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United States to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump vowed that he will sharply reduce the number of US forces deployed in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, but did not commit to a full withdrawal from the country’s longest war after facing fierce criticism from at home and abroad. ...

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Pakistan assures Afghanistan of complete support for peace process

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday assured Afghanistan of Pakistan’s complete support for the Afghan peace process, stating that Islamabad wanted to be “friends not masters”. The foreign minister was speaking at a conference at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad alongside the chairman of Afghanistan’s High ...

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Australia’s Afghanistan test, one-day series v New Zealand postponed

MELBOURNE: Australia’s one-off test against Afghanistan and one-day series against New Zealand have been postponed to the 2021-22 season due to scheduling “complexity” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday. Australia were to play their first home test against Afghanistan in Perth from Nov. 21 and three ...

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Taliban explosives truck kills 8 Afghan soldiers

KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed truck near an Afghan military convoy, killing eight soldiers, the defence ministry said, in the latest attack claimed by the Taliban. The attack, which took place in Sayed Abad district of Wardak province near the capital Kabul, also wounded nine soldiers, the ministry ...

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Iran drops India in key rail project

TEHRAN: In a startling development, Iran has reportedly dropped India from a key rail project along the border with Afghanistan after New Delhi showed reluctance in joining the project due to US sanctions. The Iranian government has decided to proceed in the long-stalled project without India’s participation, citing delays from the ...

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Water politics heat up under worsening climate in Afghanistan

BAMIYAN: I n a good year, farmer and mother-of-four Zahra Tawakole can produce enough potatoes from her hectare of land in the small Afghan village of Raquel to get her family through to the next harvest. Over the past two decades, however, weather patterns have become more extreme, Tawakole said, ...

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Afghan doctors protest over unpaid salaries amid coronavirus

HERAT: More than 200 doctors and medical staff took part in protests in the western Afghan city of Herat on Tuesday, saying they had not been paid for three months while risking their lives to treat coronavirus patients. Herat, war-torn Afghanistan”s third largest city, has reported a high number of ...

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US backs NATO call for Afghan cease-fire over COVID-19

The US’ special envoy backed NATO’s call for a humanitarian cease-fire in Afghanistan to help the country deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and move towards lasting peace. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad welcomed the NATO statement “focused on key next steps … necessary for peace and stability ...

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Afghan govt to set free 100 Taliban prisoners

KABUL: An Afghan official said on Wednesday that the government will set free 100 Taliban prisoners as a part of the prisoner swap agreement under the peace deal. A day earlier, the insurgents said they were walking out of talks with Kabul. The two foes have been negotiating in Kabul ...

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Asghar Afghan returns as Afghanistan captain

KABUL: Asghar Afghan was reappointed as Afghanistan captain just eight months after being controversially sacked as skipper, the war-torn country’s cricket board announced. The 31-year-old Afghan, who made 104 international appearances as captain after taking over following the 2015 World Cup, was originally dumped in May, with senior players including ...

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