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Trump eyes Afghanistan’s elusive mineral riches

Reuters KABUL: US President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan‘s mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117 billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world’s most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream. Ever since a United States Geological …

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US Centcom chief stresses sustained ties with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: Senior US commander Gen Joseph Votel on Saturday departed after his two-day visit to the country with “increased understanding of the counterterrorism and counter-insurgency efforts of the Pakistani government”. According to a statement issued by the United States embassy, the general, who was also taken to North Waziristan that …

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British shadow minister resigns after making anti-Pakistan comments

LONDON: Labour MP Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary and apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” in a newspaper article in which she had linked child abuse with British Pakistanis, causing outrage. The Labour MP said she was concerned that continuing in her shadow …

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Pakistan ‘key partner’ in region, says US Army general

The Commanding General of United States Army Central Command, Lieutenant General Michael Garrett, wishes to continue the US’s “key partnership in the region” with Pakistan after his first-ever visit to Pakistan, the US Embassy said on Wednesday. US Army Central Command, a military formation of the United States Army first …

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Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if new US sanctions imposed: Rouhani

CNN Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to quit the 2015 nuclear deal “within hours” if the United States continues to impose new sanctions on the country. Rouhani issued the warning in a televised speech to Iran’s parliament Tuesday, kicking off a vote-of-confidence session for nominated ministers of …

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US senators meet with head of MKO

A group of senior US senators has met with the head of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), Maryam Rajavi, in Albania. The delegation of Republican Senators Roy Blunt, John Cornyn, and Thom Tillis had a meeting with Rajavi in Tirana, the capital of Albania, on Saturday. The …

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Russia, Iran pushing their influence in Afghanistan as country’s future grows shaky

For 16 years, the United States has tried to stabilize and rebuild Afghanistan with a goal of preventing the war-torn country from once again being used as a launching pad for international terrorism – as it was during the September 11 attacks. But despite spending more than $600 billion and …

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Trump says he doesn’t think Iran is complying with nuclear agreement

President Trump on Thursday said he doesn’t believe Iran is in compliance with the 2015 deal to curtail its nuclear weapons program, weeks after his administration certified that it is in compliance. The president made the comments to reporters during his working vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, after his administration …

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Congress, White House dither on Afghan policy: US Secretary of State

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Trump administration has been looking at full range of options in the process of crafting new strategy for Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Reports in the US media claimed that the team, tasked to formulate Afghan policy was still struggling with the task, as …

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US desire to win Afghan war increases pressure on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The new emphasis in Washington on the need for Pakistan to do more against militants is linked to the Trump administration’s desire to win the Afghan war. Usually on weekends the United States media focuses on human interest stories, but this weekend there are almost a dozen reports explaining how the …

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