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    Focus on Afghanistan undiluted: State Dept

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Obama administration on Wednesday said there had been no diversion or dilution of its attention on Afghanistan in the wake of the US launching an offensive against the ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.



    Governance

    Haqqani network threat to Afghan stability: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Pakistan-based Haqqani network posed a serious threat to peace and stability in Afghanistan post 2014, a top American counter-terrorism official told lawmakers on Wednesday.



    Governance

    Obama under fire for Taliban prisoner swap

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Republican-controlled US House of Representatives on Tuesday condemned President Barack Obama for swapping five Taliban prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without notifying them.



    Governance

    Hagel, Bismillah discusses election audit process

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, met his Afghan counterpart, Bismillah Khan Mohammadi to discuss progress in the election audit process, as well as the security situation in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.



    Governance

    No change in troop drawdown strategy: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama reserves the right to make adjustment to his Afghan policy, a senior White House official said on Friday, ruling out any change to the post-2014 troop drawdown strategy.



    Governance

    NATO Summit to discuss post 2014 scenario

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Amid uncertainty that who would represent Afghanistan at next week’s NATO Summit in Wales, the post-2014 scenario in the war-torn country and the current situation in Ukraine would dominate the proceedings of the important session.



    Governance

    Candidates to accept results, hopes US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Asserting that it will be premature to draw conclusions from the vote audit, the United States on Wednesday hoped the two presidential candidates would accept its outcome.



    Governance

    Afghan leaders need hard compromise: Obama

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Amidst a lingering dispute over the auditing of votes, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the leaders of Afghanistan needed to make hard compromise for the sake of their country's future and security.



    Governance

    Campbell leadership comes at defining moment: Hagel

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): As General John Campbell assumes command of International Assistance Security Force (ISAF), US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday said his leadership came at a defining moment in Afghanistan.



    Governance

    US doubles reward for Siraj Haqqani to $10m

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US on Wednesday announced doubling its rewards on Sirajuddin Haqqani to $10 million for information leading to his arrest.