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U.S. Agenda Is Not Stability of Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai

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(Last Updated On: June 26, 2017)

Afghan former President, Hamid Karzai says the United States agenda is not for the stability of Afghanistan, if it was, now we witnessed a secure Afghanistan with less extremism.

“The U.S. agenda is not the stability of Afghanistan. Had that been the agenda, Afghanistan would has been stable by now. The agenda as it is showing now was not to fight extremism effectively. Had that been the agenda, 15 years on wars, we would have been more secure and there would have been less extremism in Afghanistan. While the U.S had its presence in Afghanistan, we saw the growth of Daesh,” Afghan Ex-President, Hamid Karzai said.

Karzai accepts the security situation is deteriorating in Afghanistan and calls U.S. flawed and misplaced operations under the name of fighting terrorism it the main reason for it.

” Unfortunately, the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. For a number of reasons, primarily the United States that came in the name of providing security to Afghanistan and in the name of campaigning against terrorism. It did not concentrate on what it should have done. 14 years were spent, rather than focusing on sanctuaries and focusing on the training grounds. They focused on bombing Afghan villages and hurting Afghan people, putting Afghans in prison,” Karzai said.

According to the former president, Afghan security forces have been poorly equipped and trained and fight against terrorism has not carried out with a regional and global strategy.

” Poor training, poor equipment and the question of sanctuaries outside Afghanistan. US came to Afghanistan for the purpose to launch a campaign against extremism and terrorism, that purpose was not worked for, that needed a whole   strategy, the strategy of cooperation in the region, addressing the sanctuaries, financial resources coming to terrorists, building Afghan state capacity, building the Afghan economy and seeking cooperation from the region in this campaign. The U.S. concentrated on promoting an interest on agenda that run against the fight against terrorism,” he said.

Expressing gratitude from the initial good works of the US and its money spent in Afghanistan, Karzai said “we cannot deny the fact that there are more terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan and in the region.”

“What I am trying to say is that someone is training and equipping and financing these terrorist forces. Who is that someone? It is the job of the United States as they have claimed to be fighting extremism. How come the more they fight extremism, the more there is of extremism. so there is something wrong. If we go back a little into the past, the United States and its allies used extremism as a tool against the former Soviet Union,” Karzai noted.

He further added that the United States honestly end the war in Afghanistan in cooperation with Russia, Iran, China, India and Pakistan.

By: Muhammad ZackArya

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Suicide car bomb in Somali capital kills at least 8: official

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(Last Updated On: September 25, 2021)

A suicide car bomb killed at least eight people in the Somali capital on Saturday near the president’s palace, police said.

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said it was behind the attack, which targeted a convoy going into the palace.

Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden Hassan told reporters at the scene of the blast that casualties could be higher, since some of the dead and wounded had been taken away by their relatives.

Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the government spokesperson, said among those killed was Hibaq Abukar, an advisor of women and human rights affairs in Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble’s office.

It was not immediately clear if Abukar was in the convoy or if she just happened to be close by when the blast happened.

Al Shabaab wants to overthrow the government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law. The group frequently carries out such bombings.

A Reuters witness at the scene of the attack reported seeing seven cars and three rickshaws destroyed by the blast, and the whole junction covered in blood.

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China welcomes Huawei executive home, but silent on freed Canadians

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(Last Updated On: September 25, 2021)

Chinese state media welcomed telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, back to the “motherland” on Saturday, after more than 1,000 days under house arrest in Canada, on what they called unfounded charges of bank fraud.

But they have kept silent about Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians released from Chinese custody in an apparent act of reciprocation by Beijing.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV carried a statement by the Huawei executive, written as her plane flew over the North Pole, avoiding U.S. airspace.

Her eyes were “blurring with tears” as she approached “the embrace of the great motherland”, Meng said. “Without a strong motherland, I wouldn’t have the freedom I have today.”

Meng was arrested in December 2018 in Vancouver after a New York court issued an arrest warrant, saying she tried to cover up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran in breach of U.S. sanctions.

After more than two years of legal wrangling, she was finally allowed to leave Canada and fly back to China on Friday, after securing a deal with U.S. prosecutors.

Huawei, founded by Meng’s father Ren Zhengfei, said in a statement that it “looked forward to seeing Ms. Meng returning home safely to be reunited with her family.” It said it would continue to defend itself against U.S. charges.

Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, detained by Chinese authorities just days after Meng’s arrest, were released a few hours later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

State news agency Xinhua formally acknowledged the end of Meng’s house arrest on Saturday, attributing her release to the “unremitting efforts of the Chinese government”.

Hu Xijin, editor in chief of the Global Times tabloid backed by the ruling Communist Party, wrote on Twitter that “international relations have fallen into chaos” as a result of Meng’s “painful three years”.

He added, “No arbitrary detention of Chinese people is allowed.”

However, neither Hu nor other media have mentioned the release of Spavor and Kovrig, and reactions on China’s Twitter-like Weibo social media platform have been few and far between.

The foreign ministry has not commented publicly.

China has previously denied engaging in “hostage diplomacy”, insisting that the arrest and detention of the two Canadians was not tied in any way to the extradition proceedings against Meng.

Spavor was accused of supplying photographs of military equipment to Kovrig and sentenced to 11 years in jail in August. Kovrig had still been awaiting sentencing.

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Four kidnappers killed by IEA forces in hostage drama

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Herat security officials said four kidnappers had been killed in a clash with Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) forces on Saturday morning.

The incident happened during an operation to rescue a local man and his son who had been taken hostage by the kidnappers.

According to officials, the kidnapping happened in PD12 in Herat city and the hostages were then taken to PD14.

The officials did not give any further details.

IEA officials said both father and son were rescued.

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