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  • Donald Trump Oct 21, 2019

    US Defense Chief in Afghanistan for Firsthand Look at War

    Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military’s future role in America’s longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops. Esper told...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Officials: Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills 62 During Prayers

    An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country’s 18-year war. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2019

    Taliban Meet US Peace Envoy for First Time Since ‘Dead' Deal

    The Taliban met with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war “dead” a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday. He offered few details of Friday’s meeting between Khalilzad and the Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani...

  • Donald Trump Sep 12, 2019

    Taliban Want US Deal, But Some in Bigger Hurry Than Others

    Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with their Council of Leaders, or shura, about whether to travel to Camp David even before President Donald Trump abruptly canceled the high-stakes meeting planned for last weekend . According to Taliban officials...

  • China Aug 11, 2019

    India Eases Restrictions in Kashmir for Islamic Festival

    Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir said they eased restrictions in the region’s main city for a third straight day on Sunday ahead of a major Islamic festival, following India’s move to strip the region of its constitutional autonomy and impose an indefinite curfew. More than 250 ATMs were made functional in Srinagar and bank branches opened for people to withdraw money...

  • Associated Press Aug 5, 2019

    India Government Revokes Disputed Kashmir's Special Status

    India’s government revoked disputed Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order Monday as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the restive Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule. Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation amid an uproar in India’s Parliament and while Kashmir was under a security lockdown that kept...

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    Trump Wants Pakistan to Help ‘Extricate' US From Afghanistan

    President Donald Trump said Monday that he could win the war in Afghanistan in a week, but that he doesn’t want to kill millions of people and wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the earth.” He’s trying to persuade Pakistan to help get a deal with the Taliban that would end America’s longest war. “I could win that war in...

  • Donald Trump Jul 7, 2019

    Explained: Iran's Nuclear Program as 2015 Deal Unravels

    Iran announced Sunday it will raise its enrichment of uranium, breaking another limit of its faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and further heightening tensions between Tehran and the U.S. Iran made the decision a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal. Iran has repeatedly warned Europe in recent weeks that it would begin walking away...

  • Air Force Mar 9, 2019

    India Returns Key Diplomat to Pakistan as Tensions Ease

    India said Saturday that it was returning a key diplomat to Pakistan’s capital amid an easing of tensions between the nuclear neighbors, but also demanded that its archrival take concrete steps against terrorists operating from its territory. India’s high commissioner to Pakistan was to return to Islamabad on Saturday, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said at a news...

  • Afghanistan Nov 1, 2018

    Pakistan Court Acquits Christian on Death Row for Blasphemy

    A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row under Pakistan’s blasphemy law was acquitted and ordered released Wednesday by the country’s top court, a ruling that raised fears of violence by religious extremists who held angry protests over the verdict. Asia Bibi was in an undisclosed location for her safety, and her lawyer said he expected that she...

  • Associated Press Sep 10, 2018

    US Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to War-Weary Kabul

    Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. Accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mattis met with senior government officials, including President Ashraf Ghani and his...

  • Chairman Sep 7, 2018

    Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to War-Weary Kabul

    U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived on a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. As helicopters patrolled the skies over Kabul, Mattis arrived accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. He...

  • Donald Trump Sep 2, 2018

    Trump Administration Cancels $300M Aid to Pakistan Over Terror Record

    The U.S. military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of not doing enough to root out militants from its border region with Afghanistan. The proposed cuts mark a new low in what were already deteriorating relations with the United States’ longtime ally. Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said...

  • Donald Trump Jul 26, 2018

    Khan Claims Win in Pakistan With Vows on Poverty, US Ties

    Former cricket star Imran Khan declared victory Thursday in Pakistan’s parliamentary election and vowed to run the country “as it has never before been run” by fighting corruption, seeking regional cooperation and forging a new relationship with the U.S. that was not “one-sided.” TV stations reported Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, maintained a commanding lead from Wednesday’s balloting....

  • The Associated Press Jul 14, 2018

    Former Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif in Custody as 132 Die in Pakistan Election Violence

    Disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in custody on Saturday, a day after the deadliest attacks in Pakistan’s troubled election campaign killed more than 130 people, including a candidate. In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a suicide bomber killed 128 people Friday, including a politician running for a provincial legislature. Four others died in a strike in Pakistan’s northwest,...

  • Associated Press Mar 31, 2018

    Nobel Prize Winner Malala Visits Her Pakistan Hometown

    Pakistan’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her hometown Saturday for the first time since receiving a gunshot wound to the head there in 2012 for her work as an advocate for young women’s education. Yousafzai and her family arrived in a helicopter provided by the Pakistani military, which took her to the town of Mingora in the...

  • Associated Press Mar 29, 2018

    Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan for 1st Time Since She Was Shot

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Thursday said she was excited to be back in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants angered at her championing of education for girls. Yousafzai said in a brief speech at a ceremony at Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s office that she will continue to campaign...

  • Donald Trump Mar 29, 2018

    Militant Leader, Bin Laden Ally Roams Freely in Pakistan

    He is crisscrossing Pakistan championing a fatwa, or Islamic religious decree, forbidding militant violence inside the country. But the mere fact that Fazlur Rehman Khalil, veteran leader of an organization designated as a terror group by the U.S., is free has experts questioning Pakistan’s willingness to fight extremism. Khalil, once a close friend of the late al-Qaida chief Osama bin...

  • Associated Press Jan 31, 2018

    Magnitude 6.1 Quake Rattles Afghanistan and Pakistan

    A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rattled Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday, including the capital cities of both countries, killing a young girl and injuring 15 others, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake’s center was in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Jarm in the Hindu Kush region. It had a...

  • Department of State Jan 5, 2018

    Pakistan Expresses Disappointment at US Aid Cutoff

    A senior Pakistani senator expressed disappointment Friday at the U.S. decision to suspend military aid, saying it will be detrimental to bilateral relations, while the government itself said it was too early to gauge the effects of the decision. Nuzhat Sadiq, the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, said Islamabad can manage without the...

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