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MoD probes claims of civilian casualties in Kandahar airstrike

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(Last Updated On: December 13, 2020)

The Afghan security forces Saturday conducted an airstrike in Arghandab district of southern Kandahar province, aimed at targeting a Taliban gathering in the area.

There are however conflicting reports about casualties resulting from the air raid.

Local residents stated that at least seven members of a family were killed in the airstrike while the Taliban claimed that at least 13 civilians including children were killed in the raid.

The relatives of the family, however, told Ariana News that 11 people – including seven children, two women, and two men – were killed in the airstrike.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement that it would investigate the claims of civilian casualties in the airstrike.

“A joint delegation from the 205 Atal Corps, Kandahar Police Headquarters, and Arghandab local officials is probing the issue,” the statement read.

“Protecting the lives and property of civilians is a top priority for the Defense and Security entities,” the MoD noted.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned an airstrike in Kandahar’s Arghandab district that reportedly killed 7 members of a family, including children, & said it was a crime against humanity.

President Karzai said the only way to save the country from the current crisis is for the intra-Afghan peace talks to be successful.

This comes after heavy clashes, which are still ongoing, in several districts including Zheri, Arghandab, Maiwand, and Shah Walikut in the past month.

Officials stated, so far, 6,500 people have been displaced due to the ongoing clashes between the Afghan forces and the insurgents.

The MoD stated that the Taliban stormed outposts of Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) in Dand, Zheri, Arghandab, Maiwand, and Shah Walikut but faced resistance by Afghan forces.

At least 51 Taliban fighters were killed and nine others wounded in the skirmishes, the MoD added.

The Taliban has not made any comment in this regard.

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Pentagon offers payment to families of victims of botched drone strike

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)

The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan in August in the final days before American troops withdrew from the country.

The U.S. Defense Department said it made a commitment that included offering ex-gratia condolence payments, in addition to working with the U.S. State Department in support of the family members who were interested in relocation to the United States.

The Pentagon had said the strike targeted an Islamic State (Daesh) suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops as they completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The intelligence failure raised hard questions about future risks, particularly whether the United States can keep track of threats from Afghanistan without a presence in the country.

The confirmation of civilian deaths provided further fuel to critics of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, which generated the biggest foreign policy crisis yet for President Joe Biden’s administration.

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NASA probe will study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)
NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets. Matthew Larotonda reports.
 
NASA launched a new space probe on Saturday (October 16) morning in a special 12-year mission designed to visit more asteroids than ever before.

It focuses on the Trojan asteroids, which are two large clumps of space rocks orbiting the sun. One floats ahead of Jupiter and the other behind it.

Scientists believe the rocks are leftovers from the formation of our solar system.

The probe is called “Lucy” and NASA hopes it will help us learn more about our solar system’s history.

The asteroids are also rich in carbon compounds, and may provide insights into organic materials and life on Earth.

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Turkey could run Kabul airport, says Erdogan

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)

Having previously run Kabul airport, Turkey can take similar steps in the future with Qatar and Afghanistan if the three countries reach a deal, the Turkish president said on Friday.

“So far, we have had a lot of effort in Afghanistan’s infrastructure and superstructure … We were operating the Kabul Airport. In the future, if agreements can be reached, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, we can take such steps,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.

About the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s recent visit to Turkey, Erdogan said the group asked for humanitarian aid and “made requests concerning the functionality of new process in Afghanistan.”

Erdogan vowed to provide “all manner of support” to the Afghan people as long as the interim administration “takes a just stance in protecting the rights of the Afghan people.”

He said the IEA should also take a fair stance in their relations with Turkey.

An IEA delegation visited Turkey on Thursday to discuss bilateral issues, as well as cooperation on the future of Afghanistan.

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