Washington is reducing aid and is prepared to cut a similar amount in 2021 because of the ongoing feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
UN secretary-general welcomes the positive response from the government on March 18 and warlord Haftar's militia on March 21 to calls for a humanitarian pause to allow the country to focus on the danger from the coronavirus.
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The country has made big strides towards homegrown arms production, creating a demand for exports and reducing its reliance on imports by 48 percent compared to the previous five-year period.
The arrests of Muhammad bin Nayef and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz demonstrate the extent to which the crown prince is willing to go to keep his grip on power.
Military spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett said in a tweet the “defensive” strike was the first US attack against the militants in 11 days. The aim was to counter a Taliban assault on Afghan government forces in Helmand province.
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The peace process is going through its most intricate phase as Afghan leaders from all sides struggle to find common ground.
The operations disseminated content sympathetic to each side of a diplomatic row that has divided the Middle East since 2017, pitting the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar.
The outbreak is disrupting demand for flights and many airlines have suspended or modified services in response. After Saturday's press conference, the White House held a call with airlines to discuss new travel restrictions.
“If the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan live up to these commitments, we will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home,” President Trump said in a statement.
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