Imran tacitly acknowledges that 26/11 originated from Pakistani soil

Pakistan Urges US to Leave Afghanistan 'As Friend of the Region'

NATO Vows To Stay In Afghanistan Despite 'High' Afghan Forces' Losses

The Trump administration, in the recent months, has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America's longest war in Afghanistan where the United States has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Khililzad's visit to Islamabad followed a request from U.S. President Donald Trump to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking help in furthering the Afghan peace process.

Under Trump, U.S. officials have intensified efforts to bring the Taliban to the peace negotiation table.

In an interview with TOLOnews, the USA ambassador said the U.S. is not negotiating on behalf of the Afghan government as he pointed at the efforts by the United States on Afghan peace.

Afghan forces on the ground are suffering their heaviest losses since the US-led invasion - but at least Americans on the other side of the globe are safe, says Dunford: "The presence that we have in Afghanistan has, in fact, disrupted the enemy's ability to reconstitute and pose a threat to us".

Khan dismissed repeated assertions by the Pentagon that Pakistan serves as a sanctuary for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, namely the Taliban and its Haqqani Network allies.

Army spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor told reporters in Rawalpindi, where the military is headquartered, that Pakistan has long called for resolving Afghan conflict through political means and a USA -initiated peace process has gained momentum lately.

"We have seen some encouraging signs", he added he recalled the ceasefire between Afghan government and the Taliban this year.

"We are interested in a settlement that produces the result we want to see which is peace in Afghanistan", he said.

Defending ties with Beijing, the PM said our relationship with China is not one-dimensional.

On Wednesday, he met with a USA peace envoy in Islamabad and pledged to help find a political solution to the long-running war. "It has to be a regional solution, not just a solution centred in Afghanistan", he said. "Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism", he said.

"So I think Pakistan has not shown indications, by and large over the last few years, of being a serious partner in this regard", McKenzie said.

Some 14,000 USA soldiers are now serving in Afghanistan, and McKenzie couldn't say how much longer the United States would remain in the country.

"I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict", he recalled.

The size of the Taliban in Afghanistan is now estimated to be around 60,000 and they control about 44 per cent of the Afghan territory, he said, adding that it is not a good idea to leave this war-torn country at this point of time. Then, in 1989, when the Soviets packed up and left, the USA did too.

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani conceded that the security forces are sustaining many casualties, but he said they are increasingly successful in repelling enemy attack.

Over 2,400 United States soldiers have perished in Afghanistan during the protracted conflict, a number that is closing in on the death toll from the attacks of September 11, 2001, which prompted the US' invasion.

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