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Donald Trump Not Content With Continuing Afghan War As Before

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(Last Updated On: August 8, 2017)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump would not be content with continuing the war in Afghanistan as before.

Speaking in Manila on the sidelines of a regional security forum, Rex Tillerson said President Donald Trump has asked his advisers “tough questions” about American strategy in Afghanistan.

“The president is not willing to accept that, so he is asking some tough questions,” Tillerson told reporters.

Trump’s national security team is reviewing the war plan in Afghanistan and Vice President Mike Pence has joined Trump in taking a close interest in the strategy review.

“The president is asking some very, very pointed questions, and I think good questions that he should be asking,” Tillerson said.

“And perhaps these are questions that no-one has been willing to raise in the past,” he continued.

“So we want to give him good thorough answers and good thorough analysis to go with that — a very clear-eyed view, a very realistic view of what the future is likely to look like.”

However, Afghan analysts are said to believe that the United States is not honest in its commitments to Afghanistan and the country’s situation will not be changed until terrorist safe havens not targeted in Pakistan.

Analysts warned that the delay in announcement of US new strategy toward Afghanistan will have adverse consequences.

“US strategy toward Afghanistan is not an effective one and its war strategy is also a failed strategy. Considering the recent formed coalitions in Afghanistan, the US expects what will be the situation of northern parts in the future,” said Muhammad Hakim Torsan, a military analyst.

Senator Muhammad Azim Qoyash also said, “US war strategy has been failed and it should have a great strategy to change the situation in Afghanistan, otherwise, it will be failed again.”

In the meantime, the Afghan government called for world’s joint fighting against terrorism and stressed if the root of the terrorist threat is strengthened in Afghanistan, no country will remain secure.

“Joint fighting against terrorism is very important, the terrorist groups are trying to change Afghanistan into a terrorist center which the efforts of the donor countries and their military presence in here are essential,” said Sidiq Sidiqi, head of government’s media center.

Afghan analysts believe that Afghan military forces should be fully equipped that Afghanistan can see a change in the security situation.

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Exiled Afghan politicians form council, call for talks with IEA

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2022)

A number of exiled Afghan politicians recently gathered in Turkey’s capital Ankara where they formed a council and called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to engage in talks with them.

The politicians met at the residence of former vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum and included Abdu Rab-ur-Rasool Sayyaf, Atta Mohammad Noor, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Karim Khalili, Ahmad Wali Masoud, Mohammad Alam Ezidyar and Mir Rahman Rahmani.

Ehsan Nero, a spokesman for Dostum, said that the meeting was held to exchange views on how “we could change the challenging situation in Afghanistan.”

While urging talks with IEA, the politicians issued a statement and declared support for the conflict that is underway in some provinces in the country.

“Such a large meeting was held in Turkey with the Turkish police providing security. They will meet again in Austria two weeks later and then in Geneva. There is certainly something fishy going on,” said Ahmad Saeedi, a political analyst.

Habibullah Janibdar, another political analyst, however, said that such meetings would not help Afghanistan as Afghans have already tested these politicians.

The IEA meanwhile has already formed a commission to encourage Afghans in exile to return home.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the IEA, said that the “door for talks is already open.”

“We have no problems with any Afghan. We would welcome anyone returning. They would be protected. They would be respected. Their wealth would be safe,” Mujahid said.

“But Allah forbid, if they intend to start a war, then obviously Afghans won’t allow it,” Mujahid warned.

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IEA claims it supports local media but urges them to stick to Islamic values

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said Thursday it will support and cooperate with media outlets and journalists, both local and foreign, but urged them to observe Islamic principles and keep the interests of the country in mind.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the IEA’s spokesman said: “Today, the Media Violations Commission resumed its operations and the Information Access Commission will start its activities as soon as possible in the near future.”

He said the IEA is committed to supporting media outlets in the country in accordance with Sharia Law.

However, Mujahid urged media organizations to stick to Islamic values and principles in terms of broadcasting and publishing.

Mujahid said: “The government will continue to support media outlets financially and we will work to reduce the media’s problems to zero. We call on media officials to carry on their operations based on the principles of Islam.”

According to the Ministry of Information and Culture, currently, about 198 media outlets operate in the country, however, nearly 170 media organizations have closed down, largely due to financial constraints, since the collapse of the former government.

Many of these media organizations have lost staff who left Afghanistan after the US troops withdrawal while other, that were reliant on foreign donor money, lost all income.

Media support organizations have said that an estimated 6,000 media workers have left the country since the IEA take over.

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US looking to expand ties with Pakistan: Blinken

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday told Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari that US President Joe Biden’s administration was looking forward to working with the new government in Pakistan and discussed “expanding partnership” between the two countries.

The meeting took place in New York on the sidelines of the food security meeting that the US is hosting in collaboration with the UN.

The meeting between Bilawal and Blinken came against the backdrop of strained ties between Pakistan and the US. The relationship during the PTI government between the two countries remained tense and there had been further dip in ties when former premier Imran Khan directly held the US responsible for his ouster, Pakistan’s Tribune reported.

Blinken said the US was keen to expand partnership with Pakistan on a range of issues covering economic as well as regional security issues.

According to a State Department statement, Blinken met with Bilawal to affirm the shared desire for a strong and prosperous bilateral relationship.

“The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed expanding partnership in climate, investment, trade, and health as well as people-to-people ties,” the statement read.

It further said the two foreign ministers underscored the importance of US-Pakistan cooperation on regional peace, counterterrorism, Afghan stability, support for Ukraine, and democratic principles.

The foreign minister added that as the current chair of the G77 and China, Pakistan welcomed the support of the UN secretary general to the objectives pursued by the developing countries at the global organisation.

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