UK police arrest two teenagers in connection with Texas synagogue attack

London [UK] (ANI): Greater Manchester police on Sunday (local time) arrested two teenagers as part of the Texas synagogue attack probe.
“As part of the ongoing investigation into the attack that took place at a Synagogue in Texas on 15 January 2022, Officers from Counter Terror Policing North West have made two arrests in relation to the incident,” read Greater Manchester police statement. Two teenagers were detained in South Manchester this evening. They remain in custody for questioning.
Counter-Terrorism Policing (CTP) North West and CTP International operations continues to assist the investigation being led by the US authorities, and police forces in the region are liaising with local communities to put in place any measures to provide further reassurance, added the statement.
Earlier, a 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram was killed on Sunday after a tense standoff.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified Akram, who was demanding the release of the Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.
At least four people were taken hostages, including a Rabbi by Akram at a synagogue in the town of Colleyville for more than ten hours on Saturday. (Image source: Instagram)

Vice President, Defence Minister, other MPs pay tributes to victims of 2001 Parliament attack

New Delhi [India]: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla paid their tribute to the security personnel who lost their lives in the 2001 Parliament attack on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.
Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other parliamentarians also paid tributes on the occasion.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had remembered the security personnel who lost their lives in the attack and said that the nation shall forever remain grateful to them for their supreme sacrifice.

“I pay my tributes to all those security personnel who were martyred in the line of duty during the Parliament attack in 2001. Their service to the nation and supreme sacrifice continues to inspire every citizen,” PM Modi said in his tweet.
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed terrorists belonging to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), stormed the Parliament complex in New Delhi and opened fire indiscriminately.
Around 14 people, including security personnel and one civilian, were killed in the attack. The terror strike took place around 40 minutes after Parliament was adjourned and about 100 members were present in the building.

UPA govt was not soft on security after 26/11, restraint perceived as weakness, says Manish Tewari

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday said that his new book does not say that United Progressive Alliance (UPA) goernment was soft or weak on the security after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 and that “restraint is perceived as weakness”.
Speaking at an event on the launch of his book, ’10 Flashpoints: 20 years-National Security Situations That Impacted India’, Tewari said, “If you read the paragraph in entirety, it doesn’t say that the UPA govt was soft or weak on security. The paragraph says that the state that has no compunctions about slaughtering people in cold blood, restraint is perceived as a weakness, not as a sign of strength.” The Congress leader, who is a member of “G23” which wrote to Congress presisent Sonia Gandhi last year seeking sweeping reforms in the party, said that a perception got created in Pakistan when the UPA government chose to exercise “strategic restraint” after the Mumbai attack.
“This was about the perception that got created in Pakistan when we chose to exercise strategic restraint. It was not about the fact that the UPA government or the options which it explored were the weak options,” he said.
“Given the sheer barbarity which was unleashed, in my opinion, and I have always felt this way, that we should try and explore what kinetic options that we have available an try and operationalise that,” Tewari added.
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and party leader Anand Sharma were among those present.
During the release, Manish Tewari said that Pakistan did not change its behaviour after the surgical strikes in 2016.
“There’s no empirical evidence that deep state in Pakistan was worried or changed its behaviour after the Uri Surgical strikes. Don’t forget Pulwama happened after Uri strikes,” he said.
“When I was writing this book, people told me that I am writing my expulsion notice. But I think there hasn’t been much discussion on national security in legislative corridors,” he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have targeted the Congress over Tewari’s remarks in the book.
Rajnath Singh said it has “accepted that the (UPA) government should have taken effective action after the terror attack in 2008”.
Tewari has written in the book: “For a state that has no compunctions in brutally slaughtering hundreds of innocent people, restraint is not a sign of strength; it is perceived as a symbol of weakness. There comes a time when actions must speak louder than words. 26/11 was one such time when it just should have been done”.

Sudanese army repels attack by Ethiopian troops with casualties on both sides

Khartoum [Sudan]: The Sudanese Armed Forces say an attack by Ethiopian soldiers and armed groups was repelled on Saturday in the border area between the two countries.
According to a statement from the Sudanese military, obtained by Sputnik, the attempted incursion by Ethiopian forces and allied militia led to casualties on both sides. The Sudan Tribune reported on Saturday that the Sudanese army had repelled an attempt by the Ethiopian troops and the Amhara militia to push deep into Sudan, as part of an operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Earlier this month, the Ethiopian parliament declared a six-month state of emergency throughout the country to protect the population from the TPLF rebels who are advancing toward the country’s capital Addis Ababa despite a ceasefire agreement signed this spring.
A number of Western publications have reported that nine Ethiopian opposition factions formed a new alliance at the beginning of the month with the aim of replacing the current government and establishing a transitional governing body. The alliance allegedly includes large anti-government forces, including the TPLF and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), which Addis Ababa considers terrorist groups. An agreement to form the alliance was reportedly signed in Washington.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said this week that Russia and the African Union (AU) were calling for an urgent ceasefire on both sides of the intra-Ethiopian conflict and the restoration of humanitarian access to the regions affected by the hostilities. The announcement came after a Moscow meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo.

Pro-Iranian forces targeted US base in Syria

Washington [US] : Pro-Iranian forces have carried out a drone attack on a US base in Syria in response to Israeli airstrikes on the Arab Republic, US media reported.
In late October, the US base of At Tanf came under a drone attack. The White House believes that the recent attack on its military base in Syria was “deliberate and coordinated” and the United States reserves the right to respond. According to The New York Times newspaper, the base was attacked by five “suicide drones” but only two of them exploded. Most of the US soldiers were evacuated from the base after receiving a warning from Israeli intelligence.
US officials told The New York Times that the attack had been directed by Iran that supplied the proxy forces with the needed equipment.
Both US and Israeli officials said that the attack was a retaliation for several Israeli airstrikes on Syria.

Young Taliban recruits refuse to believe 9/11 ever happened

Bagram [Afghanistan]: Many children born after 2001, growing up hating America and trained by the Taliban say that they do not know if the 9/11 attacks ever happened with some refusing to believe that the attacks were orchestrated by al-Qaeda.
One such child who never benefited from billions of dollars in Western aid money that elevated the lives of countless Afghans is Esmatullah Omari who said that when he was 12, he was trained by the Taliban to plant roadside bombs and at 16, he was attacking military convoys near Bagram airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan and the epicentre of America’s longest war, reported The Washington Post. The Americans are now gone, however, the 19-year-old Omari stands guard at one of the Bagram’s entrances and still does not understand why did the Americans come in the first place.
Thousands of Americans who were infants or born after the 9/11 attacks joined the U.S. military to combat terrorism and support democracy in Afghanistan included the 11 out of the 13 U.S. service members killed in the dastardly bombing by the ISIS-K terrorists at the Kabul affiliate just days before the exit of the troops from the war-torn country.
At the same time, a generation was distinctly shaped by the 9/11 attacks who battled the Americans as the Taliban fighters. Many of them were children when they first tasted war, trading their childhoods for what they were told was their duty as Muslims, reported The Washington Post.
Many children joined the Taliban after the US forces killed their relatives. Some hated the government backed by the US who they believed to be corrupt. The Americans were portrayed as invaders willing to kill Muslims by the preachers at madrassas. The preachers also encouraged the students to wage a religious jihad against the foreigners, reported The Washington Post.
The young members of the Taliban were fed with positive imagery of al-Qaeda, especially its founder — the architect of the U.S. attacks, who was given protection in Afghanistan in the previous rule of the Taliban.
“Osama bin Laden was a hero and a mujahid,” The Washington Post quoted a 19-year-old Sharafuddin Shakir as saying who was surrounded by militants inside a former U.S. military outpost in Ghazni province that they now controlled.
“This is the duty of everyone to fight against the invaders and infidels who occupied our land,” said his uncle. Responding to a query about why the Taliban recruited the children, he said, “Jihad is mandatory everywhere,” reported the newspaper.
When Omari was 16, the US and the Afghan troops learned about a suicide-bombing mission that was being planned by his brother. The troops raided Nasru and shot his brother, reported the newspaper.
“I was in grade eight, but when my brother was martyred, I left school,” said Omari.
He formally joined the Taliban and said that he felt happy whenever he successfully attacked a vehicle.
A few months after his recruitment, his younger brother joined the Taliban along with several teenage cousins.
“I never listened to music, only the jihadi anthems,” The Washington Post quoted an 18-year-old fighter Mutawakil as saying, “Music is not good. It is a sin.”
Talking about the reasons for batling the Americans, he said that they had come here to root out Islam.
“They came here to root out Islam. They came to establish democratic rule here and wanted to use us for their own interests. They wanted to make us as they are. They wanted to kill our clerics and eliminate our religion,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Since the exit of the US troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban faces the challenge of protecting the Afghans from ISIS.
An 18-year-old Gul Muhammed Heymat said that he learned about the American forces in a madrassa where his teachers taught him what was required of him as a “good Muslim”, however, the clerics never mentioned the 9/11 attacks or the presence of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
They were told that bin Laden was a good Muslim and a mujahid, reported the newspaper.
Many other such Taliban young members do not know about the 9/11 attacks and were ready to die for their beliefs.
Shakir refused to believe that al-Qaeda and bin Laden orchestrated them, but he questioned whether the attacks even happened, according to The Washington Post.
“It was not true. The Americans invaded Afghanistan on the pretext of 9/11, but the real motive was that they were against the true Islamic rule in Afghanistan,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Mamata Banerjee condemns terror attack on Army convoy in Manipur

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday condemned the terrorist attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur in which five soldiers and two of their family members were killed.
“I strongly condemn the dastardly attack by militants on a convoy of 46 Assam Rifles in Manipur. It pains me to learn that we have lost five brave soldiers, including the CO and his family members. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The entire nation awaits justice!” tweeted Banerjee. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh also condemned the attack on Assam Riffle’s convoy. Taking to Twitter, he said, “Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a convoy of 46 AR which has reportedly killed a few personnel including the CO and his family at Churachandpur today. The State forces and Paramilitary are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
The Commanding Officer (CO) of 46 Assam Rifles Colonel Viplav Tripathy, his wife and 8-year-old son and four soldiers were killed in an ambush by terrorists near the India-Myanmar border in Manipur today.
Four other soldiers sustained injuries in the attack in Churachandpur district in Manipur, according to the Indian Army. The incident took place around 10 am on Saturday near S Sehken village under Behiang police station.
Further details awaited.

Pak: 32 journalist harassment cases filed in a year in Islamabad

Islamabad [Pakistan] : As many as 32 journalist harassment cases filed in a year, according to police in Pakistan’ Islamabad.
On Friday, Islamabad police informed Supreme Court that police had over the last one year, submitted to trial courts the cases of 32 persons suspected of involvement in 16 attempts on the lives of journalists or of assaulting them, Dawn reported. A report on behalf of the deputy inspector general of police operations in Islamabad stated that out of 16 cases registered by police from September 13 last year to September 12 this year, four were still under investigation, the Pakistani publication reported.
According to Dawn, the report was furnished in compliance with a directive by a three-judge Supreme Court bench after it took up suo motu a complaint of harassment moved by the Press Association of the Supreme Court (PAS) on behalf of a journalist.
At the last hearing on September 13, the apex court in Pakistan had asked the chief of Islamabad police whether or not the reported attacks on journalists had been investigated and the culprits brought to book.
The IGP had told the court that some of the cases remained unsolved on account of insufficient evidence. But the court ordered the IGP to furnish a comprehensive report about all reported attacks on journalists over the past one year, the publication said.
Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places for journalists. Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s (Reporters Without Borders) 2020 World Press Freedom Index.
Freedom Network, a media watchdog, said that 33 journalists were killed for their work between 2013 and 2019 in Pakistan.
The report also revealed that journalists who work in print media are twice more likely to be targets of legal action than those who work in electronic media.
Women journalists are even more at risk of violence and threats due to the strict patriarchal societal norms in Pakistan.

Imran Khan targeting election commission, provoking ministers to attack ECP, says Shehbaz Sharif

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is targeting the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and provoking federal ministers to “frontally attack” the election commission.
As per reports, PM Imran Khan had asked federal ministers to back Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Information and Azam Swati, Minister for Railways during their election commission hearings who were served notices by the ECP after they levelled serious allegations against the constitutional body, reported Geo News. “Imran Khan’s advice to his ministers to ‘support’ two of their cabinet colleagues is a provocation to frontally attack Election Commission,” said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif.
“He is targeting ECP at a time of massive internal and external challenges. He cannot be allowed to browbeat our institutions into submission,” Shehbaz added.
Shehbaz Sharif said that PM Imran Khan “cannot be allowed to browbeat our institutions into submission”, reported Geo News.
Swati had accused the ECP of taking money from companies that make electronic voting machines during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee for Parliamentary Affairs on September 10.
Meanwhile, Chaudhry had said that the ECP has “become the headquarters for Opposition parties” and the chief election commissioner is “acting as their mouthpiece”, during a press conference the same day.
The ECP served notices to Chaudhry and Swati on September 16, seeking explanations within a week from both the ministers for accusations against CEC Sikander Sultan Raja and the commission.

Health facilities should not be targeted: UN after deadly Kabul hospital attack

New York [US] : A deadly attack on a military hospital in the Afghan capital is a reminder that health facilities should never be a target and that all civilians must be protected, the UN’s Deputy Spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Farhan Haq was briefing journalists in New York, after two explosions near the entrance of the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in Kabul left at least 25 dead and dozens more injured, according to news reports. “We express condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and a swift recovery to the many people who were injured”, said Haq.
“This is a reminder that health facilities and infrastructure are not a target, and that all civilians must be protected.”
The attack was carried out by armed gunmen and at least one suicide bomber. The terrorists targeted the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in one of Kabul’s more affluent neighbourhoods, the New York Times reported.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said the attack was carried out by several members of the Islamic State, including a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the gate to the hospital.
A car full of explosives outside the hospital also exploded, wounding dozens, and several Taliban fighters were killed and wounded in the ensuing gun battle, Mujahid said.

Biden pledges to defend Taiwan if China attacks

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) said that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defence if it came under attack by China.
Addressing a CNN town hall meeting, the President said: “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.” He made these remarks when asked if the United States would defend Taiwan if China attack the country. Biden had been asked by an audience member about China’s recent testing of hypersonic missile and questioned him about whether or not the United States would stand up to China.
“Don’t worry about whether they are going to be more powerful,” Biden said after reaffirming that the rest of the world “knows” that the United States has the most powerful military in the world, reported Fox News.
The President also dismissed the idea that he wants to start another cold war with China.
“I don’t want a cold war with China,” Biden said. “I just want China to understand that we are not going to step back and we are not going to change any of our views,” Fox News added.
The support of the US to Taiwan has been irritant to Beijing as China claims sovereignty over Taiwan. The Chinese leaders have expressed their desire to “reunify” the country.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping had said that “solving the Taiwan question and realising the complete reunification of the motherland are the unswerving historical tasks of the Chinese Communist Party and the common aspiration of all Chinese people”, said Newsweek.

Attacks on Durga Puja pavilions ‘pre-planned’, says Bangladesh Home Minister

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Minister of Home Affairs of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday termed the attacks on Durga Puja pavilions as ‘pre-planned’ and said these attacks were aimed at destroying the communal harmony in Bangladesh.
This came after multiple cases have been filed against hundreds of named and unnamed people for the attacks in Comilla on Wednesday, Dhaka Tribune reported. The alleged defamation of the Holy Quran and subsequent attacks on the Hindus in Comilla were premeditated and aimed at destroying the communal harmony in Bangladesh, the Home Minister said.
“It appears to us that it was a motivated act instigated by a vested group,” he added.
When he was asked about the reason behind the Comilla incident, the minister said, “We’ll make it public once we get all the evidence and those who were involved in it will be given exemplary punishment.”
“Not only in Comilla, but attempts were also made to destabilize the country previously through communal violence in Ramu and Nasirnagar,” Khan was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.
“No incident has been reported since Saturday night. Our security forces are working patiently based on intelligence information. Those who are trying to destroy communal peace will not succeed,” Khan added.
The Home Minister’s remarks came after Wednesday’s communal violence that broke out in several places in Bangladesh after news broke on social media about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja venue on the bank of Nanuar Dighi.
Several puja venues were vandalized in the area of Chandpur, Chittagong, Gazipur, Bandarban, Chapainawabganj, and Moulvibazar. The clashes resulted in several casualties, reported Dhaka Tribune.
On Friday, one man named Jatan Kumar Saha was also killed and 17 others were injured in an attack in Begumganj Upazila of the country’s Noakhali district during Durga puja celebrations on Vijaya Dashami, Dhaka Tribune reported.

UNSC strongly condemns ‘horrendous terrorist attack’ in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

New York [US]: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday strongly condemned the ‘horrendous terrorist attack’ against the Imam Bargah-e-Fatima Mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province and underlined the need to bring perpetrators of the attack to justice.
At least 47 people have been killed and 70 other suffered injuries in an explosion inside a Shia mosque in Kandahar on Friday. The attack also follows several other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan, including last week’s attack against the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz. In a statement issued by the UNSC, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice,” the statement said. They urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, the statement said.
They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

‘Attack’ To Release On Republic Day 2022

John Abraham, Rakul Preet Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez are all set to entertain the audience on the big screen with their upcoming film ‘Attack’. The film will enjoy a holiday release as it will release on Republic Day 2022.

Directed by Lakshya Raj Anand, the film was earlier slated to see the light of the day this year. But due to the pandemic, the makers had to postpone the release date.

Sharing the new release date with his fans, John took to social media and wrote, “A hostage crisis that bought the country to its knees! This time the race is against time, get ready for #Attack. Releasing worldwide on Republic Day 2022!”

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‘Attack’ is based on the story of a rescue operation done by an elite commando team, led by a lone ranger (played by John). It is based on real incidents and is about a hostage crisis that brought a nation to its knees.

Apart from ‘Attack’, John will be seen in ‘Ek Villain Returns’ with Arjun Kapoor, Tara Sutaria and Disha Patani and ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ with Divya Khosla Kumar. The actor recently announced the new release dates for both the films after the Maharashtra government announced about reopening of theatres in the state.

‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, ‘RRR’, ‘Attack’ To Have A Theatrical Release

Movie buffs, the wait to hop back to theatres to watch your favourite stars on big screens while enjoying popcorns is finally over!

Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited, the banner which has produced the upcoming magnum opus films ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, ‘RRR’ and ‘Attack’, has on Wednesday confirmed the theatrical release of these movies. This news has also clarified the social media rumours that suggested the movies could have an OTT release.

The official Twitter handle of Pen India Limited posted a statement that read, “We would like to clarify that ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, ‘RRR’& `Attack’ will release in Cinemas. There have been several rumors doing rounds about these films releasing on OTT platforms before cinemas which are untrue. These magnum opus films are made for the big screen experience and would be releasing in theatres- Dr. Jayantilal Gada Chairman and MD Pen Studios.”

Cinephiles have been excited about the magnum opus films ever since their captivating teasers have dropped.

Starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role, acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ is on the list of one of the most awaited films made this year. The film features Alia portraying an eponymous character in the flick.

The film that marks Bhansali’s first collaboration with Alia is based on the book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ written by S Hussain Zaidi. This project will also see Bhansali Productions collaborating with Jayantilal Gada’s Pen India Limited and the reunion between superstar Ajay Devgn and Bhansali after the 1999 iconic film ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’.

Speaking about SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’, the film features megastars Jr NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Olivia Morris, Ray Stevenson, and Alison Doody.

Produced by DVV Danayya under the DVV Entertainments banner, the much-awaited Pan-India film is a fictional tale of the younger days of freedom fighters Komaram Bheem and Alluri Seetharamaraju and will release on October 13 this year. PEN Studios bagged the theatrical distribution rights of the film across North India and also bought its worldwide electronic rights for all languages. Pen Marudhar will be distributing the film in the North Territory.

On the other hand, ‘Attack’ is an action-thriller film starring John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Rakul Preet Singh in lead roles. The film is the Hindi remake of the Malayalam action thriller ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ that originally featured actors Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon in lead roles.

Another Kabul attack likely before US leaves Afghanistan, warn officials

Washington [US]: National security officials warned US President Biden on Friday (local time) that another terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, is “likely” in the final days of the US military mission in the country.
Biden and Vice President Harris met with Pentagon officials and members of the president’s national security team one day after a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport attributed to ISIS killed more than a dozen US service members and dozens of Afghan civilians. The Hill reported. “They advised the president and vice president that another terror attack in Kabul is likely, but that they are taking maximum force protection measures at the Kabul airport,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing.
“They reported that even in the face of those threats, our courageous servicewomen and men are continuing to operate a historic evacuation operation,” she added. “The US military is airlifting out thousands of people every few hours.”
“The next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date,” Psaki said.
Pentagon officials had warned in the aftermath of Thursday’s bombing that another attack, including one using a car bomb or some other device, was still a possibility, The Hill reported.
US Central Command, Marine Corps General Kenneth F McKenzie Jr on Thursday (local time) said that an Islamic State terrorist attack at the Kabul airport killed 12 US troops and injured 15 more.
Four US Marines are among the 35 people who were reportedly killed in twin bomb blasts outside Kabul airport on Thursday. The first blast was reported at the Abbey Gate in Kabul airport while the second one was near the Baron Hotel.

15 Pakistani soldiers killed in Taliban attack: Reports

At least 15 Pakistan soldiers, including a senior officer, have been killed in an attack unleashed by Tehrik-i-Taliban, media reports said Tuesday.

At least 15 Pakistan soldiers, including a senior officer, have been killed in an attack unleashed by Tehrik-i-Taliban, media reports said Tuesday. According to reports, Captain Abdul Basit had ventured out for an operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kurram agency when he alongwith his team was attacked. 

Meanwhile, there are also claims surfacing on social media about the abduction of a number of Pakistani soldiers by the Taliban

If reports are to be believed, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Pakistani government or Army has not made an official statement on their casualties.

The TTP has been behind several terror attacks in Pakistan, including the recent bomb explosion near the Serena Hotel in Quetta, where the Chinese envoy to Pakistan was staying.

Jawan martyred in Pulwama encounter

An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday

A jawan was martyred i an encounter that broke out between security forces and terrorists in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on Friday. The jawan has been identified as Hawaldar Kashirao Banali.

Following information about presence of terrorists in Rajpora area at Hanjin village, security forces launched a cordon and search operation.

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