US braces for more ISIS attacks after massacre at Kabul airport

KABUL (Reuters): US troops helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule braced for more attacks on Friday after Islamic State struck the crowded gates of Kabul airport, killing scores of civilians and at least 13 US troops. Kabul

Pakistan Army provides refuge, safe passage to 46 Afghan troops

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army has given refuge and secure passage to 46 Afghan troops who fled across the border amid advances by the Taliban. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan Army secured refuge and safe passage on the request of

US, NATO troops leave Bagram airbase in Afghanistan

KABUL: All US and Nato troops have left the biggest air base in Afghanistan, a US defence official said on Friday, signalling the complete withdrawal of foreign forces was imminent after two decades of war. Bagram Air Base served as

Effects of US pullout

With the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, a civil war is imminent and the war-ravaged country’s problems will worsen. Pakistan has been constantly warning about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan as it will be the worst affected from the

US troops come under fire in Syria after strikes against militias

WASHINGTON: US troops came under rocket fire in Syria but escaped injury in apparent retaliation for US airstrikes against Iran-aligned armed groups in Syria and Iraq. A US military spokesman said US forces had responded to the multiple rockets by

US to evacuate some Afghan interpreters ahead of withdrawal

WASHINGTON: The United States plans to evacuate at least some Afghan interpreters who have worked with US forces before the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The move would keep the interpreters, facing violent reprisal from Taliban forces, safe

Afghan fallout

The United States is set to withdraw troops from Afghanistan starting July 4. Afghan leaders are worried over the surging violence and an imminent takeover by the Taliban once the Americans depart while countries such as Pakistan are preparing for

Erdogan offers cooperation after US troops pullout from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he held a “fruitful and sincere” meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels. “We believe there is no problem that cannot be resolved in

US to hand Bagram base to Afghan forces in 20 days

KABUL: The US military will hand over its main Bagram Air Base to Afghan forces in about 20 days as Washington presses on with withdrawing the last of its troops from the country. The vast base, built by the Soviets

US commander warns against attacks on troops in Afghanistan

KABUL: The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan warned it would be a mistake for the Taliban to attack foreign troops still present in the country after the passing of a May 1 deadline for withdrawal. US Army General Scott

US exits Afghanistan

September 11 – This date is highly symbolic for the United States as it invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Now nearly 20 years after almost 2,400 US military and thousands of Afghan deaths, spending nearly $1 trillion, the US

NATO troops to leave Afghanistan along with US

BRUSSELS: Foreign troops under NATO command will withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with a US pull-out by September 11, NATO allies pledged, while agreeing to start removing troops on May 1 after two decades of war. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg,

‘Time to end the forever war’: Biden announces US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden announced it’s “time to end” America’s longest war with the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, where they have spent two decades in an increasingly futile battle against the Taliban. Dubbed the “forever war,” the US

Myanmar forces fire on anti-coup protests

NEW YORK: Britain has called for the UN Security Council to meet on Friday as security forces in Myanmar have steadily stepped up their use of violence against anti-coup demonstrators. Authorities fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters again

NATO will leave Afghanistan when ‘time is right’: Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS: The Taliban Afghanistan must do more to meet the terms of a 2020 peace agreement with the United States to allow for any possible foreign troop withdrawal by a May deadline, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. The defence ministers

Myanmar army deploys troops after fresh protests

YANGON: Myanmar’s junta cut the nation’s internet and deployed extra troops around the country on Monday as fears built of a widespread crackdown on anti-coup protests and defiant demonstrators again took to the streets. The military has steadily escalated efforts

India, China agree to pull back troops from disputed lake

NEW DELHI: India and China have agreed to pull back troops from a bitterly contested lake area high in the Himalayas, the Indian defence minister said on Thursday, in a breakthrough after a months-long standoff on the disputed border. Rajnath

US reduces troops to 2,500 in Afghanistan and Iraq

WASHINGTON: The US military has cut troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the wars began, the Pentagon announced. Outgoing President Donald Trump, seeking to fulfill a campaign promise

Trump orders withdrawal of US forces from Somalia

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has ordered the removal of most US military and security personnel from Somalia, where they have been conducting operations against the Al-Shabaab militant group. Trump “has ordered the Department of Defense and the United States Africa

Taliban welcome US troops reduction in Afghanistan

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban welcomed the United States announcement that it would soon pull about 2,000 US troops from Afghanistan as a “good step” that will help end the country’s long-running conflict. The Pentagon said the US will slash troop

Russian troops arrive in Pakistan for joint military exercise

RAWALPINDI: A contingent of Russian Special Forces has arrived in Pakistan for a two-week joint military exercise codenamed ‘Bruzhba 5’. “Russian Federation Special Forces’ contingent arrived in Pakistan for two weeks long joint exercise Druzhba 5. The exercise is aimed

Trump wants US troops out of Afghanistan by Christmas

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has said he wants all US troops to leave Afghanistan by Christmas, speeding up the timeline for ending America’s longest war. “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in

Pakistan, China seek orderly withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, China and Afghanistan have reached consensus on cooperation against coronavirus, Afghan peace and reconciliation process and trilateral cooperation. The consensus reached during the 3rd round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministers Strategic Dialogue held via video link. Pakistan’s

Army refutes news of troops deployment along GB border

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has refuted news circulating in Indian electronic and social media claiming additional deployment of troops along the Line of Control in Gilgit-Baltistan. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement that the alleged use of Skardu airbase

India, China hold talks to diffuse deadly border tensions

NEW DELHI: India and China agreed to ease tensions at their disputed Himalayan border but continued to trade blame for a clash that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. The foreign ministers of both countries spoke by telephone to

20 Indian soldiers killed in clashes with Chinese troops

NEW DELHI: At least twenty Indian Army personnel were killed Monday night in violent clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley of Ladakh where disengagement of troops on either side was underway. The Indian Army said there were casualties

3 Indian soldiers killed in violent face-off with Chinese troops

NEW DELHI: Three Indian soldiers were killed in violent clash with Chinese troops, the Indian army said on Tuesday, following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of troops from both sides. The Indian army said there were casualties on

Indian troops martyr four more Kashmiri youth in IoK

SRINAGAR: Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism on Saturday martyred four more youth in occupied Kashmir. The troops martyred two youth each in South Kashmir’s Kulgam and Islamabad districts during cordon and search operations. Indian police and

Brazil deploys troops to curb Amazon deforestation

BRASILIA: Brazil’s government has renewed for a presidential decree for thirty days allowing the deployment of the armed forces to combat rising deforestation in the Amazon and protecting the world’s largest rainforest. The extension was signed by President Jair Bolsonaro

US pledges to reduce Iraq troops in coming months

WASHINGTON: The United States said it would reduce troops in Iraq in the coming months as tension between the two countries eased under a new US-friendly prime minister in Baghdad. The US also promised support to prop up the struggling