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U.S. Keeps an Eye on Afghanistan after Pullout: Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Afghanistan is a “dangerous place” and that the U.S. has to keep an eye on it.

“We are bringing some of our troops back.  But we have to have a presence,” stated Mr. Trump in a press conference with the Romanian President in the Oval Office, Washington, D.C.

During the conference, Mr. Trump once again stressed his ability to end Afghan war in a week, but shortly added, “I’m not looking to kill 10 million Afghans, because that’s what would have to happen, and I’m not looking to do that.”

Calling Afghanistan war ridiculous and the U.S role in it as police forces, U.S president said that they are working on a plan, and he doubts if the plan is going to be acceptable to him or to the Taliban, but good talks are going on, he assures.

However, in an interview, the spokesperson for The Taliban Political Office in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen told Ariana News that if all foreign forces do not leave Afghanistan, the recent developments in peace talks shall all be affected.

This comes as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad headed to Qatar for the ninth round of negotiations with the Taliban.

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50 civilians killed or wounded in Parwan, Zabul blasts

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(Last Updated On: May 10, 2021)

At least 50 civilians were killed or wounded in the past 24 hours in separate roadside bomb blasts across the country.

Local officials said that 11 civilians were killed and 28 others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast that targeted a passenger’s bus in Shahr-e-Safa district in the province on Sunday evening, Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

“The deads were taken to Zabul Hospital and the injured to Mirwais regional hospital in Kandahar,” Zabul provincial council head, Atta Jan Haqbayan.

In the other hand Zabul health officials said that they have received reports of 10 deads and 41 wounded from the incident.

According to the ministry, the blast happened in Muskan Camp area in the district after a private company bus was targeted by a roadside bomb.

Meanwhile, officials said that two civilians were killed and nine others including women and children were wounded in a separate roadside bomb blast that targeted a bus in Pul-e-Matak area in Jabul Saraj district of Parwan province this morning.

The victims were taken to a nearby hospital, provincial health officials said.

Ministry of Interior accuses the Taliban for the blast, added that” The Taliban have always targeted people by planting mines. The victims are women, children and the elderly.”

No group including the Taliban has so far claimed responsibility for the blasts.

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Taliban declares three-day ceasefire for Eid celebration

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Taliban group has announced a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan during Eid al-Fitr, the group said on Monday.

“Mujahideen have been instructed to stop all kinds of offensive operations across the country from the first to the third day of Eid-ul-Fitr,” Mohammad Naeem, the group spokesman said.

Insurgent fighters have been instructed to break the cease-fire only for self-defense and not to visit enemy areas or host Afghan security forces during the three-day Eid celebrations.  

“The Mujahideen must not visit enemy areas nor permit entrance of enemy personnel into Mujahideen controlled areas,” Naeem tweeted.

 The Taliban have previously declared nationwide Eid cease-fires but resumed fighting immediately after the festivities.  

The ceasefire declaration came two days after bombings outside a school in the western of Kabul, killed at least 68, most of them students, and injured more than 165 others.

President Ashraf Ghani has declared Tuesday a day of mourning for the victims bombing.

Afghan government said the Taliban was behind the attack.

But no group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Rights watchdog calls on govt to protect Hazaras against genocide

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The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said Sunday in a statement that the Afghan government has to grant special protection to Hazaras and the community in Dasht-e-Barchi.

The AIHRC said it was government’s duty to protect the Hazara community against crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or genocide.

The statement comes a day after a deadly bombing close to a girls high school in Dasht-e-Barchi killed 63 people and wounded 187.

The AIHRC stated that government has an obligation to “protect the population at risk of war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or genocide.”

“The Afghan government has an obligation under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law to protect the population at risk of war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or genocide and international law obliges the government to take measures to end and prevent genocide and war crimes, crimes against humanity and persecution on the basis of ethnicity and gender,” the statement read.

“In October 2020, just over six months ago, more than 40 students died in an attack on Kawsar Danish tutoring center. In May 2020, almost a year ago 11 mothers were murdered with their unborn babies, two boys were, and an Afghan midwife was killed, with 5 mothers injured; this is femicide and infanticide,” the statement highlighted.

The AIHRC stressed that the Afghan government should fulfill its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights “which includes acknowledging massacres targeting Hazaras.”

“The Afghan government should communicate immediately a human rights-based protection plan for Dasht-e-Barchi and West Kabul. This should include plans for collective reparations,” the organization said.

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