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    AAF may not need all C130s: SIGAR

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Afghan Air Force (AAF) may not need all C-130 aircraft provided by the US under a id="mce_marker"00 million-plus deal, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said on Wednesday.


    Dobbins retiring this month

    KABUL (Pajhwok): US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan veteran diplomat James F. Dobbins is leaving government this month and will be succeeded by his deputy, Daniel F. Feldman.


    US moves to freeze LeT funding sources

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The US said on Thursday it had named four charity trusts associated with Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) as foreign terrorist organisations to stop the Pakistan-based group from using them for funding its activities.


    New Afghan mission test of NATO ability: Kerry

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The US secretary of state has commended NATO’s ability to deal with a variety of security threats, including in Afghanistan.


    Allies must be ready for follow-on Afghan mission

    BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): US defense secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday said NATO’s European allies must dedicate more money to defence spending, “and all are ready to do their part in the follow-on operation in Afghanistan.


    Exit plan means more focus on Afghan forces

    KABUL (Pajhwok): US Ambassador James Cunningham on Tuesday said President Barack Obama’s exit plan from Afghanistan did not mean the so-called zero option, but to focus more on building the capacity of Afghan forces.


    Baghlan jail being used despite severe damage

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on Tuesday said severe damages had occurred to a State Department funded $11.3 million prison in northern Baghlan province after its construction.


    Kabul wants curbs on released Taliban men lifted

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Monday criticised the US for putting restrictions on the movement of five senior Taliban leaders, who were transferred to Qatar from the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.

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    ‘US troop size in Afghanistan may cut to 5,000’

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States is likely to keep about 5,000 troops post-2014 in Afghanistan as the longest war in American history winds down, an official said on Tuesday.


    US now focused on South-Central Asia economies

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Preparing to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by this year’s end, the US is now focused on connecting the economies of South and Central Asia, a top President Obama administration official said Wednesday.