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CIA Chief Says to Move Peace Talks Taliban Must Have No Hope of Winning

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2017)

U.S. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says for peace talks in Afghanistan to move ahead the Taliban must have no hope of winning on the battlefield.

Speaking at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an American think tank, Pompeo emphasized that the United States can draw the Taliban into peace talks only if Pakistan avoid giving them safe havens on its soil.

The United States “is going to do everything we can, to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, with the Taliban having zero hope that they can win this thing on the battlefield,” he said.

He added,” to do that you cannot have a safe haven in Pakistan.”

In addition, he pointed to the recovery of  U.S.-Canadian couple who were kidnapped by Haqqani militants in Afghanistan in 2012, saying this family were held in captivity in Pakistan for five years.

“We had a great outcome last week when we were able to get back four U.S. citizens who had been held for five years inside of Pakistan,” he stated.

Earlier Pakistani officials had claimed that American Caitlan Cloeman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were rescued in Pakistan shortly after they crossed over from Afghanistan.

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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