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    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.

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    Al Qaeda affiliates pose terrorist challenge: UN

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Al Qaeda and its affiliates including Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan pose a direct terrorist challenge to Afghanistan, UN experts said in a report on Friday, saying the Taliban remain divided on the value of political engagement.


    Decisions in Afghanistan not on Iraq model: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Amidst disappointing performance by the Iraqi soldier trained by it, the Pentagon on Friday asserted that the American decisions on Afghanistan are not based on Iraqi model and in fact the US is committed to further the capability and competency of the Afghan forces.


    Abdullah to forge close links with neighbours

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Leading presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday promised a new spirit of friendship and partnership with Afghanistan's neighbours and global players including the United States, if voted to power in the June 14 presidential elections.