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A meeting of top Western stakeholders concluded with a statement urging 'the immediate resumption, without pre-conditions' of talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban.

A local government official in the southern province of Helmand said that 'heavy US air strikes' stopped the militants from advancing towards the provincial capital.

Afghan fighting leaves scores of Taliban fighters dead: ministry

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Afghan fighting leaves scores of Taliban fighters dead: ministry

Fighting between Afghan government forces and the Taliban has left more than 100 insurgents dead in the past 24 hours.

'Don't leave us behind', Afghan interpreters urge US

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Don't leave us behind', Afghan interpreters urge US

Afghans who worked as interpreters for the US military worry they will be targeted by the Taliban after the withdrawal.

Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US <em>withdrawal</em>

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Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US withdrawal

The US is preparing for attacks on its remaining troops in Afghanistan as it approaches a deadline for the withdrawal of its forces.

Brooke Anderson

Biden's first 100 days as US president

Analysis: From the economy to vaccinations, Biden has delivered on a number of key campaign promises in his first 100 days, but the greatest tests still lie ahead.

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US orders staff to leave Kabul due to threats

Ross Wilson, the acting US ambassador to Afghanistan, said the State Department's decision came in light of 'increasing violence and threat ...

Brooke Anderson

Will the US really withdraw troops from Iraq?

Analysis: Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US has repeatedly pledged to leave, each time resulting in broken promises, renegotiations and in ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Corruption blamed for deadly hospital fire

Many Iraqis say the fire is yet another example of the state's corruption and mismanagement leading to the death and misfortune of civilians.

Germany plans Afghanistan <em>withdrawal</em> by 4 July

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Germany plans Afghanistan withdrawal by 4 July

Following a similar announcement by the US, Germany has said that it will also withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.

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Germany plans Afghanistan withdrawal from 4 July

Following a similar announcement by the US, Germany has said that it will also withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's fragile future: The end of America's 'forever war'

Sayed Jalal Shajjan

Afghanistan's fragile future: The end of America's 'forever war'

Analysis: The future of the Afghan government looks bleak after the US military withdrawal, with the Taliban sensing victory.

Iraq PM hints at progress on coalition <em>troop</em> <em>withdrawal</em>

The New Arab Staff

Iraq PM hints at progress on coalition troop withdrawal

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi praised the readiness of Iraqi forces to assume the anti-IS combat role when coalition troops leave.

HRW urges Biden to protect rights in Afghanistan

The New Arab Staff

HRW urges Biden to protect rights in Afghanistan

Fears are rampant that a power vacuum left by Washington's departure could threaten key human rights gains.

Blinken in Afghanistan for <em>troop</em> <em>withdrawal</em> talks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Blinken in Afghanistan for troop withdrawal talks

The US has said it will withdrawal all its troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Biden: 'time to end' Afghanistan war with total pullout

US President Joe Biden is naming September 11 as the deadline by which the last US soldiers will have finally departed Afghanistan.

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Taliban shun Afghanistan talks until foreign forces go

The militants declared their stance on talks in Turkey after it emerged that Washington would withdraw its forces five months later than ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: US troop withdrawal boosts Iranian ambitions

Iran views US reticence to continue operating in Iraq not only as a sign of weakness but as an opportunity to further cement its hold and power ...

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Afghan president to reveal new Taliban peace proposal: official

Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, is to unveil a new proposal for peace with the Taliban as the US' troop withdrawal ...

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Kamal Afzali

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

Iraqi officials confirmed they had sent a formal request to Biden's administration for a date to resume strategic talks on bilateral relations ...

Will Biden's Afghanistan peace plan succeed?

Hannah Wallace

Will Biden's Afghanistan peace plan succeed?

Analysis: The US president's Afghanistan peace deal may alienate the very people it aims to bring together, the Afghan government and Taliban ...

Biden warns US may miss deadline to exit Afghanistan

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Biden warns US may miss deadline to exit Afghanistan

US President Joe Biden said it would be difficult to meet the deadline to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.

Turkey plans to host Afghan peace talks in April

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Turkey plans to host Afghan peace talks in April

Turkey plans to host an Afghan peace conference in Istanbul in April, ahead of a deadline for a US troop withdrawal.

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