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Karzai Blames U.S. Policies for Deteriorated Security in Afghanistan

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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has once again lashed out the United States, saying the U.S. “bad” policies “have deteriorated security in Afghanistan.

Speaking to delegates at an Institute Of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) event in India, Karzai said the object of the U.S. behind its intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 was to defeat terrorism, but it “did not happen”.

“The fundamental objective of the U.S. and western allies with them and the rest of the world that shared this object and shown help with this object with them, was the defeat of extremism and terrorism, but it did not happen,” Karzai said.

“In the area of security the United States and its allies, unfortunately, did not deliver what we and the world expected of them, the primary reason was beyond our borders, sanctuaries were created again for extremism and war, destruction and bombs were sent to Afghanistan,” he said.

Karzai who has been among the critics of the U.S. policies in Afghanistan healed his relationship with the U.S. government from 2002 to 2005.

“2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 were perfect years in our cooperation, they delivered on what they have promised, the Afghans delivered what we have promised and the rest of the world delivered with their promise. Afghanistan practically very much became the place of cooperation between civilizations,” he said.

However, he stated that after 2005 his government at the time witnessed the re-emerge of terrorist groups in the region that led the U.S. to bomb and raid Afghan homes.

“After 2005 begin to saw bombs coming, suicide bombers coming, and insecurity coming, and also we learned that the U.S. was doing things that we found strange and it were shocking to us, that why they are barging to Afghan homes at the time, why they are taking prisons into Bagram and other American bases, why they are bombing Afghan villages,” he said.  

“I was in talk with the U.S. in closed doors for years to stop its bad behaviors and to recognize that extremism and terrorism are not in Afghanistan but beyond our borders in Pakistan,” he added.

Referring to the recent deadly suicide bombing in the capital Kabul that left dozens of people killed, Karzai said that with the presence of the U.S., it was questionable that Daesh has taken responsibility for the attack.

“How come ISIS (Daesh) is there, this is exactly the point we are making, ISIS did not emerge during the Taliban government, ISIS did not emerge during my government when I was in a massive confrontation with the US. ISIS emerged in the past four years and during the maximum presence of the US military and intelligence in Afghanistan,” said Karzai. 

The former President Karzai’s remarks come as his critics reasoning him behind the ongoing security crisis in the country. 

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UK’s Halo Trust hires former Taliban fighters to clear mines 

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Hundreds of former Taliban fighters are exchanging their weapons for mine-detectors after being recruited to clear IEDs by British charity The Halo Trust. 

The former commander of British troops in Helmand province, who is now Halo’s chief executive, James Cowan, told the Daily Mail in an interview that although he had lost 64 of his soldiers to the Taliban, he felt they now shared a “common sense of purpose” and were “honourable” men.

The Halo Trust employs about 350 former Taliban insurgents and each earns £230 ($300) a month.

Cowan, meanwhile, has called on the UK government to pay for thousands more former Taliban fighters to clear landmines as such opportunities provide jobs. 

According to the Daily Mail, Cowan is backed by former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who said the UK has the potential to “bring thousands of former combatants into civilian life”.

Meanwhile, one Halo employee, Farid, who has worked for Halo for 30 years, said the charity currently employs around 2,300 de-miners. 

He said of those about 350 fought either with the Taliban or with an affiliated group. He also said that so far, Halo has destroyed about 850,000 mines. 

Farid also stated he “never felt any insecurity” working with the ex-insurgents because they went through strict vetting procedures. Only one of those employed by Halo had returned to the conflict after his training, he said adding that “fighting is not driven by ideology, it is driven by poverty”.

According to him the former insurgents were good workers and “know the landscape and the geography and we use them to clear their own communities.”

 

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انفجار ماین در کابل و کندهار پنج کشته و زخمی برجا گذاشت

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در دو رویداد جداگانه در کابل و ولایت کندهار دست کم پنج غیرنظامی کشته و زخمی شدند.

فرماندهی پولیس کابل امروز (دوشنبه، ۵ عقرب) می‌‌گوید که سه غیرنظامی در نتیجۀ انفجار یک ماین مقناطیسی در مربوطات حوزۀ ششم شهر کابل، زخم برداشته‌اند.

به گفته‌ی فرماندهی پولیس کابل این رویداد حوالی ساعت ۷:۳۵ صبح امروز در جادۀ شهر‌ک حاجی نبی (امید سبز)، هنگامی رخ داد که یک عراده واسطه نوع پرادو، هدف ماین مقناطیسی قرار گرفت.

این درحالی است که دریک رویداد جداگانه دیگر در ولایت کندهار دو غیرنظامی جان باختند.

مقام‌های امنیتی ولایت کندهار می‌گویند که در نتیجه‌ی انفجار یک ماین در ولسوالی شاولی کوت این ولایت دو غیرنظامی جان‌باختند. 

به گفته‌ی این مقام‌ها این انفجار بر موتر غیر نظامیان صورت گرفته است .

تا کنون هیچ گروهی مسوولیت این رویدادها را به عهده نه گرفته است.

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Imran Khan seeks ban on Islamophobic content on Facebook 

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting that the social media company ban Islamophobic content on its platform, similar to that in place for the Holocaust.

In a post on his Twitter page, Khan said: “My letter to CEO Facebook Mark Zuckerberg to ban Islamophobia just as Facebook has banned questioning or criticizing the holocaust.”

He then attached a copy of the letter sent to Zuckerberg.

In his letter he said: “I am writing to draw your attention to the growing Islamophobia that is encouraging hate, extremism and violence across the world and especially through the use of social media platforms including Facebook.” 

Khan said he appreciates Zuckerberg’s step to “rightly ban any posting that criticizes or questions the Holocaust, which was the culmination of the Nazi pogrom of the Jews in Germany and across Europe”. 

He said the world is witnessing a similar pogrom against Muslims.

“Unfortunately, in some states, Muslims are being denied their citizenship rights and their democratic personal choices from dress to worship,” he wrote.

 

This letter comes on the same day that Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron of “attacking Islam” after Macron’s anti-Islam comments. 

Macron on Wednesday accused Muslims of separatism and vowed not to give up cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammed – this in the wake of the beheading of a teacher, Samuel Paty near Paris after he had shown cartoons of the Prophet during a class he was leading on free speech.

Macron said he “was killed because Islamists want our future.”

In a series of tweets earlier Sunday, Imran Khan said Macron’s remarks would sow division. 

“This is a time when Pres Macron could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation,” Khan tweeted. 

“It is unfortunate that he has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists.”

“President Macron has attacked and hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims in Europe and around the world,” Khan stated. 

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