Kabul: Pentagon officials are watching the Taliban's sweeping advances in Afghanistan "with deep concern" and are encouraging its Afghan partners to "step up" and defend their country amid the pullout of US forces, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said on Sunday. Kirby told Fox News that the Pentagon was "not unmindful" of the situation. "We're certainly watching with deep concern the deteriorating security situation

12 July 2021

Kabul: Pentagon press secretary John Kirby on Friday described the Taliban's "concerning" advancement in Afghanistan as the US military pulls troops out of the country after 20 years. Government officials on Friday dismissed the Taliban's claim that it had taken control of 85% of territory in Afghanistan, saying it was part of a propaganda campaign, according to Reuters. "What we have seen is a

10 July 2021

Kabul: The withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan actually means that the United States has recognized the failure of its twenty-year-long mission in this country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday. "The United States is not merely withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, it is doing that having actually recognized the failure of its twenty-year-long mission," he said during a lecture at

8 July 2021

Kabul: Following the safe and orderly drawdown of forces and equipment from Afghanistan by the end of August, the US Defense Department plans to maintain robust over-the-horizon capability if needed, the Pentagon press secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the withdrawal of troops is now almost 90 percent complete. John F. Kirby held a press briefing and said that the DOD is in active

7 July 2021

Kabul: The Taliban has plans to present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government side as soon as next month, a spokesperson for the group told Reuters even as they make major territorial gains in the country. "The peace talks and process will be accelerated in the coming days and they are expected to enter an important stage, naturally it will be about

6 July 2021

Kabul: Any foreign troops left in Afghanistan after NATO's September withdrawal deadline will be at risk as occupiers, the Taliban has told the BBC. It comes amid reports that 1,000 mainly US troops could remain on the ground to protect diplomatic missions and Kabul's international airport. NATO's 20-year military mission in the country is on the verge of finishing, but violence in the country

5 July 2021

Kabul: The majority of British troops have quietly withdrawn from Afghanistan, with flag-lowering ceremonies marking the final stages of a nearly 20-year campaign, as per Sky News report. Boris Johnson is set to chair a National Security Council meeting on Monday to decide the future shape of the UK footprint in the country, amid mounting security concerns as the Afghan government loses territory

1 July 2021

Kabul: The joint spokesperson for the security forces announced on Tuesday that the people's mobilization forces would soon become part of the regular military framework and would operate in the form of a local army alongside the security and defense forces. Ajmal Omar Shinwari, the spokesperson for the security forces, at a news conference said that the people's mobilization forces are an achievement for

29 June 2021

Kabul: US President Joe Biden and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani met on Friday and discussed the winding down of the Resolute Support Mission and with that the transition to a new relationship with Afghanistan and with the Afghan forces. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of ensuring that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for terrorists. On Friday, Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman

26 June 2021

Kabul: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley downplayed the recent battlefield successes by Taliban in Afghanistan, stressing that most of the district centers controlled by the insurgents were seized before the US military began withdrawing and that no provincial capitals have fallen. “There's 81 district centers that are currently, we think, are underneath Taliban control. That's out of 419

24 June 2021