Trump says he never confronted Putin about Russia bounty reports: Axios

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said he never questioned Russian President Vladimir Putin about U.S. intelligence reports that Russia paid the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, casting doubt on the reports in an interview. “I have never discussed it with him,” Trump said in an interview on Tuesday with “Axios on HBO.” Trump, a Republican who has […]

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US on track to pull troops out of Afghanistan: Pentagon

Some question whether the US-Taliban agreement aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan was mainly just a withdrawal deal. The United States is on track to meet its commitment to the Taliban to withdraw several thousand troops from Afghanistan by mid-July, even as violence flares, the peace process is stalled, and Kabul struggles in political deadlock. US officials say they will […]

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U.S.' Khalilzad to meet Taliban in Qatar, visit India, Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan will call for a reduction in Afghan violence, the start of intra-Afghan peace talks and cooperation against the new coronavirus on a trip to Qatar, India and Pakistan, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. The department said in a statement that U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had left on Tuesday and […]

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Afghanistan suffers upsurge in fighting and in coronavirus

KABUL (Reuters) – Clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan forces intensified in northern Balkh and southern Logar province as warring sides fought to control checkpoints and the number of coronavirus cases in Afghanistan rises, officials said on Friday. In recent weeks, the Taliban has attacked several provinces, ignoring a pledge to reduce violence as part of a peace deal signed […]

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Taliban warn deal with US in Afghanistan near breaking point

US military in Afghanistan rejects Taliban claim, saying it had upheld the military terms of the agreement. The Taliban has said the deal with the United States aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan was nearing a breaking point, accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while also chastising the Afghan government for delaying the release of 5,000 Taliban […]

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Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikh house of worship in Kabul

A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said. The gunman held many worshippers hostage for several hours while Afghan special forces, helped by international troops, tried to clear the building. At least one of the dead was a […]

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