How many US troops in Afghanistan? @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Joseph Votel won't tell HASC during opening hearing: "We generally don't talk numbers in public"
@CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel: 64% of Afghanistan controlled by Afghan government; 12% controlled by Taliban. Rest of the country is contested
"We are taken a conditions-based approach that is focused on reconciliation as its end state" Gen. Votal says of Afghanistan "We are engaging the partners in the region"
"The big idea here in with what we're trying to do in Afghanistan is drive toward reconciliation" per @Centcom's Gen. Votel. "This is different" he says "than the approach we've had in the past"
@CENTCOM Commander General Votel on Pakistan's efforts: "It does not yet equal the decisive action we would like to see them take in terms of a strategic shift but they are positive indicators. They give me hope."
"I do have very frequent and routine, professional communications with my counterpart [in Pakistan]" per Votel "I can't describe the relationship as trustful at this point. There is a lot of history that has to be overcome"
"Success in Afghanistan and South Asia will require a strong relationship and the cooperation of Pakistan" per @CENTCOM's General Votel
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ISIS stones man for adultery at Wazir Tangi #Nangarhar
Afghan President @ashrafghani says he has a message of peace for Taliban and Pakistan
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Indian Foreign Secretary VijayGokhale who arrived today for Kabul Process Conference meets Afghan MFA
Five members of an uprising were killed and six other, including a key commander, wounded in northern Faryab province
Chakhansuri says if any group wants to talk about peace they must take practical steps to do so. He also said government will outline its peace plan at Kabul Process and discuss fight against terrorism
Afghan President Ghani's spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri confirms over 20 countries and organizations will attend Kabul Process meeting from Wednesday and among delegates will deputy ministers
No plan under consideration to expel Afghan refugees: Pakistan
Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan through the Torkham border were suspended on Monday when local agents refused complying with the computerised custom clearance procedure
US security official Lisa Curtis in meetings in Islamabad: "seeks to move toward a new relationship wid Pakistan, based on a shared commitment to defeat all terrorist groups that threaten regional stability andsecurity as well as on a shared vision of a peaceful future for Afghanistan"
Taliban announce readiness for peace talks with US
Germany, Italy, Turkey and US Ambassadors were encouraged by progress made in building capacity and capabilities of Afghan security forces and supported an Afghan led and owned peace process
US Ambassador Hutchison issued a joint statement on behalf of NATO framework nations Germany, Italy, Turkey and US in Afghanistan, underscoring NATO's commitment that military and civilian leaders have the necessary forces and resources needed to carry out their mission
After US Dep Secretary Alice Wells said that doors for talks with the Afghan Taliban are open, the Taliban invited American officials to "come for direct talks" with the Taliban political office in Qatar
Iran deported more than 10K Afghan refugees last week, says @OCHAAfg
Fifteen Taliban militants have been killed and another 16 wounded during a nighttime clash with security forces in southern Ghazni province
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In historic first, MQ-9 Reaper released four 500lb precision guided munitions, effectively destroying a Taliban narcotics facility in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Feb 22
Afghan CEO Abdullah announces government will soon unveil the National Policy on Prevention and Mitigation of Civilian Harm which will provide specific guidelines to be undertaken during security operation to prevent civilian causalities and damage to property
Afghan CEO Abdullah tells UNHCR that despite enormous challenges in Afghanistan much progress has been made, including in areas affecting children such as an improved education sector and the outlawing of recruitment of child soldiers
Afghan CEO Abdullah says last year, government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Afghanistan has extended an open invitation to the Special Procedures mandate holders to visit the country
Abdullah says the National Unity Government believes rule of law, accountability and transparency are integral pieces of governance for peace, development and human rights
Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah addresses UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and presents the aspirations, commitments and realities of the country and government on the promotion and protection of human rights
U.S. trying to 'embarrass' Pakistan with terror financing list: Pakistani finance minister Miftah Ismail
Police have killed two people, including a bride, and wounded a third in northeastern Takhar province, an official alleged on Monday