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Taliban praise continued US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents’ spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a “good advancement” even as fighting raged across the war-weary country. The Taliban’s statement came just hours after the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500, their lowest …

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Afghan govt to free 900 prisoners; Taliban may extend truce

The Afghan government said it would free 900 prisoners on Tuesday, its single-largest prisoner release since the US and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. The announcement came as a three-day cease-fire draws to an end, which was called by the …

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Let’s go home’: Afghan war vets torn on US-Taliban deal

Veterans of America’s longest war are finding themselves torn as the US signs a potentially historic peace accord with the Taliban in Afghanistan. For many, the US is long overdue in withdrawing its forces after more than 18 years of fighting. Others question the trustworthiness of the Taliban, whose hard-line government the US-led forces overthrew …

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A timeline of key events in Afghanistan’s 40 years of wars

The former Soviet Union marched into Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 1979, claiming it was invited by the new Afghan communist leader, Babrak Karmal, setting the country on a path of 40 years of seemingly endless conflict. Now, the possibility of peace has emerged as the US and Taliban signed a peace deal Saturday, offering a …

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Pentagon chief lands in Afghanistan ahead of US, Taliban deal

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Saturday, in a move, experts said was aimed at reassuring the Afghan government about the US’ commitment of an expected accord signing between by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives of the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. While the accord is signed in Doha, Esper is …

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Sri Lanka to withdraw from co-sponsorship of UN rights body resolution on war crimes

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday said that his government will withdraw from co-sponsoring a UN Human Rights Council resolution on accountability for war crimes. His statement came days after the US imposed travel restrictions on Army chief Lt Gen Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members over alleged gross violations of human …

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