Roadside bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan
At least 14 civilians, including women and children, were killed on Tuesday by a roadside bomb in centralAfghanistan, officials said,as violence continuesdespite peace talks between theTalibanand Afghan government.Seven women, five children and two men died when their vehicle detonated an explosive device in Daikundi province, interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said in a statement.Three children were also wounded, he added, blaming the Taliban for the blast.Nasrullah Ghori - the spokesman for the governor of Daikundi - told AFP the victims were travelling to a shrine when their minibus st...
Afghanistan faces historic opportunity for peace
Peace talks underway between Afghanistan’s political leaders and the Taliban represent a historic opportunity for peace after 40 years of war, a senior U.S. official says.Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, told the U.S. Institute of Peace September 24 that the peace negotiations that began September 12 in Doha, Qatar, “require true, courageous and sincere Afghan-to-Afghan reconciliation.”“It’s important to be fully aware of the significance of this moment and to recognize its historic relevance,” Khalilzad said. “The parties must now fully commit ...
Deaths, violence cast shadows over Fort Hood
AUSTIN, Texas — Like many mothers of active-duty soldiers, Patricia Troyan had always feared her son would be lost on the battlefield.She never imagined, though, that her bright, courageous 21-year-old soldier would die by his own hands several months after being stationed at Fort Hood.Her story illustrates a year marked by grief, pain and sometimes anger for many families linked to Fort Hood, the U.S. Army’s largest military installation historically known by the nickname plastered on a sign outside its front gates: “The Great Place.”For the past 20 years, Fort Hood earned a national reputati...
US envoy wants dialogue with Iran on Afghanistan
Washington (AFP) - The US negotiator on Afghanistan said Thursday he would welcome talks with Iran on ending the Afghan conflict, accusing Tehran of seeking to bog down its arch-enemy in its longest war.Veteran US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has taken part in UN-backed talks on Afghanistan that involve Iran, a rare area of dialogue between the countries as President Donald Trump imposes intense pressure on Shiite Muslim state."Iran would like to keep us entangled in a conflict without winning or losing but paying a high price in Afghanistan until there is an agreement between the US and Iran," K...
Afghanistan signs $160 million renewable energy deal with US, Turkey and India
KABUL: Solar photovoltaic and wind power projects signed by Afghanistan under a $160 million international deal on Wednesday evening will add 110 megawatts to the country’s grid in the next 16 months, officials said.The projects will be developed in Kabul, Balkh and Herat by a local company with partners from Turkey, India and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).“With the implementation of these projects, we will not only witness improvement in the energy sector, but (in other areas) as energy is the basic need for the improvement of other sectors,” Lima Khoram, policy and deve...
Taliban kill 28 police in southern Afghanistan - officials
The Taliban have killed 28 paramilitary policemen in fighting in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday, the latest losses in an ongoing siege of a government-controlled district that could tip into Taliban hands.
Commentary: Trump's profound weakness on national security: Why this former administration official is voting for Joe Biden
There are as many words for green in the Irish language as reasons President Donald Trump does not deserve a second term. Foremost to me, as an appointee of his administration, are his weak security policies.Trump voters are patriots who oppose our adversaries and support our military. They might ask whether they made a good-faith mistake four years ago. To take one example, look at our failed, schizophrenic North Korea policy.Trump first threatened Pyongyang with the “fire and fury” of nuclear war. Then, he nearly began a Second Korean War accidentally, with a tweet, a war Trump admits could ...
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Former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster Claims Trump Is ‘Partnering With The Taliban’
Former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster lambasted President Donald Trump‘s negotiations with the Taliban in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes released on Thursday.McMaster said during the interview that Trump was “partnering with the Taliban” ahead of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, going “against, in many ways, the Afghan government.”He noted that the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan was “unwise,” and wrote in his upcoming book that Trump “cheapened” the lives of American soldiers who died in combat by making so man...
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Florida counts another 146 people dead from COVID-19 as toll nears 13,000FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s coronavirus pandemic report for Tuesday shows a few setbacks after significant progress in recent days.The state Department of Health reported the deaths of another 146 people from COVID-19 illness in recent weeks. It’s a big increase over the 36 deaths reported Monday and eight fatalities listed Sunday.Overall, the official casualty count now stands at 12,787 Floridians and 159 nonresidents who have died in the state.This includes nearly 5,500 deaths in South Florida, the most hard-hit a...
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Jon Stewart lashes out against Congress for lack of funds for 9/11 responders who worked the fire pits
WASHINGTON — Known for his passionate defense for 9/11 first responders, Jon Stewart, U.S. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand and other 9/11 advocates criticized Congress and the federal government again, this time on behalf of veterans and service members sickened by exposure to burning pits of toxic trash.“Welcome to another exciting episode of, ‘When is America going to start acting like the great country we keep telling ourselves we are?’” the former “Daily Show” host told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.Dozens of veterans and family members stood side by side with Stewart and Gillibrand, D-N.Y., i...
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