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Pentagon identifies two airmen killed in plane crash in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 30, 2020)

The Pentagon Wednesday released the names of two officers of U.S. Air Force who were killed in the crash of their Bombardier E-11A electronic surveillance plane in Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The officers were identified as Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam, and Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, New Hampshire. Voss was assigned to Air Combat Command headquarters at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. Phaneuf was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Defense said the cause of the crash is under investigation, but officials have said there is no indication the plane was downed by hostile action.

“I’m pretty confident there was no enemy action involved. Aircraft mishaps happen,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Wednesday at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia.

The remains of the two airmen were recovered from the crash site in Ghazni province by American forces on Tuesday.

McKenzie said that as far as he knows, the U.S. troops did not meet any resistance going to the site.

“The main resistance was from the weather, which was really significant back there,” he said, adding that “appropriate precautions” were taken in moving the recovery team to the site “because the last thing you want to do is have another mishap or have other people lose their lives in attempt to get up there.”

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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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UN says shelter supplies land at Uzbek border for northern Afghans

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)

The first of three planned aid flights landed in Uzbekistan on Friday, carrying shelter supplies to be taken by truck for tens of thousands of displaced people in Mazar-i-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan, the U.N. refugee agency said.

“The first flight landed in Termez,” UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told Reuters in a message from Kabul, referring to the Uzbek border town.

The flight carried 32 tonnes of relief supplies from UNHCR’s warehouse in Dubai – mainly shelter items, kitchen sets, plastic tarpaulin – or one-third of the cargo planned in the operation, he said. In all they will be distributed to 18,000 families or 126,000 people, he added.

“We are racing against time to give people assistance before winter … If you are out there in the open without any help that cold can kill you,” Baloch told a briefing earlier in the day.

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Daesh claims responsibility for mosque attack in Kandahar

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)

Islamic State (Daesh) claimed responsibility for a suicide bomber attack at a Shi’ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar which left dozens killed and injured, a statement posted by the group’s Amaq news agency said on Friday.

The statement added that two Daesh fighters shot the guards of the mosque dead, broke in and blew themselves up between two groups of worshippers, one of which consisted of around 300 people.

It was the second week in a row that Daesh militants bombed Friday prayers and killed dozens of worshippers.

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