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    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.

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    US soldier's release part of broader reconciliation

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Obama Administration on Saturday defended its decision to transfer five Taliban prisoners from the high-profile Guantanamo Bay detention center in exchange for the release of a US soldier, calling it part of the broader reconciliation framework.


    Obama, Bergdahl’s parents thank Afghan govt

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Saturday thanked the Afghan government for supporting the release of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five years.


    Karokhel honoured with prestigious award

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A member of the Afghan parliament and a women's rights advocate, Shinkai Karokhel, has been presented with the prestigious Malalai Kakkar Award in recognition of her services to empower women in her country.


    Al Qaeda in Afghanistan decimated: Obama

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Along with its allies, the US dealt Al Qaeda core and huge blows pushed back against an insurgency that threatened to overrun the country, President Barack Obama claimed on We


    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.