WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday said his maiden trip to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day was very successful. "I loved going to Afghanistan. It was great -- as you know -- we had some good meetings with a lot of people including (Afghanistan President Ashraf) Ghani, you know that, right? And he was terrific. It was great meeting with him," Trump told reporters on the South Lawns of the White House. "But my trip to Afghanistan was very successful," he said responding to a question on his unannounced trip to Afghanistan last week to meet US soldiers stationed in the war-torn country and thank them for their service. During the unannounced visit on Thursday, Trump had a hastily-arranged bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. On Monday, Trump left the US for the United Kingdom to attend a NATO Summit. Afghanistan is likely to be one of the major issues of discussion at the summit. … [Read more...] about Had a successful trip to Afghanistan: Trump
Video PlayerClose MAIDAN SHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 25 militants have been confirmed killed as mop-up operations have been continuing in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said Monday. A main base of the insurgents has also been destroyed during the operations overseen by Deputy Interior Minister General Khoshal Sadat, Rahimi said, adding the crackdown would last until the area is cleared of the armed insurgents. The spokesman did not say if there were casualties on security personnel. Taliban militants, who are operational in parts of Wardak province with Maidan Shar as its capital 35 km west of Kabul, have yet to make comment on the report. … [Read more...] about Over 2 dozen militants killed in eastern Afghanistan
Video PlayerClose LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least eight Afghan soldiers and an assailant were killed in a suicide car bombing in the country's southern province of Helmand on Monday, provincial sources said. "One terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a security forces' checkpoint in Toor Pul locality of Nad Ali district on Monday morning. The initial information found that eight security force members were killed," a provincial source told Xinhua. The official who declined to be named noted that the bomber was killed on the spot and two security personnel went missing following the blast. The targeted checkpoint is manned by the Afghan National Army and the outpost was destroyed by the force of the explosion, he noted. In the meantime, provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the attack, saying "an investigation has been launched into the incident and information would be shared with media as appropriate." The Afghan security forces have … [Read more...] about 1st LD: At least 8 soldiers killed in suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan
Video PlayerClose LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 Afghan soldiers and policemen were killed in two separate explosions in the country's southern province of Helmand, provincial sources said on Monday. In one incident, eight Afghan National Army soldiers and an assailant were killed when a terrorist attacked an army checkpoint in Nad Ali district on Monday morning. "One terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a security forces' checkpoint in Toor Pul locality of Nad Ali district on Monday morning," a provincial source told Xinhua. The official who declined to be named noted that the bomber was killed on the spot and two army personnel went missing following the blast. The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. On Sunday afternoon, five policemen were killed and five others wounded in an accidental explosion outside a police checkpoint along a dusty road in Sangin district, in the eastern side of Helmand, provincial governor Gen. … [Read more...] about 13 killed in explosions in southern Afghanistan
Video PlayerClose KABUL, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Taliban outfit has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that rocked Nad Ali district in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday, which left eight soldiers dead. Sohail Shaheen, the spokesman for Taliban's liaison office in Qatar's capital Doha, according to media reports written in his twitter account, "Talks between the U.S. and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of the ousted Taliban regime) resumed Saturday from where the discussions were left off" and would continue. Both the U.S. and the Taliban outfit were near to ink a peace deal in September but President Donald Trump suspended the negotiation after a Taliban-led car bomb claimed 10 lives, including a U.S. soldier in Kabul on September 5. In the suicide bombing that targeted an Afghan army checkpoint in Nad Ali district on Monday morning, according to a local official, eight soldiers were killed and two others went missing. Zabihullah Majahid, who claims … [Read more...] about Taliban claims responsibility for suicide bombing in S. Afghanistan amid peace talks with U.S.