Kabul: In a surprising development, William Burns, the CIA Director apparently made a surprise visit to Kabul, a senior politician and a well-placed public figure said. This move comes as US plans to withdraw all its forces by September 11 and the Taliban’s growing warnings of violence if the May 1 deadline set as per the Doha agreement is not meant. A senior former

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Kabul: At least six people, including two civilians and four security personnel, have been killed in different incidents in Kabul over the last 12 hours, as per the police. A government employee, Baryalai Tokhi, was killed by unidentified gunmen in the Rishkhor area in Kabul’s District 7 on Friday evening, sources said. In the second incident, Rafi

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Kabul: Acknowledging the presence of Al-Qaeda and its links with the Taliban, the US Department of Defense in a report submitted to the Congress said that Al-Qaeda continues to pose a threat to remaining US personnel in Afghanistan. The report, Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan, stated that AQ [al-Qaeda]’s regional affiliate, AQIS [al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent] poses a threat to US personnel

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Kabul: In a move that had been developing over the past week, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday ordered long-range bombers and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier to provide security for US troops as they withdraw from Afghanistan, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby. Two B-52 bombers have already arrived in the region and the Eisenhower has been given an extended mission. With

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Kabul: Even though the Istanbul Summit could not take place as per schedule, a trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey was held on Friday to discuss the way forward in the peace process. The Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that peace efforts and support for “Afghan brothers and sisters” will continue robustly. While the Afghan foreign minister

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