South & Central Asia

Biden Announces End to 'America's Longest War'
US will pull out 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, months later than the May 1st deadline for a full withdrawal set by the Trump administration
Patsy Widakuswara, Senior White House Correspondent
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:15 PM
2nd Lt. Andrew Ferrara, 23, of Torrance, Calif., with the U.S. Army's Bravo Company of the 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade.
Warning touches deep-rooted concerns many current and former US officials have voiced about pulling 2,500 to 3,500 troops from country, along with thousands of trainers and contractors
Jeff Seldin
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 09:34 PM
Paramilitary soldiers detain a supporter of Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan, a radical Islamist political party, during a clash, in…
Three days of clashes have killed seven people  
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Wed, 04/14/2021 - 06:59 PM
President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House on April 14, 2021.
US leader to pull remaining 3,000 soldiers out by September 11 — 20 years after terrorist attack on US
Steve Herman
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 01:10 PM
Security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 15, 2021. A bomb targeting a minibus…
Meanwhile, President Biden is set to speak about his decision to end US military engagement in Afghanistan
Ayaz Gul
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 12:46 PM
'We Need a Voice at Peace Talks,' Afghanistan’s Female Journalists Say
Female journalists in Afghanistan are calling on Kabul to include their representative at peace talks to ensure media and women’s rights are protected
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Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:09 AM
Biden to Pull All US Troops Out of Afghanistan Before September 11th 
President Joe Biden is set to announce in a speech Wednesday that the United States will withdraw all of its forces from Afghanistan before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that triggered America’s longest war. VOA's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has the story. Camera:  Ahmadullah Archiwal 
Cindy Saine
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 01:50 AM
Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban's political office, speaks during a joint news conference in Moscow, Russia March 19,…
Taliban announcement comes just hours after it emerged that US would withdraw its forces from Afghanistan about five months later than Washington had originally agreed with insurgents
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Tue, 04/13/2021 - 05:10 PM
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, center, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, makes an…
The latest assessment from US intelligence agencies warns prospects for peace 'remain low' and predicts Taliban gains on the ground
Jeff Seldin
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 05:03 PM
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2020, file photo, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, bottom right, speaks at the opening…
Announcement was made by the Turkish government, which is hosting Afghanistan peace summit
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Tue, 04/13/2021 - 02:40 PM
Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) Islamist political party throwback tear gas canisters fired by police during…
Members of radical Tehrik-i-Labaik Pakistan, or TLP, were in the streets of major cities Monday after authorities in Lahore detained their leader, Saad Rizvi 
Ayaz Gul
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 02:03 PM
Sean Smith, a paratrooper with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, kisses his daughter Olivia Rose Smith
President Joe Biden set to elaborate today on decision to withdraw all US troops by 20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks
Steve Herman
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:02 PM
People are administered COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai, India, April 13, 2021.
Move will give country access to third vaccine at a time when race to ramp up immunization drive is being hampered by shortages
Anjana Pasricha
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:51 AM
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards a plane to Brussels at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, April 12, 2021.
Biden administration seeks progress on political agreement that can improve chances of stability in Afghanistan once US troops leave
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Mon, 04/12/2021 - 08:06 PM
U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad meets Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 1, 2021.
Taliban say internal consultations are ongoing to decide whether to attend the US-proposed multination conference
Ayaz Gul
Mon, 04/12/2021 - 02:13 PM

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