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US, South Korea Reach Agreement on Cost-Sharing for Troops

US, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops

SEOUL, South Korea – The United States and South Korea reached an agreement on Sunday on how to share the costs of American troops in the country after former President Trump asked South Korea to increase its contribution. The State Department’s Office of Politico-Military Affairs announced the arrangement in a …

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The Failure of “America First” Policy

Failure of US First policy

A year ago, the United States signed a deal with the Taliban, and paved the way for intra-Afghan talks, which could not proceed as expected because it was not comprehensive enough. This deal was signed because of the urgency showed by Donald Trump and his “America First” policy, and the …

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Sopko Emphasizes US Support to Afghan Women

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KABUL – US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko on Wednesday emphasized the importance of the United States’ support to Afghan women and said inattention to women in Afghanistan can lead to a tragedy for them. Explaining his new report, Support for Gender Equality: Lessons from the …

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Taliban Say They Are Committed to Doha Agreement

Taliban Say They Are Committed to Doha Agreement

KABUL – The Taliban have rejected the Pentagon statement on violating Doha Agreement and said the group was committed to every article of the agreement. The Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a tweet said: “Assertion by @PentagonPresSec that IEA not meeting commitments is unfounded. IEA is fully committed to all …

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Pentagon: Taliban Are Violating Doha Peace Agreement

Taliban Threaten to Resume Violence if US ‘Violates’ Deal

KABUL – The Taliban are not meeting the promises they made in the peace agreement with the United States, including reducing violence and cutting ties with Al-Qaeda, the Pentagon said Thursday. “We are still involved in trying to get a negotiated settlement. The Taliban have not met their commitments,” said …

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Sources: Khalilzad’s Mission as US Peace Envoy Extended

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KABUL – Joe Biden’s administration has extended Zalmay Khalilzad’s mission as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation for an unspecific period of time, US sources have disclosed. US sources added that the Biden administration has started the assessment of the US-Taliban peace deal signed between the two sides in …

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Mullah Baradar Visits Iran to Discuss Security Situation

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KABUL – The Taliban’s deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar led a delegation that visited Iran, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem said on Tuesday. The spokesperson said that the delegation will talk to Iranian officials about the relations between the two countries, the situation of Afghan refugees, and the current political …

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Khalilzad Hails Positive Development in Pak-Afghan Relations

Khalilzad

KABUL – United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad hailed the shared vision by Pakistan and Afghanistan on bilateral relations and regional stability. “We welcome and are encouraged by the positive development in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations,” said Khalilzad in a tweet Monday. “If implemented, it provides an opportunity to …

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Turkey Calls on Minsk Group to Hold Talks on Karabakh

Turkey calls on Minsk Group to hold talks on Karabakh

ANKARA – Turkey on Monday called on the co-chairs of the Minsk Group to launch a result-oriented negotiation process aimed at a permanent solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Anadolu agency reported. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hami Aksoy, said in a statement that …

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