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War stash captured by Afghans



 
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11 children killed in Afghan suicide attack on foreign convoy: officials - World - DAWN.COM

Smaller coffins are heaviest to carry. Cat got the tongue of Moral West?

Shameless butchers keep supporting these animals, not long before west too will feel similar pain again if Pakistan is not cured.
Pakistan is similar to the Alamut of the hashashin in the medieval ages . They're awaiting their Hulegu & the Mongols to deliver them. You see in history , a great evil is rarely destroyed by a great good force . Mostly it's by a greater evil. Viz the BE by the third Reich , etc @BMD
 
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Pakistan is similar to the Alamut of the hashashin in the medieval ages . They're awaiting their Hulegu & the Mongols to deliver them. You see in history , a great evil is rarely destroyed by a great good force . Mostly it's by a greater evil. Viz the BE by the third Reich , etc @BMD
I think history shows that the 3rd Reich was fixed by the BE. But nice attempt at revisionism.
 

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I think history shows that the 3rd Reich was fixed by the BE. But nice attempt at revisionism.
You did but the Empire perished. That's the larger point I was making . The 3rd Reich & the BE cancelled each other out . Heil Hitler!!
 

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You did but the Empire perished. That's the larger point I was making . The 3rd Reich & the BE cancelled each other out . Heil Hitler!!

Hitler kicked them so bad that the BE where the Sun Never Set
became a Third Rate power :LOL: whose children are being kidnapped and Groomed by Islamo fascists and They can do nothing
 

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You did but the Empire perished. That's the larger point I was making . The 3rd Reich & the BE cancelled each other out . Heil Hitler!!
The Empire came to an end gracefully because the world had moved on from colonialism. That said, a fairly large number of ex-territories still officially recognise the Queen as their head of state.
 

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Hitler kicked them so bad that the BE where the Sun Never Set
became a Third Rate power :LOL: whose children are being kidnapped and Groomed by Islamo fascists and They can do nothing
As opposed to being bummed on a bus in the middle of Delhi?
 

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Cabinet nod to cooperation between India, Afghanistan in food safety
Indiaand Afghanistanwill cooperate in the field of Food Safetyand related areas, the government said today.
The Cabinet has approved the signing of a cooperation arrangement between Food Safety& Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock (MAIL), Afghanistanfor cooperation in the field of Food Safetyand related areas, according to an official statement.
The two organisations -- FSSAI and MAIL -- would establish a mechanism of information exchange and communication.
Areas of cooperation also include facilitating technical exchange on identified topics of interest especially about import procedures, quality control operations, sampling, testing, packaging and labeling.
FSSAI and MAIL would organise joint seminars, workshops, visits, lectures and training programmes.
"The cooperation arrangement will facilitate information sharing training and capacity building measure and learning from each others best practice to improve Food Safetyecosystem," the statement said.
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From Infrastructure to education, India’s $2-billion role in Afghanistan
THE ABDUCTION of seven Indians on Sunday has brought attention to India’s projects in Afghanistan, which have crossed $2 billion in the last 16 years.

Last September, the two countries agreed to initiate an ambitious and forward-looking ‘New Development Partnership’, according to which India agreed to take up 116 high-impact community development projects to be implemented in 31 provinces of Afghanistan, including in the fields of education, health, agriculture, irrigation, drinking water, renewable energy, flood control, micro-hydropower, sports infrastructure and administrative infrastructure.

Sources told The Indian Express that the new Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Vinay Kumar, has been in touch with the Afghan authorities to push forward these projects.

“Bilateral development cooperation is a key pillar of the strategic partnership, and positive impact of the projects implemented under the $2 billion development and economic assistance extended by India to Afghanistan has contributed towards social, economic, infrastructure and human resource development in the country,” said a South Block source.

According to officials, the new projects are:
* Shahtoot dam and drinking water project for Kabul that would also facilitate irrigation.
* Low cost housing for returning Afghan refugees in Nangarhar province to promote resettlement.
* Road connectivity to Band-e-Amir in Bamyan province that would promote tourism to the national park and economic development.
* Water supply network for Charikar city in Parwan province.
* Establishment of a gypsum board manufacturing plant in Kabul to promote value added industry.
* Construction of a polyclinic in Mazar-e-Sharif.
* Development of communication infrastructure (optic fibre) and Surobi 2 hydropower plant with capacity of 180 MW.

Besides these new projects, there are some ongoing projects as well. These include:
* Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH): India has been supporting IGICH since its inception, the reconstruction was done with Indian government’s assistance in 2002 ($6 million). Medical equipment worth Rs 17.16 cr has already been delivered and installed. Another $1 million has been provided to IGICH, Kabul, to be utilised over the next five years for routine maintenance, setting up additional facilities, and training of doctors, nurses, paramedics & technical staff of the hospital.
* Construction of a decentralised waste water treatment system along with necessary sewage system.
* Habibia High School, Kabul: After reconstruction of the school at a cost of $5.1 million, India has been supporting the school by way of upgradation of facilities, training of teachers.
* Contribution to Afghan Red Crescent Society: India contributes $1 million annually to the programme to treat children suffering from congenital heart disease over a period of next five years.
* Establishment of Afghan Mining Institute in Kabul: Based on the Afghanistan government’s request, India is providing technical and financial assistance.
* Afghan National Agriculture Sciences and Technology University (ANASTU) was established with Indian government’s financial & technical assistance.

Besides these government-funded projects, Aptech, a private firm, is providing IT training for Afghan youth in the country.

Among the Indian companies doing business in Afghanistan, mostly in the power sector, are KEC (electrical transmission lines), Phoenix (consultancy in electrical transmission), AIPL (establishment of hydropower project in Helmand province), Gammon India (power transmission line & power sub-stations), KPTL (power transmission line). Besides, aviation firm SpiceJet is also active in Afghanistan.

Sources said India has played a “significant role” in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process in Afghanistan.
Officials said that India’s extensive developmental assistance programme is a “strong signal of its abiding commitment to peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.” This makes India one of the leading donor nations to Afghanistan and by far the largest donor in the region.
From Infrastructure to education, India’s $2-billion role in Afghanistan
 

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China in Afghanistan: A military base in the offing?
As the political and security situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, China’s role in the war torn nation has come into sharp relief. Though China and Afghanistan share a border barely stretching 76 km, Beijing’s worries about the deteriorating security landscape there have continued to grown. As a major global power with its perhaps only ‘all-weather’ ally on the planet, Pakistan, in the region, the preponderance of jihadist narratives are counter-productive to the country’s Xinjiang region, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has a suppressed Uyghur Muslim population in a region widely considered to be one of the most surveilled in the world.

Earlier in the year, reports underlined Beijing’s wish to setup a military base in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badhakshan, which borders Tajikistan, Pakistan via Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and China. This information set-off a chain of reactions from regional players, specifically in India which has a prominent strategic presence and interests in the country. China’s interests on a specific military presence in Badhakshan, despite its larger interest on the stability of Afghanistan, revolve around the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), its connections with the likes of Al Qaeda and Taliban and its influence with the Uighur populations in China’s Xinjiang province, with the group’s nationalistic and separatist agenda finding resonance in the region.

In March, the TIP (also known as East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM)) released a host of videos, pictures and literature to highlight its presence and operations in the tribal areas of Afghanistan. It also showcased joint operations with the Taliban, captured American Humvees and other armaments, some operated by child soldiers and so on. A month after the TIP videos, an American B-52 long-range bomber targeted supposed TIP targets in Warduj district in Badhakshan, a region known to have been under control of the Taliban since early 2016, when the group took control of the main highway between the city of Kunduz and the Tajikistan border. The strike is widely believed to be in concert with Beijing and the Pentagon, and analysts believe the Taliban takeover three years ago was made possible by TIP’s help, which has since expanded training roots both in Xinjiang and other areas such as PoK. With a sizeable presence in Syria, the group has also played a crucial role in the war for Idlib.

TIP’s presence and influence in China amidst the Uyghur community is seen as a critical threat by Beijing, which is using cutting-edge surveillance technology to monitor the community and even re-calibrate Islam according to the Chinese state ideas.

To counter TIP where it fosters, China now has both the political resolve and military infrastructure to orchestrate long-term counter-terrorism commitments beyond its immediate sphere of influence and interests. Beijing’s diplomacy in Afghanistan against Uyghur separatists pre-dates the America-led invasion, and even today, it applies considerable pressure on Kabul for targeted operations against the TIP while also actively playing the diplomatic card to bring the Taliban and the current Western backed government of President Ashraf Ghani to negotiate a workable truce. Beijing hosted a Taliban delegation in March last year, to talk peace and, perhaps more crucially, Pakistan – Afghanistan relations as China aims to invest over $60 billion in the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

A Chinese military presence in Afghanistan is going to be an uneasy prospect for Indian thinking in the region. Despite the aim being a narrow one, that of curtailing the TIP’s influence regions and helping the Afghans to do so, the China – Pakistan brotherhood could build considerable pressure on the ground against the arguably sizeable Indian influence in Afghanistan’s economy, society and polity. New Delhi is a bystander to the attempts of bringing the Taliban to the fold, including the prospect of political inclusion with its views of there being no such thing as a good terrorist or bad terrorist. This exclusion is unavoidable for India due to the prevailing situation in Kashmir and its narratives around it that have formulated the country’s stance on terrorism from a universal perspective and not just a regional one.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s summit with Xi Jinping in Wuhan, the issue of joint participation in economic projects in Afghanistan came into play.
While this is not the first time such an idea for cooperation between the countries has been floated, they both do have experience with working in politically challenging environments. Both Indian and Chinese companies were part of conglomerations investing in Syrian oil fields prior to the start of the civil war. However, a military dimension of China in Afghanistan may also work, albeit in a limited manner, in India’s favor. China’s global projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and CPEC rely on safety and stability of both investments and personnel and this may force Beijing to pressurize Islamabad to curtail its support for the Taliban, which in effect could mean erasing the influence and financial backing of the TIP as well.

The idea behind the Badhakshan base is inevitable, and may get more traction under the current White House administration of President Donald Trump who would be more than happy for others to share its burdens.
The Chinese, while having a permanent presence in Badhakshan to tackle threats like the TIP directly, can also portrait their moves as being critical to global peace and security, a narrative that Beijing has had a hard time selling due to its aggression in the South China Sea and use of debt-trap diplomacy in the Indo - Pacific region. The recently inaugurated Chinese PLA Logistics Support Base in the African state of Djibouti showcased how a potential Chinese military base might function, to showcase their presence for helping maintain global peace despite holding exercises such as live-fire drills within weeks of the base’s operationalization. An operational base in Afghanistan would be a serious indicator of Chinese intent to play a greater role in the country. It could, however, also be productive for India if it would result in greater pressure on China in global forums to reign in Pakistan’s open support for the Taliban.
China in Afghanistan: A military base in the offing? | ORF