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Pakistan will play its due role for peace in Afghanistan: Asif responds to Ghani’s overture

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Yesterday President Ghani stated that “We are ready for comprehensive political talks: peace with Pakistan is in our national agenda”, going over the last diplomatic difficulties between the two countries. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Saturday that Islamabad is willing to join hands with Kabul to see peace and stability in the region. Diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been rocky in the past few months. The relationship between the two hyphenated neighbours has been on downward slide since an uptick in Taliban violence in Afghanistan. In July last year, President Ghani had said that the peace initiatives taken by Kabul with Islamabad were not successful as the latter differentiated between good and bad terrorists “in practice”.

Taliban insurgents suffer casualties in Kandahar and Paktika operations: MoD

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In the Afghan operations against the Taliban it is reported that the insurgents in southern Kandahar and southeastern Paktika provinces have suffered casualties. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said at least 9 insurgents were killed and 4 others were wounded in Kandahar. Always according to MoD, at least 3 insurgents were killed and 2 others were wounded during another operation conducted in Paktika province. This operations are conducted with a view of clearance and counter-terrorism to suppress the insurgency of the anti-government armed militant groups.The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Turkey tells Bangladesh: Open your doors to Rohingya

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu tells Bangladesh government to recognize the humanitarian crisis undergoing in Myanmar where the Muslim minority Rohingya is under attack. In order to help this community the Turkish government has already donated 70 million dollars in humanitarian aids and it has declared that it’s going to cover to expenses to Bangladesh if they are going to open their doors and welcome the refugees. Violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Aug. 25 when the country’s security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards neighboring Bangladesh, though the country sealed off its border to refugees.The region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.

Heavy rains trigger deadly floods in Yemen

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15 people have died in Yemen after heavy rains triggered flash flooding, hitting cars and wrecking homes. Torrential rains destroyed several homes in Jibla with five people confirmed dead and several others still unaccounted. Rains flooded a vital road linking the city of Taiz with al-Maqatira district. Aid agencies have only been able to deliver food and medical supplies to Taiz via small side roads after Houthi fighters laid siege to the city of more than 200,000 people. Futhermore Large parts of Yemen are destroyed after a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries launched a military campaign against Houthi rebels in march 2015.

Iraqi army messages tell Hawija people liberation is imminent

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Iraqi army planes airdropped millions of messages on Islamic State-held town of Hawija, Kirkuk, on Thursday, telling them that operations to recapture the stronghold were nearing, military media reported.

 

U.N. casualty figures show conflict in Iraq killed 125 civilians in August

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Conflict in Iraq during the month of August caused the deaths of 125 civilians and injured another 188, the United Nations reported.

 

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