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    Afghan strategy unchanged: White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House on Thursday ruled out any change in its Afghan strategy as announced by President Barack Obama in May, hailing it as a sound approach that reflected the best interest of the people of Afghanistan.


    Kerry in Kabul to shore up electoral deal

    KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry, President Barrack Obama's pointman on Afghanistan, arrived in Kabul on Thursday evening to help resolve issues related to the presidential election, a well-placed source said.


    Progress made in Afghanistan: White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has made significant progress in the war against terror in Afghanistan since the ouster of the Taliban government in late 2001, the White House said on Tuesday.


    Odierno renews commitment to Afghan mission

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Expressing grief over the killing of Maj. Gen. Harold J Greene, US Army Chief General Ray Odierno on Tuesday reiterated the commitment of the American armed forces toward the mission in Afghanistan.


    Afghanistan still dangerous: US lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Condemning the killing of Maj. Gen. Harold J Greene in an attack on a military university in Kabul, top American lawmakers on Tuesday said Afghanistan remained a dangerous place.


    White House pleased with vote audit process

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Pleased that presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai remain engaged in the audit of ballots, the White House said on Monday it was important for the Afghans to have confidence in their electoral institutions.


    Kerry stresses urgency in accelerating vote audit

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry called both Afghan presidential candidates on Friday to express continued support for the electoral process and a framework agreement for a national unity government agreed during his last visit, an official said on Saturday.


    1,000 more special visas to Afghans extended in US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Congress on Friday passed a legislation extending 1,000 more special visas to Afghan citizens who have been working for the United States, an approval immediately welcomed by Secretary of State John Kerry.


    US praises India’s Afghan development efforts

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday praised India’s developmental activities in Afghanistan as part of New Delhi’s commitment to regional stability.


    Obama stresses acceptance of audit results

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Friday called presidential candidates Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai and Dr. Abdullah to discuss with them the ongoing count of ballots and the need to accept the results.