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This is a thread. Over how I see the Geo Politics of the world changing because of #CoronavirusPandemic. There are going to be huge change in global political fault lines. This is unprecedented since 2nd war. And the imperialism ended
The release of Omar Abdullah today from prison is a result of the new world order that is emerging. In coming months and days USA is going to focus only on domestic policy and economic situation. USA does have the patience to indulge in domestic squabbling. Things have changed
Indian Economy which was already in a terrible situation has not got into deep muck after #coronavirus & its going to take years for it to be back on track. Under the prevailing circumstances India wouldn’t want trouble in international arena. Hence there is a carrot on #Kashmir
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MAR 19 #WWIII #COVID19 MD THREAD 1: Most stories from WaPo: Siobhán O'Grady, Rick Noack, Marisa Iati, Alex Horton, Miriam Berger and Katie Mettler
March 20 at 7:31 AM PT .. skip all TRUMP lies, JUST FACTS HERE FRONTLINE TROOPS @AMSA_News @ANANursingWorld
MAR 19 #WWIII vs #COVID19 MD THREAD 2: Way too late for #Fresno #McCarthy THIS IS #WWIII on our #AmericanSoil. Against tiny but vicious Enemy #COVID19 ...AND OUR #FRONTLINTROOPS Need #N95 masks #ProtectiveEquipment (Like #China has) HERE is a 60 page PDF #HANDBOOK @usairforce
MAR 19 #WWIII vs #COVID19 MD THREAD 3: FIRST the toll to date. 250,000 Reported CASES (Remember MANY Countries do not report..including #Turkey #Russia ) 11,000 DEATHS #Italy passed #China #Spain up 30% @WHO @maddow @CNN @JohnsHopkinsSPH @UCSF @BuzzFeed @SCMPNews @guardian
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BREAKING: In shocking attack on #ICC @secpompeo threatens collective punishment against named staff of the court and their FAMILIES for court's ongoing investigation into #Afghanistan crimes that implicate US…
.@SecPompeo names #ICC chef de cabinet to prosecutor, Sam Shoamanesh, & head of jurisdiction, complementarity, & cooperation division, Phakiso Mochochoko, as "helping drive ICC Bensouda’s effort to use court to investigate Americans", claims they're "putting Americans at risk"
.@SecPompeo threatens to impose travel bans on the ICC staff "and their family members":
"We want to identify those responsible for this partisan investigation and their family members who may want to travel to the United States..."
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Happening now:

Media briefing on actions taken, preparedness & updates for the management of #COVID19

@PMOIndia @drharshvardhan @AshwiniKChoubey @MIB_India @PIB_India @DG_PIB @MEAIndia @MoCA_GoI @shipmin_india @tourismgoi @mygovindia
In continuation of Travel Advisories issued on 11th and 16th March 2020, following additional advisory issued today.
(a) Travel of passengers from #Afghanistan, #Philippines and #Malaysia to #India is prohibited with immediate effect. No flight shall take off from these countries to India after 1500 hours IST. The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure.
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MAR 15 #COVID19 MD THREAD 1 : #DrFauci and @MartyMakary (NY Surgeon and with @JohnsHopkinsSPH) SAY YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN...Bunker down. MAKARY said yesterday there are 100,000 to 500,000 cases in #US right now. SEE Next Tweet with ADVICE on #SelfQuarantine. @AMSA_News @maddow @CNN
MAR 15 #COVID19 MD THREAD 2: Here from @MarketWatch ..a bit long and repetitive but overall good.
HOW TO #SelfMonitor and #SelfQuarantine if not ILL yet and AFTER becoming ILL...
MAR 15 #COVID19 MD THREAD 3: NOW COME the DEATHS #Europe seeing staggering rises in death tolls. #Spain’s doubled in last 24 hours to 288.
#Italy experienced its deadliest day yet with 368 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,809.
#Irelland PUBS CLOSING #PaddyDay #Pope in #Rome
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[Thread] Since the #CoronaOutbreak has gone widespread, number of Pakistani Embassies and Consulates have been closed temporarily for various reasons, below is a list down of Pakistani Embassies/Consulates, those who are in the pandemic hit countries and their status. Cont
Consular section of Pakistani Embassy #Kabul #Afghanistan remains closed, was closed after a staffer was suspected of contracting #covid19, he has been tested. Pakistan Consulate in #Herat #Afghanistan remains CLOSED until 1st April 2020. Cont
Consular section of Pakistani High Commission in #London UK is closed since 12th March after a staffer was suspected of contracting #coid19 #coronavirus, his reports are awaited, until then the consular section has been closed as a precautionary measure. Cont
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Let’s talk #Sogdian fashion.

We’ll work backwards from the 8th Century.

This is a big topic, so it’ll be multiple threads. We’ll start with men’s clothing, because that’s what I wear myself.


~NA @eranudturan #HistoryofIran
Men’s clothing essentially consisted of trousers, tunics, coats, and boots - the same sort of stuff worn across Eurasia at the time.

All these items had a long history behind them, starting among the nomads centuries ago. Add a belt and jewellery and you’re good to go!

Sogdian tunics were long, extending below the knee, and had decorated collars, cuffs, hems, and strips running down the shoulders, usually made with pattern woven silk. They were fastened with a button on the shoulder, a fashion that stems from Han Dynasty China. ~NA
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It is time for one long #Coronavirus update. I have been resisting doing this as (1) I do not want to add to the hysteria & the panic & (2) I don't believe in doomsday predictions. Moreover, things have been moving so fast, who knows what's what. BUT it's time for real talk...
Overall, #Coronavirus (the outbreak of #COVID19) is REAL. The effects on your daily life from the fallout will be REAL. The impact society, economics, & politics in 2020 will be severe & REAL. None of this is Fake News. None of this should be downplayed. (2/
People who are trying to silence REAL discussion are doing a disservice to the public interest. This is a 9/11 & 2008 level event in terms of its impact on domestic & international dynamics. This thread is not about creating panic but encouraging a smarter response. (3/
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Just a typical day in #Kabul Abdi and Ghani declared themselves as presidents. Even American pressure couldn't overcome the fear #Afghanistan
Few rockets landed nearby during Ghani's speech #Kabul #Afghanistan
Ghani's reaction 😆 What a legend 😆 Supreme political theater
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1. Am I correct that @SenSanders, as the #Vermont at-large House member, voted for 2001 #AUMF? It's my understanding that House member @RepBarbaraLee was the only member to vote no.
2. That's the vote that has us in #Afghanistan, #Syria and #Iraq and justified #Guantanamo. We all agree the 2002 AUMF for Iraq re-invasion was foolish. If we want to talk about that then we should talk about the fact that two of the folks who hid Saddam's nuke program are
3. @TheJusticeDept's Bill Barr and likely @WhiteHouse #Cipollone. So if @BernieSanders wants to open up the intel on the Iraqi nuke program that led to invasion, you came to the right place. My January 15, 2019, Pre-confirmation Bill Barr post.
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Today's attack against the gathering of Afghan politicians which included Karzai, Abdullah, Mohaqiq, Khalili looks like the work of Islamic State (ISKP), which I predicted will act as a spoiler. All four survived the attack.

[Vid shows moment of attack]

While Afghanistan's top four politicians survived the attack, there are reports of several civilian deaths. The gathering was attacked with fire from a nearby under-construction building. #Kabul #Afghanistan
Taliban has already distanced itself from the attack.

It is also interesting that Abdullah, the chief rival of Ashraf Ghani was present at the gathering. I suppose the attack was also meant to serve as a message for him. #Kabul #Afghanistan
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"Our continued success is contingent upon predictable, adequate, sustained & timely funding" @DeptofDefense SecDef @EsperDoD tells #SASC re FY2021 budget, asking for on-time passage of $705.4 billion budget which "does not keep pace w/inflation"
Per @EsperDoD, the proposed budget contains "significant investments" in #hypersonics #microelectronics #5G autonomous systems &#ArtificialIntelligence
#China #Huawei - "If our @NATO allies incoporate Huawei technology it may very well have a severe impact on our ability to share information...& for the alliance to conduct itself as an alliance" @EsperDoD tells #SASC's @TomCottonAR
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⏰Tomorrow is a big day for #Afghanistan’s countless victims and survivors: after 2+ years of uncertainty, will the #ICC Appeals Chamber *finally* green light 🚦 a criminal investigation? THREAD. 🧵1/
Background: #Afghanistan’s decades-long war has led to horrific violations by all sides. The formidable @pagossman + others @hrw have documented atrocities and pressed for #justice in a place where abusers are almost always promoted instead of punished. 2/
In late 2017, after a 10+ year analysis of the situation, @icc_cpi prosecutor Fatou #Bensouda asked to investigate war crimes by #Afghan forces and #US personnel, and crimes against humanity by the #Taliban since May 1, 2003. 3/
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I'm usually as hawkish as @AmbJohnBolton on foreign affairs, but on US signing a deal with Taliban in Afghanistan, I disagree with him, and completely agree with Prez Trump and US Rep Zal Khalilzad @US4AfghanPeace. Below I explain why:
America went to war in Afghanistan when Taliban was hosting Al-Qaeda and Al-Qaeda launched 9/11 terror attacks against the US. US mission in Afghanistan should have been completed after Al-Qaeda was decimated, at most after the killing of its leader Bin Laden in 2011.
But after US initial success, Bush administration decided to fix Afghanistan comprehensively through nation-building and spreading democracy. This was proven impossible in absence of reliable local Afghani partners (most partners proved to be corrupt and manipulative)
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#Coronavirus briefing here underway.
"Everybody's tired of war," @POTUS begins on the topic of the #AfghanPeaceDeal.
@POTUS "Many lives over such a long period of time have been lost. I want to thank our wounded warriors," adds @POTUS. #AfghanPeaceDeal
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Should I be excited ? I dont think so..

I was there in in Afghanistan as an insurgent in 1988 when a similar agreement was signed at Geneva too. Almost identical terms & at least one party is still the same.
USSR has been replaced by USA.

USA has openly accepted its defeat & humiliation in front of the world & added their name in that famous hall of shame where they share the wall with Soviets & the British empire before them....!
But beyond that, not much is going to change in Afg.

Geneva accord of 1988 was signed between Pakistan & Kabul regime with US & USSR acting as guarantors.
The real party to the war, Afghan Mujahideen were left out & betrayed in the process & hence rejected the agreement though they allowed the Soviets to withdraw anyways.
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What it means ?

1) Prevents the use of the Afghan land by terrorist organisations or individuals against the security
of the United States and its allies

2) Sets a timeline for the withdrawal of all #USA & Coalition forces from
3) A political settlement between the
Taliban & an inclusive negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of #Afghanistan

4) A pemanent ceasefire

5) The #USA and it's Army will train and equip the Afghan military and security forces to handle the security issues prevalent in Afg
6) The #USA troops can only carry out operations against international terror orgs in Afghanistan soil and that too with ONLY if the Afghan government permits

7) US to facilitate talks between #Afghanistan & #Pakistan over security and mutual cooperation
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Thread on #Syria Here 👇

Will Be Based on Extensive Conversations with Former Administration Official

I Will offer 6 broad counter arguments to the ...

Countless number of observers / reporters / Think Tankers

who have long argued along same line as @shadihamid below
2-Let’s start with the obvious

First duty of a sovereign is to his people. In this case, that would be the American not the Syrian people, who decided to rise against their leader

Americans didn’t enable Ba'ath authoritarianism

#Syria was on the other side in the Cold War
3-Second, although it is staggeringly obvious that US military power exceeded that of #Syrianarmy

Issue for the U.S was whether intervention would protect or advance a strategic interest

#Syria, however, lay well outside the boundaries of US interest
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THREAD. With US-#Taliban deal imminent, I'm often asked, why now? Why has the negotiation reached a conclusion now and not earlier in 10 years of on-and-off US efforts to launch an #AfghanPeaceProcess? Three inter-related changes in US policy explain the difference . . . . 1/13
First is heightened US desire to draw down US military presence in #Afghanistan. This didn't start with Trump; he accelerated a political trend that was already gradually building. And he scared US national security principals into thinking he might pull out troops abruptly. 2/13
Obama supposedly wanted to end US mil presence by end of his term, but his Administration never put attempt to negotiate a way out at the center of US policy. Nor did Trump, at first, but that changed in late 2018, after Trump tried a somewhat stepped-up military effort. 3/13
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Starting now: @SecPompeo briefs @HouseForeign Cmte on US policy in #iran and #iraq
@SecPompeo @HouseForeign "It shouldn't have been so difficult to get you here," @HouseForeign Chair @RepEliotEngel to @SecPompeo says he's disappointed Secretary of State visit to Capitol Hill is so short and took so long to set up following US airstrike on #Soleimani
@SecPompeo @HouseForeign @RepEliotEngel Ranking member @RepMcCaul says the president acted with enormous restraint as #iran attacked US assets and was entirely within his rights to order the airstrike on #Soleimani
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#BREAKING: Angry over his inability to drag #NATO into #Syrian war, dictator #Erdogan has ordered #Turkish security forces to open borders and let #Syrian refugees travel freely to #EU among them there are hundreds of #ISIL members which #Turkey recently released in NE #Syria!
#BREAKING: This video is reported to be showing the first group of #Syrian refugees walking toward #Europe after #Turkish Gendarmerie opened the borders on order of #Erdogan. There are #ISIL members among them who are recently released from the #SDF's prison camps in NE #Syria.
They are on their ways to #Europe now. Tens of thousands of refugees from #Syria, #Afghanistan, #Pakistan & other countries are now walking toward the borders with #Bulgaria to immigrate to their future home, #Germany! They are thankful of #Erdogan!
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⚠️#CoronavirusOutbreak surges. #SouthKorea now has 833 #coronavirus cases, 7 deaths. #Afghanistan, Kuwait & Bahrain now have cases, too.

#Italy has >200 cases, the largest known outbreak outside Asia.

It’s a global #pandemic.

@thespybrief @WHO #COVID19…
#China postponed the National People’s Congress—their biggest political event—due to #coronavirus.

China’s economy is being hammered. President Xi says the #CoronavirusOutbreak is a “crisis” that would inevitably jolt the country’s economic development.

#Afghanistan confirmed its first case of #coronavirus, announced a “state of emergency,” and closed its border with #Iran and halted flights between the 2 countries after at least 1 man who recently came from #Iran was infected.

Afghanistan is NOT equipped to handle #COVID19.😱
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18 Years of War, Trillions of Dollars in Cost, Only to Go Back & Put Things Where They Were Before. The Only Good It Did: Fortified War Machine’s Earning- Made a Few Billionaires More Billions. #Afghanistan #PerpetualWars…
And the same story repeats, and will repeat itself: #Iraq, #Libya #Syria ... So Where’s the #Antiwar Movement? I only hear the crickets. You?
#Afghanistan War- not about terrorism or “Democracy”.
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This LIE destroyed Jeremy #Corbyn, Labour's chances of winning the recent General Election ... and handed power, and control over your lives,
to the ultra-right wing Tories.

#Britain's democracy and your democratic rights, in other words, were stolen by the undemocratic, unrepresentative, ultra-right-wing 'Jewish' Board of Deputies.

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It will shock you to discover that in a country with a population of more than SIXTY SIX MILLION PEOPLE, there are ONLY 260,000 JEWS!

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