World Afghanistan: IS claims the assassination of three employees of a television channel
Violence against civilians surges in Afghanistan after peace talks: UN report
Violence against civilians surges in Afghanistan after peace talks: UN reportKABUL (Reuters) - Civilian casualties in Afghanistan escalated sharply after peace talks began last year, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday, calling for a ceasefire as negotiators met for the first time after weeks of inaction.
L Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the shooting of three employees of a channel Afghan television station in Jalalabad (east) on Tuesday, less than three months after the similar murder of one of its presenters, said the American agency SITE, which specializes in monitoring jihadist groups.
"This afternoon, three of our colleagues, young women between the ages of 17 and 20, were shot and killed by gunmen in the city of Jalalabad," Zalmai Latifi told AFPIS claimed responsibility for these assassinations in a statement relayed by the SITE agency on Tuesday evening.
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"Caliphate soldiers targeted three female journalists working for one of the media loyal to the apostate Afghan government," the jihadist group said. Kayhan Safi, head of the dubbing department at Enekaas TV, where the three victims worked, said the three young women, named Shahnaz, Sadia and Mursal, were killed as they left their office to go home walk. ISIS previously claimed responsibility for the December assassination of Malalai Maiwand, a television presenter and activist working for Enekaas TV. She had been shot dead with her driver in Jalalabad on her way to her office. The jihadist group, although weakened in recent years, maintains a presence in the east of the country, and sometimes claims suicide attacks and assassinations in large cities like Kabul.
Op-Ed: The U.S.-Taliban peace deal only whetted the insurgents' appetite for more violence
The United States elevated the Taliban's status by negotiating a 2020 deal without Kabul's participation.Since signing a much-vaunted U.S.-Taliban peace agreement on Feb. 29, 2020, the United States has put enormous pressure on the Afghan government to make concessions to fulfill the Taliban's preconditions for intra-Afghan negotiations — the talks that most matter to Afghans, for they will determine the shape of the country to come.
Police said, however, an assailant belonging to the Taliban was arrested. "We arrested (an assailant) while he was trying to escape driving a rickshaw. His name is Qari Basir and he confessed to leading the attack. He is a member of the Taliban," Juma said. Gul Hemat, the police chief of Nangarhar, the province where the murder of the three young women took place. A Taliban spokesperson denied any involvement of the group. Zahir Adel, spokesperson for Nangarhar Hospital, confirmed that the bodies of the three employees were brought to his facility, along with two other women who were injured. "With these cowardly attacks and by causing terror, the Taliban cannot silence the voices that speak forcefully to defend the Republic and the successes of the past two decades," responded Afghan President
Ashraf GhaniSeven media collaborators were killed in 2020, according to the Committee to Protect Afghan Journalists (AJSC). Another was also murdered in early 2021.
Biden should stay in Afghanistan
America’s twenty-year history in Afghanistan inevitably colors debate about the U.S. interests at stake and what to do there next. Unfortunately, the debate often deteriorates into a war of bumper-sticker slogans: "ending endless wars" versus "standing by our commitments."Newly-inaugurated, President Joe Biden now has a unique opportunity. Inheriting last year’s deeply flawed withdrawal agreement with the Taliban, Biden faces a May 1 decision whether to completely remove U.S. forces. In theory, earlier U.S. force reductions and the final departure were to be "conditions based.
"These targeted killings must stop. The government must fully investigate these attacks on journalists and members of the media, and take all measures to ensure (their) safety, "the AJSC said on Tuesday. The targeted killings of journalists, judges, doctors, political and religious figures and human rights defenders have become more and more frequent in recent months in
AfghanistanMany incidents go unclaimed. The Taliban deny any responsibility for the targeted attacks, but the Afghan government and the United States
continue to hold them responsible. Violence has only increased across the country in recent months, despite ongoing peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban. Begun in September in Doha, these negotiations are at a standstill for the moment.
Not a day in Afghanistan goes by without a bomb explosion, attacks on government forces or an assassination attempt.
For its part, the administration of US PresidentJoe Biden
ordered a review of the agreement signed in February 2020 in Doha with the Taliban, which made the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan by May 2021 conditional on security guarantees from the insurgents and their commitment to cut all ties with jihadist organizations like Al-Qaeda. But the Taliban warned that if Washington were to reverse the deal, they would resume their attacks on US forces, which have since been suspended.
03/03/2021 08:56:18 - Jalalabad (Afghanistan) (AFP) - © 2021 AFP
Pentagon uncertain of U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan as deadline looms .
The Pentagon said Monday that it has not decided on whether to withdraw U.S. troops in Afghanistan. "There hasn't been a decision made yet about future force posture Afghanistan," explained Pentagon press secretary John Kirby. The war in Afghanistan, which is now America's longest conflict, began 19 years ago and has cost U.S. taxpayers $193 billion, according to the Pentagon.