significant increasing in the capabilities of the Afghan... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan has made inspiring progress across many sectors, creating a better life for its citizens, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, greeting the Afghans on their country’s Independence Day.Sending the Afghans best wishes... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have not only taken the lead in the country’s security, but also winning the war against the insurgents, a top American commander based in Afghanistan said Wednesday, noting that they... read more
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said on Friday that Al Qaeda's regional units still posed a threat but the network was weaker overall, saying his country wanted to strengthen individual countries' capacity to target these militants.“This... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States and Russia on Friday agreed to work together for bringing about peace and stability to Afghanistan, believing it was in their interest.       “We noted that it serves our mutual... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Washington would keep its consulate in the Pakistani city of Lahore closed, the US State Department said on Friday, a day after pulling out staff due to a credible threat to the facility.The department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Thursday appeared to be supportive of President Hamid Karzai’s offer to the Taliban to open their political office in Afghanistan, saying this has always been the American goal. “We have supported, of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US on Friday ordered the evacuation of nonessential government personnel from Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, because of a specific threat to the consulate there, a US official said.The State... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said though the core of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan-Pakistan region was on the path to defeat, yet his country would continue to be threatened by like-minded extremists. “Osama bin Laden is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States would go for “zero option” – meaning no troops on the ground – only if the government of Afghanistan wanted so, a top Obama Administration official has said, believing Kabul was not in favour of such an option... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House has strongly asserted that the main reconciliation talks would be between the Afghan government and the Taliban, but the US would have its own talks on a set of issues including the release of a soldier.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): No activity other than peace talks is unacceptable from the newly-opened Taliban office in Doha, the top Afghan ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday. “I wish to also make clear to the international community, all... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Wednesday said that no direct talks with the Taliban had been scheduled as yet and the officials earlier planning to travel to Qatar in this regard were still in Washington.“Because we’re working with the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry called Afghan President Hamid Karzai twice in the past 24 hours to ease his anger over the way the Taliban announced the opening of their political office in Qatar.State Department spokesman Jen... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Barack Obama said Tuesday the agreement between the US and the Taliban to hold direct talks “is an important first step”, but was quick to acknowledge a bumpy road lied ahead in the process. “This is an important... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Leading a team of officials, Ambassador James Dobbins, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is heading to Qatar on Tuesday to begin talks with the Taliban on their reconciliation with the Afghan government,... read more
Washington (PAN): The United States on Tuesdaysupported the statement of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, to move peace talks with the Taliban from Doha to Afghanistan as soon as possible. “I think we would agree with the statement with the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday they were pleased with what was happening in Qatar, calling the opening of a Taliban office in the Arab country as “good news”.    “It is good news,” Kerry told... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US on Tuesday called the opening of a Taliban political office in Doha as a frist significant step, urging the Karzai government to hold direct talks with them. “Today is an important first step in the peace process,” said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A key US senator on Monday announced he was putting a hold on $75 million American aid to Afghanistan until President Barack Obama offered a rationale to the alleged CIA cash payments to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.Senator... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed an experienced litigator, Cliff Sloan, as his special envoy to lead the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees abroad and manage the multitude of diplomatic issues related to President... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States will complete security transition to Afghan forces by 2014 and will work with the Afghan government to train its security forces to ensure al Qaeda never again establish a safe haven there, President Barack Obama... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States praised India’s role in Afghanistan, but refrained from making any comment on the reported move by President Hamid Karzai to seek military equipment from New Delhi post 2014.“We welcome efforts by Afghanistan's... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan women are evincing increasing interest in joining the country’s army and the police force, reflecting the significant progress made by them, a top Pentagon official told lawmakers on Friday.Family pressure is the biggest... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): America’s developmental assistance for more than a decade has created favourable conditions for US troops’ return and a stable and secure country, a top official of Obama administration told lawmakers on Thursday.“I believe the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Pakistan continues to be worried about India’s role in Afghanistan and is expected to do so in the future, a top US intelligence official said on Thursday. “The tenet to remember here is that the primary strategic interests of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A deadly explosion ripped through a fertiliser plant in a Texas city late Wednesday night, killing at least three people and injuring more than 200, with 40 injured are said to be in critical condition.West Mayor Tommy Muska told... read more
Washington (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, on Wednesday said that after 2014 the US budget would continue its commitment to support a unified and sovereign Afghanistan. Sending his annual budget to the Congress, in which he proposes $3.4... read more
WASHINGTON(PAN): Over a phone call on Tuesday, President Hamid Karzai and his US counterpart Barack Obama discussed Karzai's recent trip to Doha on opening of the Taliban office, the progress made in reconciliation and security transition, the White... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States, reiterating its support for Afghanistan’s sovereignty and efforts of all countries to help the country manage its security on its own. “We have our own channels to all of those countries with regard to the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Parwan detention facility would be transferred to Afghan control by Monday, the Pentagon announced on Saturday, after the two countries reached an agreement in this regard, meeting one of the key demands of the Karzai... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ahmad Sarmast, director and founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, has been named "Person of the Year" by Radio Azadi in recognition of the opportunity he has given to the nation’s children to flourish through... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House said on Friday that the Obama administration was working closely with the Karzai government on completing the transfer of all detention facilities currently controlled by the US in Afghanistan.“We certainly are... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): India's ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, said on Friday that overland trade from Afghanistan to her country via Pakistan would be a boon to regional stability, insisting New Delhi wanted closer trade ties with Islamabad, despite... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top ISAF commander in Afghanistan has said the Taliban and other terrorists in the country now faced a very capable Afghan security forces (ANSF) who he said were better equipped and trained than ever before. “This enemy (... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon on Tuesday said the US and Afghanistan were required to work together to keep the transition process on track, taking a strong issue with the notion that the Americans were somehow colluding with the Taliban."The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US continued to work with Afghanistan on the transfer of a key detention centre and its detainees at the Bagram Airfield north of Kabul to the Afghans, the White House said on Monday.The US military two days ago delayed the... read more
WASHINGTON/KABUL (PAN): Reacting to President Hamid Karzai's recent remarks that the Americans and the Taliban are colluding, the White House and the NATO top commander in Afghanistan said "the assertion is categorically false."Karzai has said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday presented 2nd Lieutenant Malalai Bahaduri of Afghanistan with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award at a glittering function held at the State Department. “For courageous... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Eight in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of Afghanistan, making among the worst rated country out of 22 asked about, a latest opinion poll said on Thursday.Afghanistan, is slightly above neighbouring Pakistan which is ranked... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghans would be transitioned drone capabilities so they could keep an eye along its eastern border with Pakistan, a top American general said on Wednesday.Gen James Mattis, Commander of US Central Command, told members of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Chinese assistance to Afghanistan is modest compared with aid from India, which has a holistic view of what it needs to do in the country, a US official told lawmakers on Wednesday. “China has an assistance program for... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Wednesday said that Pakistanneeded to do more on preventing the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) precursor, into Afghanistan. “We’ve been clear that Pakistan must do more.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States has a clear and achievable objective in Afghanistan as the country prepares to withdraw its troops by the end of 2014, incoming Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday. “In Afghanistan, where 66,000 of our... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama called his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Tuesday to inform him of his decision to withdraw some 34,000 of American 60,000 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan in the next one year, senior... read more
WASHINGTOM (PAN): Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday 3,000 proposed residual US troops in Afghanistan after the 2014 deadline would be too little and 30,000 would be too many, calling some kind of residual force as important to... read more
WASHINGTON: (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday phoned President Hamid Karzai and discussed with him a host of issues concerning the peace talks, the bilateral security agreement and next year’s presidential elections in Afghanistan.In... read more
WASHINGTON\(PAN): The State Department said on Thursday the third round of negotiations over the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the US and Afghanistan had been successful and constructive, asserting the talks would be complete before the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States would continue to work to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan, the new US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said Monday, welcoming a group of Afghan musicians  in one of his first public appearance as the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two top American lawmakers have urged the White House not to reduce the size of Afghan national forces after 2014.In a letter to US National Security Advisor (NSA) Tom Donilon, Senators Carl Levin and Jack Reed urged the Obama... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday categorically ruled out jumping into the electoral race in 2014, saying he would be happy with the tag of a retired president.“For me, the greatest of my achievements will be a proper, well-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday categorically ruled out jumping into the electoral race in 2014, saying he would be happy with the tag of a retired president. “For me, the greatest of my achievements will be a proper, well-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): American forces would remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when security transition is to be completed, but would be stationed only at certain facilities in limited numbers to continue fighting against al Qaeda and its affiliates,... read more
 WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Friday announced to pull back its troops from villages to their bases -- a move that President Hamid Karzai hoped would restore Afghanistan’s sovereignty. “The US forces will pull out from villages, will... read more
  WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Friday announced to pull back its troops from villages to their bases -- a move that President Hamid Karzai hoped would restore Afghanistan’s sovereignty. “The US forces will pull out from villages,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Friday agreed on the opening of a Taliban office in Doha that could play a key role in political reconciliation.  “We recommitted our nations to a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Expressing satisfaction over the progress being made by Afghan forces, US President Barack Obama on Friday announced coalition forces would move to a support role this spring and the war will come to a responsible end by next year... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan would favourably look into the US demand for immunity to its soldier after 2014 without compromising its sovereignty, President Hamid Karzai said on Friday.Bu this US counterpart Barack Obama insisted it would be... read more
Washington (PAN): General John Allen, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan will be replaced by General Joseph Dunford in next month, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday.“I do not have a precise date. I think it is going to be sometime... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama would take a decision on the recommendation of General John Allen, top US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan, on the presence of American troops after 2014 soon after the security transition is... read more
 WASHINGTON (PAN): Ahead of a crucial President Hamid Karzai next week's visit to Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned her Qatari counterpart to discuss Afghanistan among other issues, her spokesperson said on Wednesday... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has resigned, a US foreign policy blog reported on Tuesday.Grossman, whose resignation takes effect December 14, plans to return to private life, the Cable... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama has not yet decided on the troop level to be maintained in Afghanistan after 2014, when security transition to Afghan forces is scheduled to complete, the White House said on Monday.“He (Obama) has not (... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Tuesday told terrorist outfits, including Al Qaeda and Taliban, not to be under any illusion that they could roam free after the 2014 withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.“We are not going... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top American general, encouraged by their enhanced capabilities during his recent visit to the country, told US lawmakers Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) would be able to meet the nation’s security requirement after the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon is working with the White House on various options for maintaining a military presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 pullout by NATO-led troops, US defense secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.General John Allen,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Gen John Allen, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has become a subject of investigation in connection with a sex scandal involving ex-CIA director David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.However... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still planning to leave the Obama administration in January, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.“She seems pretty set in her plans; I think you probably misread a little... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The UN Security Council’s Taliban sanctions committee on Monday slapped global curbs on the Haqqani network, a rebel outfit in Afghanistan, and its chief of suicide operations, Qari Zakir.US Ambassador to the United Nations... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Less than 100 hours ahead of the election on November 6, US President Barack Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden listed the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and plans to end the war in Afghanistan as their major... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With its capabilities growing steadily, the Afghan military is taking greater leadership on missions and operations, a Pentagon official said on Friday, acknowledging the challenges being faced by Kabul in sustaining its security... read more
Washington, October 25, 2012 (PAN): A top Canadian politician has nominated Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani child activist who was recently shot by the Taliban, for the 2013 Nobel Peace prize.Bob Rae, the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party, on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Strongly condemning incidents of violence against women in Afghanistan, the Obama administration on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to their rights.State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told her daily news conference... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman is travelling to Turkey to attend a meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Afghanistan, the State Department said on Tuesday.He would also visit... read more
Washington : (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Afghan counterpart Zalmay Rasool on Wednesday announced their respective negotiators for a bilateral security agreement to establish a framework of their future security relationship... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is set to publicly recognise the significant role played by Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Afghanistan and Iraq on Monday.At a ceremony to be attended by Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Increasing insider attacks would in no way diminish US President Barack Obama’s the commitment to the completion of security transition in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the White House said Sunday.“These attacks do not diminish... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Senior officials from Afghanistan, India and the United States on Tuesday met for the first time in New York as part of a newly-formed trilateral group created to collaborate in Afghanistan.A senior Afghan official said the meeting... read more
NEW YORK (PAN) President Hamid Karzai warned on Tuesday periodic Pakistani shelling of the Afghan villages in eastern provinces could threaten relations between the two neighbours and undermine regional security.Addressing the UN General Assembly in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Haqqani network meets the criteria to be designated as a global terrorist organisation, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed the Congress on Friday, announcing her intention to slap sanctions against this Pakistan-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Six Army soldiers and three Marines received administrative punishments for their involvement in two episodes in Afghanistan -- the burning of copies of the Quran and the posting of a video showing Marines urinating on dead... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A bipartisan group of American senators on Wednesday introduced a resolution supporting the US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership.Sponsored by top lawmakers, the resolution, praises the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement that... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has pledged to successfully complete security transition in Afghanistan by 2014, lambasting the Obama administration’s Afghan policy.“I have been critical of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ahead of the Tokyo meeting on Afghanistan in July, India would host a conference to boost international private-sector investment in the war-battered country, the Obama administration announced on Thursday.“India will also host on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Echoing the remarks of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday expressed frustration over Pakistan’s unwillingness to take strong action against the Haqqani network.“It... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon said Wednesday that one of the United States’ goals in Afghanistan was to prevent the country from becoming an Al Qaeda safe haven again.The US has made considerable progress in dismtalinng the terror network in... read more
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (PAN): In a major breakthrough, Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday agreed to extend their transit trade agreement to Central Asia, a move that will boost bilateral and regional trade.The decision was taken during a meeting between... read more
Chicago / Washington, May 21, 2012 (PAN): Led by the US President, leaders of the powerful NATO countries pledged to chart the next phase of transition in Afghanistan, as their two-day meeting kicked off on Sunday.     ... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Newly-inaugurated French socialist President Francois Hollande assured his American counterpart Barack Obama that France would continue supporting Afghanistan but in a “different way” -- a commitment that would be revealed in... read more
WASHINGTO (PAN): Pakistan ws preparing to open the vital NATO supply route to Afghanistan, a top American commander said on Wednesday, noting that there had been considerable progress in talks between US and Pakistani officials.General John Allen,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States remains committed to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) programme which is doing “a good job” and has made considerable progress in increasing its capabilities and strength, the Pentagon said Monday.“Transition is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Strategic Partnership Agreement signed by US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai reflected a common vision for a strong relationship between both the countries, a top American official said on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Corruption and terrorist safe havens pose greatest challenge to Afghanistan, a top Pentagon official has said expressing frustration over the lack of commitment from Islamabad to take strong action against these safe hideouts.“The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday said intelligence information available led to the belief that the Haqqani Network was responsible for the coordinated multiple suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday.“The intelligence... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Adopting a policy of carrot and stick, the Pentagon leader on Thursday said a military-to-military relationship with Pakistan was improving.But another defence official told Congressmen the US would consider a “range of options”... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai is committed to eliminating corruption from the government, a top American commander said on Friday, acknowledging the deep-rooted menace could not be resolved in a day.“I believe that President Karzai... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The UN Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for a year to continue supporting crucial security transition in the country.In an unanimous resolution, the 15-membered... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Despite recent setbacks like civilian killings and the Quran burning incident, security transition in Afghanistan is on the right track, a top UN officials in the country said on Tuesday.“The transition so far has been on target... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Undeterred by recent developments in Afghanistan, including the Quran desecration incident, US President Barack Obama remains focused on his goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating Al Qaeda and its allies in this country, a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN):  US President Barack Obama on Monday ruled out any “rush” in the exit of American troops from Afghanistan following the spate of recent incidents, including the “heartbreaking” tragedy of killing of civilians by a US soldier... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan security forces are increasingly demonstrating their ability to protect people of the country and take a major lead in counter-terrorism operations, a top US army general stationed in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.“The ANSF... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Without confirming or denying any meeting with the Taliban, the United States has once again said its goal is Afghans talking to Afghans.“Our goal is to get to a point where it's Afghans talking to Afghans and we're not needed to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): There is no alternative to direct peace negotiation between various parties, Afghanistan said, reiterating its stance that it would have preferred a Taliban political bureau within the country.In a video tele-conference with... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ahead of the Bonn international conference next month, the United States and European Union reiterated their commitment to the peace process in Afghanistan and hoped the meeting in Germany would yield desired results."We have a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is trying to get the Afghan National Army (ANA), which is growing in strength, to assume more combat responsibilities, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said."We're trying to get the Afghan army and police to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved $133.6 million in financial assistance to Afghanistan, giving a major boost to the country’s fragile economy and endorsing the steps being taken by Afghan government to strengthen... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The overall security situation in Afghanistan has improved considerably, but insurgent safe havens continue to exist in areas along the Pakistan border, the Pentagon said on Friday.The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Coming out in defence of President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said his recent statement that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan and not America was misunderstood and taken out of context."It was taken... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As much as 90 percent of the text of Strategic Partnership between the US and Afghanistan has been agreed upon, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told lawmakers on Thursday.Testifying before a Congressional committee,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Continuing with its tightening of the noose around Pakistan-based terror outfits, the US Treasury Department has announced sanctions on five top Taliban and Haqqani leaders.The announcement from the US Treasury Department came on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Haqqani Network carried out the attack on the US embassy in Kabul this month with support from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has said.Admiral Mike Mullen, testifying before... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan national security forces' response to the situation arising out of the latest terrorist attack in Kabul is demonstration of their capabilities and strength, a top ISAF official has said.The insurgents were trying to get... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Identifying 22 major drug transit or illicit drug-producing countries, US President Barack Obama has said Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium."Afghanistan remains the world's largest producer of opium poppy... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As a result of a sustained counterterrorism campaign, senior leaders of Al Qaeda are being eliminated at a rate far faster than they can be replaced, a top Pentagon intelligence official has said."Al Qaeda remains a very dangerous... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A new strategic partnership is intended to provide a transparent political framework for long-term cooperation between the US and Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson said on Thursday."It will reaffirm our shared commitment... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Despite being badly damaged, the Al Qaeda network continues to poses a threat to the United States, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said. "Even though we've badly damaged Al Qaeda and their ability to conduct attacks... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is working with India to make Afghanistan stand on its own feet in terms of economic viability, an Obama administration official said on Wednesday. Afghanistan's economic stability was one of the major... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama telephoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Wednesday to express condolences on the death of his brother, Ahmed Wali Karzi. “The President this morning placed a call and spoke briefly with... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US-Afghan Women’s Council met on Wednesday to discuss the future of women in Afghanistan as the country moves towards full responsibility for its security at the end of 2014. The council acknowledged that the advancement... read more
WASHINGTON, DC (PAN) – In a Wednesday evening speech, US President Barack Obama announced a plan to withdraw 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years and completely hand over security to Afghan forces by 2014. He said that... read more
WASHINGTON, DC (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan will be the first major challenges for Leon Panetta, the CIA Director, who on Tuesday was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as the country’s next defense secretary. Panetta will... read more
WASHINGTON(PAN): Claiming that President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks on talks with the Taliban had been misinterpreted, Afghanistan’s top diplomat in the United States told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview Tuesday that the United... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday slapped sanctions against a Haqqani terror network commander, Badruddin Haqqani, but the State Department said it had no plan to designate the Pakistan-based Afghan militant group... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN):  The Obama Administration is reviewing the situation on the ground in Afghanistan in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's killing, the White House said Monday, but insistedtroop drawdown to begin scheduled. “The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ruling out any change in its Af-Pak policy after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death, the White House has said a drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan remains on track. "I think the president's plan is on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): In the aftermath of massive jailbreak in Kandahar province, a US commander who just completed his tenure in the region has predicted an upsurge in violence in the country. "Any time you have a jailbreak of that nature, you... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A US Army contractor has pleaded guilty in relation to stabbing an individual with a knife at the Kandahar Airfield, the Justice Department said on Monday. Sean T. Brehm, hailing from the Cape Town city of South Africa, faces a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Key opposition leader Dr Abdullah Abdullah, currently on a 10-day visit to Washington, has accused President Hamid Karzai of being part of the problem in Afghanistan. "I'm pretty sure that he will make attempts in order... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Thursday urged the Obama Administration to ensure a responsible security transition in Afghanistan.  “A responsible transition will require a strengthened civilian... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US president Barack Obama has told the Congress that for stability and peace in Afghanistan, his administration planned to intensify regional diplomacy in 2011. “In 2011, we will intensify our regional diplomacy to enable a... read more
WASHINGTON/KABUL (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on Saturday phoned President Hamid Karzai to express his shock over a bloody attack on a UN compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif that killed at least 10 foreign employees of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US president Barack Obama and the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on Friday led the international community in worldwide condemnation of a bloody attack on a UN compound in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution, extending the UN mission in Afghanistan by one year. In a strong show of solidarity, all the 15-members of the powerful body of the UN voted in favour... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US army has apologised for the distress caused by the publication of what it described as “repugnant” photographs showing US soldiers posing with what appears to be the bodies of Afghan civilians. The German... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Maria Bashir, the prosecutor general for western Herat province, received the prestigious International Women of Courage award at a glittering ceremony in washington attended by the wife of the US president, Michelle Obama.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN):  Afghanistan is currently experiencing gross outflows of currency, with hundreds of millions of dollars transported out of the country every year by a variety of means, the State Department has said. "Terrorist and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is set to hold consultations on a wide range of bilateral security issues with visiting his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak on Wednesday. "The secretary of defense hosts an honour... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The process of transition to Afghan security lead will begin in March and conclude by the end of 2014, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. Delivering a major foreign policy speech on Afghanistan in New York on Friday,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Noting that people of Afghanistan are up against a determined insurgency, a top counter-terrorism official of the Obama Administration on Thursday expressed concerns over the high level of corruption and drug trafficking. “... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The strained US-Pakistan relationship over the issues of diplomatic immunity to an American national, Raymond Allen Davis, who has been detained on possible murder charges, could have a direct bearing on the scheduled tri-lateral... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Nearly $50 million of US reconstruction funds in are at serious risk of waste, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Arnold Fields has warned. "If the US government continues to spend millions of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan would take care of its security on its own by 2014 and the transition to Afghan lead would commence in July this year, US President Barack Obama has said. "What I've said is that starting in July of this year... read more

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