Thought for the day

"Fascism is the adoption by vested interests in a society of an authoritarian form of government in order to maintain their vested interests and prevent the reform of that society." -- Carroll Quigley

Washington’s hard power display of taking out Al-Qaeda’s Al-Zawahiri will not be reciprocated by Beijing over Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan. It does however, definitively bury the decades-long era of cooperative US-Chinese relations.

At least four members of the Daesh group were killed and one person was detained in operations conducted earlier this week by the Islamic Emirate forces in Karta-e- Sakhi area of Kabul city, Kabul security department said.

The clashes between the Islamic Emirate forces and Daesh members lasted for many hours.

According to Arab News Pakistan on November 20, 2020:

“Egyptian national Ayman Al-Zawahiri, 69, died in Afghanistan likely of natural causes, several sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan told Arab News this week, just days after reports of (his) passing made the rounds on social media.”

“Arab News spoke to at least four security sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan to confirm Zawahiri’s death.”

In the aftermath of Joe Biden's report that he ordered a military drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, a report has emerged that Biden has paid, over the last year, about $1 billion to the Taliban.

That would be the extremist Islamist organization that took over Afghanistan when Biden last year abruptly pulled American soldiers out.

On Monday, President Biden announced that Osama Bin Laden's successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was assassinated by a drone strike in Afghanistan.

FOX News' Tucker Carlson lambasted Biden for talking about the Al Qaeda leader's death after messing up the departure from Afghanistan last year.

"It takes a lot of brass to brag about Afghanistan, or even mention the word," Carlson began, arguing it is to Biden what the Monica Lewinsky scandal was to Bill Clinton.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed in a drone strike while staying at a house owned by a top aide to a senior Taliban leader in Kabul.

It has sparked questions as to whether the Taliban has welcomed the terrorist group back in Afghanistan, having previously developed ties with the terrorist group in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Clashes broke out on Sunday between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces, officials said, with the Afghan side confirming one of their border officers was killed and another wounded.

Both sides accused the other of opening fire first, AFP reported.

"There was a clash between the border guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Taliban forces," Meysam Barazandeh, governor of Iran's Hirmand county, was quoted as saying by Iran's Fars news agency. 

Officials from the US and the Taliban government in Afghanistan have reportedly exchanged proposals for the release of billions of dollars from the country’s foreign reserves, which were frozen by Washington last year.

According to sources who spoke with Reuters and are familiar with the talks, Washington is pushing for the Taliban to replace the current appointees of Afghanistan’s central bank, which include Taliban members under sanctions from Washington.

This request is reportedly a bid to “insulate” the banking institution from the Taliban.

Women in Afghanistan have faced an onslaught of violence and human rights abuses since the Taliban’s return to national power less than a year ago — and the “scope, magnitude and severity” of violations are “increasing month to month,” according to a new report by Amnesty International.

Webmaster addition: Yep, Biden did a great job in Afghanistan!