[ToloNews] The Taliban ...Arabic for students... leadership has appointed Mawlawi Abdul Hakim, the chief justice of the group, as head of their 21-member negotiating team in Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... , making the former chief negotiator Abbas Stanekzai his deputy.
Sources close to the Taliban said that most of the fatwas (rulings) of the group, particularly on war, are issued by Mawlawi Abdul Hakim and that he will attend the negotiating table with full authority.
Mawlawi Abdul Hakim was a mentor for many high-ranking Taliban members and was a close aide to Mullah Mansour, the former head of the group, according to Taliban sources. There had been a possibility of Hakim replacing Mansour after the latter was killed in 2016, said sources.
Thirteen members of the Taliban’s negotiating team are members of the leadership of the group.
"They were complaining that the Taliban political commission in Doha is not fully in power. They have to go back to their leadership council to seek guidance and permission and then the talks are delayed or suspended," said Rahimullah Yousafzai, a Pak journalist.
"Qazi Abdul Hakim is a good mullah and he has studied with me at Haqania Madrassa for two years and many Taliban (members) are his students," said Sayed Akbar Agha, former Taliban commander.
The Taliban’s leadership has also appointed Mohammad Naeem Wardak as front man of their negotiating team.
Mawlawi Abdul Hakim is from Ishaqzaee tribe and is a resident of Panjwaee district of Kandahar province.
"Those who are in the highest ranks from a religious point of view among the Taliban are in the lead of the team. It means that the Taliban will not need to consult (with their leadership) on many issues," said Waliullah Shaheen, a political analyst.
The changes in the Taliban’s negotiating team comes as preparations for the intra-Afghan negotiations are about to be finalized from the two sides — the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
But the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is still something that has not been solved, even for some US politicians.
"The question for the US is whether to remain engaged or not engaged with Afghanistan. And that is the danger," said Richard Olson, former US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistain.
[DAILYTIMES.PK] The long-awaited peace talks with the Taliban ...Arabic for students... face delays after Afghan negotiators pushed back a planned trip to Doha as logistical issues are still being worked on in the Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... i capital, a government and a diplomatic source said on Monday.
After months of delays largely due to a disagreement over prisoner demands by the turban Taliban, a government decision to set most prisoners free last week led the major players involved to expect talks would finally begin.
Negotiators had initially expected to fly to Doha late last week in anticipation of talks starting as soon as Monday.
However the team would not leave on Monday, one government and one diplomatic source told Rooters.
One of the sources, a senior government official, said the negotiating team may fly on Tuesday.
He added that the cause of the delay was partly due to the Taliban and officials in Doha sorting out final logistical questions over the opening ceremony, including who should be given time to speak and how flags should be arranged.
These matters carry symbolic weight for the two sides, each of whom has questioned each other’s legitimacy to present themselves as governing powers.
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I think we seen dis movie eleven times with eleven different titles.
An FBI search for Chinese researchers with ties to China’s military is leading to intensifying cat-and-mouse tactics involving what prosecutors say are foiled escapes, evidence tossed into a dumpster and a chase through an airport. (WSJ) https://t.co/AQxImldmt9
[IsraelTimes] The EU voices "serious concern and regret" on Monday over Belgrade’s commitment to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, casting a shadow over the resumption of Serbia-Kosovo talks.
President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti are to meet in Brussels for a second round of EU-brokered face-to-face talks to resolve disputes two decades after clashing in war.
The meeting follows a high-profile summit at the White House where Vucic and Hoti signed statements agreeing to measures to improve economic relations — and in Serbia’s case, committing to moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The EU is still committed to the two state solution in which Jerusalem will be the capital of both Israel and a future Paleostinian state, and its own diplomatic mission is in Tel Aviv.
The bloc expects prospective members like Serbia to align with its foreign policy positions.
"In this context any diplomatic steps that could call into question the EU’s common position on Jerusalem are a matter of serious concern and regret," EU foreign affairs front man Peter Stano tells news hounds in Brussels.
[Jpost] Interior minister of the southern German state of Baden-Wurttemberg Thomas Strobl confirmed on Friday that the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah stored ammonium nitrate, a chemical that the Shi’ite entity has used for bombs to murder civilians in plots across the globe.
"The stored cold packs were brought out of Germany in 2016," said Strobl, according to a regional German newspaper.
Where did they go after that? Somebody deserves to know that a major bomb event is intended for their terrorized future, and it would only be neighborly of Germany to give them a heads up.
He added that "There are no findings or indications that the local cold pack storage is related to the storage in the Port of Beirut."
In Potland, how many are Californians? How many are educated in Oregon colleges in the Social Sciences? How many are trust fund babies? How many could not get into the fifth college of their choice. How many have eyes so close together that it is possible to believe that insanity runs in the family?
These are the downwardly mobile, bitter and disillusioned after realizing that their grievance studies degree that Daddy paid for won't grant them the ability to live the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.
The Turkish lira has hit a record low against the dollar, continuing a declining trend over concerns about inflation, loose monetary policy, and the central bank’s depleted forex reserves.#Turkeyhttps://t.co/tfbW0mV6dx
The Guinness Book of Records classified the Turkish lira as the world’s third less valued currency from 1995 to 1996, and again from 1999 to 2004. In 2005, after another devaluation of the Turkish lira, the New Turkish lira was issued, which was in circulation until 1 January 2009, when it was again renamed as “Turkish lira”.
[Jpost] France has registered an official protest against Israel’s planned deportation of French-Palestinian terrorist Salah Hamouri, who planned to assassinate former chief rabbi Ovadia Yosef, along with other attacks.
Paris asked Israel on Sunday to postpone the expulsion and allow Hamouri, who is a French citizen, to be reunited with his family in Jerusalem.
France is only an airplane ride away. Let ‘em hold the reunion there.
Foreign Ministry deputy director-general for Europe Anna Azari told French Ambassador to Israel Eric Danon that Israel plans to revoke Hamouri’s residency in light of his continued, active membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
“Israel is committed to fighting terror and is acting against the terrorists among us, as France and many other countries in the world do,” she said.Azari shared details of Hamouri’s case with Danon, including that he was served prison sentences for numerous security crimes, including taking part in the planned but thwarted assassination of Yosef, funding terrorism and recruiting PFLP members.
Hamouri continues his hostile actions against Israel to this day, Azari continued, and was recently put in administrative detention for 13 months because of those activities.
According to Azari, Hamouri took advantage of his permanent residence status in order to harm the State of Israel and its residents, which is a clear breach of trust against the state – the standard by which Israel revokes residency.
Hamouri was born in Jerusalem to a French mother and a Palestinian father and is a French citizen. His wife Elsa Lefort, daughter of the French former communist MP and president of the France-Palestine Solidarity Association Jean-Claude Lefort, was expelled from Israel in 2016 and banned for 10 years. They have a four-year-old son.
The PFLP member was sentenced to seven years in prison for his involvement in the attempt to assassinate Yosef, but was released after two years as one of the 1,027 terrorists traded for captive soldier Gilad Schalit in 2011.
After his release, he told Reuters that he has no regrets, saying "I am certain of the path and the choices I have chosen."
Hamouri called Yosef "a symbol of racism and fanaticism in Israel."
Yosef consented to Hamouri's release from prison, because it enabled Schalit to be freed.
The Interior Ministry informed Hamouri on Thursday that it plans to revoke his permanent Jerusalem resident status, effectively deporting him, due to his continued ties to the PFLP. He has one month to appeal the decision.
The Knesset passed a law in 2018 that allows the government to revoke the permanent residence status of east Jerusalem residents who commit an act of breach of trust against the state. The interior minister must consult with the justice minister before making his decision, which the resident can appeal before the district court.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.