Monday, 24 January, 2022
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Topic: US troops

‘Best, wise & right decision’ — Biden defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan

In his address to the nation, US President Joe Biden said there was no reason to continue in a war that was no longer in service of the vital national interest of the American people.

Taliban call for good ties with US after last troops leave Afghanistan

The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahed said 'whoever sees Afghanistan with an evil eye will face the same fate as the Americans have faced'.

US troops’ stay in Pakistan only for ‘limited period’, says Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid

Ahmad's response came after pictures of US troops at Islamabad airport circulated on social media, sparking rumours about possible long-term presence of US forces in Pakistani soil.

Last US plane leaves Afghanistan as America ends its longest war

US Tuesday officially ended its military presence in Afghanistan after a two-decade war, with a rushed withdrawal of over 123,000 people since 14 August when Kabul fell to Taliban.

Imran Khan said ‘absolutely not’ to US. But its troops are in Pakistan, and no one knows why

Some feared the return of 'Musharraf days' as US troops were spotted at Islamabad airport after Imran Khan had said that he will 'absolutely not' let the CIA in.

US retaliates after Kabul airport bombing, targets IS-K ‘planner’ in drone strike

It wasn't immediately known if the ISIS-K planner was involved in Thursday's Kabul airport attack. Earlier in the day, US President Biden vowed to make terrorists 'pay' for the attack.

Death toll in Kabul airport attacks rises to 60, US says blasts won’t stop evacuation

US Central Command chief Gen Frank McKenzie said there was a large amount of security at the airport and alternate routes were being used to get evacuees in.

How Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan puts China in $282 billion creditor trap

Ironic truth for China is that only thing worse than US soldiers near its borders is not having them there at all. China fears Afghanistan chaos could spill to its restive Xinjiang region & Pakistan too.

India will support Afghanistan on peace, says Jaishankar in Tashkent as Taliban shadow grows

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar Thursday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Tashkent.

Two districts reclaimed from Taliban, says Afghanistan defence ministry

Afghanistan's Tolo News quotes sources as saying that areas that have fallen to Taliban in past 24 hours include 2 districts in Parwan & 1 in Kandahar.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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