Kabul: Highlighting the worst-case scenario, Gen Mark Milley, the US military’s top officer, said that withdrawal of foreign troops can likely lead to Al-Qaeda’s return and civil war in the war-ravaged country.
Kabul: With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, the governor’s office in Herat province in a statement on Thursday announced that Iran has closed the border of Islam Qala starting April 29 to curb the spread of the mutant variant of COVID-19.
Hamedullah Mohib, National Security Advisor; Shamim Khan Katawazai, Head of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance; Mohammad Yassin Zia, Acting Minister of National Defense; Hayatullah Hayat, Acting Minister of Interior and Ahmad Zia Saraj, National Directorate of Security chief, visited Ghazni on Thursday to inspect the security situation.
Gen. Austin Scott Miller, the US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan, on Sunday said that the US and coalition forces have started the withdrawal process and they will continue to support their Afghan counterparts.
Head of Afghanistan’s security agencies on Saturday reassured Afghan National Defense Security and Security Forces have the capacity to defeat and foil any type of threat against the country and they have proved it in the past.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will provide Afghanistan with nearly $300 million in additional civilian assistance in order to sustain and build on the gains of the past 20 years.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that no one can offer guarantees about Afghanistan's future after US troops leave, but he stressed that the United States would stay focused on terrorist threats emanating from the country.
Ahmad Zia Saraj, Chief of the National Directorate of Security, said Saturday that the Taliban has no intention of laying down arms, nor does it want peace as they are preparing to intensify the conflict across the country.