WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is continuing discussions with the Afghans on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), focused on the nature and scope of America's future presence, but not on numbers and how they will operate in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States would look for other avenues of peace if the Taliban did not join the reconciliation process, the White House said on Friday, pushing the ball firmly into the insurgents' court.
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is continuing informal discussions on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan, even as formal negotiations remained suspended, a State Department official said Friday.
WASHINGTON (PAN): As the Obama administration mulls the zero option in Afghanistan, a top Pentagon general said on Thursday a faster pullout or leaving no troops behind would compromise the sustainability of Afghan forces.
WASHINGTON (PAN): Zero option is not the preferred choice for the Obama administration, the White House said on Friday, reiterating its enduring commitment to Afghanistan a post-2014 presence would be based on negotiations with Kabul.
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Taliban must come to grips with the reality that they could not defeat Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) that performed admirably this fighting season, a top Pentagon official said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (PAN): Fresh from his visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a top US lawmaker on Thursday accused the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan of coordinating and directing the activities of the Haqqani network in the war-torn country.