Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Afghan generals worry about US withdrawal

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will leave his Cabinet position at the end of February after disagreements with President Trump including a troop withdrawal from Syria Elites United in Panic Over Syria Pullout, Afghanistan Drawdown
Patty Aguilar | 24 December, 2018, 04:14

The Donald Trump administration has ordered the American military to start withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, US officials said, a move that Kabul claimed would not impact the security of the war-torn country.

The Taliban are already stronger today than they have been since their ouster in 2001, controlling or holding sway over almost half the country.

Several high-ranking Afghan military officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the morale of Afghanistan's struggling security forces was already at a dangerously low level.

The officials called America's withdrawal a defeat, comparing it to the USA evacuation from Vietnam and Russia's 1989 forced withdrawal from Afghanistan that capped a failed 10-year campaign.

Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid would not comment about the troops' withdrawal when contacted.

"Frankly speaking we weren't expecting that immediate USA response", the official told AFP from an unknown location in northwest Pakistan.

If a U.S. drawdown goes ahead, "We just gave them half of what they wanted in all of this". "We expect the Taliban to make good use of this opportunity that has arrived for Afghans to find a solution for all these security and political disagreements", he said, referring to the peace process.

President Ghani's administration said Friday that the government yielded to demands of Afghans in forming a national consensus on peace, yet the rebel movement was adamant on fighting.

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, US officials said.

PUBG Mobile's new Vikendi Snow Map now available on Play Store
The most important of them however is the new Vikendi snow map , which will be the fourth map for Classic Mode gameplay. Every player is eligible for the upgradable Glacier - M416 finish after playing Lucky Treasure for 120 times.

Fiancé of missing Colorado woman arrested for her murder
The fiancé of missing Colorado woman Kelsey Berreth was arrested on Friday, the Teller County Sheriff's Office confirmed. Earlier this week, authorities said they conducted routine follow-up searches on Frazee's and Berreth's homes.

Zach Gibson/Getty Images Supreme Court upholds block on Trump's asylum ban
Four justices, including Samuel Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch , Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas , sided with the president . Trump's order was immediately challenged by rights groups who said it violated worldwide standards and USA law on asylum.

However, Taliban did hold talks in 2015 with Afghan government officials first in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang province and then in Murree in Pakistan due to the efforts of Beijing and Islamabad. The Afghan government even sent members of its 12-member negotiations team under the leadership of President Ghani's Chief of Staff Abdul Salam Rahimi to the UAE in the hope that Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the U.S. would be able to convince the Taliban to meet them.

Shaima Dabeer, a 50-year-old housewife in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, said she feared for the future of her children.

Trump´s decision apparently came Tuesday as Khalilzad met with the Taliban in Abu Dhabi, part of efforts to bring the militants to the negotiating table with Kabul.

Veteran Afghanistan-born USA diplomat, Zalmay Khalilzad, too appeared upbeat as he said he held "productive" meetings in the UAE with Afghan and worldwide partners "to promote intra-Afghan dialogue towards ending the conflict".

Intizar Khadim, a political analyst in Kabul, said he did not believe Trump would push to withdraw all USA troops, a decision that would likely face pushback from congressional hawks.

Critics suggest the president's twin foreign policy decisions on Syria and Afghanistan could unspool a series of cascading and unpredictable events across the Middle East and in Afghanistan.

Since then, U.S. forces have provided training and advice, assisting in military operations only when requested by Afghan troops.

In that year, more than 100,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops pulled out of the country and handed off security to Afghans.

One official said the troops could be out by summer, but no final decision has been made.

Recommended

Just how common is a white Christmas in Richmond? Just how common is a white Christmas in Richmond? The next weather system to hit the east is taking form Sunday morning in the Great Lakes region and over the Gulf Coast. Tonight we have the snow showers continue into Monday morning before the snow slowly diminishes by late Monday morning.

Jennie-O Recalling Ground Turkey Products Over Salmonella Scare Jennie-O Recalling Ground Turkey Products Over Salmonella Scare And the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service noted that additional recalls may be announced for products from other companies. Symptoms, which typically appear 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

Deja vu for reigning champion Eagles as QB Wentz's season in doubt Deja vu for reigning champion Eagles as QB Wentz's season in doubt Coach Doug Pederson said that Wentz has a stress fracture in his back that will take about three months to heal. Foles was outstanding in the NFC championship game against Minnesota and the Super Bowl against New England.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints: 5 Bold predictions for Week 16 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints: 5 Bold predictions for Week 16 It's great news for the Steelers in a must-win game. "Obviously we've got a lot going for us right now - a lot at stake". The New Orleans Saints have been one of the hottest and strongest teams in the National Football League this season.

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel keen on director of football role Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel keen on director of football role The 55-year-old spent eight years at Manchester United as a player, winning five Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League.

Quiet weather through Christmas Eve Quiet weather through Christmas Eve Brisk and chilly on Friday and into the start of next weekend with highs on Saturday only in the upper teens to low 20s. On Sunday, the winds will likely diminish while temperatures remain cool with a high near 40, forecasters wrote.

Post Offices Will Stay Open on the Christmas Eve Holiday This Year Post Offices Will Stay Open on the Christmas Eve Holiday This Year Elgin's municipal center is closed Christmas Eve but there will be garbage pickup in the city that day. Collection schedules are also available on the County's new BaltCoGo app, available on mobile phones.

Daniel Murphy, Rockies agree to $24M, 2-year deal Daniel Murphy, Rockies agree to $24M, 2-year deal He acknowledged that at this point in his career, first base is a better fit, also saying that he was "never elite" at second. But he does bring defensive versatility and has proven himself to be a capable first baseman and third baseman.

Italian media report Higuaín-Morata swap deal for January Italian media report Higuaín-Morata swap deal for January But Sarri is well aware that he needs to re-enforce his squad in the winter transfer window if Chelsea is to compete for titles. Sarri's men will tackle Leicester City on Saturday in the Premier League fixture at the Stamford Bridge.

Ukraine Vows to Send Warships Back to Azov Despite Russian Capture Ukraine Vows to Send Warships Back to Azov Despite Russian Capture It comes amid efforts by the Western NATO military alliance to step up operations in the Black Sea with increased warship patrols. He also said that Britain has sent a Royal Navy ship - HMS Echo - to the area to show that Kiev does not stand alone.

Frampton Narrowly Loses Out To Warrington In Bruising 12-Round Bout Frampton Narrowly Loses Out To Warrington In Bruising 12-Round Bout I want to go to the States. "I want to do that next". "All I wanted to do was win a British title", he said. In February 2016, he unified the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight titles with a victory over Scott Quigg.

United States envoy Khalilzad discusses ongoing Afghan peace process with Gen Qamar United States  envoy Khalilzad discusses ongoing Afghan peace process with Gen Qamar The meeting also included representatives from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Follow The Khaama Press News Agency on Twitter , become a fan on Facebook .

Russian regulator launches probe into BBC's operations Russian regulator launches probe into BBC's operations The programmes were mostly about the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and the conflict in Syria. She added: "Russia has given warnings".

10 people have died from flu in Oklahoma 10 people have died from flu in Oklahoma Officials add 39.5 percent of MI residents were vaccinated last season, below the national rate of almost 42 percent. Nationally, there have been six flu-related pediatric deaths reported during the 2018-2019 flu season.

India vs Australia Test series: Perth pitch rated 'average' India vs Australia Test series: Perth pitch rated 'average' What is wrong with his behaviour?" Their comments are too far away and we are in the Southern hemisphere. They're still the same drop-ins from the last 10 or 12 years ...