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Survey Finds U.S. 17 Years War in Afghanistan A “Failure”

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(Last Updated On: October 7, 2018)

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that the U.S. has failed than succeeded in achieving its goals after 17 years of war in Afghanistan.

The Pew survey, conducted September 18-24 among 1,754 US adults, showed that 49 percent believe the US has mostly failed to achieve its goals in the Afghan War, with 35 percent saying it’s mostly succeeded. Approximately 16 percent of survey participants said they didn’t know if the US has failed or succeeded.

Further, only 45 percent of respondents said the US made the right decision back in 2001 to use military force to respond to the September 11 attacks, and 39 percent said it was the wrong decision. That’s down from 69 percent in 2006 who approved of the US response, and 83 percent in 2002, a few months after the war began.

Meanwhile, the former National Security Adviser, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta declared that the new strategy of Donald Trump’s administration had no positive result in Afghanistan.

“The new strategy of U.S. toward Afghanistan has not changed the security situation in Afghanistan and there is still instability in the country,” Spanta said.

However, analysts are said to believe that the main problem of Afghanistan’s war is Pakistan’s support from terrorists.

American experts also believe that the U.S. government has no plans to pull American troops from Afghanistan because the years-long war in the country provides the Pentagon with an “endless” source of money.

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EU reaffirms commitment to support Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 30, 2020)

The EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) has adopted conclusions reaffirming the EU’s political commitment to support the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security, stability, democracy, prosperity, and self-reliance.

The council said in a statement that the EU will condition its future political and financial support to ensure that the republican, democratic, and values-based principles are protected and further promoted. 

“The conclusions also reiterate the EU’s support for a negotiated political settlement leading to lasting peace and reconciliation, which must build on the democratic and human rights achievements of the past 19 years,” the statement said.

In its conclusions, the Council calls on the Taliban to build trust and confidence allowing the prompt start of intra-Afghan negotiations based on the sufficient numbers of prisoners already released. 

“The Taliban should respect both the spirit and letter of their bilateral agreement with the government of the United States signed in Doha on 29 February 2020. In this regard, the EU strongly condemns attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel and facilities, including the horrific attack at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul of 12 May,” the statement noted.

The conclusions stress that the EU stands ready to provide political and financial support for the people of Afghanistan by:

  1. Supporting the Geneva Ministerial Pledging Conference
  2. Strengthening EU assistance for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Using all instruments available in full cooperation and complementarity with the UN, NATO and regional partners, to contribute to the stabilization of the country
  4. Supporting institutional reform and capacity-building, including in the sectors of security and defense, based on the principles of democratic governance and human rights
  5. Assisting with the reintegration of former fighters as well as their families, the victims of conflict and the most vulnerable, including through specialized child protection programs
  6. Promoting regional cooperation, stability, peace, trade and sustainable connectivity in line with “Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy” as adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council in October 2018
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Police arrest irresponsible armed men, rescue woman – Takhar

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(Last Updated On: May 30, 2020)

Afghan forces have arrested a group of irresponsible armed men in operation in Takhar province, rescuing a woman, police confirmed.

The operation was conducted in Pir Kanda Kaw, Persian name, area in Farkhar district of the province on Friday night.

Khalil Asir, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that the gang’s head was shot dead in fire exchanges and six members of the bands were detained by police. 

Asir added that a woman – Kabul’s resident – who was abducted by the gang has been rescued.

Meanwhile, Afghan forces have seized a number of weapons and ammo of the group during the raids.

The band was involved in murders, armed robbery, kidnappings, and harassment of people, Police further said.

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ATN employee Sulaiman Yousufi dies of Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

COVID19 took the life of an employee of the Ariana International Television Network.

Sulaiman Yousufi, an employee of Ariana News and Ariana TV, died of coronavirus today.

Mr. Sulaiman Yousufi was infected by the Coronavirus a few days ago and died early today after severe suffering from respiratory troubles.

Yousufi had been working in the transportation department of Ariana TV and Ariana News for over a decade.

He is survived by a son and two daughters.

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