(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Court Report: A federal grand jury unsealed a superseding indictment today charging an Afghanistan national with federal terrorism-related offenses spanning approximately 2007 to 2009 and stemming from his role as a #Taliban commander in Afghanistan #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13According to court documents, Haji Najibullah, aka Najibullah Naim, Abu Tayeb, Atiqullah and Nesar Ahmad Mohammad, 45, of Afghanistan, was previously charged with crimes related to the 2008 kidnapping of an American journalist and two Afghan nationals. In addition to those charges, the superseding indictment charges Najibullah with attacks on U.S. troops conducted by Najibullah and the Taliban fighters under his command, including a June 26, 2008, attack on an American military convoy that killed three U.S. Army servicemembers – Sergeants First Class Matthew L. Hilton and Joseph A. McKay, and Sergeant Mark Palmateer – and their Afghan interpreter, as well as an Oct. 27, 2008, attack that resulted in the shooting down of a U.S. military helicopter. In October 2020, Najibullah was arrested and extradited from Ukraine to the United States where he remains in federal custody.

#AceDailyNews reports Former Taliban Commander Charged with Killing American Troops in 2008: Haji Najibullah, Previously Charged in the 2008 Kidnapping of an American Journalist, Was Also Indicted Today for 2008 Attacks on U.S. Servicemembers in Afghanistan, Including Attacks Resulting in the Deaths of Three American Soldiers …..

” Najibullah, who allegedly served as a Taliban commander in 2007 and 2008, is charged with numerous terrorism offenses relating to attacks against the U.S. military in Afghanistan, including an attack that killed three U.S. servicemembers, and others relating to taking an American journalist hostage in Afghanistan,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “He will now be held accountable in an American courtroom. The National Security Division and our partners are committed to identifying and holding accountable those who target and harm Americans anywhere in the world. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case.”

“As alleged, during one of the most dangerous periods of the conflict in Afghanistan, Haji Najibullah led a vicious band of Taliban insurgents who terrorized part of Afghanistan and attacked U.S. troops,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York. “One of these lethal attacks resulted in the deaths of three brave American servicemembers and their Afghan interpreter, and another attack brought down a U.S. helicopter. Najibullah also arranged to kidnap at gunpoint an American journalist and two other men and held them hostage for more than seven months. Neither time nor distance can weaken our resolve to hold terrorists accountable for their crimes and to see justice done for their victims. Thanks to the outstanding work of our law enforcement partners, Najibullah will answer for his heinous acts in an American courtroom.”         

According to court documents, as of in or about 2007, Najibullah was the Taliban commander responsible for the Jaghato district in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, which borders Kabul. In this role, Najibullah commanded more than a thousand fighters, at times acted as a spokesperson for the Taliban, and reported to senior leadership in the Taliban. During that time, Najibullah and the Taliban fighters under his command conducted attacks intended to kill and which did kill American and NATO troops and their Afghan allies, using automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and other anti-tank weapons, including an attack that destroyed an Afghan Border Patrol outpost in or about September 2008.

On or about June 26, 2008, Taliban fighters under Najibullah’s command attacked a U.S. military convoy in the vicinity of Sayed Abad, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, with IEDs, RPGs, and automatic weapons, killing three U.S. Army servicemembers, Sergeants First Class Matthew L. Hilton and Joseph A. McKay, and Sergeant Mark Palmateer, and their Afghan interpreter.

On or about Oct. 27, 2008, Taliban fighters under Najibullah’s command shot down a U.S. military helicopter using RPGs in the vicinity of Sayed Abad, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban subsequently claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter, asserting that it was “shot down [by] the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate.” The Taliban also falsely claimed that “[a]ll those onboard were killed,” when, in fact, no troops died as a result of the attack.

On or about Nov. 10, 2008, Najibullah and his co-conspirators, armed with machineguns, kidnapped an American journalist (Victim-1) and two Afghan nationals who were assisting Victim-1 (Victim-2 and Victim-3) at gunpoint in Afghanistan. Approximately five days later, on or about Nov. 15, 2008, Najibullah and his co-conspirators forced the three hostages to hike across the border from Afghanistan to Pakistan, where Najibullah and his co-conspirators detained the hostages. For the next seven months, Najibullah and his co-conspirators held the hostages captive in Pakistan.

During their captivity, Najibullah and his co-conspirators forced the victims to make numerous calls and videos seeking help. For example, on or about Nov. 19, 2008, while in Pakistan, Najibullah and a co-conspirator (CC-1) directed Victim-1 to call his wife in New York. In one of the videos, Victim-1 – the American journalist – was forced to beg for his life while a guard pointed a machinegun at Victim-1’s face.     

Najibullah is charged with conspiring to provide material support for acts of terrorism resulting in death; providing material support for acts of terrorism resulting in death; conspiring to murder U.S. nationals; murdering U.S. nationals Hilton, McKay, and Palmateer; murdering officers and employees of the United States, and a person assisting them in their duties, by killing Hilton, McKay, Palmateer, and their interpreter; attempting to murder officers and employees of the United States; conspiring to destroy U.S. military aircraft; destroying a U.S. military aircraft; conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction; conspiring to take hostages; hostage-taking; conspiring to commit kidnapping; and kidnapping. Counts one through five and nine through 13 each carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. Counts six through eight each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment. Count five also carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which principally consists of agents from the FBI and detectives from the NYPD, is investigating the case. Valuable assistance was provided by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police and the Department of Defense, as well as the Ukrainian authorities and the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, which assisted in the arrest and extradition of the defendant. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sam Adelsberg, David W. Denton Jr., and Jessica K. Fender of the Southern District of New York are prosecuting the case, with valuable assistance provided by Trial Attorney Jennifer Burke of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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

#AceNewsDesk report ……………………Published: Oct.13; 2021:

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(AFGHANISTAN) JUST IN: An explosion at a mosque in Kunduz Province on Friday that targeted Shiite Muslim worshippers left at least 100 people killed or wounded, a #Taliban police official said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: The official, Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for Kunduz province, said that the “majority of them have been killed.”

#AceDailyNews says according to the they have reported that an Afghanistan mosque explosion kills, wounds scores of worshippers: Blast occurred at Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz province during weekly Friday prayer service

Afghanistan mosque explosion leaves many dead, witnesses say
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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which took place in the city of Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province, but Islamic State militants have a long history of attacking Afghanistan’s Shiite Muslim minority.

People carry the body of a victim following a bombing in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. A powerful explosion in a mosque frequented by a Muslim religious minority in northern Afghanistan on Friday has left several casualties, witnesses and the Taliban's spokesman said. (AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil)

If confirmed, a death toll of dozens would be the highest since U.S. and NATO forces left Afghanistan at the end of August and the Taliban took control of the country. The Taliban have been targeted in a series of deadly IS attacks, including shooting ambushes and an explosion at a mosque in the capital of Kabul.

The explosion went off during the weekly Friday prayer service at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque. The Friday noon prayer is the highlight of the Muslim religious week, and mosques are typically crowded. Witness Ali Reza said he was praying at the time of the explosion and reported seeing many casualties.

People view the damage inside of a mosque following a bombing in Kunduz, province northern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil)
Photos and video from the scene showed rescuers carrying a body wrapped in a blanket from the mosque to an ambulance. The stairs at the entrance of the mosque were covered in blood.

Earlier Friday, the chief Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Shiite mosque was the target and that a “large number” of worshippers were killed and wounded. He said Taliban special forces had arrived to the scene and were investigating the incident.

People carry the body of a bombing victim in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil)

The Taliban leadership has been grappling with a growing threat from the local Islamic State affiliate, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan. IS militants have ramped up attacks to target their rivals, including two deadly bombings in Kabul.

IS has also targeted Afghanistan’s religious minorities in attacks. The local Islamic State affiliate has also claimed responsibility for the horrific Aug. 26 bombing that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. military personnel outside the Kabul airport in the final days of the chaotic American pullout from Afghanistan.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………………..Published: Oct.08: 2021:

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(AFGHANISTAN) Law Report: The Taliban say they have shot dead four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies in public squares in the Afghan city of Herat #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, a local shopkeeper, told the Associated Press news agency that four bodies were brought to the square, one was hung there and the three other bodies were moved to other squares in the city to be displayed.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News the Taliban reportedly captured ‘four alleged kidnappers’ and hung their bodies as warning in city of Herat The men were killed in a gun battle after allegedly seizing a businessman and his son, a local official said but this is unconfirmed as its the report …

The BBC has not independently confirmed the circumstances under which the men were killed.

Taliban in Herat (file)
Taliban fighters – pictured here in Herat on 10 September – have been patrolling the centre of the city

The gruesome display came a day after a notorious Taliban official warned that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume if people did not obey the their laws

Local residents said a body was hung from a crane in the city centre.

The deputy governor of Herat, Maulwai Shair, said displaying the bodies was done to deter further abductions. He said the men were killed in a gun battle after the Taliban learnt that they had kidnapped a businessman and his son – who were both freed.

However, graphic images shared on social media appeared to show bloody bodies on the back of a pick-up truck with a crane hoisting one man up.

Another video showed a man suspended from a crane with a sign on his chest reading: “Abductors will be punished like this.”

Since taking power in Afghanistan on 15 August, the Taliban have been promising a milder form of rule than in their previous tenure.

But there have already been numerous reports of human rights abuses carried out across the country.

The Taliban’s notorious former head of religious police Mullah Nooruddin Turabi – now in charge of prisons – said on Thursday that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume in Afghanistan as they were “necessary for security”.

In an interview with AP, he said these punishments may not be meted out in public, as they were under previous Taliban rule in the 1990s. Public executions were frequently held in Kabul’s sports stadium or on the vast grounds of the Eid Gah mosque during the group’s five year rule.

But he dismissed outrage over their past public executions: “No-one will tell us what our laws should be.”

Turabi – who is on a UN sanctions list for his past actions – added that “everyone criticised us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and punishments”.

In August, Amnesty International said that Taliban fighters were behind the massacre of nine members of the persecuted Hazara minority.

Amnesty’s Secretary-General Agnès Callamard said at the time that the “cold-blooded brutality” of the killings was “a reminder of the Taliban’s past record, and a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring”.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Sept.27: 2021:

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(KABUL) JUST IN: The Taliban’s education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, announced a series of new restrictions on women and girls’ education in Afghanistan at a press conference Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: Going forward, the #Taliban will enforce gender segregation at the country’s universities based on their belief that coeducation is un-Islamic…..

#AceDailyNews says that the #Taliban have announced new rules for women and girls’ education the new rules include gender segregation and an Islamic dress code; subjects are also under review.

Afghan girls raise their hands during an English class at the Bibi Mahroo high school in Kabul in 2006
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“Coeducation is in conflict with the principles of Islam and, on the other hand, it is in conflict with national values and is against the customs and traditions of Afghans,” Haqqani said.

In outlining the policy, Haqqani announced that campuses should ideally be segregated by gender. He said that short of that, universities should establish alternate class timing or ensure that classrooms are partitioned down the middle and seating is divided based on gender.

Women attend a program to support Taliban at Kabul Education University on September 11

A strict dress code will likely apply at Afghanistan’s universities

The Taliban have already said they hope to have women teach female students. If that is not possible, men may teach women, but classes should follow the Taliban’s rigid interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.

The minister also stated that hijab or head coverings will be part of a compulsory dress code, but did not specify if this includes the niqab face covering.

Haqqani said the new rules are the outcome of the successful jihad waged against the West to establish an “Islamic system.” The minister claimed he did not want to turn back the clock to 20 years ago, when the Taliban last ruled and women and girls were not allowed to go to school, but said that the Taliban would “start building on what exists today.”

On Saturday, the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signaling the start of the new government.

Afghan women's rights defenders and civil activists protest for equal rights in Kabul earlier this month
Women who demonstrated for equal rights earlier this month protested on the streets.

ar/rc (AP, dpa)

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.13: 2021:

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(WALES) Afghan Evacuation Report: The first Afghan refugees, who were airlifted from Kabul following the #Taliban seizure of the country last month, have arrived #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The Welsh government said 50 families are being resettled across the country: Most of those who have arrived directly supported Welsh-based armed forces in the country over the past 20 years….

#AceDailyNews says that the first refugees have arrived in Wales after #Taliban coup: The Urdd youth organisation is helping to provide accommodation, with 230 Afghans being resettled in Wales in total.

A mother and her two children who have left their home in Kabul
Getty Images: The UK government has pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghans over the next five years

This is after the UK government pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghans over the next five years after the Taliban seized back control of the country.

“Today we welcome the families and individuals that have served our country in Afghanistan,” said Wales’ Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt.

“We have made clear our pledge of Wales being a nation of sanctuary and we’re committed to do all that is possible to ensure Afghan interpreters, refugees and their families are welcomed.”

: Taliban has now taken control of Afghanistan

She added: “All local authorities in Wales are participating in these schemes and have offered their support and assistance to the Afghan citizens who are being resettled in the UK.”

The Urdd youth organisation is providing initial accommodation before other properties are found. 

Its chief executive, Sian Lewis, said: “As an organisation, we are proud to help and continue to share with our members the importance of loyalty to country and culture but also to humanity and a higher good: We have a moral obligation as a national youth organisation to support humanitarian projects and offer a hand of friendship and support to the Afghan community in their time of need.”

Colonel Sion Walker from the 160th (Welsh) Brigade said: “There are direct historical links with Wales-based and Wales-facing units and members of many of those families coming to Wales: They will have worked alongside each other during very difficult times in Afghanistan; our involvement is recognition of the support given and comradeships developed during those times and we are proud to have played a part in making Wales a nation of sanctuary.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.10: 2021:

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(KABUL) Afghan Protests Report: Women protest on the streets angering to support the resistance fighting in the Panjshir Valley and Taliban firedd warning shots to disperse the crowd in the Afghan capital #AceNewsDek report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce Taliban rule and demand women’s rights: Protesters also chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, as many believe neighbouring Pakistan supports the Taliban, which the country denies….

#AceDailyNews says that the #Taliban fire warning shots at protest in Kabul: As members were filmed firing shots into the air to disperse protesters after on Monday they claimed victory in the Panjshir Valley province – the final pocket of territory which has remained outside their rule

Video footage from the scene shows people running to safety, while heavy gunfire can be heard in the background.

A video sent to the BBC shows Taliban fighters firing their guns into the air – a move the group banned last week after several people were reported killed after celebratory aerial fire.

Guards at a nearby bank opened its basement car park to dozens of women who sheltered from the gunfire for about 20 minutes, one of the protesters told the BBC.

Some journalists, including the BBC’s team, were prevented from filming at the rally. Afghanistan’s Tolo news agency reported that its cameraman was arrested and detained by the Taliban for nearly three hours.

A former government official, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC that Taliban members were taking close-up photos of leading protesters, possibly to help identify them later.

Women have been protesting for the past week, but on Tuesday men also joined their calls for equality and safety. Many observers had commented that there were few men at the previous women-led rallies.

The protesters were heard chanting “long live the resistance” and “death to Pakistan” as they marched.

“The Islamic government is shooting at our poor people,” one woman at the protest told Reuters news agency.

Another protester, Sarah Fahim, told AFP news agency: “Afghan women want their country to be free. They want their country to be rebuilt. We are tired… We want that all our people have normal lives. How long shall we live in this situation?”

The demonstrations come one day after Ahmad Massoud, the leader of anti-Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, called for a “national uprising” by civilians against the militants. 

Many protesters showed support for the resistance forces, who say they are still fighting off the Taliban in Panjshir.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.08: 2021:

Anger directed at Taliban and PakistanBy Secunder Kermani, BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent in KabulThe mood amongst the protesters was one of real anger, directed predominantly at Pakistan but also against the Taliban. Large numbers of young women were among the crowd. One, chanting “death to Pakistan”, alleged the country’s air force had bombed Panjshir, the province where resistance forces have been holding out against the Taliban. Pakistan has dismissed those claims, but is widely seen has having long supported the Taliban’s insurgency. Many in Afghanistan have long deeply resented what they see as Pakistani interference – a feeling exacerbated recently by the visit to Kabul of the head of Pakistan’s intelligence services, the ISI.Taliban members in police vehicles initially drove alongside the protesters, not preventing them from demonstrating. However, they later fired volleys of bullets into the air to disperse the crowd, and stopped us and other journalists from filming further. These protests are the biggest challenge to the Taliban’s authority we have seen so far in Kabul, and include bold and direct criticism of the group. One young woman said, “We demand freedom of speech, democracy… I’m not afraid of death.”

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(KABUL) #Taliban Report: Caretaker government installed with a number of new leaders appointed with most given to established leaders of their power structure #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: #Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced who will be appointed to key government posts as the group assumes complete power over Afghanistan.

#AceDailyNews says the #Taliban announce new caretaker government: The militant Islamists have appointed leaders for their new administration after sweeping to power in recent weeks. Most posts have gone to longtime leaders in the Taliban power structure heres waht is known …

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid holds a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 07 2021

Despite claims they would rule differently to the group’s repressive regime in the 1990s, the list was filled with mostly old guard stalwarts.

In a statement released later on Tuesday, the Taliban’s supreme leader said the new government would be guided by Islamic Sharia law as interpreted by their fundamentalist ideology.

Who’s who in the Taliban government?

A spokesman for the militants said that Mullah Hasan Akhund will be acting prime minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani will be acting interior minister, Mullah Yaqoob will be acting defense minister and Amir Khan Muttaqi will be acting foreign minister.

Akhund has been the leader of the Taliban’s leadership council for decades. Yaqoob is the son of Taliban founder Mohammed Omar.

Haqqani is the scion of a powerful family and leader of the brutal and powerful Haqqani network, which has become a suborganization of the Taliban in its own right.

Student in Germany tries to get help for Afghan people

Muttaqi is an established part of the group’s diplomacy apparatus, representing the Islamist organization at UN-brokered peace negotiations.

The interim government will continue to include a Culture and Information Ministry as well as an Education Ministry, as well as a minister for refugees and repatriation.

The Taliban has not elaborated on how long the caretaker government will last, and did not mention plans to hold elections.

Who is missing?

The list did not appear to include any non-Taliban figures, which had been demanded by the international community.

The Taliban also reportedly disbanded the Ministry for Women’s Affairs, days after violently clamping down on women-led protests against curbs to their freedoms under Taliban rule.

There are also no women in the new power structure, something protesters in Kabul had been calling for as women fear losing their hard-won rights.

Also suspiciously absent, Afghan journalist Ali Latifi told DW, is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, who is “the leader of the Taliban as far as we know.”

Latifi said the omission gives credence to the rumors that the militant group’s supreme leader since 2016 is dead, despite assurances from the Taliban to the contrary.

What did the leaders say?

As if to dispel exactly these kinds of rumors, the Taliban put out a statement from Akhundzada later on Tuesday. 

Known as the group’s supreme leader, Akhundzada congratulated the country on “liberation from foreign rule” and confirmed that “in the future, all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia.”

Under the Taliban’s extremist vision, this means few rights for women and minorities and a repressive understanding of rules given in the Quran.

Akhundzada said the new government would continue to uphold all international treaties and agreements not in violation with its interpretation of Islamic law.

How has the US responded?

Following the announcement of the interim government, Washington said it was concerned about the appointments.

“We note the announced list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women,” the State Department said in a statement.

Hundreds take to Kabul streets to protest against Taliban

“We also are concerned by the affiliations and track records of some of the individuals,” the statement added.

The US said that it would judge the Taliban’s caretaker government “by its actions, not words.”

What is the situation in Afghanistan?

On Monday, the Taliban claimed victory in the northeastern Panjshir province — the last Afghan region still holding out against their rule. However, resistance forces in Panjshir have said the fighting was still ongoing.

As US forces began leaving the country after a 20-year operation on August 15, the Taliban took advantage of the move to push through the vast majority of the country and reclaim power.

Thousands of refugees fled to the country’s borders and there was a desperate scramble for foreign nationals to evacuate the country.

es/rt (AP, Reuters)

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(KABUL) Taliban Press Conference Report: Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Monday said the war in the country has ended and they hope Afghanistan will become a stable country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsDesk says the ‘War is Ended’ – Future Govt Imminent: Mujahid appeared at the press conference hours after the #Taliban in a statement on Monday morning announced that its forces had completely captured Panjshir province: Due to communication problems, TOLOnews has so far not been able to obtain comments from the Resistance Front in this regard….

As the fighting continues in Panjshir, the Taliban on Sunday said they have captured all districts of Panjshir province but the fighting is ongoing at the provincial center.

Taliban Claims ‘All Districts’ in Panjshir, Fighting in Center: The Resistance Front, however, rejects the Taliban’s claim, saying they have retaken Paryan district from Taliban forces.

Both Taliban forces and the Resistance Front are claiming to have the upper hand on the battlefield.

Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, said on Sunday that Taliban forces have captured all districts of Panjshir.

“The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are actively present in all areas and districts of Panjshir. All the areas are under the control of the Mujahideen. They only faced resistance in Bazarak in the center of Panjshir,” he said.

Taliban forces posted a video on social media saying they have taken heavy equipment used by the Resistance Front.

“We have taken several cannons of the enemy,” said Mawlawi Sakhidad Majmar, a Taliban commander.

Mujahid said they wanted to resolve the issue of Panjshir via dialogue, but the talks failed.

On the future government, Mujahid said it will be announced soon, but will likely act as a caretaker government to allow changes and reforms. 

When asked about the fate of the Afghan security and defense forces, Mujahid responded that the forces trained in the last 20 years will be asked to rejoin security departments alongside the Taliban forces.

Speaking about the country’s infrastructure and development, Mujahid said the “invaders” will never reconstruct Afghanistan and that it is the job of the people of Afghanistan and they should do it.

He also said technical teams from Qatar and Turkey and a United Arab Emirate company are working to normalize operations at Kabul airport.

On Afghanistan’s foreign relations, Mujahid said the Taliban wants good relations with the world, especially with China as it is a big economic power and it can help Afghanistan in reconstruction and development.

Mujahid also responded to reporters’ questions about the visit of the Pakistani delegation to Kabul that included ISI chief Faiz Hamid, saying Pakistan had repeatedly requested to make such a visit Kabul, and the Taliban recently agreed.

According to Mujahid, Pakistan is worried about the release of prisoners in Afghanistan as some may belong to Pakistan and may try to infiltrate into Pakistan. Mujahid said that the Taliban has assured them that no one will be allowed to threaten any country from Afghan territory.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Sept.07: 2021:

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(KABUL) LATEST: Domestic flights have resumed in Afghanistan between the capital and three major provincial cities, after a technical team from Qatar reopened the capital’s airport for aid and domestic services #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsREport – Sept.06: Flights between Kabul and the western city of Herat, Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south started on Saturday, the Ariana Afghan airline said in a statement on its Facebook page.

#AceDailyNews says that Kabul airport reopens for aid and domestic flights, but the US says it won’t help the #Taliban according to Reuters …

Kabul Airport

“Ariana Afghan Airlines is proud to resume its domestic flights,” it said.

Earlier, Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan said a technical team was able to reopen Kabul airport to receive aid, according to Qatar’s Al Jazeera news channel.

The airport’s runway has been repaired in cooperation with authorities in Afghanistan, the ambassador said, according to Al Jazeera, in a further small step towards a return to relative normality after the turmoil of the past three weeks.

Reopening the airport, a vital lifeline with both the outside world and across Afghanistan’s mountainous territory has been a high priority for the Taliban as they seek to restore order after their lightning seizure of Kabul three weeks ago. 

A US soldier holds a sign indicating a gate is closed as hundreds of people gather some holding documents.
Kabul airport was in chaos during recent weeks while western countries organised evacuation flights.(AP: Wali Sabawoon)

Kabul airport had been closed since the end of the massive US-led airlift of its citizens, other Western nationals and Afghans who helped Western countries.

Most of the international community is yet to announce whether they will accept the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, and as a result, finance and access to the country’s assets has been paused. 

In the US, aides Democrats who control both houses of Congress and to Republicans said lawmakers were nearly certain to provide humanitarian aid for internally displaced Afghans and refugees but not to the government itself, at least for now.

“It would be difficult to convince members of Congress to do anything that would appear to be supporting the Taliban government,” said a senior Senate Democratic aide, citing the absence of oversight and a reluctance “to support a government that is anathema to us.”

A senior Senate Republican aide agreed.

“Republicans would absolutely not support giving money to the Taliban,” the Republican aide said, saying they do not want to provide any money until Americans and Afghans who worked with the United States can leave Afghanistan.

The State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment on whether it would request additional funds for Afghanistan.

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(AFGHANISTAN) #Taliban Invasion Report: The fate of Panjshir Valley – the final holdout against their control – hangs in the balance as heavy fighting continues #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.04; Taliban sources told Reuters news agency that they had seized the area, but the resistance fighters they are battling denied this: One of the resistance leaders, Amrullah Saleh, dismissed claims he had fled, but said the situation was “difficult”….

#AceDailyNews as the #Taliban prepare to set-up governance across Afghanistan the ‘Fate of Panjshir Valley’ is in balance amid heavy fighting to gain complete control against militant forces as claims and counterclaims are reported by both sides that they had seized the area ….

ANALYSIS: What rise of Taliban means for Pakistan

BACKGROUND: : The story of Afghanistan’s ‘undefeated’ valley

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Anti-Taliban militants in training
Thousands are reported to be taking part in the fighting in Panjshir

The fighting in Panjshir is reported to have left hundreds dead. 

In Kabul and other cities several people were killed and others injured by celebratory gunfire, reports say. 

Panjshir Valley, north of the capital Kabul, is one of Afghanistan’s smallest provinces and the only one not to have fallen to the Taliban.

The traditional anti-Taliban stronghold is home to somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people, and is hidden behind mountain peaks. 

The resistance – which includes former Afghan security force members and local militias – is led by local tribal leader Ahmad Massoud. His father successfully fought the Soviets who invaded in the 1980s, and the Taliban in the 1990s.

In a video message sent to the BBC, Mr Saleh, a former vice-president of Afghanistan, said there had been casualties on both sides. 

“There is no doubt we are in a difficult situation. We are under invasion by the Taliban,” he said.

But he added: “We will not surrender, we are standing for Afghanistan.”

He said he was sharing the video to assure people that reports suggesting that he had left the country were false. However the BBC was unable to independently confirm his location.

Ali Nazari, a spokesperson for the National Resistance Front (NRF) fighters, told BBC World News that the rebels had pushed the Taliban on the back foot.“There are well over a few hundred Taliban who are trapped. And they are running out of munitions and they are negotiating terms of surrender right now,” he said.But Taliban officials have been claiming victory in the area, with one commander telling Reuters news agency: “By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of the entire Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our command.”

The are now in control of the rest of the country, and are expected to announce a new government in the coming days.The European Union and UK on Friday joined the US in saying they will deal with the Islamist group, but won’t recognise them as Afghanistan’s government: The EU also said it was planning to re-establish a diplomatic presence in Kabul to oversee evacuations and ensure that a new Afghan government fulfils commitments on issues including security and human rights: But its foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said any engagement would be subject to strict conditions and would only be to support the Afghan people.

The BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, who is in Kabul, says that while the Taliban are seeking international acceptance, they are seeking it on their terms. If the West does not want to deal with them, there are other powers such as China, Russia and Pakistan they can turn to, our correspondent adds.Meanwhile, the Taliban are said to have issued strict orders against aerial firing after unconfirmed reports of a number of deaths caused by celebratory gunfire in Kabul and elsewhere.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Sept.04: 2021:

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(AFGHANISTAN) #Taliban Take Control Report: That thousands have fled their homes in fear while much of the attention has focused on the crowds thronging Kabul airport, thousands of others have fled to neighbouring Pakistan over the Chaman border. Shumaila Jaffery speaks to some of them #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: The Chaman Spin Boldak border is one of the busiest crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan with thousands of traders and travellers passing through this dusty town every day. ….

#AceDailyNews says that Afghan’s flee the #Taliban into Pakistan across the Chaman Border from dawn till dusk they pour in – hundreds of men with luggage on their shoulders, burqa-clad women walking briskly behind their men, children clinging to their mothers, exhausted in the scorching heat, and even patients pushed on wheelbarrows.

Crowds at Chaman Spin Boldak border
Women and children look exhausted as they wait in the heat

But these days, the traffic from the Afghan side is particularly high as thousands flee possible persecution by the Taliban.

‘They will raid our houses’

Zirqoon Bibi*, a 57-year-old woman belonging to the minority Hazara community, has only just arrived in Pakistan when I meet her.

The Hazara group has been persecuted by the Taliban in the past, with a recent brutal attack on some men of the community reigniting fears of what Taliban rule would look like for them.

“My heart is burning (with pain)” she repeatedly sobs when I ask how she is. “I ask myself what will become of my son, my only son”.

Her son, who works for a British company, has been trying to leave the country without success.

She says she already lost her daughter-in-law to a bomb blast by the Taliban targeting the Hazara community a few years ago.

“I felt so lost (after her death) that I couldn’t sleep for a long time. The Taliban are terrible people, I am scared of them”.

Before arriving in Pakistan, Zirqoon Bibi was housed in a small makeshift camp on the border with around 24 other Hazara women and children from different parts of Afghanistan: She left her home in the capital Kabul along with her two daughters and granddaughter.As she speaks, her granddaughter sits on her lap, completely oblivious to the fact that she has no home now.”I don’t care about my house or our belongings, I am only worried for my son and his daughter,” Zirqoon Bibi says while gently massaging the child’s shoulders. “Where can I go? what can I do? I have put this girl’s mother in the grave with my own hands. It takes a lot of effort and love to raise children, I can’t lose another one”

A country abandoned: John Simpson on AfghanistanBlack Hawks and Humvees: Taliban’s military gains Zarmeeney Begum*, a 60-year-old Afghan who is a Shia Muslim, has also just arrived with a group of other women. Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have been targeted by the Taliban in the past. She says when her community received news of the Taliban takeover, they felt they had no option but to leave Afghanistan……….Elderly people and patients were transported in wheelbarrows”We fear the Taliban will resume their acts of terrorism again. They will conduct raids on our houses. They are already looking for government officials. We feel that bombings may start any day,” she says.’Disrupted futures’Many of the new arrivals are young Afghan men and women who feel that their futures have now become uncertain.Among them is Muhammad Ahmer* who was studying and working as an English language instructor in Kabul. He is still in disbelief over how quickly Kabul fell.”It was so unbelievable. To be honest, we didn’t know they would take all of Kabul in just one night. But I was only scared about my school and my education,” he said.He said he currently doesn’t know what to do next, but is certain that his future doesn’t belong to Afghanistan under the current rule.”I want to make my own choices in life, I want freedom, so I am not going back.”Business is bad and unemployment rates are through the roof, said some who are migrating to find work in PakistanJamal Khan*, also a student in Kabul, has similar sentiments.”Everybody wants to live in their homes, but we were forced to leave Afghanistan. We are not feeling good about migrating to Pakistan or other countries, all people are worried, but they don’t have any hope,” he says.Others say there is no hope of survival under the Taliban.Obaidullah*, a labourer from Kandahar says he decided to flee to Pakistan because “businesses are destroyed, there is no government and the economy is in complete shambles”.”The situation in Kandahar is normal, but there is no work, I have come here so I can find some work, I will probably drive a rickshaw,” he said.Meanwhile, the Taliban has been trying to portray a more restrained image since its takeover. This is reflected in the stance of one foot soldier who stops to talk to us at the border.He insists the situation is completely peaceful now and says the “trauma of the Afghan people will end as soon as foreign occupation forces leave the country”. “It’s only a trust issue, people will soon know that we mean what we have promised,” he adds.

Thousands cross the Chaman Spin Boldak every day, but the influx from Afghanistan has been exceptionally high since the Taliban took overBut even as people pour in, they say these words mean little. “The Taliban may act differently this time, but people who have suffered from their hands in the past are not ready to trust them yet,” says Mr Ahmer.

They flee even though they know their futures are uncertain.The desperate scramble to escape Afghanistan Pakistan is already hosting millions of Afghans and says it cannot deal with another influx. Many believe it’s only a matter of time before Islamabad completely halts their entry. The Pakistan government has already said that unlike the 1980s, when millions of Afghans came over following the Soviet invasion, this time refugee camps would be set up on the borders and Afghans would not be allowed into the heartland. So far however, people are free to enter the country through the Chaman Spin Boldak border. But they understand the window is small, so they are willing to take any risk to get out.Where they can go after that remains to be seen.*Names have been changed to protect identities

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.31: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) Afghanistan Financial Report: The World Bank announced it is halting financial support to Afghanistan amid worries about the fate of the country under #Taliban rule, CNN reported #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: The Afghan economy relies heavily on foreign aid and now faces rising food prices. ……

#AceDailyNews ….World Bank is deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and the impact on the country’s development prospects, especially for women,” World Bank spokesperson Marcela Sanchez-Bender said in a statement to CNN Business this followed the IMF’s decision on Thursday to prevent any further funding being provided

The World Bank has committed more than $5.3 billion for development projects in Afghanistan, according to the organization’s website. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, administered by the World Bank, has raised more than $12.9 billion.

“We have paused disbursements in our operations in Afghanistan and we are closely monitoring and assessing the situation in line with our internal policies and procedures,” Sanchez-Bender said. 

The World Bank said it will continue to consult with the international community and development partners. 

The International Monetary Fund suspended Afghanistan’s access to IMF resources, including around $440 million in new monetary reserves, due to a lack of clarity over the country’s government after the Taliban took control of Kabul, Reuters reported on Thursday.  

The IMF’s announcement came amid pressure from the US Treasury, which holds a controlling share in the fund, to ensure that Afghanistan’s share of a Special Drawing Rights reserves allocation scheduled for Monday not fall into Taliban hands.  

“There is currently a lack of clarity within the international community regarding recognition of a government in Afghanistan, as a consequence of which the country cannot access SDRs or other IMF resources,” an IMF spokesperson said in an emailed statement as quoted by Reuters.  

“As is always the case, the IMF is guided by the views of the international community,” the spokesperson added.  

According to the Reuters report, the fund has traditionally relied on its membership to decide whether to engage with governments that take power in coups or disputed elections.  

Even if Afghanistan were to regain access to the SDRs, it would be unlikely the Taliban could spend those resources because that would require another country to be willing to exchange the SDRs for underlying currencies, a transaction that would likely be blocked by long-standing US financial sanctions against the Taliban, according to Reuters. 

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(KABUL) #Taliban Invasion Report: Consultations are ongoing among the leadership and with different ethnicities and political parties about forming an inclusive government, said Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, a senior member of their political office on Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: Currently, the Taliban leadership is consulting with different ethnic groups, political parties and within the Islamic Emirate about forming a government that has to be accepted both inside and outside Afghanistan and to be recognized,” Stanikzai said…..

#AceDailyNews says #Taliban Discussions Continue on Inclusive Govt he was addressing the country on the national radio and television stations, Stanikzai said all people from different walks of life will be included in the next government according to TOLONews

Stanikzai said that all the people will see themselves included in the next government, which will be formed after consultations with the people of Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is committed to forming an Islamic government in which all people from different walks will be included,” he said.

According to Stanikzai, since the collapse of the former government in August 15 there has been no war in Afghanistan. He added that people should work together to keep the peace.

He also called on all people–men and women–to work together to rebuild Afghanistan and reach a durable peace.

Stanikzai once again called on Taliban fighters to not create problems for the people, saying that no Taliban fighter is allowed to interfere in people’s personal affairs or enter their houses.

Referring to Afghans leaving the country, Stanikzai said that those who have left the country can come back and resume their jobs and that Afghanistan needs them and their talents.

Stanikzai assured the people on the formation of an inclusive government as people are worried about a prolonged power vacuum in Kabul.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has estimated that 500,000 people will leave Afghanistan in the next four months due to political uncertainty.

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(LONDON) Evacuation Report: The British ambassador to Afghanistan has arrived in the UK, with the last British soldiers to leave Kabul expected to touch down within hours #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: The final flight left on Saturday, bringing to an end the UK’s 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan: More than 15,000 people have been evacuated by the UK since 14 August.

#AceDailyNews says the British ambassador to Afghanistan has arrived home as last UK troops leave Kabul and will arrive home shortly after evacuating more than 15,000 according to the MOD as ‘Operation Warm Welcome’ gets underway as people cannot settle, or work, while their claims are considered: A new effort to resettle former Afghan staff and their families in the UK, has been announced: It will be modelled on the Syrian resettlement programme that saw 20,000 refugees come to the UK between 2014 and 2020. A similar number from Afghanistan are expected over the coming years.

By George Bowden & Katie Wright
BBC News

Sir Laurie Bristow
The British ambassador, Sir Laurie Bristow, has been helping the evacuation effort

#AceDailyNews report said that a suicide bombing near the airport on Thursday resulted in some 170 deaths, including two UK citizens and the child of a British national. US President Joe Biden has warned another attack is highly likely.

Vice Adm Sir Ben Key, who ran the UK’s evacuation, said he would be “very nervous” in saying the withdrawal was a success until all the allies had left.

He said it had been a “tremendous international effort” but it wasn’t “a moment of celebration for us at all”, adding that there was a “sense of sadness” at those left behind.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was a chance to reflect on the achievements of recent weeks and of the last two decades, such as girls’ education and weakening al-Qaeda.

Ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow, who had been processing those fleeing the country at the airport, was among those who landed at RAF Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire on Sunday morning.

The flight came via the United Arab Emirates and further flights carrying military and civilian personnel are expected later. 

Vice Adm Key, chief of joint operations, said that while he “pays testament” to everything achieved by British forces over the last two weeks, “we know that there are some really sad stories of people who have desperately tried to leave that – no matter how hard our efforts – we have been unsuccessful in evacuating”.

Speaking at RAF Brize Norton, he said the 31 August deadline imposed by the Taliban prevented them evacuating more people “who had helped us so wonderfully and courageously over the last 20 years”.

Photos of exhausted UK service personnel in aircraft coming back from Kabul showed how “deeply tired” they were having “given their all over the last two weeks”, he said.

“Some of the pictures that have come back in the last few days have painted a really good impression of just how desperate and difficult those conditions have been in the last few weeks.

“They have been sleeping in rough conditions, eating off ration packs and their sole motivation has been to help as many of the Afghans and British entitled personnel as they possibly could.”

He added that he had the most “enormous admiration” for what they have done.

No 10 said the number of people evacuated included about 2,200 children, with the youngest just one day old.

About 5,000 British nationals and their families were airlifted, alongside more than 8,000 Afghan former UK staff and their families and those considered at risk from the Taliban.Boris Johnson: “It’s the culmination of a mission unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes”

In a letter to the armed forces community, Mr Johnson acknowledged the fall of Kabul to the Taliban would have been hard for them to watch.

He added it would be “an especially difficult time for the friends and loved ones of the 457 service personnel who laid down their lives” during the war.

The prime minister said the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan “kept al-Qaeda from our door for two decades and we are all safer as a result”.

‘String of strategic errors’

Lord Dannatt, who was head of armed forces between 2006 and 2009, told BBC Breakfast: “It’s a big moment because it’s the end of a military chapter – a chapter that’s ended not in the way we would have wished.”

He said the soldiers involved in the evacuation process at Kabul airport had done “a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances” but he said it was a “tragedy” that some people eligible to come to the UK had been left behind. 

He said there should be an inquiry into the UK’s 20-year engagement in Afghanistan to look at the “string of strategic errors”, including the manner of the evacuation, which he said could have started several months ago and been done “in a more calm and considered way”.Getting the plane out of Afghanistan was “happiest moment of my life”

The US is continuing evacuations ahead of the 31 August deadline for foreign troops to leave the country.

The UK’s embassy in Kabul has suspended its operations and will relocate to Qatar. “We continue to provide only limited consular assistance remotely,” it said.

What happens to Afghan refugees coming to the UK? Arrivals on official flights enter a 10-day Covid quarantine in a hotel: Government officials and local authorities are trying to find them permanent homes as shortage of suitable accommodation means many will be placed in hotels Some will get refugee status and can live in the UK permanently:

OTHERS will get a five-year visa to live and work in the UK – and can then apply for permanent residence Afghans arriving independently will enter the normal system for asylum claims – which has a backlog of 70,000 peopleThese

Support will include help with integration and dealing with trauma, free English language courses, and assistance with health, education, accommodation and employment.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.29: 2021:

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(AFGHANISTAN) #Taliban Invasion Report: Haqqani is head of their military strategy and currently in charge of security in Kabul as west #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: His exact age is unclear, but he is believed to have been born in either Afghanistan or Pakistan between 1973 and 1980, according to the FBI, which placed him on its Most Wanted list and is offering a $5 million reward…

#AceDailyNews says so Who is Sirajuddin Haqqani ? He is the #Taliban deputy leader and wanted terrorist? Sirajuddin Haqqani is the Taliban’s deputy leader and head of the semi-independent Haqqani network, a designated terror group with a reputation for discipline and violence in Afghanistan.

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Haqqani is also the head of the Taliban’s military strategy and was placed in charge of security in Kabul after the militants seized the city last week.

He is the senior leader of the Haqqani network, which the U.S. designated terror group in 2012 and has been linked to bombings, abductions and other attacks. 

Haqqani also has close ties to al Qaeda

His father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founded their namesake jihadist group and handed over leadership before his death in 2018 at 71. The father had been paralyzed for a decade by then. But in the 1980s, the elder Haqqani was among the U.S.-backed mujahedeen warlords battling a Soviet Union invasion and was a close friend and mentor of the slain al Qaeda terrorist Usama bin Laden, according to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence’s Counterterrorism Guide.

“The Haqqanis are considered the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group targeting U.S., Coalition, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan,” according to the DNI report. “They typically conduct coordinated small-arms assaults coupled with rocket attacks, IEDs, suicide attacks, and attacks using bomb-laden vehicles.”

U.S. officials have blamed the Haqqani network for numerous high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including the 2011 attack on the Kabul International Hotel and a pair of suicide bombings at the Indian Embassy. The group had also attacked the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2011 and is blamed for “the largest truck bomb ever built,” a 61,500-pound device intercepted by Afghan security forces in 2013.

In February 2020, the younger Haqqani wrote an op-ed that appeared in The New York Times, claiming he was “convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop.” The paper identified him as “the deputy leader of the Taliban” but left out his position as the head of a terrorist group.

Even after the paper received criticism for the op-ed, including from within its own newsroom, the author blurb attached to the op-ed still made no mention of his terror ties when accessed Thursday.

“We are about to sign an agreement with the United States and we are fully committed to carrying out its every single provision, in letter and spirit,” he wrote at the time.

Afghanistan situation 'going to get much worse' after Kabul suicide attack: Fmr. national security adviser

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Those provisions included an agreement that the Taliban would not allow terror groups like al Qaeda to operate out of Afghanistan as they did before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that prompted the U.S.-led invasion.

“The Haqqanis expose the lie that there is a line between Taliban and other jihadist groups, especially al Qaeda,” retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a Trump-era national security adviser, told The Wall Street JournalThursday.

Since 2008, Sirajuddin Haqqani has been wanted for questioning in connection with a Kabul hotel bombing that killed six people, including one American. He is also suspected of coordinating and taking part in attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and playing a role in the failed assassination attempt of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

He has a long lists of aliases, according to the FBI: Siraj, Khalifa, Mohammad Siraj, Sarajadin, Cirodjiddin, Seraj, Arkani, Khalifa (Boss) Shahib, Halifa, Ahmed Zia, Sirajuddin Jallaloudine Haqqani, Siraj Haqqani, Serajuddin Haqani, Siraj Haqani and Saraj Haqani.

And he’s not the only member of the Haqqani network with influence within the Taliban.

Sirajuddin Haqqani’s younger brother, Anas Haqqani, was freed as part of a prisoner exchange in 2019 that also secured the release of American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, who had been held hostage by Taliban fighters for over three years. Then he led a Taliban delegation to meet with ex-officials of the toppled Afghan government earlier this month.

After the Taliban seized Kabul last week, Haqqani’s uncle, Khalil Haqqani, delivered public remarks at the city’s largest mosque – receiving cheers in response, according to The New York Times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.28: 2021:

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(ANKARA) JUST IN: Erdogan on Friday said Turkey has held its first talks with the #Taliban in Kabul, adding that he was still assessing the Islamist group’s offer to run the Afghan capital’s airport, AFP reported on Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: Erdogan said the talks were held at a military section of the Kabul airport where the Turkish embassy is temporarily stationed.

#AceDailyNews says that Erdogan has held his first talks with the #Taliban over security and staffing of Kabul airport according to TOLONews

https://lund.news/up-to-20-dead-in-kabul-airport-blasts-as-airlift-deadline-looms/

“We have held our first talks with the Taliban, which lasted 3.5 hours,” Erdogan told reporters. “If necessary, we will have the opportunity to hold such talks again.”

Responding to criticism over Turkey’s engagement with the Taliban, Erdogan said Ankara had “no luxury” to stand idly given the unstable situation in the region.

“You cannot know what their expectations are or what our expectations are without talking. What’s diplomacy, my friend? This is diplomacy,” Erdogan said.

Turkey had been planning to help secure and run Kabul’s strategic airport, but on Wednesday it started pulling troops out of Afghanistan, which has been interpreted as meaning Ankara is abandoning this possibility.

Erdogan said the Taliban now wanted to oversee security at the airport, while offering Ankara the option of running its logistics.

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(KABUL) LATEST: After two explosions the airport on Thursday, killing some 90 people – among them 13 US military personnel leaving at least 150 people also wounded in the attack, which the so-called #IslamicState group says it was behind #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.27: LIVE Updated Suicide bomb striking Kabul airport kills dozens in Afghanistan – video report ….

#AceDailyNews says after the Kabul airport attack: UK has entered ‘final hours’ of evacuation; Biden vows revenge for Afghanistan explosion that killed dozens details to date below: Helen SullivanFirst published on Fri 27 Aug 2021 00.23 BST: GUARDIAN LIVE

UK defence secretary says ‘sad fact is not every single one will get out’; Biden says the US will ‘hunt down’ Islamic State leaders responsible; American forces bracing for further attacks CENTCom report below…

10:11

Medical supplies are running out in Afghanistan, where the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it hoped to establish an air bridge into the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif with the help of Pakistani authorities within the next two or three days.

“Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director, speaking from Cairo, told a Geneva briefing.

Insurance rates for flying into Afghanistan have “skyrocketed”, he said, speaking a day after bombs at Kabul airport killed dozens of people. “Once we can address that we can hopefully be airborne in the next 48-72 hours,” he added. 

09:53

These are from the Telegraph’s Lucy Fisher, reporting that the UK has started pulling its remaining troops out of Afghanistan, following a temporary increase in numbers to help the evacuation effort.

Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher)

NEW: More than 100 British troops have already left Kabul, I’m told.

There’s fewer than 900 UK military personnel left (down from 1,012 earlier this week), alongside around 60 diplomats.

Several hundred civilian evacuees who’ve been processed are to be airlifted in hours ahead.August 27, 2021

Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher)

UK wants to be “upfront & honest” that “vast majority” of civilians seeking evacuation who aren’t yet processed won’t be airlifted now, says UK defence source

Source stressed: “But if people do turn up, we will do everything we can to get them on a flight if they are eligible”August 27, 2021

Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher)

Defence Sec Ben Wallace has expressed “deep regret” this morning that people will be left behind.

“We will continue to honour our debt to all those who have not yet been able to leave Afghanistan. We will do all that we can to ensure they reach safety.”August 27, 2021

09:51

A former head of the British army has called the US sharing of intelligence with the Taliban about people trying to flee Afghanistan a “dangerous game”.

The comment follows reports that the United States is sharing biometric information with the Taliban in a bid to rescue the remaining people outside the airfield as they withdraw from Afghanistan ahead of the 31 August deadline.

General Lord Richard Dannatt said: 

I think it is a dangerous game. It’s a matter where expediency comes in. I think it’s a case of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’.

We are in many dimensions of least-worst situations. We do worry that information has been passed about those who we were trying to get out, who we failed to get out, that the Taliban do know who they are and this places them under great threat.

09:45

Here is my colleague Peter Walker’s story on Ben Wallace’s admission that the UK has stopped taking people into Kabul airport to remove them from Afghanistan and its evacuation operation will end in “a matter of hours”.

Accepting that there would be Afghan translators or others who worked with UK forces who would not get out, the defence secretary said these people would be advised to seek access to third countries or offered advice on “how they can look after themselves” under Taliban rule.

09:19

Turkey has not made a final decision on a Taliban request for support to run the Kabul airport after foreign forces withdraw over security concerns and uncertainty there, the president Tayyip Erdogan has said, adding talks were still under way.

Officials told Reuters this week that the Taliban had asked Turkey for technical help to run the airport but demanded that Ankara’s military pull out by a 31 August deadline. The military began evacuations on Wednesday.

Erdogan told a news conference before departing for a visit to Bosnia:

The Taliban have made a request regarding the operation of the Kabul airport. They say, ‘We’ll ensure security and you can operate it.’ But we have not made a decision yet because there is always a possibility of death and such things there.

Updated at 10.08am BST

09:18

China has said it strongly condemns the Kabul airport attacks and hopes all parties will take effective measures to ensure a smooth transition, after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 85 people.

China had not received reports of any Chinese nationals being hurt, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news briefing.

Updated at 10.08am BST

08:48

Ben Wallace, the UK defence secretary has also given more details on how the Kabul bombings are believed to have been carried out. 

He said it is believed to have been one suicide bomber and another smaller explosion detonated in the middle of the crowd near the canal near the Baron’s hotel. He told the Today programme:

We think it was a suicide vest and a smaller device. The individual got to the perimeter we had pushed out the day before in response to that threat.

It was about 300 metres, we think, from the Baron’s hotel, and walked straight into the middle of those families waiting.

Discussing when the terrorist warning was issued, Wallace told Sky News:

The night before, the British Army and others had pushed away from the Baron’s hotel, a standoff area about 300 metres away from the Baron’s hotel, and that is in fact where the bomb detonated, we think, himself, at that standoff.

In recognition of the amazing work that our armed forces did, if they hadn’t pushed that perimeter further out I think we could’ve been in a worse place.

He added: 

About 60 to 80 Afghans also tragically lost their lives and they would’ve included families waiting in the canal, or by the canal, for processing.

Updated at 10.10am BST

08:44

The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said the threat of attacks by ISKP, the affiliate of Islamic State in Afghanistan, around Kabul airport would increase as foreign forces departed.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: 

I am concerned. Isis have an intent, they have the capability, should they wish to do so, to deploy more of these types of attacks. I’m absolutely concerned that, until we’ve gone, there’s an absolute threat to our forces, and even after we’ve gone there’s a threat to the Afghan people from Isis.

Updated at 10.13am BST

08:23

The UK defence secretary Ben Wallace said it is estimated that up to 1,100 Afghans who could be eligible for evacuation will be left behind by the UK as troops prepare to leave Kabul.

He told LBC radio: 

We think down to approximately 100-150 British nationals left in the estimated pot, some of those are willingly staying.

Wallace then gave figures for those who could be helped under the Afghan relocations and assistance policy (Arap) scheme.

It was actually double the number of people we thought we’d get out and we’re now way above the original, even the estimates, of the total Arap, which is nearly hitting 10,000, it will go over 10,000 we think today, from April.

We think there will be circa between 800 and 1,100 Arap that didn’t make it.

Updated at 8.38am BST

07:48

Spain has concluded its evacuation of personnel from Afghanistan and the last evacuees are expected to land at the Torrejon military airbase near Madrid later on Friday, the government said.

Two military planes carrying the last 81 Spaniards out of Kabul arrived in Dubai early on Friday morning, the government said in a statement. The planes were also carrying four Portuguese soldiers and 83 Afghans who had worked with Nato countries.

“These two flights conclude the evacuation of Spanish personnel and Afghan allies and their families,” the statement read.

Over the course of its rescue mission Spain evacuated 1,898 Afghans who had worked with western countries the United Nations or the European Union.

Updated at 8.33am BST

WHO says hopes for air bridge into northern Afghanistan in days

August 27, 202110:12 AM BSTLast Updated a minute ago

GENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Medical supplies are running out in Afghanistan, where the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it hoped to establish an air bridge into the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif with the help of Pakistani authorities within the next two or three days.

“Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director, speaking from Cairo, told a Geneva briefing.

Insurance rates for flying into Afghanistan have “skyrocketed”, he said, speaking a day after bombs at Kabul airport killed dozens of people. “Once we can address that we can hopefully be airborne in the next 48-72 hours,” he added.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge;

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(AFGHANISTAN) Evacuation Report: Countries are winding up operations in Kabul as Germany and Belgium plans ending theres in next two days with Iceland saying today they have stopped over security situation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: According to local media a numbe of countries have said that they will be winding their operations in next two days ……

#AceDailyNews says that Afghanistan: Evacuations continue as deadline nears after — US President Joe Biden is sticking to plans for the full withdrawal of troops by August 31. Meanwhile, Germany may end its rescue operations in the next few days, according to DW media reports live updates here

Afghans wait to board evacuation flights at Kabul airpot
  • Germany may end evacuations in the next few days
  • US told its allies to wrap up rescue missions by Friday, Belgium minister says
  • Russia sends planes to evacuate more than 500 people
  • German and US top envoys hold talks

This story was last updated at 09:55 UTC

Germany may soon end evacuations

German media reported on Wednesday that German evacuation flights from Kabul airport could end as early as Friday.

A correspondent for the German public broadcaster ARD said that the rescue flights between Kabul and Tashkent may even come to an end on Wednesday.

However, Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly said, according to Reuters, that: “As long as it is responsible, we will evacuate people. But that can only be done together with the USA.” 

German military flights have evacuated over 4,600 German citizens and at-risk locals so far, according to the German defense ministry. The Bundeswehr will need time to evacuate its own personnel from the airport before the 6,000 US troops finish their own withdrawal on August 31.

Belgium: US told allies to end evacuations on Friday

Belgium’s Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder told local newspapers L’Echo and De Tijd that the US has made it clear to its coalition partners who are still evacuating people from Kabul that they should wrap up their “noncombatant evacuation operations” by Friday, August 27.

The US has insisted on pulling out its 6,000 troops from Kabul airport by August 31. The military forces will require several days to complete the evacuation of military personnel and equipment meaning that rescue operations will have to end before that.

Afghanistan withdrawal leaves hard questions for NATO 

UK to maintain operations up to the last minute

The UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC on Wednesday that although he could not give a “precise timeline” for the UK to leave Kabul airport, it was “clear that the troops will be withdrawn by the end of the month.”

He said that the operation would need to wind down to evacuate military personnel working at the airport, but that the UK would “make the maximum use of the time left.”

The comment comes a day after the UK failed to convince US President Joe Biden to extend the evacuation deadline.

Raab also said that British forces have managed to airlift 9,000 British citizens and locals since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15.

Mexico and Uganda welcome Afghan refugees

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard welcomed six Afghan refugees as they landed at Mexico City airport on Tuesday. “Welcome to your home,” Ebrard told them.

Five of the arrivals were women who had won a robotics competition. They fled Afghanistan earlier in the month and passed through six countries before arriving in Mexico.

A flight carrying 51 Afghans also landed in Uganda on Wednesday morning. Kampala agreed to accept “at-risk” Afghan nationals temporarily while they wait to be transferred to the US or other destinations.

The US embassy in Kampala thanked the east African country for its “generosity and hospitality toward these communities.”

Russia sends planes to evacuate more than 500 people

Four Russian military aircraft have been sent to Kabul to evacuate more than 500 people, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.

They were sent on there on the orders of President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The report said the mission was to evacuate Russian nationals, but also citizens of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

Germany’s Maas speaks to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted late on Tuesday that he had held talks with his US counterpart, Antony Blinken.

Berlin’s top diplomat said they discussed the “ongoing evacuation” and “further departure options for Afghans” who want to flee their homeland.

The Social Democrat politician said the pair also focused on how to deal with the Taliban, the hardline Islamist group that now rules Afghanistan.

Paralympians leave Afghanistan

Two Paralympians from Afghanistan have left the country, according to the International Paralympic Committee said Wednesday.

Afghanistan’s team for the event was made up of female para-taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi and male track athlete Hossain Rasouli.

The IPC said the pair were receiving counseling, but could not confirm if they would be able to travel to Japan.

On Tuesday, a group of female Afghan athletes left for Australia.

Afghanistan made its Paralympic debut at Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games and with the exception of the Sydney 2000, they have participated in every edition but have never won a Paralympic medal.

Tuesday’s key developments

Welcome to DW’s rolling coverage of the Afghanistan crisis. Here is a wrap of Tuesday’s main developments.

US President Joe Biden said that the US and its allies were on track to leave Afghanistan by August 31.

A push by G-7 leaders for President Biden to extend the deadline failed after talks during a virtual summit on Afghanistan.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas used one of his regular media appearances to warn that the West may fail to complete all evacuations by the end of the month.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned the Taliban that respecting women’s rights would be “a fundamental red line” for the international community.ab, jf/rt (Reuters, AP)

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(AFGHANISTAN) Islamic Emirate Report: Taliban says that “hundreds” of its fighters are heading to the Panjshir Valley, one of the few parts of Afghanistan not yet controlled by the group #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: Since the #Taliban took control of Afghanistan, flickers of resistance have begun to emerge with some ex-government troops gathering in the Panjshir, approximately 125 kilometres north of Kabul, long known as an anti-Taliban bastion…..

#AceDailyNews says militants head to Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban stronghold of Panjshir to bring it under ‘control’ as hundreds of Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are heading towards the state of Panjshir to control it, after local state officials refused to hand it over peacefully,” the Taliban wrote on its Arabic Twitter account so who are the leaders controlling Afghanistan?

Resistance fighters in Panjshir
The NRF says it wants to pursue peaceful negotiations before fighting

Anti-Taliban resistance group says it has thousands of fighters and they are ready to fight: Ali Nazary, head of foreign relations for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), told the BBC they want to pursue peaceful negotiations: But, he added, “if this fails… then we’re not going to accept any sort of aggression”: Meanwhile, the Taliban say they have surrounded the group’s Panjshir valley stronghold and put them under siege: Resistance figures have also said the Taliban are now advancing in the region, northeast of the capital Kabul.

Amrullah Saleh, who was vice-president in the government ousted by the Taliban and is now based in Panjshir, tweeted that the Taliban had massed forces near the entrance to the valley.

The Panjshir region – in particular the Panjshir Valley – is famous for having successfully fought off invasions, including from Soviet forces during the Soviet-Afghan war from 1979 to 1989, and the Taliban in the 1990s.

Now, the region is still under the control of the NRF, which was founded by Ahmad Massoud – the son of Afghan resistance hero Ahmad Shah Massoud.

ReutersAhmad Massoud, the son of resistance icon Ahmad Shah Massoud, founded the NRF

Ahmad Shah Massoud was a powerful guerrilla commander who led the resistance against the USSR, and then went on to lead the Afghan government’s military wing against rival militias in the 1990s. After the Taliban gained control, he was the main opposition commander against their rule, until his assassination in 2001.

Mr Nazary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Panjshir had had a recent influx of local resistance forces from across the country, who have joined fighters they had already trained locally.

He said the group had “thousands of forces ready for the resistance” – although the BBC has not independently verified this claim.

“However, we prefer to pursue peace and negotiations before any sort of war and conflict,” the spokesman added.

The NRF’s ultimate goal is a decentralised form of governance in the country.”The NRF believes that for lasting peace we have to address the underlying problems in Afghanistan,” he continued. “Afghanistan is a country made up of ethnic minorities, no one is a majority. It’s a multicultural state, so it needs power sharing – a power-sharing deal where everyone sees themselves in power.”

Having one group dominating politics will lead to “internal warfare and the continuation of the current conflict,” he said.”We prefer peace, we prioritise peace and negotiations,” Mr Nazary added. “If this fails – if we see that the other side is not sincere, if we see that the other side is trying to force itself on the rest of the country – then we’re not going to accept any sort of aggression.”And we’ve proven ourselves, our track record in the past [40 years] has shown that no-one is able to conquer our region, especially the Panjshir Valley.”The Red Army, with its might, was unable to defeat us… I don’t think any force right now in Afghanistan has the might of the Red Army. And the Taliban also 25 years ago… they tried to take over the valley and they failed, they faced a crushing defeat.”

Ali Maisam Nazary, head of foreign relations for the Afghan National Resistance Front (NRF) said thousands of people have made their way to Panjshir to both join the fight and find a safe haven to continue their lives.

There, Ahmad Massoud, the son of former Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was assassinated by Al Qaeda two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks, has assembled a fighting force of around 9,000 people, Mr Nazary added.

Pictures taken by AFP during training exercises show dozens of recruits performing fitness routines, and a handful of armoured humvees driving across the valley north-east of Kabul.

Children of local Afghan residents carrying hunting rifles and a flag
Pockets of resistance have begun to emerge since the Taliban took over.(AFP: Ahmad Sahel Arman)

The NRF’s main goal is to avoid further bloodshed in Afghanistan and press for a new system of government.

But Mr Nazary said the group is also prepared for conflict, and if the Taliban do not negotiate they will face resistance across the country.

“The conditions for a peace deal with the Taliban is decentralisation — a system that ensures social justice, equality, rights, and freedom for all,” Mr Nazary said.

Talks between local leaders from Afghanistan’s north and authorities in Pakistan were taking place until just days ago, he added.

While the Taliban control the vast majority of Afghanistan, Mr Nazary optimistically highlighted reports that local militias in some districts have already begun resisting their hardline rule and have formed links with Mr Massoud’s NRF.

Afghan security forces patrol on a Humvee vehicle
The NRF says Panjshir has become a safe zone.(AFP: Ahmad Sahel Arman)

“Massoud did not give the order for these things to happen but they are all associated with us,” Mr Nazary said.

“The Taliban are overstretched. They cannot be everywhere at the same time. Their resources are limited. They do not have support amongst the majority.”

With the Taliban saying their leaders will now show themselves to the world — unlike in the past when they lived in secret — here are the key figures in the movement.

He said, however, that Mr Massoud had different views to Amrullah Saleh, latterly the country’s vice-president, who is also holed up in the valley and last week vowed to lead an uprising.

“Mr Saleh is in Panjshir. He opted to stay in the country and not flee,” Mr Nazary said, noting Mr Saleh’s strong anti-Pakistan stance was at odds with Mr Massoud who wanted good relations with Afghanistan’s Taliban-supporting neighbour.

“The aim right now is to defend Panjshir and its people.

“If there is any aggression… if anyone attacks us we will defend ourselves.”

‘Beacon of hope’

Alongside Mr Massoud’s fighting force, Panjshir now hosts more than 1,000 displaced people from across Afghanistan who have poured into the valley looking for sanctuary, Mr Nazary said.

“We are seeing Panjshir become a safe zone for all those groups who feel threatened in other provinces.”

Ahmad Massoud speaks during an interview
Ahmad Massoud is the son of Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated by Al Qaeda.(Reuters: Mohammad Ismail)

He added the province has seen an influx of intellectuals, human rights activists and politicians “who feel threatened by the Taliban”.Living under the Taliban as a womanShamsiya and her four sisters were born in Afghanistan and lived under the Taliban where women were not given a voice or an education.

Mr Massoud is determined to stand by the people of the valley and take up his father’s mantle, Mr Nazary added, stressing Afghanistan needs a federated system of government to close its endless cycle of war.

“War is just a byproduct of conflict in Afghanistan. What has caused the conflict is that Afghanistan is a country made up of ethnic minorities … (and) in a multi-ethnic country you cannot have one ethnic group dominate politics and others having a presence in the margins.”

Mr Nazary said Mr Massoud’s resistance, and others across Afghanistan, are vital in making this change happen.

“Panjshir has always been a beacon of hope.”

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(KANDAHAR) #Taliban Invasion Report: A radio station in Afghanistan’s second-largest city has been renamed ‘Voice of Sharia’ and music has been banned after the Taliban captured the city #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.22: The group released a video of an unnamed insurgent taking to the airwaves and announcing the rebrand of the city’s main station…..

#AceDailyNews says that #have renamed radio station ‘Voice of Sharia’ after capturing Afghan city,” Kandahar by Nick Hardinges, LBC, August 15, 2021:

He claimed all staff were present and would, from now on, broadcast news, political analysis and recitations of the Koran. However, it was unclear whether the previous employees had been ousted.

The channel will reportedly no longer play music, mimicking a previous station with the same name that the Taliban operated from Kandahar when they last occupied it at the turn of the century.

Taliban Chnaged ITS Name TO Voice of Sharia

Most residents of the city – the birthplace of the militant organisation – wear traditional clothing favoured by the group and the man in the video congratulated them on the Taliban’s victory.

The group have run mobile radio stations in recent years but have not operated a station within a major Afghan city since ruling the country between 1996 and 2001.

It comes amid a rapid offensive by the organisation that has raised fears of a full takeover less than three weeks before the US is set to withdraw its last troops….

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