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NEW: @UN report on #Taliban casts doubt on ability of US-Taliban agreement to succeed

"There are divisions within the group [Taliban], which make compromise with its adversaries difficult, and its messaging remains hard-line" per UN Sanctions Monitoring Team
#Taliban "also appears well prepared for the 2020 fighting season and raising the tempo of its attacks on #Afghan government targets" per the @UN report
New @UN report sees problems due to #Taliban drug trafficking

"The scale of the problem remains huge and has been further complicated by a boom in methamphetamine production and trafficking" per report
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1. To get a better idea of where #Covid19 might be the biggest problem in the short term, I organized this growth rate chart from countries with highest to lowest rate increases over the past 8 days.
2. Among countries with a recent #Covid19 growth rate of 18% or higher between May 17-20 are #Ethiopia, #Brazil, #Bangladesh, #India, #Kenya, #Mexico, #Egypt, #Pakistan, #Congo, #Nigeria, #SouthAfrica, #Columbia, #Iraq, #Afghanistan, #Argentina, & #Sudan.
3. Countries Between 6-18% #Covid19 Growth Rate between May 17-20 Include #Indonesia, #Russia, #Philippines, #USA, #Iran, #Myanmar, #Uganda, #Algeria, #Ukraine, #Canada, & #Poland.
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Thread: summary of @lynnekodonnell's report on "Taliban Leadership in Disarray" for @ForeignPolicy:

- analysts say that the #Taliban, the #Haqqani network, the ISKP, & other terrorist groups operating in #Afghanistan have cross-pollinated & cannot be regarded as separate. 1/
- #Taliban leaders, incl Haibatullah Akhundzada & Siraj Haqqani, have been infected with #covid19, seeking treatment. (Some of them treated in Pakistani military hospitals.) 2/
- Mullah Yaqub, Mullah Omar's son, seeking leadership of the group, appointed as Chief of Ops (for 28 provinces now), also said to be controlling more than 1.7 B$ in funds, rivals late father’s close aid, Gul Agha Ishaqzai. The two are from rival tribes. 3/
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Quick thoughts on EU Council's adopted conclusions highlighting its vision for the #Afghanistan peace process and future EU support for the country.

Long Thread 🤫

1: The @EuinAfghanistan has been increasingly vocal regarding the US-monopolised talks but this is perhaps the 1st time they espoused a clear alternative framework to rival that of the US. It is a different yet bold vision for intra-AFG talks albeit with little chance of success.
2: Interestingly, the EU uses the word 'principled' to describe its approach, as if to distinguish it from the US approach which could perhaps be contrasted as being too expedient or Machiavellian or realpolitik-based depending on what connotations you want to invoke.
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Story of #Pakistan becoming Nuclear state on 28th may 1998 in newspaper clippings from 1998: #Nuclear #YomeTakbir #Kashmir #یوم_تکبیر
In the 1998 Indian general election the BJP emerged as the single-largest party and Atal Bihari Vajpayee became PM of #india on 11 may 1996 ... 2/n #یوم_تکبیر
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was member of the same #BJP who organised a rally at the site of Babri Masjid involving 150,000 volunteers, known as kar sevaks. The rally turned violent, and the crowd overwhelmed security forces and tore down the masjid 3/n #یوم_تکبیر
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#AlFurqan organe principal de l’#EI annonce une nouvelle production // #IS announces a new production from its main outlet
L’audio est d’Abou Hamza al-Mouhajir porte parole de l’#EI
Ch. al-Mouhajir Abou Hamza al-Qourachi compare le #Covid19 à la campagne de la coalition contre l’#EI et les populations qui vivaient sur son territoire
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Is #India plotting a narrative about #China , taking advantage of the current #coronavirus pandemic ? Insinuating anger in Indian public abt chinese influence in #Nepal , terrorist attacks in #Kashmir & poking China in border area - Is #Modi diverting public from covid failure?
These shaping of narratives does not look coincidental , r we all being played by #India ? Did noone see d bigger picture here?

#Nepal #China #Bhutan #Pakistan #Afghanistan #America

@thenepalesearmy @USEmbassyNepal @pid_gov @PMBhutan @PDChina @XHNews

economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-…
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Thread: #prithvirajchauhanjayanti

2001: Bandit/Parliamentarian #PhoolanDevi (#Bundelkhand, #UttarPradesh) ki!!ed by Sher Singh Rana.
2004: Sher Singh Rana escapes #TiharJail. Travels #Kolkata-#Dhaka-#Kabul, #Afghanistan.

Why?

To bring back the remains of our Maharaja #PrithvirajChauhan.
#rajputsamratprithvirajchauhan
Who was #PrithvirajChauhan?

The ruler of a Kingdom stretched from #Rajasthan to #Gujarat to East #Punjab with twin capital cities; #Ajmer and #Delhi - 1178 CE to 1192 CE.

#rajputsamratprithvirajchauhan
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With sweat & blood of thousands of #Pakistanis, peace has been restored in our tribal areas along the border with #Afghanistan.

But #Pakistan haters in #Kabul are hellbent on creating ethnic discord & lawlessness in our towns & cities with online spread of ethnic propaganda.

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Objective is simple:

To fuel anti state misinformation in #Pakistan using millions of dollars in coordination with #Indian intel.

#NDS agents have laid an elaborate network & Imtiaz Wazir is their key operatives working as a go between of #PTM leadership & Afghan officials.

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Other two officials who oversee international promotion of #PTM propaganda are ex Afghan Amb to #US Hamdullah Mohib currently serving as the National Security Adviser to Afghan President
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His former deputy Majeed Qarar the cultural attaché at Afghan Embassy in Washington DC.

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While #India is frantically pouring billions of $$ to build as many dams as they can to stop water flowing into Indus,

#Indian influence operatives in #Pakistan are running campaigns to stop us from building dams to utilize water flows of Indus.

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#NoDamOnIndusRiver

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These fake water activists campaigning #NoDamOnIndusRiver have been exposed many times as #Indian agents, who poison #Pakistani minds in the name of #Sindh’s rights.

They’re paid & sponsored by #India to protest against #Pakistan’s effort to make policies on dam building.

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Alchi Dam is one #Indian Dam on the #Indus river that was fast tracked to take advantage of the water flowing in the Indus River before it enters Pakistan while we delayed.

Why is it these activists campaigning for #NoDamOnIndusRiver do not object to Indian dam building?

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"Yesterday was #InternationalNursesDay and a moment to celebrate those critical frontline health workers saving the lives of people with #COVID19, #Ebola and many other diseases"-@DrTedros

"As the world celebrated nurses, I was shocked and appalled to hear of the attack on an @MSF hospital in #Afghanistan, which led to the deaths of nurses, mothers and babies"-@DrTedros #NotATarget
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1. avrei voluto vedere la stessa indignazione che vedo per il #riscatto pagato per #SilviaRomanoAisha,quando grazie ai #cablo della diplomazia USA rivelati da #WikiLeaks rivelammo che l'Italia era accusata di pagare mazzette ai #Talibani in #Afghanistan
2. cablo rivelano che #Berlusconi fu affrontato di persona dall'ambasciatore americano in Italia,Ronald Spogli, su questione #mazzette ai #Talibani in #Afghanistan. Spogli raccomandò al #DipartimentoDiStato di affrontare questione durante visita Berlusconi alla #CasaBianca
3. in altre parole, altro che riscatti da pochi milioni per ostaggi,#Italia era accusata di pagare #Talibani in #Afghanistan per non subire attacchi contro nostri soldati.La missione in #Afghanistan costa MILIARDI di euro e poi pagavamo mazzette ai Talibani?
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TREAD! Pakistan-Iran fencing?

Why fencing #Iran border w/ Pakistan is a big challenge for Islamabad, not due to money but for the following reason—I am delineating below:

There are 4 issues related but distinct....

1/
1. Narco route
2. 🇮🇷’s grey economy
3. Human trafficking
4. Border economy

I ll address narco issue first:
Illicit drug trade originates from #Afghanistan; is worth up 2 $70B yearly in #UK streets; up to $3 bill is invested back in region rest end up in western banks. 2/
Porous border is used 4 narco logistics/route.

Drugs cartel funds terrorism, & warlordism & mafias in border regions of 🇦🇫, 🇵🇰 & 🇮🇷; they have influence in weak state like 🇦🇫 & desperate elements in structures in Iran 🇮🇷 who do not want stringent border between 🇮🇷 & 🇵🇰.

3/
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THEME 1: DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Afghans played an integral role in development projects that started in mid 2000s. These projects were to help US nation-building goal and Afghan govt-building objective.
2/n: Capturing their perspectives on what worked and what didn't is therefore crucial as they bring lived experience of the entire enterprise.

A aim lesson that emerged was that....
3/n: Money was squandered with no overall strategic aim or even coordination between various agencies. Lack of strategic goal will be dealt with in a separate thread, but it appears that in most cases, even intra-ministry level coordination and strategic planning was issing.
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“The Revolution of 7th Saur has been victorious & armed forces of the country are in control. We congratulate the people of Afghanistan,” said radio announcement on repeat across #Afghanistan. A government formed with leaders of People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (THREAD)
The new government led by Nur Mohammed Taraki paraded their support in Kabul. They had killed Pres Daoud Khan & 17 members of his family (cousin King Zahir Shah watched from exile in Italy after 1973 coup ended Afghan Monarchy) buried them all in a mass grave discovered in 2008.
The last Afghan King was not the only one watching. At UN, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs Hafizullah Amin insisted April 1978 was not another coup d'etat."It was not in anyway sponsored by the Soviet Union, it was sponsored, organized, planned by the people of #Afghanistan."
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At around 2009-2010, When Asif Ali Zardari was President of Pakistan, he had told the Americans the Mumbai attack was an opportunity for him to "seize control" over the ISI. Yes, our head of state was discussing #thread
#Pakistan #Afghanistan #CIA #USA
his internal squabbles with his own state institutions with agents of a foreign government that was subverting the country with terrorists based in Afghanistan. Just two years later, he would go on to pull Memogate with them right after the Raymond Davis incident.
This is why calls for democracy and civilian supremacy ring so hollow with most Pakistanis.

While Generals Kayani and Pasha pressed Hamid Karzai to put an end to the RAW-NDS nexus in Afghanistan,
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This is my last thread for @AfghanHistorian on the events of January-April 1992 which led to the collapse of the Communist State in #Afghanistan. I will end with some concluding thoughts and questions for further studies.
25 April: after a month of negotiations btw Tanzim leaders, Peshawar Accord was reached. It agreed 4 d formation of d Transition Council (Shura-i Intiqali) for 2 months led by Prof. Mojaddadi (comprised of 10 nominees of tanzims, 10 ulama,& 30 field com.) (TS)
Followed by Prof. Rabbani as President & Head of Shura-i Qiyadi (Leadership Council) for a further 4 months. This is then followed by a Shura-i Ahl-e Hal va Aqd (Council of Supreme Popular Settlement) 2 form an Interim Govt which would organize elections after 18 months (TS)
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Welcome to #AFGPanel and Ramadan Mubarak to all celebrating the holy month! 1/n
Since our last panel, we’ve seen #Afghanistan’s govt & the #Taliban finally exchange prisoners as a confidence-building measure for the peace process, albeit in small numbers. But we’ve also seen an uptick in violence & the number of #COVID19 cases. 2/n
In the meantime, Afghan leaders @ashrafghani & @DrabdullahCE still haven’t been able to form an inclusive government & the threat of a massive US aid reduction continues to hang over the country as a result. #AFGPanel 3/n
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We just filed #FOIA requests with @DeptofDefense for troop numbers in #Afghanistan #Iraq #Syria.

Administrations gave Americans this info for DECADES.

SecDef #Mattis committed to even more transparency.

Then poof: late 2017, DoD went dark.

justsecurity.org/69808/why-we-f…
2. Read what former Defense Secretary (and former Republican Senator) Chuck Hagel said about our FOIA request for US troop numbers:
3. “Secretary Mattis is committed to developing a more transparent accounting of our troops in the field than he inherited.”

Pentagon’s chief spokesperson to @jamiejmcintyre August 29, 2017

washingtonexaminer.com/jim-mattis-pro…
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The #IMF says the "Great Lockdown" recession will likely be the worst since the Great Depression. Global economy projected to shrink by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January, the IMF had forecast a global GDP expansion of 3.3% for this year. Details in chart below. Table: @IMFNews
IMF: Partial global rebound to 5.8% in 2021 “assumes the #pandemic fades in the 2nd half of 2020, & that policy actions taken by countries are effective in preventing widespread firm bankruptcies, extended job losses, & system-wide financial strains.” #WEO ow.ly/ZLYi50zccSJ
How does your country fare in the latest #IMF projections for 2020 & 2021? imf.org/~/media/Files/… @IMFNews #economies #GDP #finance
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When Francis #Fukuyama, in his 1992 book, disclosed the "end of history" #thesis, he became a world celebrity.

The formulation was simple, but devastating for the left: faced with the evidence of the disappearance of the #SovietUnion, he could affirm that #communism had failed..
and that #capitalism emerged victorious as the only system that guaranteed #peace, #freedom & #equality.

However, in 2010 Fukuyama acknowledged that he had not understood the meaning of the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the #European socialist bloc.
Fukuyama had believed in the drunkard #Yeltsin (the face of the gravedigger & #thief who prevailed with blood & fire, supported by the #West, with the coup d'etat in #Moscow in 1993) and in the capacity of liberalism to satisfy human needs and, In addition, in 1992, ...
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Welcome to #AFGPanel! Since our last panel, we’ve seen the #Taliban engage in & then withdraw from direct talks on prisoner exchanges w/#Afghanistan’s govt; the govt then began unilateral releases of prisoners in the past couple of days. 1/n
In the meantime, Afghan leaders @ashrafghani & @DrabdullahCE still haven’t been able to form an inclusive govt, the #Taliban continues to conduct attacks & the threat of a massive US aid reduction still hangs over the country. #AFGPanel 2/n
And on top of all that, the #COVID19 virus is continuing to spread globally and in #Afghanistan specifically there is concern about large numbers of Afghans returning from the heavily-hit #Iran (especially in Herat). #AFGPanel 3/n
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Ahmad, a commander of NDS special forces, who led the operation to arrest #AslamFarooqi, the leader of the #Khorasan branch of #ISIS, said the operation was the most complex and precise operation he had carried out in his seven years of duty. #Afghanistan
“Our operation lasted 6 days & nights, & we carried out 12 operations slowly because they (enemies) had moved to civilian areas,” Ahmad said.
He said that during operation in #Kandahar they were closer to #AslamFarooqi & that they would reach him if they proceeded cautiously.
“An operation was carried out in 4 or 5 parts of the city & Farooqi was in one of the districts when we arrested him,” Ahmad added.
Abdullah Orakzai, also known as #AslamFarooqi, was a resident of Akhondzadagan village of Orakzai agency, located in the tribal areas of #Pakistan.
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1. ten years ago,#WikiLeaks published the #CollateralMurder video depicting a #US Apache helicopter killing innocent civilians in Baghdad and laughing at the dead: collateralmurder.wikileaks.org The innocent civilians targeted included children and 2 #Reuters staffers
2. the #CollateralMurder video was NOT secret (and in fact it is NOT included in the list of classified documents at the center of the US indictment against Julian #Assange): after the death of its 2 staffers, #Reuters had tried to obtain the video filing a #FOIA at the #Pentagon
3. the Pentagon had rejected the #Reuters FOIA. Only thanks to the courage of #ChelseaManning, Julian #Assange and the #WikiLeaks journalists, it was possible to reveal the #CollateralMurder video
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