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    Attack on Abdullah widely condemned

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): In their separate messages, the US and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the European Union (EU) the other day condemned the terrorist attack and assassination bid on the presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, which claimed the lives of several innocent people.


    There was urgency to get back Bergdahl: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): With a reported deteriorating health and fear of risk to his life, there was an increased sense of urgency to get Sgt Bowe Bergdahl released from clutches of the Taliban, the Obama Administration said Thursday as it defended its decision not to properly inform the Congress on its move.


    Gen. Dunford picked to lead Marine Corps

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama has nominated ISAF top commander in Afghanistan Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next commandant of Marine Corps.


    Direct talks with Taliban haven’t resumed: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Tuesday ruled out any intention to hold direct talks with the Taliban, defending the prisoner swap as a good thing to open the possibility of Afghans talking to Afghans.


    Bergdahl was in Haqqani network custody

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl was in custody of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network for nearly five years, not the Taliban, a top American lawmaker said on Tuesday.


    White House defends prisoner swap decision

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Obama Administration on Monday defended its decision to release five Taliban prisoners from the high profile Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center in lieu of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, who was under Taliban captivity for nearly five years.

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    US soldier's release part of broader reconciliation

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Obama Administration on Saturday defended its decision to transfer five Taliban prisoners from the high-profile Guantanamo Bay detention center in exchange for the release of a US soldier, calling it part of the broader reconciliation framework.


    Obama, Bergdahl’s parents thank Afghan govt

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Saturday thanked the Afghan government for supporting the release of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five years.


    Karokhel honoured with prestigious award

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A member of the Afghan parliament and a women's rights advocate, Shinkai Karokhel, has been presented with the prestigious Malalai Kakkar Award in recognition of her services to empower women in her country.


    Al Qaeda in Afghanistan decimated: Obama

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Along with its allies, the US dealt Al Qaeda core and huge blows pushed back against an insurgency that threatened to overrun the country, President Barack Obama claimed on We