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    Obama expands Afghan combat mission

    KABUL (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama has quietly issued guidelines allowing American forces to target Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan and conduct air support for Afghan operations when needed post-2014.


    ‘US needs sustained aid to Afghanistan’

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States needs to sustain its financial and security assistance to Afghanistan to ensure lasting peace and stability in the war-torn country, a President Obama confident has said.


    Haqqanis threat to regional security, US reminds Pakistan

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US on Wednesday reminded Pakistan that the Haqqani network was as much a threat to regional security as any other terrorist group.


    US hails prospect of improved Afghan-Pak ties

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Friday welcomed the prospect of improved co-operation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, calling President Ashraf Ghani’s trip to Islamabad as important in this regard.


    US welcomes better Afghan-Pak ties prospect

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has welcomed the prospect of better bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan following the Pakistan Army Chief’s visit to Kabul this week.


    5 killed, 100 netted in Chaparhar offensive

    JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Five militants have been killed and 100 suspects detained during an Afghan-NATO operation in the Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday.


    $3.6m TV trucks still under tarps in Kabul

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The State Department is funding a contractor $3.6 million for three mobile television trucks that cost a lot more than expected and were delivered two years behind schedule, a US federal watchdog said on Friday.

    Business & Economics

    Microfinance: USAID guarantees $13.5m in loan

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday announced id="mce_marker"3.5 million in micro-loan guarantees to three Afghan financial institutions to increase access to credit for local small businesses.


    Obama greets Muslims on Hajj, Eidul Adha

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US president Barack Obama on Friday congratulated Muslims over the performance of this year’s sacred Hajj pilgrimage and sent them best wishes for celebrating Eidul Adha.


    10-member US team attends ceremony

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A 10-member American delegation has arrived in Kabul to attend the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as new president of Afghanistan.