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    Opium cultivation up for 3rd year in a row

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Monday urged countries of the region, including Iran, Pakistan, India and China, to support Afghanistan’s counter narcotics efforts.


    White House wants unity govt vow honoured

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House on Friday urged presidential candidates Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to honour their commitment to the national unity government, which it argued was in the best interest of Afghanistan.


    Honour unity got pledge, UN tells candidates

    WASHINGTON (PAN): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai and Dr Abdullah Abdullah to abide by their pledge to form a unity government.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.