Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
TopicUS troops

Topic: US troops

US Army to cut troop strength to below 1 million soldiers for first time in two decades

'Pro-active' decision was driven by focus on recruiting high-quality soldiers without lowering standards & not to free up money in the budget, said Army undersecretary Gabe Camarillo.

‘Best, wise & right decision’ — Biden defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan

In his address to the nation, US President Joe Biden said there was no reason to continue in a war that was no longer in service of the vital national interest of the American people.

Taliban call for good ties with US after last troops leave Afghanistan

The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahed said 'whoever sees Afghanistan with an evil eye will face the same fate as the Americans have faced'.

US troops’ stay in Pakistan only for ‘limited period’, says Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid

Ahmad's response came after pictures of US troops at Islamabad airport circulated on social media, sparking rumours about possible long-term presence of US forces in Pakistani soil.

Last US plane leaves Afghanistan as America ends its longest war

US Tuesday officially ended its military presence in Afghanistan after a two-decade war, with a rushed withdrawal of over 123,000 people since 14 August when Kabul fell to Taliban.

Imran Khan said ‘absolutely not’ to US. But its troops are in Pakistan, and no one knows why

Some feared the return of 'Musharraf days' as US troops were spotted at Islamabad airport after Imran Khan had said that he will 'absolutely not' let the CIA in.

US retaliates after Kabul airport bombing, targets IS-K ‘planner’ in drone strike

It wasn't immediately known if the ISIS-K planner was involved in Thursday's Kabul airport attack. Earlier in the day, US President Biden vowed to make terrorists 'pay' for the attack.

Death toll in Kabul airport attacks rises to 60, US says blasts won’t stop evacuation

US Central Command chief Gen Frank McKenzie said there was a large amount of security at the airport and alternate routes were being used to get evacuees in.

How Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan puts China in $282 billion creditor trap

Ironic truth for China is that only thing worse than US soldiers near its borders is not having them there at all. China fears Afghanistan chaos could spill to its restive Xinjiang region & Pakistan too.

India will support Afghanistan on peace, says Jaishankar in Tashkent as Taliban shadow grows

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar Thursday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Tashkent.

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Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.

Defence

Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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