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WASHINGTON | Afghan leader denies Taliban are winning the war

WASHINGTON — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is denying the Taliban is winning the war in Afghanistan despite a wave of deadly militant attacks and signs the militants are expanding areas under their control. Ghani says the Afghan state is not at risk of collapse and reiterated his government’s intent to seek a negotiated peace. He … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Afghan leader denies Taliban are winning the war

U.S. Department of State News: Statement On Afghan Government’s Ceasefire Announcement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation.  This plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace. The last ceasefire in Afghanistan revealed the deep desire of the Afghan people … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Statement On Afghan Government’s Ceasefire Announcement

ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

ISLAMABAD  — A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for peace negotiations. This week’s meeting with Alice Wells, the U.S.’s top diplomat for South Asia, was an attempt to jump-start talks on ending Washington’s longest military engagement, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

WASHINGTON  | Army ponders changes after insider attack in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON  — It’s too early to tell if training or other changes must be made in light of an insider attack in Afghanistan that killed one American soldier and wounded two others, because there’s some uncertainty about whether the assailant was a disgruntled Afghan soldier or an insurgent infiltrator, the Army’s top officer says. Gen. … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Army ponders changes after insider attack in Afghanistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan  | Pakistani Taliban claim bombing at rally that killed 21

PESHAWAR, Pakistan  — The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide bombing at a rally that killed a secular politician and 20 others two weeks before nationwide elections. Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said they targeted the Awami National Party rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing Haroon … Continue reading PESHAWAR, Pakistan  | Pakistani Taliban claim bombing at rally that killed 21

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting With U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission Troops

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo met with U.S. and coalition troops yesterday at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.  The Secretary thanked the troops on behalf of President Trump and expressed his appreciation for their hard work and sacrifice.  He commended … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting With U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission Troops