With Afghan forces improving and on the offensive, US commanders have more freedom to attack the Taliban and insurgents no longer threaten any major urban centres.
Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all of the attackers at the Agriculture Training Institute in Peshawar.
Besides investment and economic aid, it is hard to say what the US expects of India in Afghanistan; despite seeking a more active Indian role, the US continues to engage with China and Pakistan to counter the Taliban.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, the group’s news agency Amaq said on Tuesday, without giving evidence.
Some media reports, citing unidentified sources, said the move had been ordered by the National Directorate for Security to thwart the use of the encrypted messaging services by the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
Republican and Democratic members of Congress have argued for years that Congress ceded too much authority over the military to the White House after the September 11 attacks.
His statements marked the opening of the defence’s case, which suffered a blow earlier in the day when the presiding military judge said President Donald Trump had not damaged Bergdahl’s chances of a fair sentence.
The train was travelling from Baluchistan’s capital of Quetta to the eastern metropolis of Lahore when a blast on the main railway track damaged one of its cars.
The US leadership must demand not just the pushing of the Haqqani Network and the Taliban cadres over to the Afghan side, but also for Pakistan to handover their leadership.
The deadliest attack hit a police training centre attached to the police headquarters in Gardez, main city of Paktia province.
The Pakistani Taliban said the attack was a suicide bomb targeting the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy, with the latter offence carrying a possible life sentence.
The US has repeatedly accused Pakistan of not doing enough to eliminate militant havens on its territory.
“Hopefully, there will be a change in the cooperative relationship between the United States and Pakistan,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said after the rescue operation.
While the ultimate objective still remains political reconciliation in Afghanistan, the route by which the parties get there will be vastly different under the Trump administration.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news service.
Denying the possibility of harbouring the Taliban, he said what Pakistan is not prepared to do, is to fight the Afghanistan war on Pakistan’s soil.
As a private citizen, Donald Trump advocated for full US withdrawal. As president, he has chosen to perpetuate, prolong and expand the war, at the cost to more US treasure and lives.
This is one amongst the many deadly attacks the city has been subjugated in the past year by Taliban.
US President Donald Trump has promised a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground against the US-backed Afghan government.
In a prime-time speech to the nation, Trump may announce a modest increase in US troops, as recommended by his senior advisers.
Friday’s meeting was the latest in a series of high-level discussions on Afghanistan that has been bogged down by internal differences.
A senior Taliban official said the rare decision to address Trump directly coincided with the president’s deliberations on US policy in Afghanistan.
Fighting is ongoing but as many as 50 people – children, women and elderly men, most of them members of Shi’ite Hazara community – may have been killed.
The attack was a reminder of the dangers posed to US forces in Afghanistan as Donald Trump weighs sending thousand more troops to America’s longest war.
The assault came a week after 35 people by the Taliban in Kabul and underlines Afghanistan’s precarious security as the US reconsiders its regional policy.
Monday’s suicide bombing targeting government personnel continued the unrelenting violence that has killed over 1,700 civilians in Afghanistan this year.
The UN Security Council has sanctioned a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, freezing its assets and subjecting it to an arms embargo.
The delegation led by Senator John McCain called for a coherent strategy from the Trump administration to turn the tide against an increasingly strong Taliban insurgency and end the longest war in US history.
Can the EU justify sending additional troops to join the war in Afghanistan even while maintaining a policy that says the country is safe?
EU is willing to go along with Trump’s demand for more NATO involvement in Afghanistan against militants, but “the confusion in Washington has had an impact”.
At least 31 people have fallen prey to blasts from improvised explosive devices since 2016 in South Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s troubled tribal areas
Kevin King, a teacher at the American University in Kabul, and his Australian colleague Timothy Weeks were seized near the campus in August last year.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which also left dozens wounded.
After a stalemate of almost 16 years in the region, the US defense secretary says they ‘recognise the need for urgency’.
Though such attacks on foreign officials have decreased in the country, this incident comes as US President Trump plans on increasing troops in the region.
In a clear articulation of a new Afghan policy, James Mattis and Rex Tillerson have virtually ruled out any political settlement with the Taliban.
Taliban’s warning came after reports that Ghani would order the execution of 11 militants on death row in revenge for the bomb attack in Kabul.
Given the breadth and depth of the Indo-Russian relationship, the divergence in their strategy for the South Asia region is worrying.
Australia is not a member of NATO but is a staunch US ally and has had troops in Afghanistan since 2002.