Category Archives: Afghanistan

Afghanistan troop withdrawal should be tied with peace talk progress, says German foreign minister

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BERLIN — The withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan should be tied to progress in stuttering peace negotiations between the Kabul government and the Taliban, rather than “slavishly” bound to an end-of-April deadline, Germany’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Germany is the second-biggest contributor to NATO’s Resolute Support training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, after the […]

Trump has ‘no plan’ to exit Afghanistan by Christmas, key lawmaker says

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WASHINGTON ― Weeks after the U.S. military was blindsided by President Donald Trump’s assertion that all U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, a top lawmaker on defense says there was no actual plan to withdraw troops by Christmas. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith on Thursday echoed […]

Top US general in Afghanistan says he’s holding back to give Taliban peace deal a chance

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U.S. forces in Afghanistan are doing their best to keep to an agreement to reduce violence, their commander told the BBC in a segment that aired Wednesday, including opting not to go on the offensive in some cases. Troops are reining it in, Army Gen. Scott Miller said, in the interest of marshaling a peace […]

Top US general in Afghanistan says he’s holding back to give Taliban peace deal a chance

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U.S. forces in Afghanistan are doing their best to keep to an agreement to reduce violence, their commander told the BBC in a segment that aired Wednesday, including opting not to go on the offensive in some cases. Troops are reining it in, Army Gen. Scott Miller said, in the interest of marshaling a peace […]

Trump: US will be out of Afghanistan by Christmas

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President Donald Trump announced via tweet Wednesday night that all remaining U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan should be withdrawn by Christmas, putting an end to the 19-year American military conflict there. Trump on multiple occasions in recent months has suggested that he wants American forces out of the war-torn country as soon as possible. In […]

Afghanistan government halts prisoner release, delaying talks with Taliban

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government said Monday it would not release the last 320 Taliban prisoners it is holding until the insurgents free more captured soldiers, defying a traditional council held last week and further delaying intra-Afghan talks sought by the United States. The talks, which were laid out in a peace deal signed […]

Afghanistan government halts prisoner release, delaying talks with Taliban

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government said Monday it would not release the last 320 Taliban prisoners it is holding until the insurgents free more captured soldiers, defying a traditional council held last week and further delaying intra-Afghan talks sought by the United States. The talks, which were laid out in a peace deal signed […]

Militants kill 16 in Afghanistan maternity clinic attack; violence could undermine peace process

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off an hours-long shootout with the police and killing 16 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses, Afghan officials said. While the battle was underway, Afghan security forces struggled to evacuate the […]

Afghanistan drawdown proceeds even as tenuous Taliban peace deal continues to crack

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As the U.S. continues down the perilous path to peace in Afghanistan a number of spoilers threaten to upend America’s goal to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and end its longest war. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments inked between the U.S. and […]