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    US hopes for fair vote count, BSA signing

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States, United Nations, Canada and NATO on Saturday congratulated the people of Afghanistan, in particular the security forces, on the successful and peaceful completion of the presidential election.



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    Al Qaeda affiliates pose terrorist challenge: UN

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Al Qaeda and its affiliates including Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan pose a direct terrorist challenge to Afghanistan, UN experts said in a report on Friday, saying the Taliban remain divided on the value of political engagement.



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    Decisions in Afghanistan not on Iraq model: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Amidst disappointing performance by the Iraqi soldier trained by it, the Pentagon on Friday asserted that the American decisions on Afghanistan are not based on Iraqi model and in fact the US is committed to further the capability and competency of the Afghan forces.



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    Abdullah to forge close links with neighbours

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Leading presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday promised a new spirit of friendship and partnership with Afghanistan's neighbours and global players including the United States, if voted to power in the June 14 presidential elections.



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    No change in decisions on Afghanistan: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Obama administration has ruled out any change in its decisions regarding Afghanistan, particularly those related to troop numbers, due to the sudden resurgence of militancy in Iraq.



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    Pentagon scraps delivery of patrol boats to ANP

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Pentagon purchased eight patrol boats worth $3 million for the Afghan National Police (ANP), only to cancel their delivery in 2013, an independent American watchdog revealed on Thursday raising questions over the army decision.



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    US hopes for signing BSA with new president

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US is very hopeful of signing of bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the new Afghan president, the Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, told lawmakers on Wednesday.



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    Afghanistan will depend on foreign aid for years

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): For many years to come, the Afghan government will depend on external assistance from the United States and the international community to meet its budget shortfall, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, told lawmakers on Tuesday.



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    Bergdahl spent much of his captivity in Pakistan: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban last week, had spent much of his five years in captivity in Pakistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and refuted reports that any ransom was paid for his release.