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Iran’s Soleimani Killed in Airstrike – Baghdad

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(Last Updated On: January 3, 2020)

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport, Thursday, the Pentagon said.

In a statement late Thursday, the Pentagon stated that “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” It added Soleimani “had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months.”

The Defense Department added that U.S. forces conducted the attack at President Donald Trump’s directions.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran also confirmed the death of its high-profile general in a statement, Friday.

Alongside Soleimani, Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed in this attack.

Meanwhile, Mohsen Rezaee, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran tweeted that they will avenge this killing.

Soleimani, 59, has gained fame since the presence of the Iranian Quds Force in Iraq and later in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. His death will surely affect the political scene in international politics around the globe.

It is worth mentioning that last week thousands of protestors hailed over the US embassy in Baghdad. This was followed by Mark Esper, US secretary of defense’s announcement to deploy U.S. 750 soldiers to the Middle East.

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Russia recognizes IEA’s ‘efforts’ to stabilize Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has acknowledged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) efforts to stabilize Afghanistan after the delegation arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for talks.

Lavrov added that the Kremlin is “satisfied with the level of interaction with the new Afghan authorities”, while pointing the finger at Daesh (ISIS-K) and al-Qaeda for trying to take advantage of instability in Afghanistan, RT reported.

Russians meanwhile said earlier that they’re not going to recognize the IEA government until they are able to prove their commitments to the world, Anil Trigunayat, a former Russian diplomat, told Times Now on Wednesday.

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Khalilzad: Afghanistan is facing ‘great challenges ahead’

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

Zalmay Khalilzad said a day after his resignation as the US State Department’s special envoy for the Afghan reconciliation process that the country was facing major challenges

“US forces are out and the war for the United States is over, but this is not the final chapter,” he said in a series of tweets.

Khalilzad also said he remained committed to peace in Afghanistan and the region.

“I am committed to the possibility of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and in the wider region. This is what Afghans have yearned for more than 40 years. The United States stands with them,” Khalilzad added.

The Afghan-American diplomat said in the tweets that the United States, the international community and Afghan leaders would stay in touch and he welcomed Thomas West’s appointment as his successor.

He also thanked the US State Department, Defense and intelligence officials “who joined me on this mission “.

Khalilzad’s resignation came two months after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) took control of Kabul.

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IEA delegation arrives in Moscow for major talks on Afghanistan

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An Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi has arrived in Moscow for a key meeting in Afghanistan’s future.

The Russian embassy in Kabul said a major international meeting will be held Wednesday to focus on the situation in Afghanistan.

“Members of the Moscow format, including Afghanistan, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Central Asian countries and others, have been invited to attend the meeting,” the embassy said in a statement.

The statement added that the meeting, in which the conditions, including domestic politics, necessary to ensure the reconstruction of the country after the disputes in a broad sense will be discussed.

Eleven nations in total are expected to participate.

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