Afghanistan

Pakistan’s PM, Military Meet to Respond to Trump’s Criticism

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Aug 24 – Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will meet with powerful Pakistani generals on Thursday to formulate a response to the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan that includes greater pressure on Islamabad to do more to rein in militants. President Donald Trump has chastised Pakistan for harbouring “agents of

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Trump Reverses Course, Commits U.S. to Open-Ended Afghanistan War

By Steve Holland and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Aug 22 – President Donald Trump has committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, reversing course from his campaign pledges and signaling he will send troops to America’s longest war in “a fight to win.” Trump offered few specifics in a speech on Monday but

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The Victor, the Spoils? Trump Eyes Afghanistan’s Elusive Mineral Riches

By James Mackenzie KABUL, Aug 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117 billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world’s most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream. Ever since a United States

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As Washington Ponders Afghan Mission, Marines Toil in Helmand

By James Mackenzie CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan, July 16 – While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate. It is slow, hot, often frustrating work, ranging from overseeing basic

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No Military Solution in Afghanistan, U.N. Chief Says on Kabul Visit

By Josh Smith KABUL, June 14 – There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan that is forcing record numbers of people from their homes, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, during an unannounced visit to the war-torn country. Guterres’ first visit as secretary general comes as the Afghan government

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Afghan Amputee Swimmer Aims for International Success

By Josh Smith KABUL, June 14 – It took a pair of landmines that severed Malek Mohammad’s legs for him to find his life’s passion for swimming in land-locked Afghanistan. He was 11 years old when he stepped on the mines as he gathered firewood in a vacant lot in Kabul, a city still trying

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Huge Bomb Blast Kills Dozens, Wounds Hundreds in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni and Josh Smith KABUL, May 31 – A powerful bomb exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding hundreds of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies. The explosion, one of the

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Pakistan Reopens Afghanistan Border Crossing After Deadly Clash

KABUL, May 28 – Pakistan reopened a major border crossing with Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, more than three weeks after several people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for hours. The Chaman crossing into Afghanistan’s Kandahar province was reopened on “humanitarian grounds” after Afghan officials submitted a request, according to a

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Around the World: Ramadan 2017 in Pictures

USA A Muslim American man does pull-ups before taking part in the Maghrib sunset prayer on the first day of Ramadan at the Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 27, 2017.                           Malaysia              

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