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Exclusive: U.S. accelerates plan to drastically downsize Kabul embassy - sources

3:37am IST

WASHINGTON Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accelerating a plan to cut up to half of the workforce at the U.S. embassy in Kabul starting at the end of next month, sparking concern it will undermine the fragile Afghan peace process, U.S. officials and congressional aides said. | Video

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with Revolutionary Guards

22 Apr 2019

By Lesley Wroughton, Arshad Mohammed, Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart

Trump backer Erik Prince's account of Russian banker contact differs from Mueller report

19 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Erik Prince, founder of the now defunct Blackwater security firm and a supporter of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run, appears to have misled the U.S. Congress on details of contact he had with a Russian banker in January 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report released on Thursday shows.

Trump backer Erik Prince's account of Russian banker contact differs from Mueller report

19 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Erik Prince, founder of the now defunct Blackwater security firm and a supporter of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run, appears to have misled the U.S. Congress on details of contact he had with a Russian banker in January 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report released on Thursday shows.

Exclusive: Dispute flares among U.S. officials over Trump administration Iran arms control report - sources

18 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON A new Trump administration report on international compliance with arms control accords provoked a dispute with U.S. intelligence agencies and some State Department officials concerned that the document politicizes and slants assessments about Iran, five sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Exclusive: Egypt withdraws from U.S.-led anti-Iran security initiative - sources

12 Apr 2019

(This April 10 story in second paragraph, corrects name of group to Middle East Strategic Alliance, not Middle East Security Alliance.)

Former intelligence officials sue to end pre-publication review of writings

03 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Two civil liberties groups on Tuesday sued three U.S. intelligence chiefs and the acting defence secretary, seeking to have declared unconstitutional their agencies' pre-publication reviews of former officials' writings and speeches.

Treaty's end would give U.S., Russia impetus to make more nukes: study

02 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The demise of the only U.S.-Russia arms control pact limiting deployed nuclear weapons would make it harder for each to gauge the other's intentions, giving both incentives to expand their arsenals, according to a study released on Monday.

In U.S. pursuit of peace talks, perilous rift opens with Afghan leader

27 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON/KABUL Washington's relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage, the consequence of a U.S. policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself.

Corrected - U.S. freezes out top Afghan official in peace talks feud: sources

21 Mar 2019

(This March 18 story has been refilled to correct 8th paragraph to say Pentagon adviser is embedded, not that the State Department provides funding)

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