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Pelosi cancels Afghan trip after Trump 'leaks' security details

White House officials risked lawmakers lives by leaking their Afghan flight details, Democrats say.

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Pelosi Delays Afghan Trip After Trump Leaks Travel Plans

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cancelled plans Friday to fly commercially to Afghanistan after her office said President Donald Trump announced the sensitive travel plans, significantly increasing the security threat on the ground according to a State Department assessment. A spokesperson for Pelosi’s office said in a statement "the ...

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Afghan Presidential Race Takes Shape as Ghani’s Challengers Emerge

Several former officials will try to unseat President Ashraf Ghani in July, amid fears that another fraud-marred election could further destabilize ...

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Pakistan Trying to Arrange US-Taliban Meeting

Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the ...

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US Envoy: Taliban Must Engage Afghan Government

A high-level U.S. diplomat responsible for negotiations with the Taliban made it clear the insurgent group would have to engage with the Afghan ...

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In Chaotic Afghan Capital, Crackdown on Crime Is Turning Heads

From a systematic pursuit of the “pyramid of crime” to a ban on unruly armed men, new initiatives have brought a rare thing to Kabul: a whiff of ...

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Germany holds 'Iran spy' over Afghan ops

The Afghan-German man is suspected of handing over secrets about operations in Afghanistan.

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Deadly Bombing in Afghan Capital Is Claimed by Taliban

The blast Monday, which was heard across Kabul, killed at least four people and wounded 90. The militants said the target was a compound where foreigners lived.

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Taliban Official Tells VOA Peace Talks With US Stalled

The fledgling U.S.-initiated dialogue with the Taliban, aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, has come to a halt, an insurgent spokesperson said Monday, apparently dealing a blow to renewed hopes for a much-needed Afghan peace. The disclosure comes as the chief U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, is visiting regional countries, including China, ...

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Pompeo: Saudi Leaders Committed to Accountability in Khashoggi Killing

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman acknowledge "accountability needs to take place" in ...

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‘The Taliban Made Me Fight’: What to Do With Child Recruits After They Serve Time?

Afghan children as young as 8 have been imprisoned after being caught preparing suicide attacks. Officials worry about what to do when they grow up.

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Taliban Attack on Checkpoint Kills 5 Police in Afghanistan

At least five Afghan security forces were killed after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar.

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40 people killed in Afghan gold mine collapse

At least 40 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed Sunday in northern Afghanistan, authorities said.

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US: Airstrikes in Somalia Kill 4 al-Shabab Extremists

The United States military says it has carried out two airstrikes in Somalia that killed four al-Shabab extremists. The U.S. Africa Command statement on Tuesday says Monday's airstrikes were in the vicinity of Baqdaad after the military's Somali partners "were engaged by al-Shabab militants." It does not say whether any of the partners were ...

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Iran, Islamic State on Agenda as Pompeo Visits Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is focusing on Iran and Islamic State as he makes a week-long visit to the Middle East. Pompeo said ahead of his first stop Tuesday in Jordan that he wants to "send a clear message" that the United States is ...

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AP Fact Check: Trump’s Afghanistan Comments Inaccurate

President Donald Trump’s comments about Afghanistan this week devolved into a history lesson gone awry and an embrace of the former Soviet Union’s ...

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Afghan Leaders Dispute Trump’s Claim That Soviets Invaded to Fight Terrorists

President Ashraf Ghani contested President Trump’s claim that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 to fight terrorists.

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Ahmad Shah: Three convicted over BBC reporter's killing

An Afghan tribunal sentences one man to death and two others to jail for involvement in Ahmad Shah's murder.

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Pakistan Welcomes Trump's Remarks on Resuming Political Contacts

Pakistan has responded positively to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that he intends to resume the leadership-level contacts between the two countries, partners in the war against terrorism. “President Trump’s remarks are indeed a departure from his tweet of January 1, 2018.  We look forward to positive engagement with the United States ...

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Bottrop: Four injured in Germany in New Year's Eve 'racist attack'

A 50-year-old man is accused of driving into people in Bottrop, injuring Syrian and Afghan citizens.

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Pompeo Says Cooperation with Israel Over Syria, Iran to Continue

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States would continue to cooperate with Israel over Syria and in countering Iran in ...

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Top US Commander in Afghanistan Sees Peace Opportunity in 2019

The top U.S general in Afghanistan told NATO troops on Tuesday to prepare themselves to deal with "positive processes or negative consequences" as ...

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Diplomats: Afghan Pullout Plan Could Complicate Peace Talks

Former senior diplomats who have steered U.S. policy on Afghanistan say U.S. President Donald Trump's reported decision to pull thousands of troops ...

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Lebanon and Russia condemn Israeli airstrikes against Syria

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry Wednesday condemned Israeli airstrikes against Syria carried out one day earlier, and said it filed a complaint to the ...

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Islamic State-Afghanistan Spokesman Killed in US Airstrike 

The United States is reporting more progress in its efforts to eradicate the Islamic State terror group's branch in Afghanistan, confirming the death of its spokesman in a U.S. airstrike.  A U.S. military official said Thursday that Sultan Aziz Azam was killed Sunday (Dec. 23) in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. A second IS member was also ...

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Pakistan, US Military Leaders Review Afghan Peace Efforts

The U.S. commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan traveled to Pakistan Thursday to discuss Afghan reconciliation efforts with Pakistan's military chief, officials said. Gen. Austin Scott Miller’s visit came amid reports of a possible U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan and a renewed push to negotiate peace with Taliban insurgents for ending the ...

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Afghan presidential election delayed by three months

A new date in mid-July or early August is to be announced on Thursday, sources tell the BBC.

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