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Op-Ed: U.S. troops still battling Islamic State fighters near MOAB blast

U.S. troops with their Afghan allies are still battling suspected Islamic State fighters in the area where the massive Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) was dropped last week in eastern Afghanistan, according to a U.S. military official.

Afghan army accused of illegal killings

Kabul - The White House has asked that the Afghan government investigate as many as 15 cases of possible illegal killings carried out by Afghan security forces. There have been seven incidents so far this year.

Op-Ed: Thousands of private contractors will remain in Afghanistan

Kabul - Obama has announced that he will retain at least 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan until 2016. However, he did not mention that there will also be a huge force of private contractors that will outnumber the remaining US troops.

Afghanistan and Iran agree comprehensive cooperation pact

Tehran - Afghanistan and Iran are to sign a friendship and cooperation pact designed to bolster cooperation between Kabul and Tehran, it was announced Sunday.

US may not have any troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Kabul - The planned 2014 departure of US troops from Afghanistan has reportedly hit a roadblock with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai insisting on new terms and conditions before he signs the bilateral security accord (BSA).

Op-Ed: Afghan parliament gets to vote on BSA but not US Congress

Kabul - The US is anxious that the Bilateral Security Pact with Afghanistan be signed by the end of the year. However,Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday (Nov. 21) said that it should wait to be signed after elections for president next year.

Op-Ed: Hagel seeks agreement to keep troops in Afghanistan post 2014

Kabul - US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that he hoped that an agreement on the future of US troops in Afghanistan would be finalized by November in spite of the fact that Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is in no hurry to complete the deal.

Op-Ed: General wants 13,600 US troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Washington - Centcom commander General James Mattis wants at least 13,600 US troops together with about 7,000 other NATO troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.

Op-Ed: U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan past 2014

Kabul - The U.S. is negotiating with the Karzai government to extend U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan past 2014 even as Vice President Joe Biden said that the U.S. is leaving Afghanistan in 2014.

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