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Biden marks 10th anniversary of Osama bin Laden raid

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Marking the 10th anniversary of the raid on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, US President Joe Biden said on Sunday night that the event was a moment he will never forget.

He also acknowledged the intelligence community who tracked him down and the skill of US forces who conducted the raid.

In a statement issued by the White House, Biden said: “Ten years ago, I joined (former) President Obama and members of our national security team, crowded into the Situation Room to watch as our military delivered long-awaited justice to Osama bin Laden.

“It is a moment I will never forget – the intelligence professionals who had painstakingly tracked him down; the clarity and conviction of President Obama in making the call; the courage and skill of our team on the ground. It had been almost ten years since our nation was attacked on 9/11 and we went to war in Afghanistan, pursuing al-Qaeda and its leaders.

“We followed bin Laden to the gates of hell – and we got him. We kept the promise to all those who lost loved ones on 9/11: that we would never forget those we had lost, and that the United States will never waver in our commitment to prevent another attack on our homeland and to keep the American people safe,” Biden said.

He went on to state that now, as a result of those efforts, an end to America’s longest war and the full withdrawal of troops is in sight.

He also said al-Qaeda has largely been wiped out in Afghanistan.

“But the United States will remain vigilant about the threat from terrorist groups that have metastasized around the world. We will continue to monitor and disrupt any threat to us that emerges from Afghanistan. And we will work to counter terrorist threats to our homeland and our interests in cooperation with allies and partners around the world.”

He also said: “I want to give my enduring thanks to the service members who executed the raid at great personal risk and the public servants across our government who made our mission a success ten years ago. We will continue to honor all the brave women and men, our military, our intelligence and counterterrorism professionals, and so many others, who continue their extraordinary work to keep the American people safe today. They give their best to our country, and we owe them an incredible debt of gratitude.”

Bin Laden, the founder and first leader of al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, shortly after 1 am, by United States Navy SEALs.

The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was carried out in a CIA-led operation with Joint Special Operations Command.

The operation ended a nearly 10-year search for bin Laden, following his role in the September 11 attacks on the United States.

The raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was launched from Afghanistan and US military officials said that after the raid US forces took the body of bin Laden to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic tradition.

Al-Qaeda confirmed the death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing.

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Pakistani politician says his efforts to improve Afghanistan relations watered down

The politician warned that deterioration of relations with Afghanistan is not in the interest of his country.

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Fazl-ur-Rehman, head of Pakistan’s Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party, has said that he made efforts to improve relations between Kabul and Islamabad, but they are now being watered down.

The politician warned that deterioration of relations with Afghanistan is not in the interest of his country.

“I made my efforts to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and I say with full confidence and in front of everyone that we returned with success (from Afghanistan). We opened the way for cooperation between the two countries in all sectors. Now these efforts are watered down. Why? For whose pleasure? For the benefit of Pakistan? Definitely not,” he said in a press conference.

Fazl-ur-Rehman visited Kabul in January and met with the officials of the Islamic Emirate. He asked the governments of both sides to put an end to their tensions and solve the existing problems through diplomatic means.

Islamabad claims that attacks in Pakistan are orchestrated in Afghanistan, but the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) denies this, saying it is not responsible for security failure of Pakistan.

 

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Nearly 1 billion AFN invested in mines so far this year: officials

They stated that efforts are underway to attract large investments in the mining sector.

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Officials from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) say nearly one billion AFN have been invested in small and large mines since the beginning of the 1403 solar year.

The ministry officials said that since then, they have signed small and large contracts, the volume of which reaches one billion AFN.

The officials added that all mining contracts have been signed with domestic companies.

They stated that efforts are underway to attract large investments in the mining sector.

“On a small scale, the total value of all these investments is 500 million AFN. Similarly, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has two large-scale contracts this year, one of which is the Jagdalak ruby mine in Kabul and the barite mine in Herat province where the mining contract for this mine had also been signed with a domestic company,” said Homayoun Afghan, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Officials from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) have stated that there is a good opportunity to invest in the mining sector and interest in investing has increased.

“Especially in the mining sector, there are many developments and the work is good. The mine goes abroad a lot. From 2 billion exports, most of them are minerals, which are not rare, but semi-precious minerals,” said Khanjan Alkozi, a member of the ACCI.

“But in general, foreign and domestic traders are interested in investing in agriculture, production, mines and processing,” he added.

Meanwhile, economic analysts believe that if the Islamic Emirate creates more facilities for private investors, domestic and foreign investments will expand in the country, and along with the increase in government income, employment opportunities will be provided for thousands of citizens.

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IEA seeks political and economic relations with world, its leader says

He stated that under the governance of the Islamic Emirate, the Sharia rights of all citizens are ensured and protected.

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Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada, leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), in a message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha has said that IEA seeks to establish political and economic relations with the world within the framework of Sharia.

“The Islamic Emirate seeks to establish political and economic relations within the framework of Sharia, particularly with Islamic countries, and has fulfilled its obligations in this regard,” Akhundzada said.

He called on investors and traders to invest in various sectors for further economic development and to alleviate the economic difficulties faced by the people.

IEA leader told the citizens that it is their responsibility to “protect, nurture and serve our Sharia-based system.”

Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada advised officials to “keep the doors open to the public, execute their duties efficiently and promptly, and never treat the people in a manner that makes them feel alienated from the authorities.”

He stated that under the governance of the Islamic Emirate, the Sharia rights of all citizens are ensured and protected. “No individual can commit injustice or aggression against others; oppression is prevented, and the rights of the oppressed are upheld.”

Although the leader of the Islamic Emirate did not say anything about the issue of girls’ education; but he noted that “significant measures have been taken to elevate religious practices and to expand and strengthen religious centers.”

In the message, IEA leader also condemned “the Israeli Zionist attacks and oppression on women, children, and innocent Muslims in Gaza and other regions of Palestine.”

“We call on other countries to fulfill their obligations effectively to prevent these heinous crimes and brutal atrocities,” he added.

 

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