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IEA acknowledges 35th anniversary of withdrawal of Soviet Union

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(Last Updated On: February 15, 2024)

The Islamic Emirate wished the people of Afghanistan well on Thursday, February 15, which marked the 35th anniversary of the defeat and withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by the IEA, Afghanistan has been victorious on three occasions in the past 100 years – each time gaining its “freedom and independence”.

“The fact that our country was freed from the new occupation (August 2021) with Allah’s help for the third time, shows that the sense of independence of Afghans is still strong and they have a strong will and commitment to protect their religion and country,” read the statement.

The Islamic Emirate has said that aggressor countries will have learned a lesson after more than a hundred years and “will think hundreds of times before attacking our country again.”

The IEA said Afghans were a peaceful people, but war broke out due to the aggressions and terror of foreigners – resulting in years of suffering for Afghans.

The IEA meanwhile urged the people of Afghanistan to remain vigilant against conspiracies and to follow the path of their forefathers by protecting the freedom and independence of the country in light of “their strong commitment to Islam and national unity.”

On February 15, 1989, the Soviet Union (USSR) withdrew the last of its troops from Afghanistan, ending its nine-year occupation of the country.

The conflict is estimated to have led to the deaths of around one million civilians, Mujahideen fighters, and Soviet and Afghan soldiers.

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Afghanistan withdrawal probe sparks anxiety within Biden administration: US’s McCaul

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US Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, believes the probe into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has sparked anxiety within the Biden administration.

“Are we going to get scalps? I don’t know, but are we going to hold people accountable? Yeah. And I think at the end of the day, my intent is to make sure that this never happens again,” McCaul told Axios in an interview.

US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee launched an investigation into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan several months ago.

Democrats have slammed Republican investigations like the Biden impeachment inquiry as witch hunts. But Republicans argue the Afghanistan probe has yielded evidence that’s hard for the White House to ignore.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail has reported that hours of private testimony by two of the top State Department officials who oversaw the evacuation from Afghanistan lays bare the confusion at the heart of the operation, and how they failed to respond to warning signs that the Islamic Emirate was sweeping across the country.

Brian McKeon, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, until he stepped down in December 2022, admitted that officials were never able to confirm how many Americans were on the ground and would need help.

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Kidnapped child rescued in Herat

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Police have rescued a five-year-old girl kidnapped in Herat province, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Fahmia had been kidnapped nine days ago in the seventh district of Herat city, the ministry said on X.

She was rescued during a search operation, it added.

Two women have been arrested in connection with the case, according to the ministry.

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Banning girls’ education has caused economic issues: private school officials

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Officials from private schools say banning education of girls above the sixth grade has resulted in serious financial problems for these schools.

According to them, with the ban on education for girls above the sixth grade, not only schools but also teachers and the transportation cycle have suffered economic problems.

Meanwhile, girls who have been barred from going to school ask the Islamic Emirate to reopen the gates of schools and universities to them by creating a suitable plan.

“I request the authorities to reopen schools and universities for girls so that our country can progress,” said a female student.

“My request to the Islamic Emirate is that it should reopen schools above the sixth grade,” said another student.

Although a few days have passed since the beginning of the 1403 academic year, the IEA has not given the green light to reopen schools for girls.

“Some problems have different causes in the education sector, there are some restrictions in the women’s work sector, which are either based on Sharia rules or based on economic issues. The government is committed to solving these issues,” said IEA’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Earlier, Amnesty International emphasized the need to immediately reopen schools and universities for girls.

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