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US Congress Uneasy Over Plans To Leave Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and US allies in the region reason to think President Obama should reconsider his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is different from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence since shortly after US troops left, and that the drawdown decision ...

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Dunford Calls For Keeping Pakistan Engaged

Gen Joseph Dunford, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has called for continued engagement with Pakistan as the only option to seek its help in resolving the Afghan crisis, even as he told American lawmakers after 2104 Washington could reframe its relationship with Islamabad. “I don't think any of us have an easy answer to Pakistan, other than continued engagement and engagement based on su ...

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presidential candidates agree 100% vote audit

Afghanistan’s two presidential election candidates have agreed to an audit in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the result of last month’s vote, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Both contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have agreed to abide by the result. The review of all 8m ballots would begin within 24 hours, Kerry said. Preliminary results suggest Ghani has won, but both candidat ...

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Kerry Attends Second Day of Talks Over Disputed Presidential Elections

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with rival Afghan presidential candidates for a second day as the United States struggles to find a path out of the nation's election crisis. Kerry met Saturday with the candidates, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, after discussions Friday proved inconclusive. He is grappling for a plan acceptable to a ...

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Four ISAF Soldiers Killed in Eastern Afghanistan

Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died as a "result of an enemy forces attack" in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, according to a statement released by ISAF. ISAF did not provide details about the exact location of the incident and the nationality of the soldiers. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the four ISAF personnel were killed in a suicide attack in Parwan province, nort ...

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Rasmussen wants security pacts signed by Sept.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a meeting at the White House. “They spoke about Afghanistan and planning for NATO’s non-combat, post-2014 mission,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters after the meeting between Obama and Rasmussen. Following the meeting, Rasmussen told journalists ...

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Obama Calls For Calm In Disputed Afghan Vote

US President Barack Obama has spoken with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani to urge calm and to call for a review of fraud charges in that country's election, the White House said. The White House said Obama told both candidates that the US expects fraud allegations to be thoroughly reviewed, urging the two men to seek a resolution that does not undermine Afghanistan's f ...

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President Obama Warns Afghan Candidates

President Obama has intervened in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election urging the two candidates to shun violent or extra-constitutional means or face a cut-off of U.S. assistance. U.S. officials, while acknowledging serious fraud allegations, are calling for quick implementation of auditing measures to pave the way for a new, legitimate government and a post-NATO bilateral security agreement. Obama ...

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power grab would mean US aid cutoff

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says any action to seize power illegally in Afghanistan would lead to the end of U.S. financial and security support. Kerry says suggestions of a "parallel government" in Afghanistan are a grave concern. Afghan official released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the lead for the presidency. But millions of ballots ...

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Kerry expresses “gravest concern” over reports of “parallel government”

July 8 (TAED) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said he has noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and suggestions of a "parallel government" with the "gravest concern," the State Department announced on Tuesday. "The United States expects Afghan electoral institutions to conduct a full and thorough review of all reasonable allegations of irregularities," Kerry said in the statement. "At the same time, the ...

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US Hopes For Fair Vote Count, BSA Signing

The United States, United Nations, Canada and NATO on Saturday congratulated the people of Afghanistan, in particular the security forces, on the successful and peaceful completion of the presidential election. With all eyes now fixed on the vote count, the United States, United Nations, Canada and NATO said they looked forward to working with the new Afghan President. “The United States will stand with the ...

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US: AFGHAN VOTE STEP FORWARD ON `DEMOCRATIC PATH’

The White House says Afghanistan's second round of presidential voting marks a major step forward on the country's "democratic path." In a written statement, the White House praises "the courage and resolve" of the Afghan people in making their voices heard in choosing a new leader. Official preliminary results are expected to be announced July 2. The candidates are a former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdul ...

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1,800 Us Troops For Afghan Counter Terror

  BRUSSELS (AP) -- The U.S. military said Wednesday that about 1,800 of the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops the U.S. plans to leave in Afghanistan at the end of the year would be conducting counterterror operations, providing that specific breakout for the first time. The military said other nations may also be willing to provide counterterror forces, although no final decisions have been made. The revelatio ...

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Obama And US Exceptional-ism

By: Alastair Sloan At the beginning of 2014, the US polling agency Gallup surveyed respondents in 65 countries and found that the United States - not Russia nor "radical Islam" - was considered to be the greatest threat to world peace, followed by Pakistan and China. US President Barack Obama, in his speech to West Point graduate officers, ever so bravely delivered before an audience who were literally paid ...

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US Stresses Diplomacy to End Pakistani Attacks

KABUL: US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham on Tuesday stressed the issue of sporadic Pakistani rocket attacks on Afghanistan border districts should be resolved through diplomatic channels. Speaking to reporters in Kabul, the ambassador said his country preferred to stay neutral and wanted the two neighbouring countries to resolve the issue through diplomacy. However, Defence Minister Bismillah Kh ...

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Karzai: US Deals for Soldier, But Not for Afghan Peace?

BY: Jon Queally Bergdahl prisoner swap reportedly spurs indignation from nation's president According to a source close to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. government went behind his back as it made a deal to exchange Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo prison. Karzai is angry, according to reporting by Reuters, because the deal proves that intense behind-the-scenes e ...

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Defense Secretary Hagel Makes Unannounced Afghan Trip after Release of American Soldier

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed hope Sunday the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would lead to direct US talks with the Taliban. "It could, it might and we hope it will present an opening," Hagel said in an interview from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan with NBC's "Meet the Press." Hagel noted that the United States had engaged in talks with the Taliban before, until they were broken off ...

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22,000 troops or more could leave Afghanistan this year. How have Americans’ opinions changed since there were 100,000 abroad?

By Jaime Fuller President Obama announced yesterday that the United States plans to only have an embassy presence in Afghanistan by 2016 -- the level of involvement the United States currently has in Iraq. By the end of this year, he wants to drop the military presence in the country to 9,800, officially ending our combat presence there, but essentially providing the number of troops requested by the milita ...

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No US Troops in Afghanistan after 2016: Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the US would have 9,800 troops in Afghanistan at the beginning of 2015 if the new president agreed to sign the bilateral security agreement. The US would withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. “At the beginning of 2015, we will have approximately 9,800 US service members in different parts of the country, together with our NATO al ...

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Afghanistan Finds 3 Russian Mi-17B-5 Helicopters

KABUL Russian officials said the country had delivered three more Mi-17B-5 helicopters to the Afghan air force, reaching the number to 15 choppers under a contract between Russia and the US governments. Under the agreement, 12 choppers had already been delivered and the remaining will be sent before October 31, 2014, Russian officials earlier this month said. Director of the Federal Service for Military-Tec ...

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