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Army Chief of Staff Warns Another Long-War Against Taliban

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The Afghan Army Chief of Staff, Qadam Shah Shahim, has called on Afghan Security Forces to be ready for another long war against the Taliban group and other insurgent groups.

Praising the security forces’ efforts, The Army Chief of Staff called the Afghan troops the only hope for elimination of terror groups, saying the Afghan Special Forces have weakened insurgent groups in the battlefields.

“Terrorists are thinking about the continuation of war. We fight until they do not regret war and their foreign supporters do not interfere in Afghanistan affairs,” said Afghan Army Chief of Staff, Qadam Shah Shahim.

Shahim stated the Taliban’s failure in its ‘Omari’ operation, Daesh’s defeat in eastern parts of Afghanistan and suppress of Taliban fighters in the red fronts war as the great achievements and records of Afghan forces in the past two years.

“The aims of terrorists were land occupation and transition of Quetta, Peshawar, Miranshah and other councils to Afghanistan, but they have failed,” Shahim added.

Previously, General Lloyd Austin III, the former commander of U.S. Central Command, said Afghanistan has made tremendous progress over the years, and it remains a “very, very worthy” security investment.

the Afghan Security Forces consist of 325,000 Afghans “And those forces are taking the fight to the enemy and they are providing for the security of the country,” Austin said.

Afghan conventional forces have proved to be highly capable fighters that routinely conduct combined arms operations with little to no coalition assistance.

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Key Taliban commanders among 16 killed in Baghlan, Badakhshan clashes

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At least 15 Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces in Baghlan-Samangan highway, police said.

In a statement released on Tuesday, police stated that the militants attacked and blocked the highway on Monday.

According to the statement, a combination of army, National Directorate of Security (NDS), police, and the special unit of police and air forces have launched a counterattack in the area.

At least 15 militants including a group’s key command – Qari Juma Gul – were killed in the air and ground raids, the statement said.

The Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, the insurgents attacked Pahn Dara, Persian name, area in Yaftal district of Badakhshan on Monday, and faced “resistance” by the Afghan security forces, Sanaullah Rohani, the provincial police spokesman said.

Rohani said, the Taliban designated judge for Yaftal was killed and two key commanders of the group were wounded as police pushed back the attack.

No casualties inflicted on the Afghan forces, he added.

The Taliban militant group yet to comment about the incidents.

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U.S. looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok: Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Monday that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

“I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.

U.S. lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China.

Pompeo’s remarks also come amid increasing U.S.-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, China’s actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.

TikTok, a short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance, was recently banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps after a border clash between India and China.

Reuters reported late on Monday that TikTok would exit the Hong Kong market within days, deciding to do so after China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.

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Car bomb kills public police commander – Nangarhar

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A local police commander was killed in a suicide attack in Khewa district of eastern Nangarhar province, a local official confirmed.

The incident took place at around 10:30 on Tuesday after an explosive-loaded vehicle went off at the Bazar of the district.

Mir Zaman, a local police commander for Kuz Kunar district of Nangarhar, along with two of his bodyguards were killed and eight more were wounded, Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar governor confirmed.

Immediately no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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