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‘Taliban Proved Has No Will for Peace’: Senators

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2019)

Following the stalemated peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, a number of Afghan senators on Sunday said that the Taliban has proved that “has no will for peace” in Afghanistan.

The members of Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of the parliament) said the peace talks with Taliban would not yield positive results after the armed group refused to talk with the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad.

They urged the government to increase military operations against the Taliban in the ongoing winter season.

“It has been cleared that the Taliban has no will for peace and military operations proved effective against them. These operations should continue so that the Taliban feel the pressure and enter into the peace process,” said Senator Mohaiyuddin Munsif.

“Taliban does not believe in peace. The peace talks are only a deception of the government and the security forces, especially in the winter season,” said Senator Gulalai Akbari. “Peace talks will not yield results because there is no honesty but lie.”

The senators stressed that the countries which have security agreements with Afghanistan should deliver on their promises.

The Meshrano Jirga members made the remarks as they were expected to go for a 45-day winter break.

This comes as the U.S. officials have so far held at least three round of talks with the Taliban representatives including in Qatar and UAE to make way for direct peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

However, the Taliban has rejected the repeated requests from regional powers to sit for negotiation with the Afghan government, asserting the U.S. is their main adversary.

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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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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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