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    Prisoner swap on agenda for talks with Taliban: US

    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.


    Obama cuts Afghan war funding request

    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.

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    Hagel replaces US units in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday issued his first deployment orders on Afghanistan, his spokesman said.


    India supports efforts to transform Afghan economy

    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.

    WASHINGTON, Sept 21, 2012: Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Department of State in Washington DC,


    US troops accused of failing to meet obligations to Muslims

    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.       


    NATO airstrike: US accepts responsibility for mistakes

    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 Pakistan.


    Forces acted in self-defence, but mistakes on both sides: US, NATO

    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.


    US supports Afghan-led reconciliation plan: Grossman

    WASHINGTON (PAN): A top American diplomat on Thursday said the US was in support of the Afghan government's reconciliation conversations with the Taliban.


    Bonn summit a success, says US diplomat

    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.