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No Tangible Commitment yet to Peace in Afghanistan: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar set out India’s red lines for the settlement process in Afghanistan during a UNSC debate even as a Qatari official revealed that there was a “quiet visit by Indian officials to speak with the Taliban”.…
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50 of Afghanistan’s 370 Districts Have Fallen to Taliban since May: UN Envoy

Fifty of Afghanistan's 370 districts have fallen to Taliban militants since May, according to the UN's special envoy on Afghanistan Deborah Lyons, as the United States continues its military withdrawal from the country. "The Taliban recent…
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US may slow pullout from Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US military could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the gains made by the Taliban insurgents, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday. Kirby stressed that President Joe Biden's deadline of a full withdrawal by September…
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Biden to meet with Afghan President Ghani as violence surges amid U.S. withdrawal

U.S. President Joe Biden will meet at the White House with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on Friday to discuss U.S. troop withdrawal amid a surge…
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U.S. failed in Afghanistan, former president says

Afghanistan’s former president said Sunday the United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both. In an interview with The Associated…
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Taliban Enter Key Cities in Afghanistan’s North After Swift Offensive

The Taliban entered two provincial capitals in northern Afghanistan Sunday, local officials said, the culmination of an insurgent offensive that has overrun dozens of rural districts and forced the surrender and capture of hundreds of government…
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Pakistan PM will “absolutely not” allow CIA to use bases for Afghanistan operations

Pakistan will "absolutely not" allow the CIA to use bases on its soil for cross-border counterterrorism missions after American forces withdraw from Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan tells "Axios on HBO" in a wide-ranging interview airing…
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Qatar foreign minister: no tangible progress on Afghanistan yet

Qatar has not yet made tangible progress with Afghan peace talks being held in its capital Doha, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman said in a statement on Friday. He said the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign…
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Biden to withdraw ‘hundreds of troops from Middle East’ as focus becomes China and Russia, says US officials

The United States is set to radically reduce weapons systems and troops in the Middle East, mostly in Saudi Arabia, as it refocuses its attention to potential threats from China and Russia, an official has revealed. It is believed Defence Secretary…
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Confusion in Afghanistan as U.S. cancels NATO flag-lowering ceremony

The U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan planned to hold a flag-lowering ceremony on Friday in Kabul with NATO allies but the event was cancelled at the last moment amid questions over what the ceremony was meant to signify, according to…