Afghanistan's Ghani offers talks with Taliban 'without preconditions'
Afghan President Ghani puts forward peace offer to Taliban: Taliban should recognize the Kabul government and agree to a ceasefire; Afghanistan will recognize Taliban as a political group, offer them passports, office in Kabul, release of prisoners, and removal of sanctions
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Pakistani the Frontier Corps personnel on Wednesday conducted intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in various areas of Balochistan and recovered large quantities of arms, ammunition and explosives
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Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of Taliban as a legitimate political group. Ghani proposed a ceasefireanda release of prisoners. He also said he would be ready to accept a review of the constitution as part of a pact with the Taliban
Russian online media begins to whip up hysteria over Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev's recent order given to communications minister Abayev about the need for government and parliament to speak Kazakh language.
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
Kazakhstan banned Russian language from use at Cabinet of ministers meetings
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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
"Pakistan has taken active measures to strengthen financial supervision and crack down on terrorist financing and made important progress. China gives high recognition to this and hopes all concerned parties in intl' community can give an objective and fair assessment – Chinese MFA spokerson
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
Central Asia is the core region of the Asian continent and stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. It is also sometimes referred to as Middle Asia, and, colloquially, "the 'stans" (as the six countries generally considered to be within the region all have names ending with the Persian suffix "-stan", meaning "land of") and is within the scope of the wider Eurasian continent.
Central Asia include five republics of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan (pop. 17 million), Kyrgyzstan (5.7 million), Tajikistan (8.0 million), Turkmenistan (5.2 million), and Uzbekistan (30 million), for a total population of about 66 million as of 2013–2014. Afghanistan (pop. 31.1 million) is also sometimes included. (wikipedia)
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