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US resumes talks with Taliban in bid for ceasefire in AFG ending 18 years of war
[MAIL] Washington has resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar today, a US source said.

It comes three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war.

'The US rejoined talks today in Doha. The focus of discussion will be reduction of violence that leads to intra-Afghan negotiations and a ceasefire,' said the source briefed on efforts to end almost two decades of war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Issuing Less Visas for Afghans: Applicants
Fewer visas, actually, unless the things are physically smaller.
[ToloNews] Pakistain's embassy claims it has issued 450,000 visas in last nine months.

Some Afghan visa applicants in Kabul on Friday claimed that Pakistain’s embassy in the city has reduced the issuing of visas to Afghan nationals, stating that the embassy is providing visas only to those having illness and those paying money in exchange for a visa.

They said that the Pak embassy has made the decision following recent tension between the two countries.

"It's three days now that I am coming to the embassy, my father is very ill, he is a cancer patient. We want to take him to Lahore for treatment," said Mohammad Ali, an applicant.

"We call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the president, the chief executive officer to put aside your differences," said another applicant Hazrat Gul, asking the government leaders to focus on the issues facing the people rather than engaging in internal rifts.

"I have an eye problem, so I want to go to Pakistain for treatment," said Babrak, an applicant.

But Pakistain’s ambassador to Kabul, Zahid Nasrullah Khan, has said that over the past nine months, the embassy has issued 450,000 visas to Afghan citizens.

He also rejected rumors of corruption.

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs meanwhile said that efforts are underway to address the problems facing Afghan nationals seeking the Pak visas.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on different occasions raised the issue in various meetings so that it got the attention of the Pak government towards this matter, to settle this issue," said Geran Hewad, front man for the Minisry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

Last month, Pakistain’s embassy in Kabul stated that its consular section will be closed from November 4 until further notice, due to security reasons.

On November 4, The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement protested the summoning of the Afghan chargé d’affaires by Pakistain’s Foreign Ministry over reports of "harassment" made by Pak diplomats in Kabul.

Pakistain’s Foreign Ministry last month summoned the Afghan chargé d’affaires in order to convey serious concerns over the safety and security of the diplomatic personnel of the Pak embassy in Kabul and its sub-missions.

‘10 Police Killed’ in Kunduz: Sources
[ToloNews] Kunduz police chief confirmed the festivities but did not provide security forces casualties.

"At least 10 Afghan police were killed, including police commander Mohammad Zahir," in a clash with the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
in Imam Sahib district in the northeastern province of Kunduz on Thursday evening, security sources said.

The clash also left three Taliban fighters dead, according to sources.

The clash occurred when a group of Talibs attacked two police checkpoints in Joi Begum and Kyrgyz villages in Imam Sahib district, Kunduz provincial council member Khaluddin Hakimi said. He said the casualties "might be higher than 10."

Assadullah, a resident of Imam Sahib district, said that casualties among government forces have "increased" recently in nighttime attacks by the Taliban in the district.

He said the residents are concerned about this.

Kunduz police chief Colonel Amanullah Ibrahimi said the festivities happened and there were casualties among the police force members. But he did not provide an exact figure on it.
Imam Sahib distric: 2019-11-28 12 Taliban terrorists killed in a clash with ANDSF in Kunduz, 17 innocents kaboomed
Imam Sahib distric: 2019-11-21 Base overrun in Kol Arbab Khalil area of Imam Sahib district #Kunduz
Imam Sahib distric: 2019-09-21 Airstrikes kill 8 Taliban and ISIS militants, destroy weapons cache and a car bomb
Kunduz: 2019-12-05 Talipress: 17 killed, 11 injured in Kunduz operations
Kunduz: 2019-11-30 Taliban Press: 33 killed, 5 tanks destroyed in Mujahideen operation in northern Afghanistan
Kunduz: 2019-11-29 Kabul Police EOD team defuse bomb planted close to a school building

Large-scale Military Operation To Launch in North: Dostum
[ToloNews] Abdul Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
, first vice president, on Thursday at a gathering in Jawzjan said that a large-scale military operation will be launched in the north of Afghanistan against "insurgents."

Gen. Dostum said that in the past three months in Sheberghan, the capital of the Jawzjan, "ISIS" fighters have increased their influence in north of the country.

Earlier this week General Austin Scott Miller, commander of US and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
Forces in Afghanistan, and acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid, met with Gen. Dostum in Jawzjan and discussed the security situation in the north of Afghanistan.

"We discussed the situation in the north where the security threat is at a high level." Dostum told news hounds, adding: "After the meeting, will let you know when and where the operation will be launched."

Currently, the ISIS hard boyz have increased their activities in Faryab, Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...
, Jawzjan, Balkh and Samangan provinces, according to the local officials.

"The information shows that ISIS has encampments in some areas where security forces do not have a presence. But we assure you that the Afghan forces, with the aid of Resolute Support, will eliminate ISIS or al-Qaeda troops that are active in those areas," said Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of 209 Shaheen Military Corps.

Faryab-Jawzjan and Jawzjan-Balkh highways are insecure, and the residents of the provinces have been urged to stay off the highways.
Dostum: 2019-12-03 Gen. Millar met Gen. Dostum, discussed security and election
Dostum: 2019-11-22 Chicago Drug Gang Leader Says if Anyone Insults Muhammad, 'His Head Gotta Go'
Dostum: 2019-10-31 War crime verdict against Azhar Thursday
Austin Scott Miller: 2019-10-22 Taliban Failed in Their Spring Operations: Andarabi
Austin Scott Miller: 2019-05-28 U.S. Commander: Al Qaeda Operating ‘Across' Afghanistan
Austin Scott Miller: 2019-02-16 Gen. Miller Praises Pressure On Taliban By Afghan Commandos
Asadullah Khalid: 2019-09-17 For the first time, Taliban losing more fighters than Afghan military: Khalid
Asadullah Khalid: 2019-09-01 Kunduz: Taliban attack on Kunduz city overnight repelled after jacket wallah blows up police briefing in city center; 15 good guys kaboomed, 40 turbans airstruck
Asadullah Khalid: 2019-05-17 India hands over 2 Mi-35 gunship helicopters to the Afghan Air Force
Sar-e-Pul: 2019-11-28 13 civilians kaboomed in Sar-e-Pul province
Sar-e-Pul: 2019-11-14 Airstrikes kill 32 Taliban militants in three provinces
Sar-e-Pul: 2019-11-14 Two key Taliban commanders among 29 killed, wounded in Sar-e Pul clash
Balkh: 2019-11-28 War crimes investigation identifies ISIS members accused of Yazidi atrocities in Iraq
Balkh: 2019-11-27 220 Telecom Towers Destroyed in Eight Months: ATRA
Balkh: 2019-11-26 Local Taliban commanders among 16 killed, wounded in Balkh and Jawzjan clashes
Samangan: 2019-11-30 Taliban Press: 33 killed, 5 tanks destroyed in Mujahideen operation in northern Afghanistan
Samangan: 2019-09-28 Airstrikes destroy car bomb, kill 24 Taliban militants in 5 provinces
Samangan: 2019-09-20 Detained Taliban militant admits young fighters of the group face sexual abuse
209 Shaheen: 2019-10-28 Taliban Attack Thwarted in Faryab, Say Afghan Forces
209 Shaheen: 2019-08-23 Balkh: 20 Talibs airstruck, provincial police chief says Talibs plan to overrun districts
209 Shaheen: 2019-08-08 Attackers Killed Before Reaching Baghlan Army Base

'Afghan Airforce Assault Kills Three Taliban in Kunduz': MoD
[ToloNews] At least "three Taliban
...Arabic for students...
were killed in an Afghan Air Force air assault" in northern Kunduz province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement on Thursday.

The air assault took place on Wednesday night after the air forces targeted hard boyz in Chahardara district of the province, the statement said, adding that "four other Taliban were arrested by Afghan commandos during operations in the district."

According to the statement, Afghan cops during the clearing operation in Kunduz city "destroyed two bad boy strongholds and also seized bombs and weapons."

"Sayedullah Kandahari, Madra-e-Jame Uzbakha, Taloka-e-Se, Mawlawi Rahman and Haji Naqashband villages were cleared of hard boyz during the operation," it added.
Kunduz: 2019-11-30 Taliban Press: 33 killed, 5 tanks destroyed in Mujahideen operation in northern Afghanistan
Kunduz: 2019-11-29 Kabul Police EOD team defuse bomb planted close to a school building
Kunduz: 2019-11-29 Prominent Taliban commanders among 17 killed, wounded in failed attack on Darqad district
Chahardara district: 2019-02-09 Afghan Special Forces storm Taliban prison in Kunduz province
Chahardara district: 2017-09-01 Karzai strongly reacts at civilians deaths in Taliban, ISIS attacks, and US airstrike
Chahardara district: 2017-07-19 Taliban shadow official dies in airstrike in Kunduz

Probe into alleged crimes in Afghanistan begins at International Criminal Court at The Hague
[DAWN] The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a three-day hearing on Wednesday at which prosecutors and victims aim to overturn a decision scrapping a proposed investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan's brutal conflict.

Fergal Gaynor, a lawyer representing 82 Afghani victims, called it a historic day for accountability in Afghanistan.

In April, judges rejected a request by the court's prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to open an investigation into crimes allegedly committed by the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
, Afghan cops and American military and intelligence agencies.

In the ruling, which was condemned by victim's and right's groups, the judges said that an investigation "would not serve the interests of justice" because it would likely fail due to lack of cooperation.

The decision came a month after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo banned visas for ICC staff seeking to investigate allegations of war crimes and other abuses by US forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's request to open an investigation said there is information that members of the US military and intelligence agencies "committed acts of torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, rape and sexual violence against conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan and other locations, principally in the 2003-2004 period."

She also said that the Taliban and other bad boy groups have killed more than 17,000 civilians since 2009, including some 7,000 assassinations.

She alleged that Afghan cops have tortured prisoners at government detention centres.

Even as they rejected the request for an investigation, judges in April acknowledged that Bensoudas November 2017 request to open a probe established a reasonable basis to consider that crimes within the ICC jurisdiction have been committed in Afghanistan and that potential cases would be admissible before the court.

Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ‐ A Japanese physician and aid worker in eastern Afghanistan died of his wounds after an attack Wednesday that also killed five Afghans, including the doctor’s bodyguards, the driver and a passenger, a hospital spokesman said.

The attack in Nangarhar province targeted Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura as he was heading to the provincial capital, Jalalabad, according to the provincial governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani.

Nakamura was seriously wounded and was reported to be in critical condition immediately after the attack. He underwent surgery at a local hospital but died of his wounds shortly after, while being airlifted to the Bagram airfield hospital in the capital, Kabul, said Gulzada Sanger, the hospital spokesman.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed shock at the brutal killing. "As a doctor, Mr. Nakamura made great contributions in areas of medical care in Afghanistan," Abe told reporters in Tokyo, stressing that Nakamura risked his life daily "in a dangerous and intense region."

Nakamura had headed the Japanese charity, Peace Medical Service, in Nangarhar since 2008. He came to Afghanistan after a Japanese colleague, Kazuya Ito, was abducted and killed.
Tolo News adds:
The Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted that the Taliban has “no connection” with the attack, and no other group has so far claimed responsibility.

Palace spokesman Sediq Sediqqi on twitter strongly condemned the attack on Afghanistan’s “greatest friend,” and said that Dr. Nakamura “dedicated all his life to change the lives of Afghans, working on water management, dams and improving traditional agriculture in Afghanistan.”

TOLOnews reporter Abdulhaq Omeri said that Dr. Nakamura worked more than a decade in the province and was recently awarded an honorary Afghan citizenship by President Ghani.

Yezidi woman rescued by Iraqi Army near Ramadi
[Rudaw] Iraqi troops have rescued a 17-year-old Yezidi woman who was being held captive in the Anbar desert near the city of Ramadi, according to a Kurdish official.

Preparations are underway to reunite Zhiyan Shamo Khidhir with her family, Hussein Qaidi, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Yezidi Rescue Office, told Rudaw on Tuesday.

Born in 2002 in the village of Kocho, Shingal, Khidhir was among around 7,000 Yezidi women and girls kidnapped by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group in the summer of 2014.

No other details about the rescue, Khidhir’s condition, or her current location were provided.

Qaidi said his office is coordinating with the Iraqi Army to help reunite her with her family. He did not say where the family now resides.

Many of those who escaped the ISIS genocide in Shingal fled to displacement camps in the Kurdistan Region province of Duhok. Others emigrated to Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
or further afield ‐ decimating the region’s once vibrant ethnic and religious diversity.

Roughly half of the women and kiddies kidnapped by ISIS have since been brought to safety by the Yezidi Rescue Office.

What happened in Kocho and other villages like it has been highlighted by Yezidi survivor and human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
activist Nadia Murad, who became a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2016 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.

Although Shingal was retaken from ISIS in 2015, the region remains hotly disputed between rival forces. Displaced families are wary of returning amid the insecurity, the lack of infrastructure, and recent Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
s targeting the alleged positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Of Iraq’s remaining 550,000 Yezidis, an estimated 360,000 of them live in camps and communities in the Kurdistan Region, according to statistics from the KRG’s Yezidi Rescue Office. Around 40,000 remained or returned to Shingal.
Yezidi: 2019-11-28 War crimes investigation identifies ISIS members accused of Yazidi atrocities in Iraq
Yezidi: 2019-11-27 EU operation deals 'severe blow' to Islamic State online propaganda
Yezidi: 2019-11-21 Afghanistan’s president claims victory over IS

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
After Zero Refugee Arrivals in October, November Admissions Set 18-Year Low for That Month
[CNSNews] CNSNews.com) ‐ After an unprecedented month of not a single refugee admission into the United States in October, last month saw a total of 1,488 refugees arrive, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.

The November arrivals were the lowest for the month since 2001, when in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks on America just four refugees were resettled in the U.S.
There’s a cute little bar graph of November arrivals for the oast decade at the link.
Between then and this year, the number of admissions during the second-last month of the calendar year has ranged from a low of 1,858 refugees (also under the Trump administration, in 2017), and a high of 8,355 (under the B.O. regime, in 2016).

President Trump has signed off on a ceiling of 18,000 refugee admissions for fiscal year 2020, the lowest annual cap set by a president since the modern refugee admission program was established in 1980.

Of the 1,488 refugees to have arrived during November, the countries of origin of the largest numbers were the Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
(509 refugees) and Burma (337 refugees). Other sizeable groups included 91 Afghans, 78 Ukrainians, 50 Iraqis, and 37 Syrians.

A total of 1,143 of the refugees admitted in November (77 percent) self-identified as Christians, with larger contingents including 254 Christians (no denomination specified) from Burma, 153 Pentecostalists from DRC, 102 Seventh-Day Adventists from DRC, 74 Catholics from DRC, and 62 Baptists from Moldova.

Two hundred and ninety-nine of the November arrivals (20 percent) were Moslems, including 55 Shi’ites from Afghanistan, and 32 Sunnis from Syria.

Other refugees included 13 Buddhists from Burma, five Yazidis from Iraq, one Hindu from Sri Lanka, and one Zoroastrian from Iran. Twenty-one refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala, self-identified as having "no religion."

October was the first month since the 1980 Refugee Act was enacted that not a single refugee was resettled in the United States.

The first refugees to be admitted in FY 2020 were recorded as having been resettled in the U.S. on November 5. One hundred and ninety-nine refugees arrived that day, among them 63 Christians from DRC, 38 Christians from Ukraine, 25 Syrian Sunnis, and 16 Afghan Sunnis.

One hundred and ninety refugees arrived on November 6, including 82 Christians from DRC, and 13 Iraqis ‐ seven Moslems, three Christians and three Yazidis.

Sixteen Somali Moslems were among the 174 refugees who were admitted on November 7.

Air Pollution-Related Diseases Up by 5 Percent: Health Ministry
A sign of an improving economy, one hopes.
[ToloNews] By international standards, air quality in Kabul has recently been rated "hazardous."
How does this compare to the worst cities in China, Istanbul during the winter, and Los Angeles before we started cleaning up our air in the 1970s?
The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday said that air pollution-related diseases have increased by 5 percent this year, and it called on relevant organizations to take the necessary measures before pollution impacts more lives.

"The statistics which we have from the hospitals indicate that it has increased by 5 percent compared to the past year," said Nizamuddin Jalil, a front man for the Ministry of Public Health.

...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
a number of residents in Kabul have said that the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) has failed to take solid steps towards reducing air pollution in the country.

"They are burning rubber, it creates smoke and this also impacts the agriculture in our area," said Abdul Mateen, a resident of Deh Sabz district of Kabul, referring to the kilns operating in the districts.

With the onset of winter, the vast majority of people in Afghanistan have turned to burning coal and wood to heat their homes ‐ a move that seriously impacts the quality of air.

Assessment by Air Visual, a US and Swiss-based software company measuring air pollution, indicates that the air quality in Kabul has reached a "hazardous" level, and this has put the city at the top of the world’s "most polluted cities" list.

Based on NEPA standards, air pollution shouldn’t exceed 75 micrograms in one cubic meter, but in the past few days the level of air pollution has been at least three times as much as this.

According to Air Visual, air pollution levels in some parts of the city have risen to a standard of 247 micrograms per cubic meter.

Germans Ready to Extend Their NATO Mission: Minister
[ToloNews] The visiting German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
...Angela Merkel’s new pick for successor...
at a news conference in Kabul said she hopes the Afghan election results are announced in the near future, and she hopes results will be accepted by all stakeholders.

She also said that Berlin will help Afghanistan to achieve peace.

"We hope that the results of the free elections which have been held, are announced soon and all stakeholders accept the results so that a strong government is formed which could strengthen peace negotiations," said Karrenbauer.

She also talked about Germany’s readiness to extend the mission of almost 1,000 German troops in Afghanistan.

"We have a shared goal and it is that the people of Afghanistan should live in a secure environment and join hands and cooperate," she said.

President Ghani meanwhile welcomed Germany’s assistance to Afghanistan and said it has had a constructive role in the Afghan grinding of the peace processor.

"We discussed Afghanistan’s future from different perspectives," Ghani said. "Germany has hosted three big conferences on Afghanistan at a higher level and in all of them it has insisted on a stable, democratic and dignified Afghanistan."

World's leading financial institutions have given pauper state Pakistan their vote of confidence: Hafeez Sheikh
[DAWN] Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on Tuesday said that the world's leading financial institutions had given Pakistain their vote of confidence and acknowledged the improvement over the past five months in its economic indicators.

"The World Bank president came and appreciated Pakistain's performance and instructed that better ties with Pakistain be formed.

"The Asian Development Bank, the foremost entity with whom we are linked to economically right now, also recognised the improvement in the performance of Pakistain's economy and declared a $3 billion increase in its programme," said Sheikh as he held a presser in Islamabad alongside Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi, and special finance secretary Umar Hameed.

"Similarly, IMF (International Monetary Fund), viewed as the world's largest financial lender and whose fundamental task is to form an opinion regarding the various economies across the world, after viewing our economic performance, declared that all of Pakistain's agreements made with the IMF had been befittingly achieved," he continued.

Abdul Hafeez Sheikh: 2019-10-22 Pakistan to implement FATF action plan by February: Hafeez
Abdul Hafeez Sheikh: 2019-08-08 Actions against banned outfits key to exiting FATF list: US
Abdul Hafeez Sheikh: 2012-06-04 Hafeez hints at going to IMF for bailout package
World Bank: 2019-11-29 Blasts kill 16 in northern Afghanistan; mostly women, girls
World Bank: 2019-11-27 $787m loan agreements signed with World Bank
World Bank: 2019-11-23 Washington supports India’s continued involvement in Afghanistan
Asian Development Bank: 2018-11-14 Gender-based violence court in Lahore sentences child rapist to life in prison
Asian Development Bank: 2018-05-11 Kabul Attacks Death Toll Rises To Seven
Asian Development Bank: 2015-03-30 NorKs refused entry to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Hammad Azhar: 2019-11-27 $787m loan agreements signed with World Bank
Hammad Azhar: 2019-11-08 Country may remain on FATF list beyond February: minister
Hammad Azhar: 2019-10-25 Minister says over 700 ‘terror financing’ cases are near completion
Shabbar Zaidi: 2019-07-20 Country cannot run on charity alone: FBR chairman
International Monetary Fund: 2019-11-05 Jordan government resigns ahead of a reshuffle
International Monetary Fund: 2019-11-05 Size of informal economy declines globally, needs more incentives to be contained: IMF
International Monetary Fund: 2019-10-24 Ecuador’s President Calls Nicolás Maduro an ‘Ass’ After ‘Stupid’ Insult

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