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How The Biden Administration Can Tackle America's Longest War
"Administration is reviewing its options in many areas of foreign policy, including Afghanistan. It is America's longest war and in a deal with the Taliban. Last year, the Trump Administration agreed to withdraw U. S troops by May, but The new administration says the Taliban is not keeping its end of the bargain, hinting that U. S troops will likely stay longer. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports a former U. S government and U. N expert on Afghanistan, Rina Amiri knows that Americans are tired of fighting endless wars. Now we're trying to win the peace. But she says the Trump administration left a complicated hand. Amiri, now with New York University, says the U. S emboldened the Taliban. By negotiating the withdrawal schedule and keeping to it even as violent spite and Afghan peace talks faltered. And now what we have the situation where the Taliban feels very much they have won this war that they're winning this war that the peace agreement is simply a cover for withdrawal for the U. S. The U. S still has 2500 troops in Afghanistan under the deal with the Taliban, they're supposed to be gone a few months from now. But Biden's national security advisor Jake Sullivan, says the administration is taking a hard look at whether the Taliban are meeting their commitments to break ties with terrorists, reduce violence and negotiate in a serious way with the Afghan government. And in that context, we make decisions and now our force posture and our diplomatic strategy going forward. That's welcome news to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He told the Aspen Institute last week that he expects a U. S team in Kabul soon, and he's gotten good signals from Secretary of State Tony Blinken. A promised me robust diplomacy in the region. Full coordination with us in a focus on ending 40 years of violence, the bidet administration may be promising too much, though Laurel Miller of the International Crisis Group says it's signaling that it wants to keep some US troops in Afghanistan for counterterrorism purposes and wants a peace deal that protects the democratic and human rights gains of the past two decades. Those are all perfectly fine and understandable things to be saying Again in the very first days of the administration, but ultimately you can't have all of the above. Miller says The Biden administration will have to prioritize. There cannot be both a negotiated peace and keeping some troops even a small number in Afghanistan for counterterrorism or any other purposes Because the Taliban won't agree to that there can't be a negotiated peace and No change in the nature of the system of governance and and writes in Afghanistan. U. S officials have long said they would protect women's rights in Afghanistan. Rina Amiri says not following through on that could send the wrong signal to Islamist groups elsewhere, so she thinks the U. S needs to get the diplomacy, right. And she'd like to see a third party, perhaps from the U. N manage the peace process. It will also be more helpful for the U. S. Because right now, everything right on the U. S. You need a manager of this peace process Right now. We do not have a manager. A State Department spokesperson says the U. S will support the Afghan peace process with a quote senior and robust American diplomatic effort. Trump Administration's envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, remains on the job. Even a secretary Blinken builds out the team. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington
14 rockets hit Kabul on Afghan Independence Day, 10 hurt
"Independence Day in Afghanistan and the fireworks are really as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was placing a wreath at a monument marking the founding of the country in 1919. Others had a different kind of celebration in mind, Officials now say. At least 14 rockets hit different parts of Kabul during the ceremonies with at least 10 people injured. Most of the Rockets reportedly hit civilian homes.
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on CFR On the Record
"Hardened criminals. Data's has been shared with all our allies in France. Beth, again, this considered necessity in after the consensus. Of the LOGICA I've signed. That documents. We are focused on the request of does trade INS. My heart goes found yet spoken to the family. Years before. His crime, it would see how we can dissolve. Thank you next question. please. We'll take our next question from Barbara Slaven. Thank you very much. Hi, ambassador and president. Ghani. It's a pleasure on Barbour Slayton with the Atlantic Council. My question is about the I the nature of Iran's relationship with the Taliban are there specific groups that it has been assisting? How do you regard that assistance and also the impact of the US maximum pressure campaign? So called on Iran, how has that affected? Afghanistan's economic prosperity and potential. Thank you. Of course. Grid to. Very true the and please might as regards the Atlantic Council. Mathematician was always a pleasure. When? They, regime for removal of sanctions was negotiated the port of trump beginning, extremely important issue for US weekly in terms of connection within. Because our factory is based on diversification. and. We want to be connector for everyone reach. Our neighbors. After sanctions, financial transactions, legal financial transactions of becoming. A suggested that that also. I will thank US Administration for giving exception one of the few countries that enabled us to continue. So the illustration was at the time of. When The market was student settle. India. Made a great gesture of committee seventy. Five. Thousand. Times wake forty, five thousand of that. If Iraq, to the port of trouble. Athletic Sunday can have a substantial economic relationship legal economic relationships. The. Regime of sanctions usually results. It brightening economic relations underground. Substantially increasing dead former economy that criminal. And the narcotics issue is an issue that it ain't society in the night because now we over t Connecticut's. It in that regard. We have. list officials that are discussing with. The Golden. State to state, relationship It, on his knowledge that the relationship..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on CFR On the Record
"Should we need? The constitution, there's constitutional mechanism. It has. Been Centralizers decentralizes So, that needs to be taken account. Whether. The country is today ready for a parliamentary system. Without major parties a that of actually implementing. The law on parties, even regular elections being cross-national. Are Questions that we need to face. This. Is Up to the win of the people because. Any agreement that is negotiated by negotiating team would need national approval again. Process and approved by pardon. So we need to understand that this is not an elite did it must have a base. Of approval by the. Because of this, we should avoid that scenario of Colombia where. The piece was rejected. So socialization of what is possible and getting input in communication from that people this is N. double stunts that had been would be. Next question please. You must take our next question from Kim Dosier. Thank you thank you Mr President for doing this I wanted to ask if you felt pressured in any way by the trump administration to release that lasts trench of four hundred prisoners who you are security officials have said include Taliban. members convicted of terrorist attacks and also If you feel that. You can trust. The White House. Fairly negotiate on your behalf as well. And finally, the Australian Prime Minister has asked for a former Afghan soldier that killed three Australian troops not to be released you do about that. When you? Enforcement. Questions. The requests for release came from the United. States. Without would not convinced that. But the decision on this by the people of us. And at shows. A vase from national consensus. For movie. On. This issue. There was a consensus on that desire. Peace. But not on the coast of it. We've now paid the major installment don't cost, and that meets these. What has a consequence? That list. Is, likely pose a danger. Both to us into you into the what..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on The World Next Week
"Been dealing with a phenomenon that is not found a solution. West, the utility or force. What is the limit of force in Albania break? A politics that can truly. Eliminate, the danger of terrorism. This is not the first place. This is the v Wade's. Hundred fifty years, those questions are interrelated. So on the site, the positive side of the balanced unity for cooperation. On the negatives that threats to bring this together. or May. Take Time. To converge, again, it took regional consensus on security. I think. Many people don't understand many Americans don't under- understand how important a role Afghanistan has played in a partnership with the United States in the international community in conduct terrorism. And that's something that I. Think we need to be very mindful of Merican and internationals need to be mindful of going forward. As, you said however the the politics and negotiations proceed. There is still going to be a terrorism issue to to deal with, and hopefully we can all find way to cooperate. On that. Before we move onto another area raise I just WANNA ask you A. Little, bit more about Pakistan given the crucial role that Pakistan plays in. In the conflict in in the region I know that you had a long meeting with General Bosch while not too long ago. And that Pakistani rhetoric and some actions I think have been positive in terms of. Moving. The prospects for negotiations forward. I know how you hope Pakistan's role will evolve in this discussion but had had you you'd think it is possible to build. A. Stronger political relationship with Pakistan so that they can play the kind of role that we would all hope that they would be playing as negotiation started proceed. Independent question again is interest. Escaping. Funston said, peace with bring one to two percents additional rate of cookbooks. Jammed Birchwood thinks. Back. Out primus gender. impassioned. Multiplex. and. They are a night. That regents. Not. Countries. And Of course, India's rice and continued prosperity is something that is extremely important for office as. That is the region that major leads. Extend install ask itself some main questions regarding Dixon's. With Brad government said that. Second under what type of government than athletic son will enable the return of two four million refugees that is a key question. Three. What type of? Would be able to undertake that they large projects of connected ity. That cooks. Be Beneficial and the negative site. If events spin out of control in US now. What will be the cost. The country that would be most adversely affected. By bit. A downward trend and influence internally given its spare priorities and. In as prime. minister. Clinton at boats. Are focused on over DA that Gatien? As the south challenge how do we be able to bring a framework that can D- witness given? Given the economic downturn and others. Today's bucks was in enhancement part of a larger economic region with Central Asia in Acquired that type of diners. And lastly. As stable understand hopefully will open the way. For resolution of fundamental. Issues within that would enable all of the region. To benefit from what is clearly around that because of political differences in perceptions where unable. To utilize. It put the December Thank you let's Let's go back and take a another look at the. At the future as I would be interested in your views. About Where you realistically hope to see Afghantistan, arrive at. As a result of these. That we all hope are. About to begin obviously, a ceasefire is a top priority because there's been too much of A. Too much. Killing. Especially now that there's an you have an agreement, you're going to begin what will be. A. Search. For Peace. So, what what do you think? Regional Realistic expectation is for the outcome of that discussion you have. You have your own. Afghanistan has its own record of achievement. You have your own personal record achievement. over the past decades AH constitutional system elections. Protection of media progress on women's issues all the important thing is that. Most. Of the Afghan people welcome. How do you? How do you see reconciling that Afghanistan? With the. With the views that the Taliban might hold about the future of the country? How does that? How does that happen as you said? You said Afghans have long history of conflict resolution and mediation. How does how do you reconcile those two very different? Views of Afghanistan today that's quite different from Afghanistan of twenty years ago. By income quite facing each other and discovering. Egypt. That's the fundamental we've not sat together. We faced each other in the bathroom. That except. For the. Ceasefire of. Two thousand eighteen that truly was a mass experience. because. That one was completely on prison. I initiated in the responded. At it was a national celebration. doted that incident not a single wasn't salted shots humiliated or attack. Choke me that society has an immense tellers. and. that. They are a fact of site. Acknowledging. That fact content found that mental removing Peace Now, the question is with abundant knowledge. That planets night that has been created. During the last two decades and particularly during the last six years. What did they look at Louis Jirga? Inside the free of the people. Do. Not Get not be censored cannot be controlled. It is one of the most deliberative and since you're doing it's coming closest. Town Hall Gates in terms of its range of expression it freedoms. blurting these discussions. Will need to decide. Is. A solution. Back in April at Steph comment future possible or not. We have shown every desire including the.
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on CFR On the Record
"Our diplomacy has been destructive. Eh affected but you're not. You know. The future. Role of the United States, the region is again a conditioning if not the determining factor. That affects Our relationships and the relationships of neighbors with each other. On the positive side, there's an immense interest in regional clinic that agenda free activity and I'd like to thank Mr in. mission has been bay engaging disperses. The huge projects for the first time. The. look stunned the pipeline is going to be actually moving in being constructed enough on. The energy corridors transit corridors are really moving forward this also coordination. Now, with extent they quoted with India we are now connected with fifty countries by. This is one side of the equation that we are seeing brake Asian transformation where Asia is being changed from a notional job raphy. Cultural construct trilateral economic continent like United States in the first A. Quarter of the nineteenth century. Stability be convey much part of a larger. On the other side? Artistic. Habits. NOTIONS OF A. Lack of consensus on video system state responsibility interference we are, as you said it that critical moment, we're doing our best to be able to then the other issue that this boat when unity and pretend show this week is the question of carriers. We have with your vague close. Paid tribute to the make yields. died for your security now feeding. been dealing with a phenomenon that is not found a solution. West utility or force what is the limit of force in Albania break? A politics that can truly. Eliminate the danger of terrorism. This is not the first place. This is the v Wade's. Hundred fifty years, those questions are interrelated. So on the site, the positive side of a balanced unity for cooperation. On the negatives that threats to bring this together. or May. Take Time. To, converge again, it took regional consensus on security. I think Many people don't understand many Americans don't under- understand how important a role Afghanistan has played in a partnership with the United States in the international community in conduct terrorism. And that's something that I think we need to be very mindful of Americans and internationals need to be mindful of going forward. As you said, however, the the politics and negotiations proceed. There is still going to be a terrorism issue to to deal with, and hopefully we can all find way to cooperate. On that. Before we move onto another area, raise I just WANNA ask you A. Little bit more about Pakistan given the crucial role that Pakistan plays in. In the conflict in in the region, I know that you had a long meeting with General Bosch. While not too long ago. And that Pakistani rhetoric and some actions I think have in positive in terms of. Moving the prospects for negotiations forward. I. Know How you hope Pakistan's role will evolve in this discussion but had had you you'd think it is possible to build. A Stronger political relationship with Pakistan so that they can play the kind of role that we would all hope that they would be playing as negotiation started proceed. Independent question again is interest..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on CFR On the Record
"A vague close coordination. With Central, Asia finds. Is. reversed. The year since the talents. I cut. Rates a could it or after corridors opening. The relationship that extremely constructive and I think there's an enormous. Potential. Defend for all of us. WIKI RUN A, we have a bilateral relationship. Sanctions and Ben of an important part officially complained with sanctions. But all day shoes are undertake. A It's a dial that this preceding constructively and in terms of stable that. I think playing. A. Dramatic. Net constructive. That needs to be see. China India Turkey. United that have been there. It's Saudi Arabia. Are. The larger players in of course. The billion dollar questions. Regarding. Buxton. Weight. Again, with constructive discussions of the original staff jumped budge when kid The key issue is how the Bijan and seeps of its. We argue that a stable Afghanistan. Ed We've. Coined the term, a monkey aligned of once. A number lineup when it's done is not Monkey lined up. With, friends, we have the greatest prince offense and don't get involved. In the disputes among friends and neighbors and do not allow our territory to be used against any of the. Can Be an anchor for stability. This possibility is Ben acknowledged. At equity other site is being acknowledged that an unstable of Wednesday or God forbid in Afghanistan that is plunged. Into a vicious civil war or internal conflict. Could do substantial harm its neighbors this balance is what we need to try and the heart of strategy and tactics is to be able to bring the balance is not the easiest balance but I think the necessity Batman's lowest form. And Yes. I agree on the need to find that balance. We have been arguing we Americans have been arguing with your regional neighbours for some time on that very point that a stable Afghanistan. Is, is of great benefit to the region rather than one that's an Afghanistan that continues to be in conflict. Do you think that argument really is I take it from your remarks. You think that argument is gaining traction now at this as time has evolved. keying onto that point will be very important as you get through these negotiations about the future because of the temptation of outside parties to try to disrupt if they if they wish. So. Do think that that that realization is is something really that you can. You can build on as you continue your own diplomacy in the region..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on CFR On the Record
"Will. Thank you and good morning to one and all this is a special meeting for the Council on foreign. Relations. We are thrilled to have the president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani. President. Ghani. Has. been central to his country's history for the last two decades has been a little figure. Just recently was reelected as as president. He has long association as well with our country with this country he was educated in the United States and was resident here for for many years both as a student. But also then subsequently on his work as I understand the UN and obviously the World Bank. So it's a real personal and. Institutional pleasure to welcome the president back to the the council on foreign. Relations. He's an extremely good hands today. Presiding at today's meeting will be Jim Cunningham. Best Cunningham really is one of the most distinguished preeminent diplomats of his generation. It's almost easier to list the countries. He was not ambassador to than those he was, but I'll wasn't to Israel was US permanent rep at the UN. Was consul-general in Hong Kong and most relevant for today's purposes. He was the US ambassador in Kabul to to. Afghanistan. Timing for this meeting hardly. Be Better so much going on in and with Afghanistan it is as they say, a delicate. Moment politically diplomatically strategically. inside the country and its relationship with its immediate neighbours at its relationship with the with the United States. So again, timing is a lot in life we feel extremely fortunate. To, have the president. So with that again, welcome president and Bachelor Cunningham over to you. Thank you very much Richard and let me thank president. Ghani on behalf of the Council and the members today for giving us his time and the opportunity to to talk with. That's about the important things going on in his country and and in the world. We have more than three hundred people registered for this virtual meeting. and. WE'LL TRY to get to as many of the questions as we can in the second half of the discussion. And I want to know if the entirety of today's session is on the record. both the our discussion now and later on the questions and answers. The Mr President Welcome pleasure to see you again. Let him and it's a great pleasure to be with you. I might deep but these on. Naval. History covers the strapping and. My pairs. wishes. To the veterans has. Senate particularly. To two, thousand, four, hundred, forty, eight, gold star families, and for the civilians that seven you. Campaign campaign. Is On to be with. You know, let me say how much I in other people in this country value our partnership with with you and the Afghan people over the past years. As Richard Just said your country now is that a Is that a pretty historic threshold or at least potentially. So. You and the Afghan people through the Loya Jirga had made the decision now to release the final prisoners that the Taliban had been demanding and opening the the pathway to negotiations, which reportedly will start in the next couple of days. That's an extremely important threshold. To Cross when that I know you addressed with great seriousness in conviction but also with difficulty giving the given the sacrifices that your people have made..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on The TED Interview
"We'll take one more community question. Personality. Thank you for the full. Granting in the peacemaking is a discipline. Can you share more about how every human being can actively practice the discipline of peacemaking in our daily lives and in our nation's? Absolutely, because the first thing is mutual respect. Two types of conversations have been differentiated by a professor argies one of the key practitioners of this. One is called type one listening where one just repeats wants. Position in doesn't hear that they're site type. Two is to really have a conversation where we listen. What is in shortage in our daily attractions is capacity to listen. We talk too much. We listen to little and this is crucial. Second is our basic humanity. When all forms of differences or socially and culturally constructed. There's no such thing. As ethnic or linguistic or racial ground, France boas the founder of cultural anthropology demonstrated to measuring heads and noses that migrants Italian denial gets. There was enormous prejudice were not different, so it's important second. Hierarchy in participation needs to be balanced I. Lot of things need to be done by community I'm delighted for instance that as an architect of a program called national solidarity. Now this is A. One villages now have fifty fifty fifty percent of our village councillors led by women fifty by men. Gender is an extremely important area because women bring that New Perspective Enbridge perspective, and we are complementary to each other, it's finding common ground that allows us to live because all a lot of times, particularly within ideological communities with a religious or secular small differences or exaggerate to such an extent that makes hearing each other possible now why hear the tribes? Mutually exclusive to digital systems applied to the United States. It's such a tragedy. We need to move forward and come together. As a boy I remember. Just the beauty of concern I remember walking by the incredible blue lakes of Bundy skipping stones, because there's all this flat slate there..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on The TED Interview
"Chicks known shared the briefing that was giving Keno Tappers in Apple Debbie. He was the first individual to use the term that chronic. And had full analysis vote in terms of scenarios, so in the first case is in Iran happen, we prepare. We were having. From February, twenty four, the first cases. March twenty first up to ten thousand people a day coming from there was a panic among governs in Iran, so they've rushed. We moved in to analyze the phases, so they're five phases, awareness, diffusion, adversity relief recovery. The exact timing of course was unknown that we responded with lockdowns, which brought both structural are chip in situation, but compared to our or ladders, total debts and been four hundred ninety one. To now. In, the phases of diffusion were slow. We had very little. To the third week of May. The last week of May, adversity started so now we are in a phase. The other part of it is. We started distributing bread for the first time in our history to all our cities. Now we are doing the major program shortly of distributing a package of basic food to almost ninety percent of the population in several phases, affordability is initial forest, but in terms of. We ask, it's knowledge. It's shedding of experience and from the philanthropic community. It's sponsored enough one family and work with us to knowledge networks because what makes us special for a steady one. We are the gateway. To Central Asia to the subcontinent Pakistan in India, so in terms of diffusion, it's not the nation, its entire continent that is additional second. The number above sixty is only three percent of the population, so we have one of the youngest populations, and then the urban is about thirty percent, really seventy percent. This profile I think would allow for the type of working through. Solutions Our main challenge is going to be winter. If chronic continues to the winter dead. Give our small houses and our traditions of thousands ears of eating food together. Breaking bread together will become an obstacle so working to particularly women and women let households in working with US globally to be able to mobilize for this. Our Society is mobilized with enormous generosity. People have really. Half of the bread and the private sector is been marvelous in terms of both contributing the market stability, but also with the deep sense of chatted if it could be joined with regional planning and global coordination, particularly with the vaccine gums that we are not forgotten because we would not be able to pay early. I'm hearing. You say that could be a national strategy in response to Covid nineteen. I think there might be a few countries who might want to bar you for a few months. Talk to Ghani. We're. We're GONNA WE'RE GONNA go to questions from the community. Let's get the first one. Okay Dr Garnered the peace. Process is a triangulation between your government Taliban and the US but others have economic interests in Afghanistan, China, for instance. What is the role of China and Afghanistan today?.
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on The TED Interview
"Hardware store in new, Jersey, and meet a guy who dresses up as a Lucido to protect citizens from traffic in Mexico, city? CHECKOUT PIN-DROP ON APPLE PODCASTS spotify oil wherever you listen. The final series of the TV show homeland was located in Afghanistan featured tense negotiations evolving the US. The Afghan government the Taliban Pakistan. Did? You see that series and did it any relation to reality. Unfortunately not I'm a compulsive reader, but I don't watch. My sixteen hour days. But let me take the question. Peace making is no longer jest an amateur art for. It really has become a discipline. Two of my friends that have been working very closely William Maury. In Jonathan Powell if done, an enormous amount turned this discipline. The German Burqa Foundation there others in particular recent book on Kissinger's diplomacy distinctively. William Murray is come with two concept. One is called. Baton off the best alternative to negotiation. We need to understand that reduce the option of war. Peacemaking will move forward. The second is called the Zona possible that. We have to ever approach to bridging. and. There's work at the table. There's work off the table. The work of the table means bringing the region the national community other key stakeholders my own. Take. From this is if defined objectives. Instead of moving blind forward to have what is called the in-state or the objective. Then we can avoid a lot of those tensions in others, because the classic was the act of improvisation This is not jess. Disciplined, we need to have a lot more. Disciplined so, the instruments come together in the voices could come around. Speaking of which you've fought to disputed elections with. Dollar Abdullah. His now leading the High Council of. Reconciliation, I guess playing a key role in the negotiation with the Taliban. Have you been able to build a productive relationship with him? Absolutely. We've a saying in Pashto. Says Clam Collado. Ambala says your tongue. Is either a fortress or occurs. molineaux puts it better all town. You're in endless treasurer old ten. You're also in endless disease at I've never..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on The TED Interview
"Today. We have something pretty special. It's a chance to talk with the man who arguably has the single most challenging job in the entire world. Doctor Ashraf Ghani has been distinguished anthropologist. He's at the World Bank, and now he is the president of Afghanistan. So this country you know I had the great good fortune to spend several years there as as a boy between the ages of ten and thirty, and then again eighteen at a time when the country was at peace, my father was an ophthalmologist working there and seeing this nation with its beautiful mountains. It's valets, an extraordinary people it really it. It will never leave my head. It is such a special place. It's been absolutely heart breaking to see that it has been racked by one war after another and to run that country. I mean that is just an impossible job and yet. This man talked Kearney as I think you'll you're here. He doesn't sound like a typical politician. A philosopher spirit in there. You actually gave a Ted talk in two thousand five on how to rebuild a better state, and of course he's trying to put some of those ideas into practice now. Whenever I have the honour of speaking with Dr. Garni I learned something new. I heard his nuanced thoughts on what to make this two decades old war that has cost so much in both blood and treasure. And how he handles delicate relationships with the US with Pakistan with his political rivals. But most four he teaches me how the deep thousand traditions of a country torn by. Might actually have a lot. Teach us about making peace. So this interview was recorded before a live audience that Ted Twenty twenty, which is going on now and into July. Let's begin. To. com, thank you for coming and spending this time with us. you are facing issues that almost no one else on the planet is is having to face. help us understand your country. Doctor Garnet The New York Times in recent article, described Afghanistan in this language, the impoverished, central, Asian country once unfamiliar to many Americans now symbolizes and less conflict, foreign entanglements and an incubator of terrorist plots. How would you describe Afghanistan. Attempts catches one side of the story..
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on The TED Interview
"Anderson. Today we have something pretty special. It's a chance to talk with the man who arguably has the single most challenging job in the entire world. Dr guy has been distinguished anthropologist at the world bank and now he is the president of afghanistan so this country you know i had the great good fortune to spend several years there as as a boy between the ages of ten and thirty and then again eighteen at a time when the country was at peace my father was an ophthalmologist working there and Seeing this nation with its beautiful mountains it's valets an extraordinary people. It really it. It will never leave my head. It is such a special place. It's been absolutely heart breaking to see that it has been racked by one war after another and to run that country. I mean that is just an impossible job and yet this man talk kearney. As i think you'll you're here. He doesn't sound like a typical politician. A philosopher spirit in there. You actually gave a ted talk in two thousand five on how to rebuild a better state and of course. He's trying to put some of those ideas into practice. Now whenever i have the honour of speaking with dr. Danny i learned something new. I heard his nuanced thoughts on what to make this two decades old war that has cost so much in both blood and treasure and how he handles delicate relationships with the us with pakistan with his political rivals but most four he teaches me. How the deep thousand traditions of a country torn by might actually have a lot. Teach us about making peace so this interview was recorded before a live audience. That ted twenty twenty which is going on now and into july. Let's begin salon com. Thank you for coming and spending this time with us You are facing issues that almost no one else on the planet is is having to face. Help us understand your country. Doctor garnet the new york times in recent article described afghanistan in this language the impoverished central asian country once unfamiliar to many americans now symbolizes endless conflict foreign entanglements and an incubator of terrorist plots. How would you describe. Afghanistan attempts catches one side of the story..
Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday
"The Taliban and Afghanistan's president have announced a three day cease fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins today to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan the Taliban order which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan president Ashraf Ghani announcing the agreement comes just days after U. S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the area Khalilzad on his trip urged both the Taliban and the Afghan government to reduce violence and move ahead with the intra Afghan negotiations a key pillar of the U. S. peace deal with the Taliban signed in February to allow American troops to leave Afghanistan the deal was also touted at the time as Afghanistan's best chance for peace after nearly four decades of
Taliban, Afghan president declare three-day Eid ceasefire
"The Taliban and Afghanistan announcing a three day cease fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that's starting today the ceasefire marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan the Taliban order was followed by an announcement on Twitter from Afghan president Ashraf Ghani announcing the government extends the offer of peace it comes just days after the U. S. special peace diplomats how many callers odd was in Kabul in Doha the Taliban leader released a message which says the groups committed to the recent peace deal was not seeking to monopolize power and promised to guarantee the rights of women and men under an
Afghanistans power-sharing deal
"Is really an indication that a given status coherent cohesive unfunctional when more than one person to be the head of it indeed. This sort of situation is much more usually an indication of actual or imminent civil war. Such a standoff has been occurring for some months in Afghanistan where Tuman Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdulah each insist that they won last. September's presidential election enough honeystone President Ashraf Ghani has sworn in for a second term in Kabul but his rival Abdulah dealer diffused to recognize the inauguration and held his own swearing in ceremony as a pleasant. The official result held the Gandhi. The incumbent had won pretty handily and had the full being re elected. Abdullah claimed the whole thing was a fixed declared victory anyway and vowed to foam a parallel administration. The earlier indications are that we have more votes and that's That's what was clint and The yes of course Even to the extension things have been investigated so far it shows a lot of irregularities last month Ghani and Abdullah went so far. As to hold competing inauguration ceremonies a watching world struggled to imagine how this was going to end. Well there is now some possibly positive. News reports are coming in K. political development in Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have ended months of crisis by agreement share power. The rival claimants appear to have put their dispute behind them earlier. This Week Ghani and Abdullah came to terms the agreement. They signed acknowledges Ghani as President Bit Allows Abdullah to choose half of Janis cabinet and to lead peace talks with the Taliban should any. Such negotiations occur in close by funnest. Today's a great and historic day for our beloved Afghanistan of Africans proved that the think wisely in collectively about their national interests of militia Augusta. They were the leaders who are present. Here what hard to encourage the Afghan people? There's no doubt that the international communities in support of this political agreement along with countries in the region should make before we look at how and why we got here and what might happen. Next spoiler alert the dawning of a gilded era of peace and prosperity is a long shot a recap of the to uneasily reconciled pretenders in terms of direction. We're going in terms of accomplishments. We have some significant funds but in terms of satisfying the needs and aspirations of the people. We've looked Ashraf. Ghani President Ashraf Ghani he now. Indisputably is spent much of Afghanistan's decades of war with the Soviet Union and subsequently itself in the United States where he worked as an academic and for the World Bank he returned to Afghanistan after the Taliban which out of Kabul by the United States and its allies in late. Two thousand one. Gandhi became Minister of Finance. Won plaudits in some quarters and was at one point touted as a potential secretary general of the United Nations instead he ran for president in two thousand nine and lost then again in two thousand fourteen and one the candidate he beat Abdullah. Abdullah disputed the result and forced gone the into a power sharing arrangement. Observant listeners may detect a pattern emerging election is commitment before the people who have harnessed which has to take place on time at the same time it has to be free and fair and trucks patent That's the condition that too was promised to the people of Stan. In the commission the Independent Elegant Commission has to deliver Abdullah Abdullah an ice surgeon by training spent much of the war against the Soviets as an advisor to legendary Mujahedeen commander Ahmed Shah Masud and during the period of Taliban rule in the nine hundred ninety s served as a sort of foreign minister in exile for the Northern Alliance and other factions attempting to take the country back. He became Afghanistan's actual foreign minister. In the first post Taliban government the two thousand and nineteen election was his third unsuccessful attempts to become president as to what nudged Garni and towards compromise while some variety of agreement was always likely after an amount of theatrical posturing attention seems to have been focused by last week's terrorist attack on the maternity ward at Kabul's Dash Budget hospital a horrific crime that left twenty four women children and babies dead it was revolting enough indeed that it refocused international attention on Afghanistan which most violence in the country nowadays does not on the same day as the atrocity at Dusty Botchy. Thirty two people were killed by a suicide bomber at a police officer's funeral in Nangahar province five more in the truck bombing of military caught in Gardez resulting in many fewer headlines. Abroad this past Monday. Seven more people were killed. In the car-bombing of an Afghan intelligence facility in Ghazni Islamic state claimed the funeral bombing the Taliban the God is Ghazni attacks. The big brave warriors who perpetrated the hospital massacre have been strangely reluctant to own up
Afghan president and rival announce power-sharing agreement
"Another a power sharing agreement in the Middle East as announced in Afghanistan ABC's Julia macfarlane feels as in it from the foreign desk president Ashraf Ghani was pronounced the winner of lost his election by the Afghan Election Commission however his rival Abdullah Abdullah alleged voter fraud and rejected the results on March ninth this year both men held parallel inauguration ceremonies but the long standing dispute has not been resolved nearly two months off to secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the withdrawal of one billion dollars in aid to Afghanistan threatening another billion dollars next year if the plates live password to continue to limit for the navy C. news at the foreign
Afghan president and rival announce power-sharing agreement
"In Afghanistan's rival leaders have signed a power sharing deal aimed at ending a political stalemate a spokesman for president Ashraf Ghani announced the agreement on Twitter today gadis rival Abdullah Abdullah had disputed the results of September's presidential election and under the agreement signed today members of his team will be included in the cabinet and he will lead the council for peace
Official says suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan kills 5
"The Taliban have claimed yet another deadly attack in Afghanistan at least five people were killed in an attack on a military base in the eastern province of Paktia on South Asia regional editor John the giving joins me now so Joe just tell us what happened in today's attack one official site there's a drive in a truck which is apparently full of explosives were approached the gates of the military compound it's not every weather facilities and also Medici court it sounded as though the god stopped the driver somebody opened fire and then that the drives a blue at the the truck up so most of the dead and injured were just local people who were milling around civilians also a few military personnel amongst the injured as you say the Taliban says they carried out the attack and they say it was a response to the announcement by the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani lace on Tuesday that they were going to return to offensive operations against militants including the Taliban and he made that announcement in response to an attack on a maternity hospital and suddenly the savagery of which Afghans are still trying to process absolutely I mean you know we used to reporting of death and destruction and blasts and someone from Afghanistan this was just a scale I think a lot of people are gonna be very how to process I think that's partly why am I struck down he felt that he needed to stand up and give a response even though the Taliban has said they distance themselves from that attack but was still hearing stories coming out about the I witness is talking about the government going from room to room through the hospital searching out the maternity unit and then opening fire at close range on pregnant women women who had recently given birth and even on your phone status there were two babies who were killed under the stories as well women now who knows that that they deserve died babies who have survived but are now motherless so I think that was something that the authority is very much needed to respond to but it's also lead to an unraveling all hopes of a growing peace process that seems not very distant thank you very much for that still recovering
Afghanistan: Taliban breaks off 'fruitless' prisoner exchange talks
"The Taliban in Afghanistan has walks out of landmark talks with the governments that began last week in Kabul as part of a deal between the militant group in Washington these face to face talks are meant to facilitate the fraying of hundreds of prisoners held by both sides with more details his number a senator Rajin a Taliban spokesman said they would no longer participate in what he described as fruitless discussions with the off on government he blamed the administration of president Ashraf Ghani for delaying the prisoner release under one pretext or another but the government negotiators that the Taliban but unreasonably demanding the release of fifteen commanders involved in what he called big attacks yeah I did we cannot release the killers of our people
US cuts aid to Afghanistan after rival leaders fail to agree on new government after Pompeo visit to Kabul
"News the trump administration is cutting assistance to Afghanistan it's also threatening further reductions in all forms of cooperation the decisions were made after the country's rival leaders failed to agree on the formation of a new government the announcement by secretary of state Mike Pompeii today came after he made an unannounced visit to the capital Kabul to meet with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah each of the men has declared himself president of the country after disputed elections last year in unusually harsh statement pump pale criticize the two for being unable to work together Pompeii said their inability to cooperate threatens a state peace deal that could end America's longest running
Afghans set to release 1,500 Taliban; US wants less violence
"News despite attacks on going in the Middle East the peace deal between the US and the terror group the Taliban seems to be holding up its end of the deal and could be an end to America's longest war securing America started withdrawing troops from Afghanistan part of a historic peace deal with the Taliban this is Afghan president Ashraf Ghani signals and openness to release five thousand prisoners on condition of less violence there might be a somewhat an offer from a president Ghani to provide some prisoner releases Kathryn Wheelbarger Assistant Secretary of defense for international security affairs said intra Afghan talks could soon get started but marine general Kenneth McKenzie because since the Taliban is still acting out those attacks are relatively low in scale they are not directed against coalition forces they are not occurring in city centers they're occurring in isolated checkpoints but those attacks are occurring and they're not consistent with the movement toward a negotiated settlement the U. S. Taliban deal calls for the reduction of U. S. troops eighty five hundred over the coming months in hopes of ending America's
Afghanistan - Rival 'presidents' hold two inaugurations
"What we saw in Kabul today was actually quite surreal to dueling presidential inaugurations. Afghan president. Ashraf Ghani lamely yard line for John and his rival Abdullah Abdullah associate upon corning. Both held presidential inauguration ceremonies at almost exactly the same time just a few yards apart from each other in these two different compounds in downtown Kabul and this came despite weeks of efforts to mediate between the two men to find some sort of compromise that could avoid the spectacle that played out today but in the end a compromise was not reached no one budged and both men declared themselves president of the country. I am Susannah George and I am the Afghanistan and Pakistan Bureau chief for The Washington Post
Dueling Afghan leaders both declare themselves president
"In Kabul president Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for another term after being declared the winner of September selection but next door rival Abdullah Abdullah was also sworn in after charging voter fraud they both say they're in charge which is threatening to wreck the peace process after the U. S. and the Taliban signed a deal last month to go she Asians between Afghans themselves word to start tomorrow which is now what near impossibility after duly inaugurations Sager mag Donny at the White House
'We'll get through this': Mike Pence says 'no question' there will be more coronavirus cases, but 'we're ready'
"You it's been a dramatic few days of developments related to the corona virus Washington state announced several first yes date the first death of someone in the U. S. infected with the virus the first health worker to be infected and the first potential outbreak at a long term care facility outside Seattle more than fifty people are being tested for the corona virus the trump administration has also ramped up its response and here to bring us up to speed is NPR science reporter Selena Simmons Duffin high Selena hi Lisa so president trump held a press conference yesterday with members of the coronavirus task force what did we hear the president announced first of all that there had been the first U. S. death trump said the victim was a woman but authorities later confirmed it was actually a man in his fifties with underlying health conditions and he was in Kirkland Washington near Seattle vice president pence also announcing that press conference new travel restrictions in areas that have seen recent outbreaks are Ron and parts of South Korea and Italy up president trump also took a few questions and some of them referred to the fact that he used the word hoax in connection to corona virus on Friday he tried to clarify he was referring to Democrats criticism of the response not the virus itself so at the end of the week there were reports of a few positive cases that appear to be community spread in California Oregon meaning not connected to travel to Asia other affected areas the contracted rate here in the U. S. and now there are several more confirmed in Washington state potentially dozens more what's going on so the big change was that public health officials started looking for cases differently the medical director for infectious disease at the hospital evergreen health explained how it happened at a press conference yesterday he said that the guidelines about who should be tested changed last week you no longer need to travel history or close contact with somebody with corona virus so evergreen health looked at its patients and sought to with no travel history who are very sick with respiratory infections with the new guidelines they became candidates to test for crown of fight virus and both tested positive so one was the patient in his fifties who sadly died the other was a resident of this nursing home life care center in Kirkland local health officials realize that a health care worker from life care was sick as well she tested positive and that's what led officials to look into this possible outbreak so these might not be new cases then right exactly the remember the symptoms look a lot like the flu and it's flu season and health officials say most cases are mild so people might not be even going to the hospital for them so now that the new guidelines for food to test has changed and there are these new abilities for local labs around the country to do more testing we will likely see many more positive cases it's hard to know at this point how many more are out there a health official from Seattle king county said in yesterday's press briefing these newly confirmed cases are likely quote the tip of the iceberg but it's important to remember overall the risk to the American public is still low the important thing to do with the thoroughly washing your hands keeping away from sick people all of those method measures that you can take to protect yourself and prevent the spread the messages be vigilant but don't panic that's NPR's Selena Simmons Duffin thank you so much thank you the US has signed a deal with the Taliban that aims to end the eighteen year war in Afghanistan the longest in American history but there's already a glitch Afghan president Ashraf Ghani says he will free thousands of Taliban prisoners as yesterday's the deal called for joining us to talk about that is NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman he spent years in batting with US and Afghan forces good morning Tom Taylor so the agreement for less than a day old and there's already a problem how serious is it that on he says he won't release the prisoners well we don't know yet and I'm sure the U. S. and NATO officials will be reaching out quickly to Connie no the release of five thousand Taliban prisoners were supposed to be a precondition of the Taliban Afghan talks slate to begin soon Connie says he's not ready to release any prisoners before talks begin he said that prisoner release was not a promise the U. S. could make I I think it shows what many predicted the most difficult step was not a U. S. Taliban agreement but one between the Afghans and the Taliban so they're about twelve thousand US troops in Afghanistan what are they doing and and when will they begin to leave well right now they're training Afghan troops and also together with Afghan commandos going after terror groups like ISIS the U. S. troops will drop to eighty six hundred in the next several months but the military still says at that number the cans of both train Afghans in go after ISIS or other terrorist the agreement says all U. S. troops out in fourteen months no Layla that's faster told than some earlier plans to draw down in two years so either the Taliban pressed hard for a better deal or president trump just wanted the troops out faster so is it realistic than depends who you ask one official told me the time line is he called it optimistic and said the Taliban has to abide by the agreement to stop attacks break with al Qaeda and open talks with Afghan officials but here's the thing last September right when an earlier U. S. Taliban peace agreement was about to be signed the U. S. attacked in el Qaida cell in western Afghanistan and American officials told me when I was in Afghanistan at that time that the Taliban were also working with al Qaeda in the east near the Pakistan border so some question whether the Taliban will really break with al Qaeda so then how does the U. S. make sure that the Taliban is honoring the agreement well the U. S. in the Taliban will have some sort of a monitoring office in Qatar to make sure everyone abides by the agreement and yeah in in Afghanistan the U. S. and Taliban are communicating by phone or radio to report on what they're seeing on the ground the problem is U. S. troops are in small numbers in largely confined to bases and not out and about around the country like they were in past years you know patrolling with Afghans going into villages one retired general with years of experience in Afghanistan told me as a result there is no way the U. S. can effectively monitor this agreement on the ground or even witness if the Taliban are intimidating the population but the U. S. will stop the troop drawdown if the Taliban doesn't cooperate right that's what they said and it's likely even in the face of some television non compliance the U. S. will continue to draw down then military leaders have long said of course there's no military solution here only a political one resident trump wants to bring what he calls endless wars to a close no I'll be heading to Syria soon labels are check out the U. S. military mission against ISIS the president also is cutting back their their once about two thousand American soldiers in Syria now it's down to about five hundred or so that's NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman Tom
Afghanistan election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president with 50.64% of the vote
"The corruption trial of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins on March seventeenth on March second Israelis will head back to the polls which show Netanyahu now trailing his primary opponent at a campaign event yesterday Benny Gantz Val to bolster bi partisan American support for Israel politician trying to unseat prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sending a message to Washington general Benny guns is vowing to repair ties with the Democratic Party if he wins the March second election the former head of the IDF accusing Netanyahu of alienating Democrats and turning Israel into a partisan Republican issue especially under president trump the time now is long rejected such criticism but if you research center poll last year found two thirds of Democrats had negative views of Netanyahu's
Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk
"A truce agreement is in the works between the United States and the Taliban it looks very promising defense secretary Martin asper says it would involve a seven day hall to Taliban attacks before signing that means taking some risks peace talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan's government will begin within ten days of the signing we can only be governed in a democratic system where the player is sticks side rather Ashraf Ghani says as long as Afghanistan remains democratic the Taliban is not much of a threat I think the society is been immunized against that type of radicals because if the Taliban and support why would they be so afraid of elections it all could lead to an eighteen month phased withdrawal of US forces Ben Thomas Washington
Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk
"It looks very promising the proposal would see a seven day hold to Taliban attacks then the signing of the U. S. Taliban peace deal defense secretary mark asper says to deal means taking some risk but a a peace deal that would involve a very soon afterward an inter Afghan negotiation asper spoke with Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani on Friday and says he's on board he wants to be a clearly a full partner in that and wants to lead on that and make sure that all Afghans come together are well representative and can come up with an agreement that would end door all Afghan peace talks would begin within ten days of a deal with a phased withdrawal of US forces over eighteen months Ben Thomas Washington
Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk
"A day after meeting with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani defense secretary mark as birds says a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban looks very promising we have on the table right now a reduction in violence at the Munich security conference defense secretary mark asper says he's been consulting with Congress and only two allies on a proposed peace deal that would see a seven day hall to Taliban attacks I think there's general agreement it's my view as well that we have we have to give peace a chance that the the best if not only way forward in Afghanistan is through a political agreement and that that means taking some risk that's intended to lead to talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government president Ashraf Ghani has been a skeptic but that's process I think he is fully on board an agreement could lead to a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan Ben Thomas Washington
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"Of the crisis. It's chair, Dr Patrick Kapoor also threatened to take further action who for that? Besides that shoe traditional military fields over power to civilian letters show ability without any for that. The council automatically impose punitive measures on individuals and entities that are obstructing the establishment of physical, lead transitional authority, the decision comes after Sudanese security forces shot dead dozen to protest is in the capital cartoon the health ministry. There says, sixty one people died in the violence, but doctors linked to the opposition protest movement. Say more than one hundred civilians were shot dead. According Germany, has convicted a former nurse of killing five patients in his care news HOGAN is believed to be the most prolific murderer in Germany's postwar history prosecutors said he injected his victims with an undescribed medication in an apparent attempt to impress colleagues by then trying to revive the patients who go has been given a second life sentence after convictions in a previous trial. Christiane mullebeck is a spokesman for the victims families. He said the hospitals where her goal worked needed to be held to. Account from Sean, as I promised my family at the time that I would not only ensure that the killer goes to prison that also those responsible. I believe it's very important for all to bring those responsible to Justice, who made it possible that these murders became a series of murders, a massive security. Operation is in place in the Indian city of Amrita. The thirty fifth anniversary of the Indian army's deadliest salt on the Golden Temple thousands of security personnel have been deployed, here's our South Asia correspondent rajini Vaidyanathan the Golden Temple and number it's our is the most sacred and symbolic shrine in Sikhism in one thousand nine hundred eighty four it became the scene of some of the bloodiest violence. The faith has faced when Indian government forces stormed it in an operation to drive out seek separatists the government said around four hundred people were killed, including nearly ninety soldiers, but seek groups maintain that the death toll was far higher and included. Many. Worshipers commemorations for those killed passed off peacefully today. The Afghan president Ashraf Ghani is coming under fire for green to release almost nine hundred mainly Taliban prisoners as a goodwill. Gesture, for aid, Mr Guy, who's term ended last month announced the move on Tuesday. But the identity of the inmates wasn't known until now several candidates for September's. Presidential election said the release was illegal world news from the BBC. This is WNYC in New York. I'm Richard Hake. Good morning, emergency personnel are on the scene of apparently in a major vehicle crash near the US military academy at West Point officials there have confirmed that there was an incident earlier this morning in the vicinity of the camp, natural bridge training side and Orange County. Travelers advised to avoid route two ninety three for the first time in decades, Democrats control, both houses of the state legislature in Albany with significant majorities. But WNYC's Fred mogul reports that. Even so internal divisions are slowing down several bills. Governor Cuomo in many Democrats, think New York state should give undocumented immigrants driver's licenses but six Long Island Democrats say, they're not so sure Senator Jim Gordon from Suffolk County says he's trying to figure out the licenses would make the roads, safer or more dangerous. And there's some issues concerned with law enforcement, but state Senator Diane Savino says she's also from a conservative area Staten Island and the Long Island six should use facts, ticks, and supportive statements from business groups to over come their constituents fear of immigrants. Public advocate Germany Williams is joining the outrage over the prosecution of the nineteen thousand nine central park, jogger case Williams wants action taken against to key prosecutors in that case Elizabeth Lederer, and Linda fairstein, black men are the most incarcerated people in the history of the earth. In the history of the earth. Linda fifteen Elizabeth letter helped perpetuate them Williams, spoke after watching Netflix miniseries focusing on the men wrongfully. Convicted they were teenagers at the time and the city's taken dozens of ice cream trucks off the road for allegedly dodging millions of dollars and traffic violations. The finance department seized forty six trucks as part of what it calls operation meltdown officials say the truck owners racked up about four point five million dollars in fines over nearly a decade, and frequently reregistered the vehicles through phony shell companies. This is WNYC at nine oh six. Hello, welcome to NewsHour from the BBC. Well service, it comes to live from Australia's in central London. I'm Russia today. We'll have extensive coverage of the seventy fifth anniversary of this people of western Europe. Landing was made this morning on the coast of France by troops of the allied expeditionary force. This landing is part of the concerted United Nations plan for the liberation of Europe, General Eisenhower on d day when allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and began the, to end the Nazi Germany occupation of France. We'll hear the memories of those who were there and ask how today's transatlantic alliance has stood the test of time to stay with us for that story. We begin today, though, with Sudan, a country that has plunged into increasing uncertainty and brutal violence on Monday security forces attacked a weeks, long sitting outside the army headquarters in the capital. Cartoon dozens of people have been killed, though, the numbers on disputed, the assault was the worst violence in Sudan. Since April the eleventh when Omar al-bashir was overthrown. He had been in power for three decades. The ensuing talks between the transitional military council and the opposition would not making enough progress, which is why the demonstrators continued to protest consistent a numerous reports say the paramilitary unit the fed rapid security forces, also known as the Jeonju, we'd, which gained notoriety for brutal atrocities, in the full conflict in western, Sudan, back in two thousand and three is now roaming the streets and initiating random violence this morning. We got through to three women who fled from the paramilitaries, and now in hiding in a house in cartoon they asked us not to use either their names or their voices for fear of being identified. So we've stopped what they told us my first question. What evidence do they have? That the rapid support forces and the John Jay we'd a one and the same the either part of the rapid support forces, they are them, actually they were wearing the uniform of the rapid support forces and it was clear from their accent. And what is it about the accent, then that distinguishes them and makes us think that it was the judge he'd well here in Sudan, we have different accents, depending on which part of Sudan, you're from you can distinguish it? Can you give us a sense of what's happening today because there is, of course from the outside world's perspective. The government is saying that x number of people were in fact, killed the opposition are saying, far more have been killed is the violence continuing today. Yes, the violence is continuing. But in a very random way, they stop people in the street. They asked them to leave their cars. They beat them. They pee on them the humiliate them they. They still people you can't predict what they could do in the streets, and it's your it's your understanding that they are being given free rein to do what they want to do, it seems like that less than an hour ago. We heard gunshots in a residential neighborhoods, and there's no need for gunshots. They're just randomly attacking people. Terrorizing people and how do you account for that? Why are they doing that obviously to scare people? So they make sure people don't go out in the streets to stop people from demonstrating, they're giving us a taste of what could be to them. This is just a fraction of what they can expose. They've been practicing this for years. And now they're giving us a taste of what could happen to him. Let's go back to Monday. You said you've been in hiding since Monday. What happened to you on Monday on Monday? We were all at the Sitton. It was the last day of Ramadan. We go to phone call from our friend that we should find a place to hide because hundreds and hundreds of pickups were on their way to. Attack then they started shooting. So we found an electrician control room. We hid there we were on the ground flat on the ground. Trying to hide from the live ammunition. The rapid support forces attacked the room and they showed a small glass window right on the top of where we were hiding, we started begging them, not to shoot. Luckily, they didn't shoot us but they were standing at the exit door beating everybody who was running outside the room, brutally with sticks. Whips different kinds of sticks and whips and they will men men and women in this hiding in this room. Yes. Men women and old ladies. Yes. Then they led us to this wired caged area on the way they were beating us about ten of them at that point beating soul and on the left as we were running. There was a building skeleton of a building, that's still under construction with snipers shooting randomly, then they asked us to jump over barbed wire as they beat us. We were trying to jump over the fence, one of the women, the old lady, that was with us her clothes got stuck on the wire, and he would beat her as he. Laughed an apologizing at the same time. So it was very confusing psychological manipulation, you know, he would apologize but at the same time he would beat her calling her mother, we jumped over the fence. And after we jumped they didn't give us a chance. They just beat you and your forced to run away as they beat you. We have to run through them on each side as they beat us. They were insulting us and making comments about our clothing and saying, are you doctors because three of us were wearing eyeglasses. They were provoked by the glasses because in their head. It's a sign of education or something, I don't know. The snipers were still shooting. They were still beating us. We went forward as we were being beaten, and we kept on finding more and more of them and this lasted for about an hour. So as we reached a small green patch offense area in the middle of the street where they told us to sit and locked us in there until the pickups arrived, as we were sitting there, some of us were injured badly, and then the RSF soldier said things like how about we just set them on fire or how about we just let two of them go and kill the rest, or some of them would just give us. I gestures like a sexual implication. You know, we were waiting there for about half an hour, as we were being insulted, the beatings stopped by then, and then the pickups arrived, we were trying our best to stick together as a group because we didn't know where they were taking us during all of this the shooting was going on. So we were terrified that we would get shot by random bullets and then they drove over the bridge,.
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"Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has more than forty five thousand Afghan soldiers have been killed since he took office in September twenty fourteen. The latest numbers are far higher than figures provided by Mr. Garni last November. Here's embarrassing at Rajin speaking during a discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, president Ashraf Ghani justified. The high casualty rate saying Afghan soldiers are doing most of the fighting not the international forces. It's a staggering casualty figure nearly thirty debts a day many analysts have described the current death rate as unsustainable an utterly demoralizing for the Afghan. Army military observers say that Afghan soldiers are spread too thinly on the ground on the Taliban exploited this by attacking isolated checkpoints and basis with ferocity. The Venezuelan opposition leader Honda. Why do has repeated his call to the military to support his movements to secure new and free elections. Addressing crowds in bolivar square in Caracas. Mr. Guido said the opposition controlled national assembly would be passing new amnesty law, which would be distributed by hand to military personnel. Will news from the BBC. The top human rights envoy working for the United Nations says Myanmar's army chief should be prosecuted for genocide against the Roe hinge Muslims they fled to Bangladesh following a military crackdown in seventeen he he the UN special reporter on human rights in. Myanmar said gentlemen, are laying had to be prosecuted for genocide a mining time in southeast Brazil has collapsed unleashing a torrent of mud in an area close to the city of blue or resulting in the state of Minardi arise. Could officials say rescue teams have been dispatched to the area television footage showed a helicopter team trying to pull out to survivors up to their waists in mud. Another video showed the moment the torrent tour across the road destroying houses in its path. Lack of air. Traffic controllers to flight delays in New York, Philadelphia and Florida had been working without pay for more than a month because of the partial government shutdown from New Yorker correspondent not a topic reports at brief ground stop at LaGuardia increase the strain already felt on one of the nation's busiest transport hubs and cause delays across the nation's airports. This incident will additional pressure on President Trump and lawmakers to end the government shutdown which has lasted for thirty five days. Trish Gilbert of the national air traffic controllers association called the government shutdown reckless and just yesterday. Airline execs warned that the shutdown was pushing the US aviation system to a tipping point severely disrupting a system that millions of passengers rely on each day ahead of copter at a light aircraft crashed after colliding above an alpine classier in the northwest Italy Italy's mountain Rescue Corps, say five people have been killed. Hey published a photograph of the crashed aircraft in the snow. The collision happened over the Ruutel glass. You're not far from mom blow on the border with FRANZ. Those other nations stories from BBC news W O RT, thanks.
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"In Italy The government in Afghanistan says it's killed all of what it called. The terrorists involved in an attack in the old quarter of Kabul today the assault. Came as president Ashraf Ghani was making a speech marking the first day the holidays he'd previously offered the Taliban a conditional three-month ceasefire the, BBC's Schwab Sharifi. Joins us from Kabul what more do you know about the attacks swipe well attack started very early hours of the. Morning but now it seems to have ended but this happens on. Day one of the year's most. Important festival as five million. Kabul's citizens were preparing to start celebrating immediately after eat. Pray. And as Adam president was delivering his message and the most important on highly secure Cured part of Kabul the presidential palace was literally Charlotte with mortars something unprecedented before we have. Had one or two here and there but then level of the number of motor Thrown from very close vicinity then followed, by armed attack when the Salen according to The. Police, in the area using a, small Laurie manage to come all very close vicinity literally the doors of presidential palace showering, with motor, and then breaking. Into building and threatening and firing at important government buildings including Avon ministry of. Defense so was a hope that it was eat festival in mid-june June we had. And back then we had a bilateral ceasefire both from Taliban and Afghan government side this time it was, hoped he was highly expected that the government conditional ceasefire maybe, welcome by the Taliban but Kabul had a terrible and Dan day one. Of it, although Taliban have refused to have rejected having had any hands in today's but overall at least people didn't have a quiet and peaceful. Eat as dissected has there been any claim of responsibility Well at least Taliban have refused to have. Had any, hands in this attack in the past situation when tolerant claim the. Other group that often claim is the The so-called slamming state group affiliates. That just a few days back they had an attack a bloody explosion. In Kabul that. Killed at least fifty students it's believed that it. Is not the Taliban it's. One of these insurgents groups that the. Government is fighting against many thanks for that the BBC's swayed Sharifi, on a slightly, dodgy. Line apologies for that. From Kabul you're listening to. The BBC World Service don't forget. If you want to listen, to this program news album missed the live broadcast a podcast is available it's updated twice a day you need to search. For BBC NewsHour all one.
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"You've been listening to that report in the interview with ashraf ghani how optimistic o how realistic is what he's saying in the the idea that that the troops the nato troops can leave within four years this full year security plan given the context and how many people killed so regularly in the diet security situation how realistic is that well there's a reason for prisoner gonese optimism he stated quite clearly that the the taliban how strategic goals to try and take over the country and how to as a whole on on the the way there to try and capture whole chunks of it so they can now set up islamic eminent if you value wait the way the fighting has gone over the past year they have made zero progress towards that goal despite the fact that there have been heavy casualties on both sides so i mean the afternoon was difficult to call it optimism i don't think that adds up to victory for either side but it does add up to walk president ghani point to two witches this will end in some form of a political settlement will let's talk about where where at win the possibilities and the options of the political settlement that the us wants cobbled to close the taliban office in in doha inkatha what where are we at in terms of back channel talks i'm not aware of any substantial progress towards your closing a deal on the political settlement or even setting up in the go shaking channels the the of the future of the the cutter offices in doubt as some of us have warned that this closed it would look very much like closing the door of negotiation but on the other hand that office has been therefore for on obviously the taliban delegation a cutter has been there for four or five years on the really haven't taken any initiatives themselves donohue think near towards progress towards peace so the situation on the ground i think is convincing many in the taliban movement that they will have to talk but that talking is not yet happening really how that's going to be the next stage who's going.
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Ashraf ghani his leadership while battling an active insurgency within his own country it's not a tidy processed and a charred work and despite enormous political pressures you have demonstrated a commitment to put your country and the people of afghanistan first he says half of the troops on the ground there are americans says their mission is to train advise and assist afghan security forces and the help build the fence and security institutions the another round of economic sanctions the us treasury department has announced that its blacklisted eight north korean banks money from a private health care program for veterans could run out by the end of the year ap's might grassy a reports despite an emergency in fusion of two point one billion dollars a few weeks ago the private sector veterans choice healthcare program may need more money as early as december to avoid a disruption of service for thousands of veterans in a statement to the associated press that a product the veteran's affair said it hopes to move quickly on a proposed longterm legislative fix neutros choice program was passed by congress in twenty fourteen in response to that scandal over long wait times at the phoenix va back locally a man was beaten robbed and then thrown into lake michigan early this morning near the shed aquarium the 23yearold was able to pull himself out of the watered call police he is in stable condition in northwestern it habit just after midnight a group of men and women in who attacked him to took off on foot heading south on lakeshore drive with his backpack in cell phone at chicago's puerto rican and mexican communities are mobilizing to help victims of hurricane maria and that recent earthquake in mexico which set up a regional collection senator in cities hubbell port neighborhood at lokossa puerto rican year it will accept the nation's all week they're asking things like cash batteries flashlights diapers baby formula can't food and toiletries skill check it out will you gene sports would they vented thank you bet good morning at some point in the next day or so the cubs will celebrate a second straight division title but it didn't happen last one high.
"ashraf ghani" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Significance of this particular development movie maybe we you know what what is the question everybody out all the time the reason we found that those startling is that central question had been if you're a connection amid all the investigation is there a connection between donald trump campaign in two thousand sixteen and russian official or russian individual who really had a connection to the kremlin you you gain ways in which they have been meeting he pain you know donald trump jr meeting with somebody who was connected in some way and this is one more length that's carol lennick who covers the federal government for the washington post carol thank you you pat you are listening to me morning edition from npr news and just ahead afghan president ashraf ghani says he welcomes the decision from the white house to send more us troops to his country it's emotional increase of troops that it's a maximisation of all instruments of us pilot coming up more on why ghani says the strategy makes sense stay with us mm well we've got nothing to complain about whether wise for the next few days partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid '80s mostly sunny tomorrow with highs around eighty and then looking ahead to the weekend mostly sunny on saturday with highs in the lower 80s and fully sunny on sunday with highs in the mid '80s right now it's 73 degrees in new york city and you're listening to wnyc on saturdays wnyc is all about the stories stories about the day's news i'm not just going to willy nilly make generalizations the entire who people based on my feelings on stories that transport on the bus to school there was this she will be there saviours of lows in the book named generally and that was usually what i would do the news you want the break you need saturdays on 939 fm w.