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WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Thursday said its soldier held hostage by the Taliban since 2009 should be released immediately, accepting that the issue of prisoners exchange was on the agenda for direct talks with the Afghan insurgents.The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Barack Obama on Friday slashed by 10 percent his funding request for the war in Afghanistan and other foreign operations, a White House official said.National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the president... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday issued his first deployment orders on Afghanistan, his spokesman said.“Secretary Hagel approved his first deployment orders this afternoon, including orders to deploy combat arms and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): India on Thursday said it remained committed to development and peace in Afghanistan and would continue to do so after 2014 when foreign troops are scheduled to withdraw from the country and hand over security to Afghan forces.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US military has failed to meet its obligations to the Muslim community, a top Pentagon official said, as he apologised to the American Muslims at a mosque during Friday prayers.       “Even as... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Hours after the US Department of Defense and NATO announced that its forces had committed mistakes on the Afghan-Pak border on November 26, the White House accepted its responsibility and vowed to address trust deficit with... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US and NATO-led forces acted in self-defence after being attacked on November 26, when 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed, but mistakes were committed by both sides, the Pentagon and the alliance said on Thursday.Neither NATO... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top American diplomat on Thursday said the US was in support of the Afghan government's reconciliation conversations with the Taliban. “Our message to everybody is the same to support Afghan-led and Afghan owned... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administration official on Friday said the recent Bonn conference was a success in which the international community committed itself to peace and security in Afghanistan. “I think that the Bonn conference was a success... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The strong reaction by Pakistan in the aftermath of the November 26 incident is having an immediate impact on the American strategy in Afghanistan, a top Obama Administration official said on Friday.The cross border attack left 24... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A local car dealer in California had been sued by the US Government for harassing its Afghan American employees.The lawsuit was filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in San Francisco, California after four... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration has full faith in Afghan President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. “President Karzai made a very important statement just this past week. He is not seeking a third... read more
WASHINGTON/KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday offered condolences to his US counterpart Barack Obama over the death of US Special Force members in a helicopter crash in central Maidan Wardak province. Speaking over the telephone, the... read more
WASHINGTON, DC (PAN): The drawdown of troops will continue as scheduled, even as the situation in Afghanistan remains challenging, the White House has said. “The situation continues to be a tough one and fighting continues to occur. But we... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Top US lawmakers on Friday supported the Af-Pak policy of the Obama administration, as it unveiled results of its first annual review of the war strategy that said gains in Afghanistan were fragile and reversible. Some lawmakers,... read more

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