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    Governance

    Dunford: Didn't seek complete pullout

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan on Thursday told lawmakers that military leaders had not sought complete withdrawal of American forces from the country by 2017, as announced by President Barack Obama.



    Governance

    Obama hopeful of peaceful power transition

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): As the Independent Election Commission (IEC) began the process to audit ballots following an agreement between the presidential candidates, US President Barack Obama hoped the process would result in peaceful transition of power in Afghanistan.



    Reconstruction

    AAF may not need all C130s: SIGAR

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Afghan Air Force (AAF) may not need all C-130 aircraft provided by the US under a id="mce_marker"00 million-plus deal, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said on Wednesday.



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    UNSC, others denounce deadly Afghan attacks

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The UN Security Council, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US Embassy have vehemently condemned the terrorist attacks in Paktika and Kabul. They voiced their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups in the country.



    Governance

    Ghani-Abdullah deal beginning of tough process

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The agreement on auditing of ballots between Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah, meditated by Secretary of State, John Kerry, is just the beginning of another arduous process, a senior US official said on Monday.



    Governance

    Ghani, Abdullah agreement beginning of an arduous process

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The agreement on auditing of ballot between the two presidential candidates, Asharf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah, as meditated by the Secretary of State, John Kerry, is just the beginning of another process that will be very arduous in its own right and is not an end, a senior US official warned Monday.



    Governance

    Poll candidates urged to rise above divisions

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Welcoming the ballot-auditing agreement reached out between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah, US lawmakers have urged the Afghan leaders to rise above their divisions.



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    Obama invites Afghan-American to Iftaar dinner

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghan-American Bassir Caravan on Monday received the rare privilege of being seated with US President Barack Obama at his annual Iftaar dinner at the White House.



    Governance

    Campbell all praise for Afghan forces

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A top American general, nominated by President Obama to head US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has reposed his full confidence in the strength and capabilities of Afghan national security forces.



    Governance

    Power-sharing essential for unity: Dobbins

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins has said some degree of patronage allocation and power-sharing is going to be essential for a new Afghan government to be formed.