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    Governance

    Too early to pin hope on prisoner swap for peace

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House said Monday it was too early to say if the controversial prisoner swap would pave the way for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, however the move kindled hope for a political reconciliation.



    Governance

    Feinstein denounces attack on Abdullah

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): By attacking presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, terrorists have attacked the seeds of democracy in Afghanistan which the United States is not going to tolerate, a top American lawmaker said Monday.



    Governance

    Ghani appears closing down gap with Abdullah: Poll

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): With less than a week left for the runoff election scheduled for June 14, a US-based polling research body has said the two presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are headed for a dead heat as the latter appears to be closing down the gap with the former compared to the first round.



    Security and Crime

    5 American troops killed in Zabul friendly fire

    WASHINGTON/KABUL/QALAT (Pajhwok): The United States is looking into a NATO airstrike that mistakenly killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.



    Security and Crime

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.