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    Campbell named next US commander in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama has nominated Gen John Campbell as his next commander of NATO and American troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday.


    White House for fair adjudication of fraud cases

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Amidst allegations of large-scale electoral fraud by presidential runner Dr Abdullah, the White House on Monday called for an impartial review and adjudication of all rigging claims.


    Abdullah asked to observe vote count

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A prominent American lawmaker on Monday urged Dr Abdullah Abdullah to observe established electoral procedures following the June 14 election between him and Dr. Ashraf Ghani.


    Don’t penalise trafficking victims, Kabul urged

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.


    US eyeing stable Afghanistan before pullout

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States wants to leave behind a stable, self-governing and self-securing Afghanistan, the Obama administration said on Friday.


    Congressional panel OKs $1.9b for Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A key congressional committee has approved $1.9 billion for the State Department and USAID operations in Afghanistan. Of the amount, $961.4 million will be spent on assistance programmes.


    Karzai promoted democracy, unity: Dobbins

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has made a major contribution to putting his country on the road to constitutionalism and democracy, a top US diplomat told lawmakers.


    Afghanistan is no Iraq, Hagel tells MPs

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): There is no comparison between Iraq and Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel told lawmakers on Wednesday, allaying fears about the future of the South Asian country.


    Exit polls give Ghani victory over Abdullah

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Two exit polls, one over the telephone and another face-to-face interviews, shows Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is winning the presidential election between six to eight points over Dr Abdullah Abdullah.


    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.