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    Kerry spurns criticism of 2014 deadline

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday strongly disagreed with the criticism of some Republican senators on setting the 2016 deadline for withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan.


    Pentagon, MPs welcome Obama decision

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Top American lawmakers on Tuesday welcomed President, Barack Obama's decision on having 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but many cautioned him against setting the 2016 deadline for a complete withdrawal.


    Anti-terror operations in region to continue: US


    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States wanted to maintain its counterterrorism capabilities in Afghanistan as it does not want Al Qaeda to regenerate, a senior administration official said on Wednesday, acknowledging that the group still posed a threat.


    Longest war coming to a responsible end: Kerry

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Millions of Afghans made their voices heard through free and fair presidential elections on April 5, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday, announcing that America’s longest war was coming to a responsible end.


    No US troops in Afghanistan after 2016: Obama

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the US would have 9,800 troops in Afghanistan at the beginning of 2015 if the new president agreed to sign the bilateral security agreement.


    Obama calls Karzai, praises successful elections

    KABUL/WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai and his US counterpart Barack Obama held a telephonic conversation on Sunday night.


    Decision on post-2014 force size soon: Obama

    KABUL (Pajhwok): On a secret trip to Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama landed at the Bagram Airbase in central Parwan province on Sunday evening, officials said.

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    UNSC slams assault on Indian mission

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United Nations Security Council on Friday strongly condemned a terrorist attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat province and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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    Ex-contractor pleads guilty to fraud charges

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A former employee of a US contractor on Friday pleaded guilty to a fraud conspiracy in connection with a contract for reconstruction-related services in Afghanistan.


    Post-2014 mission: 16,000 troops suggested

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A former Pentagon official on Tuesday recommended a presence of minimum of 10,000 US troops and another 6,000 from NATO countries post 2014, saying anything less would be unhelpful in achieving American goals in the country.