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    UNSC extends UNAMA mandate for a year

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United Nations Security Council on Monday extended the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year.


    US still open to signing BSA: White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States is still open to signing bilateral security agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan, the White House said Thursday, noting the delay in it would increase the risk.&


    Orderly troop drawdown needs 102 days: Dunford

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US military needs 102 days for orderly withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, NATO top commander in Kabul Gen Joseph Dunford said on Thursday.


    ‘Absence of US presence post 2014 to boost Al Qaeda’

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): General Joseph Dunford, Commander of US NATO forces in Afghanistan, on Wednesday warned that the complete withdrawal of American troops by the end of 2014 would only help boost the morale of terrorist organizations like al Qaeda.


    Direct conflict will come to an end this year: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The direct conflict in the sense of a traditional war will come to an end this year, top Pentagon leadership told lawmakers on Tuesday.


    Hyperspectral imaging: Afghanistan almost mapped

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A coalition of scientists from the US and Afghanistan Monday released 60 high-tech maps that will help chart a course for future economic development, officials from the two countries said. 


    ‘ANA success lies in ability to sustain’

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): An Afghanistan-based senior US military commander on Thursday said the key to Afghan National Army (ANA)’s success was in its long-term sustainability.


    Zero option: Pentagon predicts quick hedging activity

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): On the second consecutive day of his testimony before a Congressional hearing, a top Pentagon commander on Thursday insisted the “zero option” would give terrorist organisations an opportunity to regroup.


    Afghanistan’s long-term viability at risk: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A top Pentagon commander on Wednesday told US lawmakers that Afghanistan’s long-term viability was likely to be at high risk due an expected upsurge of extremists in the absence of a bilateral security agreement.


    Obama seeks $2.6b for Afghanistan in 2015 budget

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Seeking more than $2.6 billion for the programme in Afghanistan in the budget proposals for 2015, the Obama administration on Tuesday said Washington eyed a long-term partnership with Kabul post-2014.