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US troop drawdowns in Afghanistan ‘not necessarily’ tied to Tal...

12 December, 2019 8:55 am 8:55 am

LONDON (Reuters) – US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that any future troop drawdowns in Afghanistan were “not necessarily” linked to a deal with Taliban, suggesting some lowering of force levels may happen irrespective of the ongoing peace push. The remarks by Esper in an interview with Reuters came on the heels of … Read More

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EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire as Esper visits Kabul

10 October, 2019 10:59 am 10:59 am

KABUL (AFP) – European Union (EU) officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as US Defence Secretary Mark Esper made an unexpected visit to Kabul. US President Donald Trump last month declared talks with the insurgents dead, citing a Taliban … Read More

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Pentagon finally gets a boss: Senate confirms Esper as defence secretary

07 July, 2019 9:54 am 9:54 am

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – It took seven months, but President Donald Trump finally has a Senate-confirmed secretary of defence. American TV channel ‘CNBC’ reported that Mark Esper – an army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist – won Senate confirmation Tuesday by a vote of 90-8. He was to be officially sworn in by the … Read More