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US to reduce troop levels to less than 5,000 by end of November

Washington:US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that the United States will withdraw the number of troops in Afghanistan to below 5,000 by the end of November. “We are going down to a number less than 5,000 before the end of November,” Esper said in an interview with Fox News. Esper …

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Pompeo sees Loya Jirga as ‘historic opportunity’ for peace

Washington: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Thursday night called on President Ashraf Ghani and all delegates attending Friday’s Loya Jirga to “to take advantage of this historic opportunity for a peace that benefits all Afghans and contributes to regional stability and global security.” In a statement issued by …

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Turkey: Hagia Sophia Mosque sees 1st prayers in 86 years

ISTANBUL: Friday’s historic prayers in Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Mosque marked the first acts of worship there in 86 years. Thousands of people took part in the traditional Friday prayers both inside and outside the historic mosque in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest metropolis. Before the Friday prayers, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited from …

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