LANDIKOTAL/RAWALPINDI – Pakistani forces killed several militants affiliated with JamaatulAhrar after it bombed their hideouts in the Rena area of Afghanistan situated near the Pakistan border on the second consecutive day on Saturday. According to the reports, Pakistani troops successfully targeted the hideouts of JamaatulAhrar across the border and inflicted huge casualties on them. The Afghan sources informed that a high-value target is known for recruiting terrorists and training suicide bomber, Rehman Baba, was also gunned down, further adding that at least 12 terror sanctuaries, including a hideout and weapon depot camp of Jammat-ul-Ahrar`s commander, Wali, were also pounded by the forces, Geo News reported.
During his annual address to Russian lawmakers, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is ready for dialogue with its international partners, but will not allow them to infringe on its interests or meddle in its decision-making. He noted, however, that Russia is ready to participate in solving global and regional crises when necessary. Putin also said that Russia’s policy towards its Asian partners, China and Japan, is not opportunistic or a response to the deterioration in US-relations, but based on Russia’s plans for long-term development. In his speech, the Russian President also urged the United States to join Russia to jointly fight international terrorism. It has been the 23rd such event in Russia’s modern history and the 13th speech delivered by Vladimir Putin.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said US President-elect Donald Trump will become a “natural ally” if he carries out his vow to battle “terrorists.” “We cannot tell anything about what he’s going to do, but if… he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be allies, natural ally in that regard with the Russian, with the Iranian, with many other countries,” said Assad, RTP reported.