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    Al Qaeda has safe havens in region: US

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Although Al Qaeda’s core in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been seriously degraded, its global leadership continued to operate from its safe haven in the region, a US report on counterterrorism said on Wednesday.



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    ANSF cohesive despite casualties: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) remain cohesive and confident despite significant casualties, demonstrating tactical superiority over insurgents and maintaining consistent control over populated areas, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.



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    Ukraine won’t affect ANSF chopper deal: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The ongoing spat with Russia on Ukraine, which has triggered US sanctions against Moscow, will not have any impact on the purchase of M-17 helicopters for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Pentagon said on Tuesday.



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    Hagel lauds British soldiers’ contribution

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday offered his deepest condolences to the families of the five British service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan on Saturday.



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    Dunford to receive top military award

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): General Joseph Dunford, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, would receive the Distinguished Military Leadership award from the prestigious Atlantic Council this week, along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.



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    US expects new president to sign BSA

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States will wait for the Afghan election process to be over for the new leadership to decide on the bilateral security agreement (BSA), a State Department official said on Monday.



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    US condemns hospital shooting

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Thursday condemned a gun attack that left three Americans dead at a children’s hospital in Kabul.



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    Fewer troops a fatal mistake: Republicans

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Senators on Tuesday warned the Obama administration against leaving a fewer number of troops in Afghanistan beyond this year, saying it would be a fatal mistake.



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    No decision yet on troop numbers: White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US president Barack Obama has not yet taken any decision on the number of troops to be staying in Afghanistan after 2014 in case of a signed bilateral security agreement, the White House said on Tuesday, refuting a media report in this regard.



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    US links troop presence beyond 2014 to BSA

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): There is a possibility of US troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014 only if the bilateral security agreement (BSA) is signed, the White House said Monday.