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Biden has no good options on Afghanistan with deadline for troop withdrawal looming

by : Oren Liebermann, Zachary Cohen and Kylie Atwood , CNN The Biden administration is just weeks away from having to make a decision whether to end the nearly 20-year military deployment in Afghanistan that has claimed nearly 2,400 American…
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Pakistan favours US stay in Afghanistan till political deal

Pakistan is not averse to the idea of the US-led international forces extending their stay in Afghanistan till a political deal is reached through intra-Afghan talks, officials here said on Sunday as defence ministers of NATO prepare for a…
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NATO Chief: No Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan ‘Before the Time Is Right’

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan need to do more to meet the terms of a 2020 peace deal with the United States to allow for all international forces to leave the country by a May deadline.…
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Drought, famine may hit Afghanistan this year: IOM

Afghanistan could face drought and famine this year, with 17 million people facing risk of hunger, warns the International Organization for Migration (IOM). An emergency response officer with IOM in Afghanistan said reduced levels of snowfall…
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Afghan leader warns US against quitting peace deal

Former Mujahideen commander Hekmatyar says Biden will not gain anything from continuing Afghan war. Former Afghan Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Sunday slammed the US for what he called an attempt to quit the Doha peace deal with…
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President Ghani: Soviet’s inappropriate exit plan led to ‘civil war’

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said that the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was not the cause of the civil war; instead, he said, there wasn’t a plan for the country in the Soviet exit plan. Afghan leaders, said Ghani, believe…
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Taliban Has Shown No Will for Peace, Mohib Says

Adviser Hamdullah Mohib at a press briefing on Saturday said the Taliban has does not have the authority for negotiations and that group so far has shown no desire for peace and is seeking to seize absolute power. Mohib reiterated that the…
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Afghanistan-Pakistan: Hazara Shiites, prime targets of Sunni extremists

On both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, members of the Hazara minority, who practice Shia Islam, have become a prime target for various Sunni terrorist groups such as the Taliban and Islamic State group. In southwestern…
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Five Killed in Attack on U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan’s Capital

In Afghanistan, gunmen attacked a United Nations convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing five Afghan security force escorts. A government official said the Taliban was suspected, but they denied involvement. Around the country, there were…
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US goes one year without a combat death in Afghanistan as Taliban warn against reneging on peace deal

No U.S. troops have died in combat in Afghanistan for a year as of Monday, but the Taliban have threatened to target them again if Washington opts to keep international forces in the country after a May withdrawal deadline. Army Sgts. 1st Class…