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US should compensate families of victims killed in drone strike: IEA

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(Last Updated On: December 15, 2021)

The United States military is accountable for killing innocent Afghan civilians through indiscriminate drone strike, and the U.S. government should compensate the families of the victims, said a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan [IEA] on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The statement came following the U.S. Department of Defense’s decision on Monday that no military personnel involved in a drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children, in the Afghan capital of Kabul in August, will face punishment.

“We want the families of those who were brutally killed to be assisted. The U.S. must pay the compensation. It is the demand of the Afghan people, but the Americans deny it. The U.S. has committed many similar actions in the world and is now saying [that no punishment for those involved in the air strikes]. The U.S. killed many innocent people in Afghanistan in the last 20 years. So this is not blackmail. It is an ethical responsibility of the U.S. that needs to be done,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, chief spokesman of the IEA.

According to the report the Defense Department admitted in September that the drone strike – which came in the final days of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan – was a “tragic mistake” that killed the civilians.

The decision by the Pentagon was deemed unacceptable by the families of the victims.

One family member, Aimal Ahmadi, complained that the U.S. has told them several times that it has committed a mistake, but now it has changed its tune and said it won’t punish those who conducted the attack, read the report.

“The U.S. pledged to compensate us. They said that the wrongdoers would be brought to justice and they would help us to stay out of danger. The U.S. must fulfill the promises now. Each time they come with new excuses for their actions. The U.S. is the world’s superpower and it has to fulfill the promises they made,” said Ajmal Ahmadi, another family member of the victims.

Jaihoon Ahmad, a Kabul resident, said an international court is necessary to investigate the drone strikes conducted by the U.S, Reuters reported.

“An international court must be formed that can act in an impartial manner. There should be an impartial body that can investigate all the relevant issues of drone strikes and see if America is guilty. The reasons for the strikes must be investigated. Those who have conducted the attack must be punished,” he said.

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Biden extends US national emergency over humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

US President Joe Biden has extended for one more year the national emergency declared in his executive order with respect to the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the “potential for deepening economic collapse” in the country.

On February 11, 2022, Biden by an executive order declared a national emergency to deal with the “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” constituted by the widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in the country, the White House said.

“The widespread humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan — including the urgent needs of the people of Afghanistan for food security, livelihoods support, water, sanitation, health, hygiene, shelter and settlement assistance, and COVID-19-related assistance, among other basic human needs — and the potential for a deepening economic collapse in Afghanistan continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” White House said in a notice released on February 3.

“In addition, the preservation of certain property of Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) held in the United States by United States financial institutions is of the utmost importance to addressing this national emergency and the welfare of the people of Afghanistan,” the notice said.

“Various parties, including representatives of victims of terrorism, have asserted legal claims against certain property of DAB or indicated in public court filings an intent to make such claims. This property is blocked under Executive Order 14064.”

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Kandahar-Dubai flights resume

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

Local officials in Kandahar province say flights between Kandahar and Dubai have resumed for the first time since the IEA took control of Afghanistan in August 2021.

The head of Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport in Kandahar has said that the flights have been resumed by Kam Air, the largest private airline in Afghanistan.

Kam Air officials meanwhile said that the west and south zones have more traders and industrialists; therefore, they have resumed the flights.

It is said that round-trip flights will also soon start between Kandahar and New Delhi and Kandahar and China.

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At least 8,000 Afghan refugees return from Iran in past week

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) authorities at the Refugee and Repatriation Department of Nimruz province announced that 7,612 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from Iran over the past week.

Sediqullah Nasrat, the director of the department said on Saturday that 519 refugees who were facing serious financial problems, received cash aid from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Nasrat added that IOM – the United Nations agency for migration – distributed food and other necessary items to the remaining families.

He said the 7,612 Afghan migrants returned to the country from Iran through the Abrishum border crossing.

This comes as the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a private organization called ‘Osta’ to create employment opportunities for more than a thousand needy families.

Although many immigrants are forcibly returned to the country, the deterioration of the economic situation in Iran has also caused migrants to return to the country.

A number of immigration experts say that the new Afghan government should try to solve the problems of Afghan immigrants in host countries through diplomatic means, especially on the issue of accommodation, especially as many migrants do not have legal documents.

Although Iran and Pakistan have been hosting millions of Afghan refugees for years, recent developments in the country have increased the number of these migrants. Now, the Islamic Emirate says that they are trying to gradually provide job opportunities to the returning migrants.

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