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Khalid Praises Afghan Forces for Breaking Taliban Prison

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(Last Updated On: April 29, 2019)

The Afghan Minister of Defense Asadullah Khalid on Saturday said Afghan forces will achieve a dignified peace by fighting at the battlefields.

Speaking at a ceremony in a military base, Khalid said Afghan forces want a peace that preserves the gains of the past 18 years and will support any efforts for peace.

“There is nothing to worry about rumors like the elimination of our army or peace in a way that [Taliban] describe. We want a dignified peace for you soldiers that you strive for your country every day and night,” Khalid said while speaking to a group of captives released from a Taliban prison in the south of Afghanistan.

Minister Khalid further called on Afghan politicians to stop interfering in military affairs, adding that the Afghan forces are game-changers now.

“Taliban announced their operation under the name of Al-Fath. They are misusing from peace meetings. They also broadcasting propaganda such as laser weapons, night vision goggles and many more while there is nothing,” he added.

At the same event, Khanullah Shuja a senior commander of the Afghan army said that special forces have released 53 captives including 8 civilians from a Taliban prison in Dai Chupan district of Zabul province.

According to the official, the released captives included four commandos, four policemen, four local policemen, 32 soldiers, a soldier from the National Directorate of Security, and eight civilians.

“I was in Taliban’s prison for 11 months. I haven’t seen my father, bother or my home. I’m very happy that I’m going back home,” said Janan, a resident of Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar province who was released by government forces from a Taliban prison in Zabul.

“Taliban were not behaving well with us. They were physically beating us every night,” said Hussamuddin, an army soldier.

Military officials praised the support of the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in rescuing the inmates.

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Angry protesters take to streets over police brutality – USA

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

Clashes between the police and the protesters over George Floyd’s death in police custody have been intensified, western news outlets report.

As demonstrations escalated in several US cities, protesters in Minneapolis met a more determined response from police officers and National Guard troops.

Reports show that several other US states have activated National Guard troops.

Reports show that several other US states have called in National Guard troops to help quell the protests, some of which have turned violent.

Cities nationwide have also implemented curfews, but protesters appear undeterred.

It is noteworthy that Floyd died on Monday after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck.

The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; however, the other officers have not been charged.

According to reports, protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have pledged to continue until all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, are charged.

In the meantime, the US President Donald Trump has ordered Pentagon to put military police on alert, saying they may be deployed to Minnesota.

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Children among 9 killed in Herat traffic accident

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

At least nine people including children and women were killed in a traffic accident in western Herat province, a local official confirmed.

The incident happened on Saturday night after a small vehicle collided with a truck in Herat-Kandahar highway in the Adraskan district of the province.

Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that three women, hour children, and two men were killed in the accident.

According to Farhad, all the victims were Kapisa’s residents.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads. 

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SpaceX, NASA successfully launch astronauts into space

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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2020)

A spacecraft of SpaceX – a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company – carrying two NASA astronauts soared into outer space Saturday.

The liftoff took place at 3:22 p.m. local time on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US, marking the country’s first human travel into Earth’s orbit from US soil in the last decade.

“Today’s launch also marks the start of the commercial crew era of U.S. human spaceflight,” NASA said in a statement.

“What a great day for NASA, what a great day for SpaceX, and what a great day for the United States of America,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “It’s been nine years since we’ve launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, and now we have done it again.”

It is SpaceX’s final test flight to validate its crew transportation system, including the Crew Dragon, Falcon 9, launch pad, and operations capabilities, NASA added.

“During the mission, the crew and SpaceX mission controllers will verify the performance of the spacecraft’s environmental control system, displays, and control system, maneuvering thrusters, autonomous docking capability, and more,” the organization noted.

According to the statement, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with SpaceX and Boeing to design, build, test, and operate safe, reliable, and cost-effective human transportation systems to low-Earth orbit.

The United States hasn’t launched its own astronauts into space since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011. Since then, NASA’s astronauts have had to travel to Russia and train on the country’s Soyuz spacecraft, CNN reported.

The spacecraft is expected to dock with the International Space Station around at 10:29 a.m. local on Sunday.

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