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Date: 4 Mar 2013

KABUL, March 4 (INP) The Taliban's most vaunted commander in Nuristan and Kunar provinces, Sheikh Dost Mohammed, has been killed along with three other Taliban figures in a US drone strike, according to Bokhdi News, citing an official from the Afghan and NATO Military Coordination Office.

Date: 21 Feb 2013

KABUL (INP): The number of US drone strikes in Afghanistan jumped 72 per cent in 2012, killing at least 16 civilians in a sharp increase from the previous year, the UN said on Wednesday in a sign of the changing mission as international forces prepare to withdraw combat forces in less than two years.

Date: 21 Feb 2013

WASHINGTON (INP): Asserting that the United States and India share a vision of a secure, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, the Obama administration has said it strongly supports the constructive role being played by New Delhi in the war-torn country's ongoing development.

Date: 16 Feb 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (INP): US soldiers deployed to Afghanistan may see their war tours extended next year because budget cuts will drastically limit training for brigades to replace them, the top US Army general said Friday.

Date: 16 Feb 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (INP): The Taliban may not join the sitting government in Kabul that they have repeatedly branded as a puppet and illegitimate set-up, US President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism advisor told lawmakers on Friday.

Date: 13 Feb 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - OIC Secretary General (OIC SG) had a working meeting with the UN Secretary General (UN SG) at the UN Headquarters in New York late Tuesday after addressing the open debate of the UN Security Council on “Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict”.

Date: 13 Feb 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - Iran has built a new hopeful horizon on murky Syria, saying: 'Iran, Russia and China cooperation can solve Syrian problem peacefully and by the Syrian sides'.

Date: 7 Feb 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - The 12th Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) adopted today, Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Cairo, a declaration on the situation in Mali calling for the accelerated deployment of the International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) and

Date: 22 Jan 2013

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 (INP): The UN Security Council Monday demonstrated unprecedented unity in rallying behind Pakistan’s initiative to make UN peacekeeping more effective and efficient. A resolution proposed by Pakistan, was unanimously co-sponsored and adopted by 15-member Security Council, in a special session on Monday to debate “UN Peacekeeping: A Multidimensional Approach."

Date: 19 Jan 2013

KABUL (INP): There are no significant peace talks under way with the Taliban, the US ambassador to Afghanistan has said, despite years of western and Afghan government efforts to broker a political end to the decade-long war in the country, and some recent signs of progress.

Date: 11 Jan 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN SG) invited the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to a High-level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria to be held in Kuwait on January 30, 2013.

Date: 5 Jan 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan 05 (INP): The US Defense Department has prepared plans for a smaller presence in Afghanistan after the White House insisted on examining the option of leaving fewer troops in the country after 2014 than was initially proposed, The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.

Date: 5 Jan 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan 05 (INP): Two top American Senators including Carl Levin, who chairs the powerful Armed Services Committee, would travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to look at security and political developments in the region.

Date: 4 Jan 2013

WANA/MIRANSHAH, Jan 03 (INP): At least 13 persons, including a very important militant commander Mullah Nazir, were reportedly killed and several others injured in separate US drone strikes in different areas of South and North Waziristan Agencies on Thursday.

Date: 28 Dec 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (INP): The United States has spent nearly $600 billion over the past 10 years putting combat forces into Afghanistan. Now it’s going to cost an additional $5.7 billion over the next year or two just to transfer or return most of the troops and equipment the shipped into that country, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

Date: 10 Dec 2012

KARACHI, Dec 10 (INP): The United Nations has appointed Ziauddin Yousufzai, the father of child activist Malala Yousufzai, as the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

The announcement in this regard was made by former British premier and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

Date: 8 Dec 2012

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US think tank said all streams in the region can find common ground in their battle against Israel, which does not present a good landscape for the Zionist regime's strategic situation in the future.

Date: 1 Dec 2012

Egyptian president announces a December 15 vote on new draft constitution amidst ongoing protests in Cairo.

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi received a copy of the country's draft constitution on Saturday night and announced plans for a December 15 public referendum on the draft.

Date: 30 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (INP): Lawmakers of the United States Senate have voted for an accelerated withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, in line with the president desire to secure early comeback of the forces from the remote country.

Date: 30 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (INP): After the completion of security transition in 2014, the United States wants to have an enduring presence in Afghanistan to focus on three critical areas -- counter-terrorism, train-and-assist the Afghan army and enhance Afghan government’s capabilities.

Date: 28 Nov 2012

KABUL, Nov 28 (INP): Hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank were spirited out of Afghanistan - some smuggled in airline food trays - to bank accounts in more than two dozen countries, according to an independent review released on Wednesday about massive fraud that led to the collapse of the nation’s largest financial institution.

Date: 27 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (INP): The Pentagon on Monday said it was premature to speculate on the US troop numbers in Afghanistan following the scheduled drawdown of 2014, saying no decision had been taken on the issue yet.

Date: 26 Nov 2012

KABUL, Nov 26 (INP): Around 10,000 US troops are likely to stay in Afghanistan after combat soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leave the country in 2014, a media report said on Monday.

Date: 25 Nov 2012

Gaza: A leading Islamic cleric in the Gaza Strip has ruled it a sin to violate the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls the Palestinian territory.

The fatwa, or religious edict, issued by Suleiman al-Daya late Saturday accords a religious legitimacy to the truce and could justify any act by Gaza’s government to enforce it.

Date: 22 Nov 2012

Elisabeth Braw

Israel and Gaza are again attacking each other, Syria is descending into civil war, four American diplomats killed in Libya: the Middle East is more fragile than ever. "Both sides should cease all hostilities," says former US President Jimmy Carter.

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