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    US now focused on South-Central Asia economies

    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.


    Afghans force can secure vote: Gen. Dunford

    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.


    Coalition for Afghan Democracy launched in US

    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.


    White House frustrated by prisoners’ release

    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. 


    Karzai unlikely to sign BSA: Congressman

    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.


    US to focus on drugs, rule of law beyond 2014

    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.


    Small post-2014 force in Afghanistan: Obama

    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.


    US pledges $15m to support CASA-1000 project

    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.


    $6.2b for Afghan forces in US defense bill

    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. 

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    Afghan transitions offer trade opportunity: US

    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.