(WASHINGTON) State Dept Report: We need to close the book on a 20-year war,” is how a US official put it when he broke the news on Tuesday that the last US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 11 September #AceNewsDesk report

Afghans face pivotal moment as US prepares to ‘close the book’ Two decades on, what does this “book” say about the country that some 10,000 US-led Nato forces will soon leave behind Biden ON YouTube in 4-hours here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2Nsj4wfg1c

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By Lyse Doucet
Chief international correspondent

The Afghan war: The short and long story

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army's quick reaction force run drills and prepare their readiness level at their base on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, on Saturday Nov. 7, 2020.
Despite the push for peace, the Afghan National Army is braced for further violence

It’s a dramatically different country than the shattered land and pariah state of the Taliban toppled in the US-led invasion of 2001 after the 9/11 attacks.

But this withdrawal window is decisive. It could accelerate a push towards peace, or a descent into violence that shreds the more open society which has been taking root – however slowly and unevenly – over the past two decades. 

“The best possible outcome to expect is that this withdrawal timeline serves as a catalyst and a mechanism to pressure Afghan parties to reach a political settlement by September or face a bloody Syrian-style civil war,” warns Tamim Asey, Executive Chairman of the Institute of War and Peace Studies in Kabul. 

Few would have expected this last chapter of the US military mission to read like this: a triumphal Taliban poised to return to power on the battlefield or through peace talks where they hold most of the cards; much-vaunted “gains” slipping away by the day in a wave of targeted killings of the educated, active, and ambitious lifeblood of an emerging society. 

Many Afghans now fear a terrible tumbling towards civil war in a conflict already described as one of the most violent in the world. 

“I worry most when timelines are attached to their pullout, but not conditions,” regrets an Afghan human rights activist. “The Taliban will just wait them out and won’t get into substantive issues.”

It’s a view echoed by others. 

“I wish President Biden had conditioned the troop withdrawal timeline with zero killings on the ground by all parties between May and September,” reflects Orzala Nemat, director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). 

AFPUS and other Nato troops have long been the target of Taliban attacks

But the senior administration official who briefed journalists on the pullout was adamant: “The president has judged that a conditions-based approach, which has been the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever.”

There’s also a pledge to “use our full toolkit to ensure the future that the Afghan people are seeking has the best chance of coming about”. 

But Washington’s best bargaining chip has been its military might. The departure of all foreign troops now bolstering Afghan government forces has been the Taliban’s single-minded pursuit as their fighters keep inching back, district by district, across a growing number of provinces. 

There were no good options on President Joe Biden’s desk when he inherited last year’s US Taliban deal which committed Washington to a 1 May troop pullout in exchange for Taliban security guarantees and a vaguer commitment to reduce violence and pursue peace talks. Is peace with the Taliban possible? (2019 report)

The security of the United States – the reason that first brought its troops in – had to be a deciding factor. And other Nato forces are expected to follow the US lead.

“This is not 2001, it is 2021,” was how a senior US official replied when questioned about the continuing threat posed by groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State which still have a presence in Afghanistan. 

“We judge the threat against the homeland now emanating from Afghanistan to be at a level we can address without a persistent military footprint in the country and without remaining at war with the Taliban.”

“The decision was always going to come down to a broader political judgment about American interests writ large and from that perspective, the decision makes sense,” says Laurel Miller, director of the Asia Programme at the International Crisis Group and a former US State Department official. 

But regret quickly creeps in.

“It’s a tragedy that the US didn’t get serious about trying to stitch together a peace process in Afghanistan much earlier, before the thread ran out,” comments Miller, who had been involved in some of the first tentative efforts exploring negotiated solutions.

Now it’s the seriousness of Afghan leaders, on all sides of this conflict, which is paramount. 

“The voices of the Afghan people are very clear and unified in calling for peace, justice, and the preservation of national and democratic values,” emphasises Nemat of AREU. “But the political elite are still trying to maximise their share of power in a power-grabbing opportunity just like 1992.”

History throws a long dark shadow in Afghanistan. Many of the same power brokers and warlords who turned their guns on each other in a frenzy of infighting after the Soviet troop pullout of 1988 have been given pride of place in a new negotiating process which has been taking shape. 

Getty ImagesMany fear women’s rights in Afghanistan will suffer at the hands of warlords and the Taliban

There’s an argument that only they have the clout to strike a deal with the Taliban. But there’s also anxiety that they can’t and won’t speak for the Afghanistan of 2021 including victims of war crimes, women’s activists, and broader civil society. 

There’s a jumble of peace plans from political rivals, including a grand blueprint from President Ashraf Ghani’s office. A High Council for National Reconciliation has to first reconcile competing perspectives in Kabul.

As for the Taliban, they’re still fixated on the US’s broken pledge to pull out completely by 1 May.

“Until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland, the Islamic Emirate will not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan,” announced Taliban spokesman Dr Mohammed Naeem in a Twitter post a few hours after news of the US decision broke.

The conference in question now is a “high level and inclusive conference” hosted by Turkey, Qatar, and the United Nations, set for Istanbul on 24 April. It’s a crucial piece in the Biden administration’s new Afghan jigsaw. The UN is being brought centre stage as efforts are stepped up to jump-start peace talks as well as forge a consensus among regional powers, each with their own Afghan proxies. 

In the Gulf state of Qatar, where teams of Taliban and Afghan government negotiators have been meeting on and off since September, some Taliban were heard using the English idiom “the ball’s now in our court” in reaction to news of a delayed US pullout. They’ve always insisted they’re in pursuit of peace.

“The Taliban leadership has shown no sign of wanting peace, and every sign of wanting to pursue a route to power through war,” assesses Kate Clark, Co-Director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. 

The traditional “fighting season” looms amid reports of a blistering Taliban campaign in store; Afghan government forces are also braced for battle. 

“Who preserves the gains of the last 20 years if there’s worsening civil war or where the Taliban capture territory?” asks Clark. “Where there’s conflict, freedoms evaporate; where the Taliban rule they are as authoritarian as before, and few girls go to school above primary age in Taliban-controlled areas.”

Mindful of this hot button issue, the US is at pains to point it will “work with other countries using diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian tools to protect the gains made by Afghan women”.

“Biden wants to get out of the Afghan war, but not Afghanistan,” says Asey of the Institute of War and Peace Studies in an effort to present a brave face at this pivotal juncture.

As the US seeks to “close the book” on its longest war, Afghan minds are now sharply focused on the next chapter of their own longer war without end.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.14: 2021:

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(VIRIGINIA) Justice Dept Report: Indictment returned today charging a citizen of Pakistan for allegedly leading a scheme to smuggle undocumented individuals into the United States from Pakistan and Afghanistan #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: Khan allegedly led a global human smuggling operation that used fraudulent documents and international travel routes to facilitate the entry of unauthorized individuals into the United States,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We are committed to holding accountable those who seek personal monetary gain by compromising and undermining the integrity of the immigration process.”

Pakistani National Indicted & Sanctioned for Human Smuggling Conspiracy: ‘ According to court documents, between January 2015 and December 2020, Abid Ali Khan, 40, allegedly organized, led, and worked, with others in his Pakistan-based smuggling network to facilitate the travel of undocumented individuals to the United States.

Khan allegedly disregarded the fact that the individuals did not have prior authorization to enter the United States and that their entry into the United States would be illegal. Khan also allegedly encouraged, induced, and brought undocumented individuals to the United States for commercial advantage and financial gain’

“Abid Ali Khan is alleged to have organized and led an international organization that, in exchange for monetary payment, facilitated the illegal smuggling of individuals through various countries to the United States,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “As this case demonstrates, the department continues to identify and prosecute those who seek to profit from conduct that undermines our system of legal immigration and imperils the lives of those being smuggled, often under dangerous conditions.”

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Press Release:            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      April 7, 2021

Contact:                     Treasury Public Affairs, press@treasury.gov

Treasury Sanctions Pakistan-based Transnational Human Smuggling Organization Involved in Smuggling Migrants to the United States

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan and the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations,” as amended. The Abid Ali Khan TCO is a human smuggling organization based in Nowshera, Pakistan, that has facilitated the unlawful smuggling of foreign nationals, including foreign nationals who may pose a national security risk to the United States or its interests, into the United States using various travel routes through Latin America since at least 2015. Additionally, OFAC designated three individuals and one entity associated with the Abid Ali Khan TCO.

“Treasury’s designation of this human smuggling organization as a significant Transnational Criminal Organization is an important step, taken alongside our partners, towards disrupting Abid Ali Khan operations based in Pakistan and around the world,” said Andrea Gacki, Director of the Office of the Foreign Assets Control. “The Abid Ali Khan TCO should not be allowed to prey on the vulnerable and take advantage of the U.S. financial system.”

Today’s action was conducted in close coordination with Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Miami Field Office, the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the HSI Human Smuggling Unit, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center, under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force program, along with the U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Southern Command, and other U.S. government partners.

“Abid Ali Kahn allegedly organized and leads a widespread smuggling organization that facilitates the illegal smuggling of individuals through various countries and to the United States,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This case is another example of the department’s continued work to prosecute those who seek to profit from thwarting our system of legal immigration, jeopardizing our national security, and imperiling the lives of the persons being smuggled under dangerous conditions.”

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami is committed to prosecuting individuals who pose a threat to national security and our critical infrastructure, including exploiting our global financial systems through their smuggling networks,” said HSI Miami Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury. “A recent HSI-led investigation revealed the Pakistani-based Abid Khan human smuggling network, operating in the Middle East and South America, is exploiting systemic vulnerabilities in order to move people with nefarious motivations into the United States and elsewhere.”

Human smuggling is a profitable business. Based on migrants’ accounts of how much they paid smugglers, media reports have estimated Latin American smuggling networks generate at least $150 million and as much as $350 million a year — not counting payments to corrupt officials, local agents, or others on the U.S.–Mexico border who exploit the desperation of migrants. For the individuals who engage in this business, the safety and security of their clients matter far less than the profit they can make, and an untold number of migrants make the dangerous decision to embark on an irregular migration journey based on smugglers’ misrepresentations about U.S. border policy.

Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan (Khan) is the leader of the Abid Ali Khan TCO, a prolific human smuggling organization based in Nowshera, Pakistan. Khan and members of his TCO operate a global network of human smugglers that are responsible for the international smuggling of migrants into the United States. Khan and members of his TCO coordinate the smuggling of foreign nationals to the United States for an average cost of approximately the equivalent of $20,000 USD per individual; this sum includes, but is not limited to, fees to procure fraudulent or counterfeit documents, make payoffs to corrupt officials, secure lodging along smuggling route, and provide payments to facilitators in various countries. Abid Ali Khan TCO often provides travelers with fraudulently obtained passports from different countries to facilitate his clients’ global movement and smuggling to the United States. The Abid Ali Khan TCO frequently utilizes a common route of travel that begins in Pakistan or Afghanistan, transiting through certain South and Central American countries before arriving at the southern border of the United States.

OFAC is also designating three Khan associates for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, or for having acted or having purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Abid Ali Khan TCO. Afghan national Redi Hussein Khal Gul serves as Khan’s secretary, performing functions that include, but are not limited to, initial contact with clients, travel facilitation, and obtaining fraudulent documents for the migrants. Pakistani national Shakeel Karim is an employee of Khan and uses Friends Travel Inn PVT LTD to coordinate travel for migrants. Pakistani national Mohammed Choudry Ikram Waraich serves as Khan’s contact in the Middle East and facilitates travel into the United States. All three individuals are linked to the procurement or use of fraudulent documents for travel or asylum applications, which can significantly impair appropriate immigration vetting processes.

In addition to the national security concerns, the practice of smuggling-for-profit and the facilitation of fraudulent documentation undermines the credibility of the U.S. asylum system, damaging public confidence in the vetting process, and jeopardizing access to protection for vulnerable persons fleeing conflict, famine, and persecution.

As a result of today’s action, all assets of Abid Ali Khan the Abid Ali Khan TCO, and the three individuals named above, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of Abid Ali Khan, the Abid Ali Khan TCO, or any other blocked or designated persons.

Click here to view more information on the persons designated today.

Click here to view the human smuggling network chart on the individuals designated today.

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami is committed to prosecuting individuals who pose a threat to national security and our critical infrastructure, including exploiting our global financial systems through their smuggling networks,” said Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of HSI Miami. “A recent HSI-led investigation revealed the Pakistani-based Abid Khan human smuggling network, operating in the Middle East and southwest Asia, is allegedly exploiting systemic vulnerabilities in order to move people into the United States and elsewhere.”

“This outcome is a result of the outstanding dedication and commitment by case agents and the effective partnership between HSI and the Justice Department’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, including significant contributions made by CBP’s Counter Networks Division, members of the HSI Human Smuggling Unit  and other partners,” said Chief Ramon Romo of the HSI Human Smuggling Unit. “Their collaborative efforts make our country a safer place.”

Khan allegedly accepted payment in exchange for planning and coordinating the international travel for foreign nationals to travel from Pakistan through multiple countries, to include Brazil and the United States, allegedly offered or provided false documents for foreign nationals to use for travel through multiple countries, and allegedly instructed foreign nationals that his co-conspirators would facilitate various parts of the travel between Pakistan and the United States.

In addition to the criminal charges filed against Khan, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced today that it has designated Khan, the Khan Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO), and several other members of his smuggling network in connection with their involvement in a global network of human smugglers and the smuggling of undocumented noncitizens to the United States. The Treasury Department’s sanctions require the blocking and reporting of all assets held by Khan, his associates, and the Khan TCO in the U.S., or in the possession and control of U.S. persons. The sanctions also prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons, or persons within (or transiting) the United States, that involve any property or interests of Khan, his associates or the Khan TCO.

The Department of Justice recognizes OFAC’s efforts to help stop Khan and his network from allegedly continuing to smuggle persons to the United States.

The case is being investigated by HSI Miami, with assistance from the HSI Human Smuggling Unit; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland Security Homeland Identities, Targeting, and Exploitation Center (HITEC); HSI Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program; HSI Attaché Panama; and HSI Attaché Brasilia.

The investigation is being conducted under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force (ECT) program, a joint partnership between the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and HSI. The ECT program focuses on human smuggling networks that may present national security or public safety risks, or present grave humanitarian concerns. ECT has dedicated investigative, intelligence, and prosecutorial resources. ECT coordinates and receives assistance from other U.S. government agencies and foreign law enforcement authorities.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Jay A. Bauer of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Walutes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) Save The Children Report: More than 26,000 children killed or injured in the country since 2005, as ‘appalling cost’ of conflict revealed as true cost of War is being revealed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: The “appalling cost” of the conflict has resulted in the suffering of at least 26,025 children between 2005 and 2019, according to the organization: Ahead of its donor conference in Geneva this week, Save the Children declared Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children and called on nations to cease using explosive weapons in populated areas:

Police officers stand guard after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan November 21, 2020.

Recent killing of students in local University claimed to by #IslamicState

Chris Nyamandi, Save the Children’s country director in Afghanistan, described a grim picture.

Imagine living with the constant fear that today might be the day that your child is killed in a suicide attack or an airstrike. This is the grim reality for tens of thousands of Afghan parents whose children have been killed or injured.

Violence has increased in Afghanistan as peace talks have stalled and US troops have begun withdrawing from the region. In 2019, Afghanistan accounted for the highest number of child fatalities (874) and injuries (2,275) of all global conflicts examined in the group’s report.

FILE PHOTO: An Australian soldier is seen through night vision while on patrol in Dili, East Timor.

Australian war crimes report alleges elite troops executed 39 Afghan civilians including to achieve ‘first kill’

The report revealed how schools are routinely attacked in the region as part of clashes between the Afghan government, alongside US troops, and the Taliban, as well other insurgents. In the two years between 2017 and 2019, the charity found there were more than 300 attacks on educational establishments: As well as concerns over violence in the country, Save the Children also warned that more than seven million children in Afghanistan are at risk of hunger and three million kids under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition, with the coronavirus pandemic having “exacerbated” the situation:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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(DOHA, Qatar.) #PeaceTalks Report: Pompeo praised the sides for sticking with the negotiations that could see them both striking a stable peace accord with the #Taliban terrorist group after decades of bloody violence that began again just hours after Kabul mortar attack #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a daylong round of talks with Gulf Arab leaders and representatives from the Taliban on Saturday, conversations that come as the United States moves to pull its troops out of war-torn Afghanistan: Pompeo met with the Taliban’s senior leadership as part of ongoing negotiations hosted by the Qatari government in Doha: Washington Beacon reports

” The meetings came just hours after mortars struck several areas in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital—a stark reminder that peace negotiations could deteriorate at any point. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack: As talks continue, the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to pull around 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan—a move that has been roundly criticized by both Democratic and Republican leaders. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a typical Trump administration ally, called the plan “a mistake.”

Pompeo also talked to leaders in Doha and the United Arab Emirates about the ongoing threat posed by Iran and Trump administration efforts in its final months to further tighten the economic noose on Tehran: Gulf Arab leaders are already nervous about a Biden administration due to its vow to reenter the landmark nuclear deal Iran and provide it with a new wave of cash assets. While the Trump administration has leaned into its ties with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar, it is expected the Biden administration will pursue a policy centered on making Iran a more prominent regional player:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.22: 2020:

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) #ElectionDay And not all polling stations have opened due to security fears as the IEC is considering opening others on Sunday but will make announcement later today but with over 2,000 candidates at least 4,000 potential voters were complaint that their district is unable to cast their vote on this historic day #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: Three hours after polling stations officially opened, complaints were streaming in about polling stations in areas that had not yet openedAccording to the CEO’s second deputy Mohammad Mohaqeq, voting had still not gotten underway by 9.30am in the western part of Kabul – this despite thousands of people lining the streets waiting to cast their ballots: Mohaqeq said this constituted a serious irregularity and shortcoming which needs to be addressed by the Independent Election Commission: Most early reports indicate that numerous polling stations in Kabul had either not opened by 9.30am or had opened really late……………….Mohaqiq told TOLOnews that although polling centres were supposed to open at 7am across the country, by 9.30 am, eight polling centres in the west of Kabul were still closed………………….He also said he had spoken to election commission officials who said the head of the election commission’s office in Kabul Awal Rahman Rodwall has been assigned to resolve the problem………………Mohaqiq said Rodwall’s phone was however off……..He also said 14 polling stations have not yet opened in Deh Khudaidad in PD16: President Ashraf Ghani officially launched the long-awaited elections at 7am on Saturday morning when he cast his ballot……………..TOLOnews viewers said a voting station in PD4 had still not opened two and a half hours after voting started………………….Another one said the Abdul Ahmad Jawed High School center in Khairkhana, in PD15 was still closed after 9.30am, while other centers in Koband and in Nijrab districts are open but biometric devices are not working: The polling station at Anas Bin Malik Mosque in Khairkhana in PD11 was also closed, according to a member of the public and the Massoud Saad High School in Qala-e-Fathullah in PD10 was closed……………..Other issues that voters were facing including incorrect ballot papers at polling centers in Ghorian district in Herat: According to them, their polling centers were open but they had received ballot papers for Bamiyan and not Herat #AceNewsDesk reports 

The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) chief Abdul Badi Sayyad said on Saturday afternoon that a number of polling stations did not open as scheduled and if this situation continues they will open Sunday for people to vote.

He said the IEC will still take a final decision on this as some of the affected polling stations will open this afternoon: According to him, this will ensure that everyone has a fair chance to vote……………….Sayyad’s comments come amid an outcry by the public over the number of issues around the election process……………..TOLOnews received over 4,000 complaints in about an hour and a half – mostly about polling stations that had not opened……………………Another concern among TOLOnews viewers was that in some instances the wrong ballot papers had been sent to some polling stations.

Some Herat residents said they were sent ballot papers for Bamiyan

Source: ToloNews reports IEC Could Open Some Polling Stations Sunday #Afghanistan #AfghanElections2018 https://t.co/hAASdM5FeN https://t.co/nYHVsRo1Gd Not All Polling Stations Open On Time #Afghanistan https://t.co/COfwQepPkB October 19, 2018 at 07:28PM:

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: Two explosions occurred in different parts of city on Wednesday afternoon, security officials confirmed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.09: Editor says this is what we know so far: The first blast occurred in Dasht-e-Barchi area in Kabul’s PD13 which was followed by gunfire: It happened close to the PD13 police headquarters building: Another explosion reportedly happened in Kabul’s PD10 – within half an hour after the first blast…………Kabul police confirmed the first explosion………No group has claimed responsibility for the incidents #AceNewsDesk reports

#Explosions Reported In #Kabul, Casualties Feared https://t.co/aTaxxhag1kpic.twitter.com/2XmC7VaavE #KABUL – Sources say the second explosion happened in Shahr-e-Naw area Kabul’s PD10. Details to follow. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/OFnuwRbb7g— TOLOnews May 9, 2018: https://t.me/acebreakingnews/736639https://t.me/acebreakingnews/736666 Three blasts hit the Afghan capital of Kabul in rapid succession on Wednesday, police and interior ministry officials said: https://t.me/reuters_news/44188:

A suicide attack occurred close to a blood donation campaign in Kabul’s PD4 in Shahr-e-Naw area on Monday, the Kabul Police said: The blast had no casualties, a spokesman for Kabul Police Hashmat Stanekzai told TOLOnews……….The explosion took place at around 11:30am Kabul time after a suicide attacker who wanted to target the event was stopped by police in the area, Stanekzai said………..“Only the suicide bomber was killed after he detonated his explosives before reaching to his target,” he said, adding that “no one was hurt in the blast”……………Meanwhile, the interior minister Wais Ahmad Barmak who addressed lawmakers at the Wolesi Jirga, Lower House of Parliament, on Monday confirmed the incident and said “the enemies have changed their tactics and we will also change our tactics against them”………..No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. #Kabul – The explosion was a suicide bombing which wanted to target a blood donation campaign in Shahr-e-Naw, but the attacker was stopped by police, Interior Ministry says. No casualty reported.— TOLOnews May 7, 2018: https://t.me/acebreakingnews/724461

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(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan.) The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it says is a failure by the country to adequately crack down on terror groups after ‘ First Tri-Lateral ‘ meeting between Pakistan & China to include Afghanistan in 57-billion Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.05: Top Islamabad officials have warned President Donald Trump against endangering US-Pakistan cooperation in Afghanistan, promising a “cold-blooded” response to Washington’s proposed aid cut to the South Asian nation #AceNewsDesk reports

http://ift.tt/2CIz3wX A senior Pakistani senator expressed disappointment Friday at the U.S. decision to suspend military aid, saying it will be detrimental to bilateral relations, while the government itself said it was too early to gauge the effects of the decision………..Nuzhat Sadiq, the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, said Islamabad can manage without the United States as it did in the 1990s, but would prefer to move the troubled relationship forward.“What the U.S. is doing now is not good for its policy against terrorism and for a lasting peace in this region,” she said, adding that Pakistan has always “played a vital role in the war on terror.”……….The State Department’s declaration on Thursday lambasted Pakistan for failing to take “decisive action” against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighbouring Afghanistan. U.S. officials have long complained that Pakistan tolerates or even encourages extremists, charges denied by Islamabad.A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry nearly 24 hours after the announced suspension of military aid said it’s too early to tell what impact the U.S. decision will have on counter-terrorism initiatives in the region. But it said the war on terror, which is entering its 17th year, has cost Pakistan over $120 billion……….The statement said Pakistan’s cooperation had helped “decimate” al-Qaida and drive other militant groups out of the lawless regions along the border…………Another statement on Friday rejected the U.S. decision to add Pakistan to a special watch list for violations of religious freedom, pursuant to 2016 legislation. That step does not carry any serious consequences………The Foreign Ministry said the designation is not based on “objective criteria.”Pakistan has recently begun constructing dozens of security posts along the border with Afghanistan as well as a fence to curtail cross-border movement. Afghanistan, which does not recognise the international border between the two countries, has objected to those moves……..The Foreign Ministry statement blamed Afghanistan for much of the unrest, saying it should accelerate efforts to repatriate the more than 1 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and curb the runaway opium production that finances the Taliban and other armed groups……….Mohammed Amir Rana, director of the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, said that both Pakistan and the United States “need to realistically review their relationship and scale down expectation of each other.”“Pakistan cannot put all its eggs in the China basket,” he added, referring to the billions of dollars China is investing in Pakistan on a major transportation and power grid.Rana said the U.S. needs Pakistan if it wants to find a peaceful end to decades of turmoil, and if it wants to navigate the changing circumstances in neighbouring Iran, which has seen anti-government protests in recent days.The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is heavily reliant on supply corridors that run through Pakistan……….Dozens of Pakistanis meanwhile took part in protests against the United States in a number of cities……..In some places, the protesters set fire to portraits of President Donald Trump, but there were no reports of violence ………..Pakistan holds emergency National Security Council meeting after Trump tweets that the country gives the US “nothing but lies & deceithttp://bitly.com/2CtCSVN http://pic.twitter.com/CPxfMEqOSECNN News January 2, 2018 …..The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it says is a failure by the country to adequately crack down on terror groups http://cnn.it/2EZ529Q pic.twitter.com/yhgfnSnFt0 but real reason is here: First trilateral talks of FMs of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan being held in Beijing to discuss development, connectivity, security and counter-terrorism.— All India Radio News December 26, 2017 ……..Wang: China and Pakistan want to cooperate over Afghanistan and in the future, we want to link #Afghanistan to China – through the #Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).— TOLOnews reports …..China and Pakistan are looking to include Afghanistan in their $57-billion economic corridor https://t.co/1szqhQ8yXV RT December 26, 2017

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GREECE: ‘ #Tsipras says Greece’s infrastructure cannot handle massive influx of immigrants ‘

#AceNewsReport – GREECE:Aug.07: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that Greece’s infrastructure can’t handle the thousands of migrants landing on its shores from places like Syria and Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

“Now is the time to see if the EU is the EU of solidarity or an EU that has everyone trying to protect their borders,” he said on Friday.


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KABUL: ‘ Bomb explodes in offices of Afghan News agency ‘

#AceNewsReport – KABUL:June.11: A bomb exploded at an office of Afghanistan’s main news agency Pajhwok on Thursday, wounding two people, Reuters said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Militants have issued threats to the agency in the past, editor-in-chief, Danish Karokhil, said.


#201st-corps-afghanistan, #afghanistan, #ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai, #islamic-state, #jalalabad, #kabul, #nangarhar-province, #pajhwok-afghan-news, #pakistan, #taliban

#BREAKING Suicide Bomber attacks Tourist Site in Egypt

#AceBreakingNews – EGYPT:June.10:A suicide car bomber has targeted the Karnak Temple at Luxor temple tourist site in southern Egypt

According to private Egyptian newspaper Youm7, two terrorists were killed and one police officer was injured when a car bomb detonated near Luxor’s Karnak Temple. Sky News Arabia reports that the detonation occurred after security forces confronted the car laden with explosives. Sky News added that a third attacker was injured in the foiled car bomb attempt.

Suicide Bomber Attacks Tourist Site in Egypt


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USA Gov.Report: ‘ Female Veteran’s Commit Suicide at 6-times Rate of other Women ‘

#AceNewsReport – USA:June.08: Female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, new government research shows.

It approaches the rate of male veterans. That’s alarming because, in general, men are far more likely to kill themselves. Also alarming: Nobody is sure why.

It might have more to do with who joins the military than with what they experience while serving.


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WARZIRISTAN: ‘ Suicide Attack Kills Seven Soldiers on Afghan/Pakistan Border ‘

#AceNewsReport – WAZIRISTAN:June.08: A suicide attack has killed seven Pakistani soldiers in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistan’s military said Monday.

 The incident happened in North Waziristan on Sunday night, where the military has been fighting militants since June last year. “When being chased and cordoned, a terrorist exploded his suicide jacket,” the military said in a statement.

The blast triggered a gun battle between militants and troops in which 19 insurgents were killed, AFP reported.


#afghanistan, #agence-france-presse, #al-qaeda, #datta-khel, #durand-line, #explosive-belt, #north-waziristan, #pakistan, #pakistan-armed-forces, #taliban

PAKISTAN: ‘ US Drone Attack Kills Suspected Taliban Militants ‘

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.06: A number of suspected Taliban militants were killed Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, which borders on Afghanistan, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US drones fired two missiles targeting a house which was said to be used as a hideout by the Taliban, the Pakistani Dawn newspaper reported citing unnamed sources.



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#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – November 06 – Pakistan summoned the US ambassador after a Pentagon report alleged that Islamabad supports militant proxies in neighbouring India and Afghanistan, AP reported.

The Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz conveyed the complaint to US Ambassador Richard Olson.

The US Defence Department’s report, ‘Progress Towards Security and Stability in Afghanistan’, said militants continue to enjoy safe havens in Pakistan.

According to Pentagon, the fighters are used as a hedge against Islamabad’s loss of influence in Afghanistan and as a counterweight to India’s superior military.


#afghanistan, #islamabad, #militants, #pakistan


#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – November 02 – At least 26 prisoners were injured as the Taliban launched a rocket attack on Parwan Detention Facility – also known as Bagram Theater Internment Facility – in Afghanistan late on Friday, local media cited security officials as saying.

The 26 injured prisoners were hospitalized, according to Ministry of Defence spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi.

A spokesman for the Taliban said the group was responsible for at least three attacks on the detention facility on Friday.

Bagram is a US-run prison located next to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan.

In 2005, reports emerged of torture methods applied to prisoners in the facility.

Its was only less than a week ago the last US troops left the area for last time, could this be the return of the Taliban? 



#afghanistan, #bagram-airfield, #taliban


#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – October 27 – The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan on Monday.

'The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan '

‘The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan ‘

The withdrawal of the troops from the combined base of Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion was carried out over 24 hours with flights back and forth between Helmand and Kandahar Air Field, the aviation hub for southern Afghanistan.

The base closure in the province of Helmand was one of the largest operations in the winding down of the international combat mission in Afghanistan, 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban regime, Reuters said.


#afghanistan, #helmand, #kandahar, #taliban

AFGHANISTAN: ‘ Two Senior Commanders of Haqqani Network Captured by Afghan Forces ‘

#AceNewsServices – AFGHANISTAN – October 16 – Two senior leaders of the Haqqani network have been captured by Afghan security forces, officials said Thursday.

Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders

Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders

The hardline group is behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.

' Jalaluddin Haqqani '

‘ Jalaluddin Haqqani ‘

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency, arrested Anas Haqqani,

Anas Haqqani

Anas Haqqani

the son of the network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, late Tuesday along with Hafiz Rashid, another commander, AFP reported.

“We hope that these two arrests will have direct consequences on the network and their center of command,” NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said.

The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani — an Afghan guerrilla leader bankrolled by the United States to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Now in his 70s and frail, he is believed to live with his family in Pakistan.

In the 1980s Jalaluddin was close to the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. He allied himself to the Taliban after they took power in Kabul in 1996, serving as a cabinet minister under the militia’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

When American troops arrived after the 9/11 attacks, Haqqani sought refuge in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan and became one of the first anti-US commanders based in the border areas.

He has training bases in eastern Afghanistan and is close to Al-Qaeda. His fighters are active across east and southeast Afghanistan and in the capital Kabul.

The network is militarily the most capable of the Afghan Taliban factions and operates independently but remains loyal to Mullah Omar.

Unidentified gunmen attacked and killed Nasiruddin Haqqani, the group’s chief fundraiser and another son of its founder, on the edge of Islamabad last year.

A car bomb attack that killed more than 40 people in the Urgun district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province in July was blamed on the Haqqani network.



#afghan, #afghanistan, #haqqani, #national-directorate-of-security-nds, #nato


#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – October 13 – Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces in a mountainous area of northern Afghanistan on Monday.

The fighters killed 22 soldiers and police, Reuters cited an official as saying.

The convoy was travelling through Laghman Valley in Sar-e-Pul province.

Eight security officers were wounded and the insurgents took seven others captive.

Twelve army and police vehicles were destroyed.


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#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – October 13 – A suicide-car-bomber rammed a NATO military convoy along a major road out of Kabul early Monday, killing one Afghan civilian, Reuters reported.

Afghan official says suicide bomber targets NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 1 civilian

Afghan official says suicide bomber targets NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 1 civilian

Hours later, another suicide bomber killed a woman outside a clinic in a province east of Kabul.

A third bomb exploded in a market on the Afghanistan capital’s northern outskirts, wounding 22 people including three children, officials said.


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#AceWorldNews – KABUL – October 12 – Two Taliban gunmen have attacked the police headquarters of Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in northern Afghanistan.

Two people died in the attack and a further 18 have been injured, local officials told Reuters. “It was the first such incident in Balkh province,” said Abdul Razaq Qaderi, the acting police chief of Balkh.

“Police reacted quickly and killed both of them. The Taliban have claimed responsibility.


#afghanistan, #kabul, #taliban