Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said his country’s military forces have plans to launch a cross-border operation to fight against terrorists on the territory of Syria. “The situation in Syria remains a real challenge and we are focused on finding a solution,” Abadi said, speaking to reporters during his weekly press conference on Sunday night. “We have gone from fighting terrorism in Iraq to fighting terrorism in Syria,” Abadi said as quoted by Rudaw news agency. He explained that the matter in question was discussed on Saturday with Iraqi military commanders for countering terrorism beyond Iraq’s borders. “Our project has developed from fighting terror in Iraq to fighting terror in the region,” the premier said, stressing that the aim is not to violate other countries sovereignties. “We do not want to exceed our limits, and we will not transgress those of other countries,” the prime minister emphasized, saying his country is playing a pivotal role in countering terrorism.
An high-level Pakistani delegation arrived in Afghanistan on Monday to hold talks on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), weeks after the Afghan president offered Taliban to join the political process. The Pakistani delegation is headed by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and comprises senior civil and military bigshots, including Director General Military Operations Maj Gen Shamshad Mirza. The tour precedes Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s visit scheduled for April 6, and succeeds visit of National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua who toured the Afghan capital on March 17-18.Janjua called on Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah in separate meetings during his trip to Kabul.
It was during the same trip that Ghani invited Pakistan’s prime minister to “initiate state to state comprehensive dialogue”. Revealing the details of the tour, Dr Faisal had informed that Pakistan had proposed five joint working groups, focusing on ensuring a comprehensive engagement for countering terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation and connectivity.The FO spokesperson had also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to support efforts for peace in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government needed to reach a settlement with different Afghan groups.
Boko Haram killed at least 18 people and wounded scores in coordinated attacks overnight on a military camp and villages around the flashpoint Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which they also tried to infiltrate across a defensive trench, officials said Monday. Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in the Cashew Plantation area at the entrance to the city with suicide bombers, mortars and guns, leading to a prolonged battle, a senior military officer in Maiduguri said. “Eighteen Boko Haram terrorists on foot attacked the military base while seven suicide bombers targeted residents of nearby Bale Shuwar and Alikaranti villages at 8:50 pm (1950 GMT),”
On Friday, four girl suicide bombers aged between 13 and 18 killed two people in multiple attacks in Zawuya settlement on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the first assault since the government announced it was in ceasefire talks with Boko Haram. Level since at least June 2014, the latest sign that China has kept up pressure on its isolated neighbor in line with United Nations trade sanctions.
Condemning the killing of 13 terrorists by security forces in Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday accused India of launching a “brutal crackdown” in Kashmir. “The brutal crackdown, including the despicable use of pellet guns on civilians who were protesting against the killing is deplorable,” Abbasi said. Security forces on Sunday gunned down 13 terrorists, including those responsible for the brutal killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, in three counter-insurgency operations that also claimed the lives of three Army jawans and four civilians in Anantnag and Shopian districts.
The operations, which dealt a severe blow to terror groups in Kashmir Valley, were launched in the two districts Saturday night and continued till late Sunday. Reacting to the counter-insurgency operations by Indian forces, Pakistan’s Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in a brief statement said that Indian security forces cannot suppress the “indigenous” struggle of Kashmiris for self-determination. The operations by the Indian security forces have rendered a severe blow to terror groups such as the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashker-e-Taiba.
China’s Tiangong-1 space station re-entered the earth’s atmosphere and burnt up over the middle of the South Pacific. During last week, and yesterday too, many countries, like Italy and Brazil, was worried about eventually large pieces can reaches the ground. Today this danger had already ceased and the station is fully anchored in the ocean.
The rebels of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) of Joseph Kony have seized, on 1st of April, about twenty people in the village of Koubou, 17 km from the city of Obo, in Haut-Mbomou. Known of the seize, government and Minusca have immediately started the search. The group LRA was caught by a joint force of FACA and Minusca in the forest; after a firefight, they were able to recover 15 hostages “, has said Angel Maxime Kazagui, minister of the Communication and spokesman of the government, during a press conference on Monday 2 of April.
The village was raided between the 5 and the 7 of the morning. Besides the hostages, the rebels have also emptied the barns of the village and taken away some non alimentary objects. The national and international security forces, with headquarters in Obo, have gone on the place to reassure the population. For fear of a new attack, many residents are heading for the city of Obo. LRA resurfaced in the last 3 months in south-oriental CAR.
The balance of the Palestinian demonstration that took place on Friday along the Israeli-Gaza border is at least 16 Palestinians killed and hundreds injured, the Palestinian envoy to the UN spoke of over 1400 people, by Israeli security forces as they tried to face tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along the 65 km fenced border. According to army estimates, 30,000 took part in the event, but the conditions for its peaceful development with the passing of the day were not followed, in fact, hundreds of young Palestinians ignored the calls of the organizers and the Israeli army to stay far from the border, where Israel soldiers across the border watched that people did not try to damage the security fence. The militias reported that blows were fired only on those who tried to sabotage the infrastructure, while Palestinian officials said Israeli forces used firearms against demonstrators, as well as tear gas, also launched with a drone, and rubber bullets.
The United Nations Security Council was informed of the violence in Gaza at the request of Kuwait; the Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an independent and transparent investigation and asked “those concerned to refrain from any action that could lead to further victims and in particular any measure that could put civilians in danger”. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement that Israel was responsible for the violence and declared a national day of mourning on Saturday. The United States declared itself “deeply saddened” by what happened, inviting all those involved to take steps to reduce tensions and reduce the risk of new confrontations.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly condemned the recent Israeli actions against Palestinian people. “Although Israel has a long record in occupation, killing and committing crimes, Mr. Trump and the US ruling elites’ unwavering support as well as shameful efforts by some regional leaders in order to establish overt, covert, disgraceful and ignominious relations with Israel have unfortunately further emboldened Zionist regime leaders to turn Palestinian youth’s peaceful rally into a bloodbath on the Eve of Passover,” said the spokesman.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, speaking at a business conference as part of the Greater Mekong Subregion Summit in Hanoi, in Vietnam, said China wants to share its development opportunities with other countries, but protectionism will mean closing the door into China. “China’s reform and opening up is in line with the interests of the Chinese people, and will also benefit other countries” Wang said, adding China will provide an even better investment environment for foreign companies, but he also added “Opening up should work both ways. China opens itself to other countries and hopes others will be open to China”.
Wang also said the country’s reform and opening up policy will neither be changed nor be affected by any external factors, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s move last week to slap up to $60 billion in tariffs on some Chinese imports.
According to Afghan parliament members, the government is plotting to hold a rigged election because the election commission has not been able to preserve its independence. Humayun Humayun, First Deputy Speaker of Wolesi Jirga, or Parliament’s Lower House, said that a circle close to the president and his team has instructed the election commission to do not let anyone except a few figures – who support them – to secure parliament seat in the upcoming election. The MPs claimed that the Presidential Palace has been involved in the decision-making process of the election commission. In fact, MP Abdullah Mohammadi said that the President has ordered the election mission to do not let more than 25 individuals to be re-elected as parliament members.
This comes after the election commission officials were not present in the Lower House’s Saturday session. The House’s Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi said that National Assembly is responsible in the election process and the election commission officials have acted against the constitution, principles and legitimate rights of the people by not coming to the assembly, so it does not have the capacity to hold the election.