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White House rejects assertion that there are US-Taliban secret talks

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(Last Updated On: March 12, 2013)

White House has rejected Karzai’s remarks regarding secret talks between the US and the Taliban, saying such statements won’t impact America’s policy towards Afghanistan.

In a recent gathering in Kabul, President Hamid Karzai made a speech in which he said there were secret talks between the US and the Taliban and also claimed that America wanted access to Afghanistan’s mines.

Following these statements, the US issued a statement through President Obama’s press secretary that denied any merit to President Karzai’s assertions.

“Any statement regarding America having secret talks with the Taliban is baseless. Our defense secretary Chuck Hegel has already met with President Karzai in this respect. America in the last two decades has sacrificed a lot and has spent a lot of money for Afghanistan’s stability,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Carney added such statements would not change America’s policy towards Afghanistan and its people.

Referring to the continued presence of US military in Afghanistan, the White House spokesman said, “Since NATO troops are leaving Afghanistan by the end of year 2014, the United States will be looking for discussions regarding its troops’ presence in this country. Our main purpose in Afghanistan is to defeat and destroy the al-Qaeda network.”

A number of Afghan Parliamentarians suggested that tensions in relations with the US are not in the best interests of the people.

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IEA supreme leader meets Kabul religious scholars 

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(Last Updated On: August 3, 2022)

A group of 50 religious scholars from Kabul province met with the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada, in Kandahar to discuss problems faced by Kabul residents and women’s rights issues.

The meeting took place at the request of the leader of the IEA.

Religious scholars have asked the supreme leader to pay special attention to education and to make changes in the curriculum if necessary.

The scholars also discussed women’s rights within the framework of Islamic Sharia and the issue of girls’ education. The supreme leader assured the religious scholars that the problems of the capital will be taken care of.

“The main purpose of this meeting was to solve the problems of the capital city and to convey his orders to the people from the pulpit of mosques and through scholars,” said Nada Mohammad Nadim, governor of Kabul.

Scholars said they addressed the issue of women’s problems, and respecting women’s rights within the framework of Islam, and the revision of school curriculum.

“For the supreme leader, there is no difference between mujahid and non-mujahid, and everyone has equal rights,” said Abdul Hamid Hamasi, a religious scholar.

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Daesh hideout destroyed in Kunduz province, 3 killed in operation 

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(Last Updated On: July 17, 2022)

At least three Daesh members were killed during an operation by Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) Special Forces in Kunduz province on Saturday night. 

Spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), Zabiullah Mujahid, said the operation was carried out in the Qanjagha area in Imam Sahib district.

According to Mujahid five others were also arrested during the operation. 

He said the group were responsible for the recent rocket attack into Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

In a video published by the IEA, one of the arrested Daesh members confessed to having fired off rockets into Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. 

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IEA’s acting minister of foreign affairs visits Badakhshan province

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(Last Updated On: July 14, 2022)

Local officials in Badakhshan say that Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, arrived in the province on Wednesday in order to assess the challenges faced by residents.

Mazuddin Ahmadi, the head of information and culture of Badakhshan, said Ahmadullah Wasiq, the head of National Radio and Television, is also accompanying Muttaqi, and they have discussed the challenges and problems of the people of this province with the heads of government departments and local authorities.

According to Ahmadi, the issues of how to establish good relations between the ethnic groups living on both sides of the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, solving border problems through diplomacy, good relations between the forces of the Islamic Emirate and the people, examining the economic problems of the people and solving the problems of education has taken place.

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