He's not blind and he wasn't dropped on his head.
[ToloNews] Abdullah Abdullah ...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president... , the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, has said that he has grave concerns that the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... will not show any flexibility for a political agreement with the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan once the US troops leave the country.
Abdullah said there clear are indications that show that the Taliban are trying to advance militarily before the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country.
"The point is that it will have an implication, an impact on the negotiations with the Taliban. Taliban may find themselves further emboldened and they may think, some of them at least, that with the withdrawal they can take advantage of the situation militarily, so why to get seriously into the negotiations?"," said Abdullah in an interview with AP.
Abdullah however warned the Taliban not to miscalculate the situation, saying that no one will be able to win militarily.
"It will be a big miscalculation on part of the Taliban should they think that they can win militarily, and I repeat that there are no winners through the continuation of the war," he added in the interview.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, the spittle had reached unprecedented levels... 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... ’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said that there has been no breakthrough in the peace negotiations between the Afghan parties so far.
"The announcement of the withdrawal of the US forces that will be in September 2021, which is in three months from now, and yet there is not an Afghan consensus how the future of Afghanistan will look like," he said. "Our main goals now is to achieve a ceasefire between the government and the Taliban and to achieve a consensus among the different Afghan parties."
In an address to Antalya Diplomacy Forum in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... on Friday, Abdullah called on the Taliban to engage in talks, reiterating that there is a "real opportunity" for peace in the country that should be utilized.
This comes amid reports that a six-member team from the Afghan Republic comprising key politicians, including Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ...A product, and probably the sole product, of the Southern Alliance... , is expected to travel to Doha within the next few days to hold talks with the Taliban. The delegation is expected to visit Doha on Wednesday.
The Taliban has said that they welcome the delegation’s efforts for peace.
That is, he rejects the idea that there are Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan. The reality he is quietly happy about. The honourable foreign minister of Pakistan has much else to say as well, and Tolo News transcribed it all.
[ToloNews] Pakistain Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi ...a Pak political shape-changer. He is undistinguished except for his habit of periodically needing to have his lips reattached... said the only way forward toward peace in Afghanistan is through reconciliation, coexistence and talks among Afghans, and he reiterated that Islamabad’s approach toward its neighbor has changed and it will favor a future arrangement that is acceptable for all Afghans.
Talking to TOLOnews in an exclusive interview at his office in Islamabad last week, Qureshi said there is a need for flexibility from Afghan leaders to move the grinding of the peace processor forward.
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[JPost] hell, by then, he may be staying
The departure will take place nearly a month after Bennett began the premiership last week.
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu will leave the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem by July 10, after reaching an agreement with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday.
The departure will take place nearly a month after Bennett began his premiership last week, shorter than the six-weeks it took Netanyahu to leave the Balfour residence after losing an election to Ehud Barak in 1999.
Netanyahu also agreed to not to hold official meetings in the residence. The day after Bennett was sworn in as prime minister, Netanyahu hosted former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Christians United for Israel leader Pastor John Hagee in the Prime Minister’s Residence.
Bennett is not expected to move into the Balfour residence full-time, but to use it mostly for official meetings. His wife and four children, aged 9, 12, 14 and 16, are expected to remain in their home in Ra’anana.
[AnNahar] The Pentagon said Friday it was cutting the number of troops and air defense units deployed to the Middle East, confirming a Wall Street Journal report that eight Patriot batteries were being moved out from the region.
The Wall Street Journal said the Patriot anti-missile batteries were being removed from Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and that a separate anti-missile system, called THAAD, was being transferred from Saudi Arabia as well.
The move comes as President Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created ... by the — you know — you know, the thing... 's administration seeks to ease tensions with Iran
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[IsraelTimes] A high-level Paleostinian security delegation arrived in Washington this week for consultations with their American counterparts, two sources familiar with the matter told The Times of Israel Saturday.
They were the first such meetings since US President Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. You're a lyin' dog-faced pony soldier... took office five months ago.
The delegation from Ramallah was headed by Paleostinian Authority General Intelligence Services chief Majed Faraj.
Faraj was one of the only PA officials to maintain contact with the US during the previous administration, which Ramallah boycotted in 2017 after former president Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Biden administration ...knaves, footpads, and adjusters employed by the Biden Crime Family. They leave a trail of havoc everywhere they turn their attention, be it the nation's borders, the Keystone XL Pipeline, or epidemics, sometimes on purpose, most times through sheer arrogant ineptitude. They learnt this stuff in college, you know... has restored relations with the PA, announcing the return of hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance. Last month US Secretary of State Antony Blinken notified then-prime minister Benjamin Netanahu of the intention to reopen a consulate in Jerusalem that historically served as the de-facto representative to the Paleostinians before being shuttered by Trump.
The PA delegation’s meetings this week included ones with counterparts at the Central Intelligence Agency, the sources said, adding that the sides discussed maintaining calm in the West Bank against the backdrop of last month’s war in Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... A spokesperson for the PA General Intelligence Service declined to comment, and the CIA Public Affairs Office did not immediately respond to a query on the matter.
During the 11-day conflict in the coastal enclave, Biden asked PA President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas ...aka Abu Mazen, a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial. While no Yasser Arafat, he has his own brand of evil, just a little more lowercase.... to prevent the West Bank from turning into a "second front," a US official said.
[IsraelTimes] Terror leader issues threat if Israel doesn’t stop retaliating for balloon-borne attacks, end blockade on enclave; says Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... groups have already formulated plan of action.
A senior member of Paleostinian Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... said Saturday that Gaza terror groups have sent a message to Egyptian mediators warning of a violent mostly peaceful response if Israel continues to carry out strikes on the Strip in response to balloon-borne attacks that have burned crops and open-land in southern Israel.
Khader Habib told the Al Ayam newspaper that if the retaliatory strikes continue, as well as the blockade on the Strip that Israel says is necessary to prevent terror groups from building up military capabilities, "the [terror] organizations will respond in a similar fashion."
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] A ‘ghost armada’ of sanctions-busting tankers carrying black-market oil to China is bankrolling Iran’s secret nuclear programme, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The rogue state has almost doubled its fleet sailing under other countries’ flags to 123 in the past year, letting China smuggle in up to a million barrels of oil per day – or two-thirds of the UK’s daily use.
Intelligence experts warn that the expanded fleet shows Iran, which announced hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as its president yesterday, is boosting development of its nuclear capability despite international curbs.
The fleet uses a string of techniques to evade sanctions as it sails the globe with its illegal cargo, including registering vessels in small nations without the ability to monitor tankers flying their flag.
Iranian vessels are also ‘spoofing’ – manipulating the GPS that reports a vessel’s position so it appears to be elsewhere when it docks undetected in prohibited areas.
Satellite imagery provided to the The Mail on Sunday shows ships in the illegal armada allegedly spoofing last month, and others travelling to load oil on to Chinese ships in the South China Sea.
Ships also use ‘flag hopping’ to switch their registration between nations and mask their identity.
US sanctions designed to stop Iran financing international terrorism and developing its nuclear programme ban the Middle East state from selling oil abroad.
But China has flouted the ban and increased its secret dealings at sea over the past six months to help bankroll Iran’s nuclear activity, according to United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), an international not-for-profit group led by former US ambassador to the UN Mark Wallace.
It used satellite imagery and round-the-clock tracking to monitor the illicit trade.
China was reportedly buying an average of 700,000 barrels of illegal Iranian oil a day up to April, peaking at a million barrels, making it Tehran’s main customer.
Ghost armada ships carrying 18 million barrels are currently thought to be in the South China Sea.
Between February and May, UANI successfully applied for seven ships in the fleet, which includes 20 supertankers able to carry more than two million barrels of oil, to have their flags deregistered after alerting national authorities and insurers.
The armada can transport almost 100 million barrels of crude or fuel oil and nearly 12 million barrels of liquefied petroleum gas – worth a total of £5.5 billion.
Other countries that buy from Iran include Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
UANI senior adviser Sir Ivor Roberts, a former Foreign Office counter-terrorism chief, said that if only a sixth of the armada’s tankers evaded detection and completed a shipment each week, Iran would be exporting 2.4 million barrels a day – 300,000 more than before sanctions were reimposed in 2018.
He added: ‘The volume of black-market oil China is buying from Iran is staggering. That gives the regime in Tehran the foreign currency it needs to build up its reserves, ramp up its nuclear programme in the face of international sanctions and pursue its terror-sponsoring agenda abroad.
'This shadowy alliance is a challenge to the West and… has potentially huge implications for our security.’
Iran and China did not respond to requests to comment last night.
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[AlAhram] Banks, central to the service-oriented economy, are paralysed. Savers have been locked out of dollar accounts. The currency has crashed, driving a swathe of the population into poverty.
Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch... is grappling with a deep economic crisis after successive governments piled up debt following the 1975-1990 civil war with little to show for their spending binge.
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