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Influential US senator has underlined the need for including women in negotiations to enforce peace in Afghanistan and chart a better future for the country.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen issued the call in response to a query at a foreign relations hearing on Wednesday as to how women would be included in governing a post-war Afghanistan.
WCAX TV channel quoted Shaheen as sharing experiences from her last month’s visit to Afghanistan. After 40 years of war, the Afghans wanted peace and desired to retain their rights, she added.
“They want to see the Afghan Constitution that was put in place after the overthrow of the Taliban that preserves human rights for all Afghans, particularly for women.
“They don’t want to go back to that time when women couldn’t work, when there was no freedom of movement, when girls couldn’t go to school.
“That is not a future stable Afghanistan,’” said Shaheen.
Iran is an active threat to American interests as it sows chaos in the Middle East, but the White House would “of course” welcome the opportunity to negotiate with Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday.
Speaking with CNBC’s Hadley Gamble, America’s top diplomat said he’s seeing increased threats from Iran, and that President Donald Trump’s administration is reinforcing its capacity to respond to any offensive action from Iran. That’s why, according to Pompeo, the U.S. deployed a carrier strike group and other weaponry to the region.
“We’ve done all the right things to increase our security posture to the best of our ability,” Pompeo said, “but we also want to make sure that we had deterrent forces in place, so in the event that Iran decided to come after an American interest — whether that be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Yemen, or any place in the Middle East — we were prepared to respond to them in an appropriate way. ”
We’re not going to miscalculate: Our aim is not war, our aim is a change in the behavior of the Iranian leadership.
Despite the greater military presence in the region, the secretary of state stressed that the U.S. isn’t looking for a fight — and it wouldn’t stumble into one either.
“We’re not going to miscalculate: Our aim is not war, our aim is a change in the behavior of the Iranian leadership. We hope the Iranian people will get what they finally want, and what they so richly deserve,” he said. “The forces that we’re putting in place, the forces that we’ve had in the region before — you know, we often have carriers in the Persian Gulf — but the president wanted to make sure that, in the event something took place, we were prepared to respond to it in an appropriate way.”
Pompeo added that he has prepared diplomatic options so that Trump has choices “in the event that the Iranians make a bad decision.”
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan has called to find out the reasons behind the murder of Mina Mangal and said that the government should find out whether her murder is related to her media work or not.
Nai said on Sunday that Ms. Mangal’s murder has caused concerns in the journalist community.
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan called the increase of violence against journalists disturbing and regrettable.
Mina Mangal, an adviser at Afghan lower house’s cultural commission and former TV presenter was killed in Police District 8 of Kabul on Saturday morning. Her murder has received international concern about the status of security of journalists.
Local officials reported that 40 Taliban insurgents including a Pakistani citizen were killed and wounded over the past 24 hours in Ghazni province.
As a result of Afghan forces and Resolute Support Mission during the past 24 hours in the center and districts of Andar and Nawa of Ghazni province, 23 Taliban insurgents were killed and 17 wounded and another insurgent was arrested, media office of Ghazni province said on Saturday.
Ghazni press office added that during the operation a large number of weapons and ammunition were seized by security forces in these operations.
Ghazni press office emphasized that, in past two days, NDS personnel of Ghazni province arrested 4 individuals in connection with terrorist activities from surrounding of the province.
The Ministry of Defense wrote in a statement that 11 Taliban terrorists and four Pakistani terrorists were killed in Ghazni province in an operation by Afghan commandos. The operation was conducted in Gosfandi village in Ghazni city. Afghan Commando’s have seizes documents, weapons and vehicles.
Ministry of Interior also released a statement saying that the ANP and ANA discovered and defused four roadside bombs during overnight search operation in Chin Afghani village, Pust Rod district of Farah.
Additionally, MoI informed that 13 Taliban militants were killed and nine others injured in a clash with ANP in Nadir Khan village, Maruf district of Kandahar.
Finally, five Taliban insurgents and five Taliban mine planters were killed and two others injured while they were planting a roadside bomb in Char Dara district of Kunduz.
The Islamic State terror group has claimed to have established a new “province” in India, the first of its kind announcement that came after clashes between militants and security forces in Kashmir on May 10.
The Arabic name of the new branch is “Wilayah of Hind” (India Province), the dreaded terror outfit, (also known as ISIS and ISIL), said through its Amaq News Agency.
A senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer has rejected the claim.
Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intel Group that tracks Islamic extremists, said: “ISIS declares its new “Hind Province” while claiming clashes with Indian forces in Amshipora”.
The announcement of the new branch is seen as part of ISIS strategy to give the impression of strengthening its global affiliations following the territorial losses in the Middle East.
Such a strategy was highlighted by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the past.
The brief ISIS statement of May 10 via the messaging app Telegram said that the Islamic State militants using machine guns had clashed with the Indian security forces in the village of Amshipora in Kashmir’s Shopian district, killing or injuring a number of them.
The High Peace Council (HPC) has announced that Mohammad Omar Daudzai, the head of the secretariat of HPC and representative of president is headed to Germany with a high-level government delegation.
Daudzai will meet and talk with senior German officials about Afghan peace process and expansion of international consensus on peace, the High Peace Council said in a statement on Sunday.
HPC further stated that Mr. Daudzai will visit Delhi after meeting with German officials to discuss the Afghan peace process with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and a number of other Indian officials.
National Directorate of Security has announced that Taliban shadow district governor for Faiz Abad district has been arrested in Jawzjan province.
Mawlavi Obaidullah, under nickname of Hanafi, the shadow district governor of Taliban insurgents for Faiz Abad district of Jawzjan province was arrested, said NDS in a statement on Sunday.
The statement added that the detained individual wanted to go to Sheberghan city to carry out terrorist activities which was identified and arrested by NDS special forces.
Ministry of Agriculture has announced that the process of distributing agricultural loans to farmers has begun in Bamyan province.
The process of distributing loans to farmers has begun in Bamyan province through which AFN 152 million loan is supposed to be dispersed for the farmers, said Ministry of Agriculture on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Tahir Zahir, Governor of Bamyan province expressed hope at the initiation of distribution of agricultural loans, saying that the farmers will utilize this program to produce and supply agricultural products specially potatoes of Bamyan.
Abdul Wahab Mohammadi, Director of Agriculture Directorate of the province attributed the distribution of agricultural loans to increase in production and fertilization of potato fields.
It is said that this program covers a total of 1444 farmers in forms of 53 groups that cover more than 7300 acres of cultivated land which will be implemented in Waras, Punjab, Shibar and Yakawlang districts of Bamyan province.
Acting Interior Minister Andarabi made some remarks regarding security situation in Afghanistan saying, “We have prepared new roadmap to identify criminals”.
Andarabi encouraged people to cooperate with the police in capturing criminals and emphasized on increasing public awareness among the people.
He said that the security forces have inflicted huge damage and loss to the Taliban by destroying their drug factories in Farah province.
Security officials have reported the death of deputy intelligence chief of the Kama district of Nangarhar province.
Speaking to Reporterly on Sunday, Ahmad Farid spokesman of Nangarhar police command said that the local police official was killed on Saturday night by unknown individuals in Kama district of Nangarhar province.
Ahmad Farid added that in another incident, the vehicle of police chief of Bihsod district of Nangarhar province was targeted by a roadside mine on Saturday night resulting in injury of a policeman.
Security officials reported that 20 Taliban insurgents were killed and injured in Uruzgan province.
As a result of joint operation of commando forces conducted on Saturday night in Tirin Kut city, the capital of Uruzgan province, 12 Taliban insurgents were killed and 8 others were wounded, said Special Operation Corps on Sunday.
Special Operation Corps added that an IED factory was destroyed in the operation and some weapons were also confiscated by security forces.