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US announces new Iran sanctions over ballistic missiles, terrorism support

AFP The United States announced new sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile programme and what it called Tehran’s support for terrorist groups in the Middle East. The sanctions announced by the State Department target 18 individuals or entities described as supporting Iran’s ballistic missile programme or the …

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Iran Warns US against Sanctions on Revolutionary Guards (IGRC)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri cautioned the US against the “big risk” of imposing terrorism-related sanctions on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). “Drawing an analogy between the IRGC and terrorist groups and imposing the same sanctions (used against …

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Nature of US engagement in Afghanistan will include a Pakistan angle

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary James Mattis has confirmed that the Trump administration’s new strategy for Afghanistan will have a regional context, including a Pakistan angle. At a news briefing, Secretary Mattis indicated that the new strategy could change the nature of US military engagement in Afghanistan. Although media reports have suggested that …

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Bills suggesting curbs on US assistance to Pakistan okayed

 Reuters WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives passed on Friday a sweeping $696 billion defence policy bill that would exceed President Donald Trump’s budget request and break through longstanding caps on national defence spending. The bill adopted decisively by 344 to 81 votes includes provisions for tightening restrictions on US assistance to Pakistan. …

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Congressional panel to consider tougher riders on US aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A key US Congressional panel is set to consider a proposal that could impose tougher riders on civil and military aid to Pakistan and make such assistance conditional on Islamabad showing satisfactory progress in the fight against terrorism. The tougher language on Pakistan forms part of the 2018 State …

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‘Pak must be held accountable for working against US interests’: Congressman Ted Poe

WASHINGTON: Frustrated with Pakistan’s duplicity over its relationship with the US, a top American lawmaker has said Pakistan must be held accountable for continuously working against the interests of the US. “The US has been reluctant to cut ties or meaningfully confront Pakistan over its treachery because the supply line …

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United States again calls for regime change in Iran

TEHRAN – As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, its defense chief James Mattis has said “regime change” is necessary before Iran and the U.S. can revel in normal relations. In an interview with a journalism student at the Mercer Island High School Islander, Mattis branded Iran …

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Irfan Husain  WHEN the US-led alliance occupied Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks, I wrote here that between the anvil of Pakistani forces and the Nato hammer, we had a real opportunity to crush the Taliban and other militant groups operating in the border region. Silly …

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Debate in US on Pakistan draws divergent views

WASHINGTON: Building trust between Pakistan and the US is important for promoting peace in Af-Pak region, says Amba­ssador Aizaz Chaudhary as the debate on the new US policy for Afghan­istan and Pakistan intensifies. But Daniel Markey of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies argues that “Pakistan’s strategy of using proxies …

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Pakistan rejects criticism over Afghanistan, says Kabul needs to establish writ of state

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday rejected at the highest level criticism by the United States and Afghanistan that it was not doing enough to restore peace to the war-ravaged country and asserted that Kabul needed to establish its writ on its own territory. “Pakistan continues to work for peace and progress in Afghanistan…and …

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