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The morning after @JanisShenwary saved my life, I found him eating alone in our chow hall. I sat down & thanked him for saving my life - it was the first real conversation we ever had. I asked him why saved me. His answer changed my thinking on #Afghanistan forever. (thread)
He said, “you are a guest in my country, I die before you do.”

“Well, you’re a hell of a shot, I’m really glad you’re on our side. Hey, why is that, why are you on our side?”
“My mom would kick my ass if I joined the Taliban.”

It wasn’t the answer I ever expected to hear. “I don’t understand, I thought women didn’t have any power over here?”

“You know nothing of Afghans,” he said, staring into my eyes.

“You’re right. I don’t. Will you teach me?”
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Afghanistan's Interior Ministry reported that about 25 people were killed & 52 others injured in an explosion near a girls' school in western #Kabul this afternoon. 25 is an initial count.



#Afghanistan #CentralAsia #Terrorism #SecurityNews #War #Security
#WATCH: Ambulances transporting the dead & injured in the blast at Seyed al-Shohada School in western #Kabul. According to a source among local security forces, 31 people had been killed in the blast.
#Afghanistan #CentralAsia #Terrorism #SecurityNews
#WATCH: Families and relatives of the victims of the blast at the Sayyid al-Shuhada girls' school in western #Kabul are looking for their loved ones. The blast, which struck shortly after noon, killed at least 31 people and injured 50 plus individuals.

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Die Taliban wüssten, dass Afghanistan „massiv auf internationale Hilfe finanziell angewiesen ist“. Darum würden sie „das, was an Rechten und demokratischen Standards geschaffen worden ist“ nicht wieder einkassieren, sagt @HeikoMaas.

Heute schlachten die #Taliban Schulmädchen ab.
„Wir versuchen, eine Kultur zu schaffen, in der Mädchen lesen, Fragen stellen und diskutieren, was sie lesen“, sagte ein NGO-Mitarbeiter bei der Eröffnung der neuen Schulbibliothek im Jahr 2017.

Die Rechnung ist ganz einfach: Verlassen wir Afghanistan, übernehmen die Taliban.
Vor der Machtübernahme der Taliban, werden Zehntausende sterben.
Dass @JoeBiden der Dummheit Donald Trumps folgt und die westlichen Führer der Dummheit Joe Bidens folgen und dieses Volk in den blutigen Abgrund fallen lassen, ist unverantwortlich.
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Update: At least 25 killed and 35 others injured, many of them believed to be students.
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Shrimati Asamai and the flame of hope for #Afghanistan

The Asamayi Temple is located in the Koh-e-Asamayi (The mountain of Goddess Asamai) located to the west of Kabul city.
The hill is named Asamai after Shrimati Asha, the goddess of hope said to be present on the hilltop since ancient times. The Akhand Jyoti (continuous fire) there has been burning uninterrupted for 4000 years.
The Temple and the Jyoti have survived numerous conflicts in Kabul and are reminders of Afghanistan under the Hindu Shahi kings. This is evidence itself that the Goddess of Hope is present at this auspicious location.
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A thread on Mohan Lal, the #Hindu spy who traversed the Central Asian region.

Mohan Lal Zutshi (popularly known as Mohan Lal Kashmiri; 1812 – 1877) or Ram Nath was an Indian Hindu traveller, diplomat, and author.
He played a central role in the First Anglo-Afghan War of 1838–1842.

His biography of Dost Mohammad Khan, the Emir of Afghanistan in Kabul, is a primary source on the war. As part of his job, he travelled to a plethora of countries and in this case, #Afghanistan 🇦🇫
He travelled to Afghanistan and Central Asia in 1832-34 with Alexander ‘Bukhara’ Burnes on a mission given by the East India Company to gain intelligence about the country.

His proficiency of Persian (Farsi) assisted in this venture.
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Protecting U.S. and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from #Afghanistan - a thread. Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Jose Valdez makes pre-flight adjustments to ordnance aboard the #MightyIKE in the Arabian Sea, April 29. ARABIAN SEA (April 29, 2021) - Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Clas
Sailors guide a F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet, attached to the #Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, on to a catapult on the flight deck of the #MightyIKE in the Arabian Sea, April 29. ARABIAN SEA (April 29, 2021) - Sailors guide a F/A-18E Super
Two F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets, attached to the #FightingSwordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, prepare to take off from the flight deck of the #MightyIKE in the Arabian Sea, April 29. ARABIAN SEA (April 29, 2021) - Two F/A-18F Super Hornet figh
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On Air Force One, @KJP46 tells reporters the drive-in rally this evening in #Georgia, which @POTUS is attending, is a @DNC event.
"This is a public health decision that will help curb addiction and save lives," says @KJP46 on new @US_FDA rule regarding menthol cigarettes.
On reported "directed energy attack" near The Ellipse, @KJP46 replies unexplained health incidents are being taken extremely seriously by the administration, which is still evaluating them. (See: cnn.com/2021/04/29/pol… )
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"It's good to be back," begins @POTUS, a former senator.
"Tonight I come to talk about crisis and opportunity," says @POTUS at start of #JointAddress.
"America's rising anew. Choosing hope over lies, truth over lies, light over darkness," says @POTUS.
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1) Let me first congratulate @SherryKyama & @O_Owiso for organizing a very stimulating
@opiniojuris symposium on the legacy of the #US' disgraceful sanctions on #ICC personnel. Some highlights and thoughts on some of these articles. opiniojuris.org/2021/04/19/sym…
2) Apologies in advance to the organizers if more articles are on their way. However, given that the much-anticipated @asilorg report on the future of US engagement w/ the ICC hits tomorrow, it seemed prudent to dive into this symposium beforehand.
3) The piece by @OrinaEsq was particularly good given that it (IMO, correctly) evaluates US sanctions through the broader prism of "more powerful vs weaker states" as opposed to something uniquely American/vis-a-vis US-ICC relations solely. opiniojuris.org/2021/04/20/icc…
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Reports on #Iran-#SaudiArabia intelligence contact in #Iraq.

#Zarif leaves #Qatar. #Saudi FM lands in #Doha, invites Emir Sheikh Tamim to meet the King in #Riyadh.

#Tehran (& the #US?) appears to try to take the #Gulf on board.

This could isolate #Israel in a revived #JCPOA.
Some in #Vienna appear to want to isolate #Israel. But officials in #Gulf/#GCC face a difficult choice. They have to weigh if a compromise on #JCPOA and weakening Israel's position will resolve the problem of #Iran's malign activities? Or will it be a temporary solution?
The #US is directly engaging #GCC on #JCPOA, while FM #Zarif engages #SaudiArabia through #Qatar and #Iraq.

If the #Gulf comes aboard, #Israel and #Republicans will be effectively sidelined.

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The debate contained within these tweets is a critical one: the question of to what extent the #Taliban will try to seize Kabul by force—as opposed to using force in support of a political track—is one I see many people grappling with here. 1/n
My view is that the #Taliban will press the mil front in 2022 but in a calibrated way—ie, they won’t “empty the madrassas” in a Tet style offensive, but will likely cont surrounding & pressuring provincial capitals. If the opportunity presents to seize 1/more, they’ll take it 2/n
But they know they can’t win militarily so long as the AAF/Commandos are in tact & the #ANDSF doesn’t fracture—neither of which are likely to happen so long as US security assistance $$ continues at scale. I assess it will until at least 2024. 3/n
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1. Last week, #Biden said #US troops would withdraw from #Afghanistan by 11 Sep. Critics say setting the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as a deadline is a big propaganda win for the #Taliban.

Here's a thread exploring what the #Taliban has made of the announcement to date.
2. To do this, we tracked the impact of the (so far) one and only statement the #Taliban has made on the matter, in which it welcomes #Biden’s confirmation that the #US will pull out but condemns the fact that it is happening 6 months later than was agreed under #Trump.
3. True to form, the #Taliban published its response in five languages—Arabic, Dari, English, Pashto, and Urdu—with all versions emerging on 15 Apr. We plugged each of them into ExTrac’s social listening system to see how much of a splash they made in the subsequent seven days.
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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie briefs Pentagon reports on #Afghanistan withdrawal

"I would advise the #Taliban we will be prepared to defend ourselves" he says
"We do plan to continue support to the Afghan military...it will just be more difficult" per @CENTCOM's Gen. McKenzie

"We intend to continue to support them" he adds "It will be a tough fight for the Afghans"
"It is our intention to bring the contractors out, the US contractors will come out" per @CENTCOM's Gen. McKenzie, saying planner looking at other options to support Afghan air force

"We may be able to work some remote, televised way to do that"
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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie & @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend testify at SASC
.@CENTCOM's Gen McKenzie tells lawmakers he has all the tools he needs to complete the withdrawal from #Afghanistan
"We will lose the abilities we have now to see completely into #Afghanistan" per @CENTCOM's Gen McKenzie, asked by @SenJackReed about impact of withdrawal on intel collection vs #alQaida #ISIS
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Just days earlier, #Afghanistan Pres. @ashrafghani said it was time for #Pakistan to decide on afghan policy & that Afghanistan's stability was also Pakistan's stability. TTP is believed by many in Pakistan to be sponsored partially by the Afghan state.
In addition to this, TTP is known for deep, genuine ties with fellow Mujahideen, Afghan Taliban, via whom #Pakistan's Afghan diplomatic leverage largely lies. Islamist groups have also used Pashtun nationalism to gain support.
TLP's Punjabi Barelvi rioting has the potential to jeopardize #Pakistan state & PTI's influence in KP. Many analysts quietly agreed that Deobandi-Barelvi "civil wars" were looming. While Saad Rizvi was imprisoned, Fazl-ur-Rehman took initiative & backed TLP on blasphemy issue.
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Pentagon Seeks Carrier Deployment as It Exits Afghanistan, in Sign It’s Readying for a Fight nytimes.com/2021/04/21/us/…
.@PentagonPresSec on @nytimes report @CENTCOM wants an aircraft carrier for #Afghanistan withdrawal

@SecDef "has made clear that we will execute the drawdown in Afghanistan in a safe, orderly & deliberate manner & that we will do everything possible to protect our troops..."
More: "We do not speak about his private communication with combatant commanders or force posture decisions under consideration" per @PentagonPresSec "For operational security reasons, we will also not preview specific force protection measures being planned”
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There's been no official communication from the government of #Russia regarding its potential expulsion of US diplomats from Moscow, says @StateDeptSpox.
#Russia disinformation campaign is designed to falsely blame #Ukraine for actions by the Kremlin, says @StateDeptSpox.
Ambassador Sullivan coming back from Moscow for consultations and to see his family, says @StateDeptSpox. "The ambassador has not been expelled" or ordered out of the country.
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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend & @DeptofDefense Acting UnderSec Amanda Dory testify at the House Armed Services Committee
"In #Afghanistan, our mission has been preventing terrorist groups from using the country to threaten the interests & security of the UnitedStates, our allies & partners" acting Deputy UnderSec Dory tells lawmakers "After 2 decades...we have accomplished that mission"
"We are focused on working closely w/the Afghan gvt & our @NATO allies to responsibly conclude Operation resolute Support in #Afghanistan" per @CENTCOM Commander Gen McKenzie "This is my main effort, at present"
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'#Taliban as proxies in #Pakistan's endless war' is a cliché from the 2000s. It's outdated. Time to take stock of new realities in Pakistani military thinking because the #US #NATO & #Pakistan must prevent a new civil war in #Afghanistan. /1

No one can win in #Afghanistan. Not even the #Taliban. Some actors would love to see a permanent Afghan war of attrition that engulfs #America+#Pakistan+#Afghanistan. Make no mistake: a new #Islamabad+#WashingtonDC blame game will expedite such a war. /2

What's happening in #Afghanistan is by no means #Pakistan's proxy war. But it is the proxy war of multiple actors who want Afghanistan to be a permanent bleeding ground for #America #Pakistan #NATO. /3

macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/2021…
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Just in: More than 28% of US military now vaccinated vs #COVID19, per @PentagonPresSec
"We do continue to see that build-up.. we call on #Russia to make their intentions more clear" per @PentagonPresSec "We call on the Russians to cease their provocations"

No comment on EU estimate that Russia has massed 150,000 troops in #Crimea, along #Ukraine border
"In general, we have continue to see this build-up increase...that is concerning to us" per @PentagonPresSec, asked if build-up has plateaued at all
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Afghan pro-govt sources claim a senior Taliban commander Mawlawi Naik Mohammed Rahbar has been killed in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Note that right now there's no evidence for this claim. I'm waiting for some visual evidence as well as confirmation from my own sources. But if it turns out to be true, this would be quite a jolt to the Taliban. #Afghanistan
Assassination of Taliban commander Mullah Naik Mohammed Rahbar in Peshawar has been confirmed. Taliban sources confirm it off the record but I doubt they will officially claim it, and even if they do I doubt they will mention location of his death as that poses a problem for them ImageImage
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The #IRGC loses a seasoned commander, reports #Iran media. It lost #Soleimani in 2020.
The #IRGC has commanders with impressive experiences: #Soleimani was involved in the #Gulf/#Iraq. #EsmailQaani is touted for his expertise on #Afghanistan+#Pakistan. Hejazi, who died today, was a #Lebanon expert.

☠ Hejazi was also responsible for #IRGC's precision missile program, and oversaw ops in #Syria. In this #thread, contributors in replies suggest possible foul play, and point out confusion over the wording of the cause of death in official announcements.

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Twittere jetzt gleich für euch Live am Stream zum Thema #JulianAssange. Schaut selbst oder wartete auf den Artikel im @ndaktuell. Via Youtube:
Nach den einleitenden Worten spricht nun @NilsMelzer, der UN Berichterstatter über Folter. Leider springt der Ton und zwischenzeitlich ist die französische Übersetzung drauf. #JulianAssange
OK - ich würde gerne dran bleiben, aber der Stream unterbricht immer wieder. Vorhin ein seltsamer Hall mit akustischer Doppelung. Hoffe, dass ganze ist hinterher auf der Aufnahme nicht so. YoutubeSucs. #JulianAssange (Haben noch andere die Probleme?)
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