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US ‘agreed in draft’ with Taliban on Afghanistan troop withdrawal – envoy

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A “marathon” round of talks with the Taliban in Qatar has produced an “agreement in draft” on counter-terrorism assurances and American troop withdrawal, said US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. “The conditions for peace have improved,” Khalilzad tweeted after the talks. “Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real Read More

Taliban leader lived out last days near US base in Afghanistan as CIA looked elsewhere, book reveals

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The Taliban’s one-eyed leader and co-founder Mullah Omar – who’d had a $10 million bounty on his head – lived out his final days in relative peace and within walking distance of a US base, a Dutch journalist claims. Omar’s rise to power began when he joined the Afghan Mujahideen to fight the Soviet army Read More

Flash floods, snow and rain kill at least 59 in Afghanistan

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KABUL (Reuters) – Flash floods, heavy rains and snowfall have killed at least 59 people across Afghanistan during the past two weeks and left thousands homeless, with the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar the worst-hit, an Afghan official said on Wednesday. Some 5,000 people were displaced in Kandahar alone, the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Read More

Death toll doubles to 40 from Afghan floods: U.N.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Flash floods in southern Afghanistan from heavy rains last week have killed more than 40 people, double an earlier estimated toll, a U.N. agency that is coordinating relief efforts said. The floods that started on Friday destroyed 1,300 homes and damaged 2,500 across nine provinces, leaving many people desperate for shelter, Read More

New Delhi is world's most polluted capital, Beijing eighth

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – New Delhi was the world’s most polluted capital city in 2018, two groups monitoring air pollution said on Tuesday in a study of the amount of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 in 61 capital cities around the world. FILE PHOTO: A man rides his bicycle in front of the India Read More

Flash floods in Afghanistan kill at least 20

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KABUL (Reuters) – At least 20 people including children were killed in southern Afghanistan by flash floods that engulfed up to 2,000 homes and swept away cars, the U.N. agency coordinating relief efforts said on Saturday. Heavy rains struck Kandahar city and six districts on Friday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Read More

UN report slams US-led airstrikes & record civilian casualties in Afghanistan

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A record number of Afghan civilians, mostly women children, were killed in 2018, a new UN report said, pinning the sharp increase on US airstrike rules of engagement, relaxed after almost two decades of futile war. Despite promises from the White House to reduce the number of troops currently stationed in Afghanistan, the 18-years-long American Read More

Mixed messages? US drops record number of bombs on Afghanistan amid peace efforts with Taliban

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The US military dropped an eye-popping 7,362 bombs on Afghanistan last year, Pentagon data shows, making 2018 the most airstrike-abundant year for the country in at least a decade – even as the US seeks peace with the Taliban. Manned and unmanned US military aircraft pounded Afghanistan with a combined payload of 7,362 “weapons” in Read More

Charm offensive? Acting Pentagon chief turns up in Iraq following surprise visit to Afghanistan

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Acting Pentagon chief Pat Shanahan has arrived in Baghdad to consult with Iraqi leaders about the future US troop presence in the country, after Donald Trump was slammed for suggesting American forces would remain to “watch Iran.” Marking his first trip to Iraq, Shanahan will discuss the US military mission in the country with top Read More

Acting US Defense Secretary makes surprise visit to Afghanistan, urges Kabul to join peace talks

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Afghan officials were treated to a surprise visit by the acting US Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, who arrived unannounced, apparently to discuss peace talks and the prospects for American military presence in the region. “It is important that the Afghan government is involved in discussions regarding Afghanistan,” Shanahan told reporters accompanying him, as cited Read More