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Dawlat Shah in Laghman falls to Taliban

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(Last Updated On: May 20, 2021)

Rahmatullah Yarmal, the governor of Laghman province, said Thursday morning Dawlat Shah district has fallen to the Taliban after security forces were forced to retreat.

He said the security forces had been under siege for several days.

A reliable source told Ariana News however that security forces stationed in the area held off the Taliban for a week but lacking supplies, they surrendered to the Taliban at around 6:45 am on Thursday.

The Taliban has confirmed that the district is under their control.

Meanwhile, sources said in the past 48 hours, seven security checkpoints in Alingar district, also in Laghman province, have come under Taliban control without any clashes having occurred.

So far there are no reports of casualties.

The Taliban has not yet commented.

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US democracy a broken model that failed to fit Afghanistan: China

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The US democracy is not an ideal model but a broken one, and forcing others to follow the US democracy will only make them detour or lead them astray, said China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Friday.

Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia, said laddt week that Washington is “trying to privatize the term ‘democracy'” and insists that only the democracy which the US believes in is true democracy, Reuters reported.

He added that Washington “prefers to create new dividing lines, to divide countries into those that — in their opinion — are good, and those that are bad”.

In response, Zhao said that Washington’s move of creating those dividing lines is simply distorting democracy.

“Mr. Peskov is right. Creating a dividing line of ‘democracy versus authoritarianism’ will only instigate ideological confrontation, which is completely distortion of and affront to democracy,” said Zhao.

Zhao said that the US democracy is not an exemplar model but a broken one, as evidenced by the Capitol riots that debunked the myth of the US democracy.

“A latest report by the Pew Research Center showed that the vast majority of American people expressed deep disappointment about their country’s political system. The US so-called ‘beacon of democracy’ has long collapsed,” said Zhao.

He said that the export of the US democracy has also proved a crushing defeat.

“Second, the export of the U.S. democracy is a fiasco. The US democracy failed to fit in Afghanistan, leading to the debacle of US forces’ withdrawal and the loss of more than 100,000 Afghan lives. The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ generated millions of refugees who have been displaced and homeless,” said Zhao.

He said that imposing the US democracy will only make others detour or lead them astray, Reuters reported.

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Senior IEA official voices concern over Daesh amid ongoing economic crisis

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) designated representative to UN, Suhail Shaheen, has warned the international community that the Afghanistan affiliate of ISIS (ISIS-K) could flourish if the West continues to impose economic sanctions against Afghanistan.

In an interview with Euro News, Shaheen stated that continued economic sanctions have plunged the people of Afghanistan into poverty and that this could pave the way for ISIS-K (also known as Daesh) to recruit fighters.

“The sanctions which have led to poverty in the country, are aggravating the current situation; the humanitarian crisis is providing a recruiting ground for ISIS to benefit from,” Shaheen said.

He added: “I don’t know why they (international community) are helping ISIS by continuing the sanctions and freezing our money which is the wealth of the people of Afghanistan.”

The United States has frozen over $9 billion of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves following the collapse of the former government in mid-August.

Since then, the US and its allies have also imposed strict economic sanctions on Afghanistan, which has exacerbated an already struggling, aid-dependent economy.

Meanwhile, an IEA delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met with officials from various Qatari ministries on Friday and discussed a wide range of issues.

Friday’s discussions come ahead of next week’s talks between the IEA delegation and the US special representative Thomas West.

IEA officials said that the Afghan and US delegations would discuss the release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets, humanitarian aid, education, and the reopening of embassies in Kabul among other issues.

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Xiaomi to open car plant in Beijing with annual output of 300,000 vehicles

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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp will build a plant that can produce 300,000 vehicles annually in Beijing for its electric vehicle unit, authorities in the capital said on Saturday.

The plant will be constructed in two phases and Xiaomi will also built its auto unit’s headquarters, sales and research offices in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone, the government-backed economic development agency Beijing E-Town said on its official WeChat account.

Beijing E-Town said it anticipated the plant reaching mass production in 2024, a goal announced by Xiaomi’s Chief Executive Lei Jun in October.

In March, Xiaomi said it would commit to investing $10 billion in a new electric car division over 10 years. The company completed the business registration of its EV unit in late August.

The company has been opening thousands of stores to spur domestic sales growth for its smartphone business but eventually intends to use these shops as a channel for its plans to sell electric vehicles.

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