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The US government announced on 13 September that it would release a significant portion of the $7 billion stolen Afghan central bank funds to a bank of international settlements in Basel, Switzerland.

The trusteeship will help the US to oversee the disbursements of the funds in order to bypass the Taliban government in Kabul.

Taliban and Pakistani security forces exchanged fire along the after Pakistani soldiers tried to erect a military structure on the Afghan-Pakistani border, causing multiple casualties on both sides, the Taliban said on Wednesday.

The Pakistani military said its forces had responded to cross-border fire from militants, and that three of its soldiers were killed.

Taliban Says 40 Rebel Force Members Killed in Northern Panjshir MikeRivero Wed, 09/14/2022 - 09:18

The Taliban said on Tuesday they had killed 40 rebel force members, including four commanders, in the northern Afghan province of Panjshir.

The Taliban proclaimed victory over the province in September 2021, weeks after they took over the capital Kabul as foreign forces withdrew.

Resistance groups have since said they have been carrying out operations in the area and clashing with Taliban fighters.

The Taliban has in the past denied widespread fighting, saying they have established control of the entire country.

9/11 and the Trans Afghan Pipeline Project (TAPI): The Invasion of Afghanistan Had Been Planned Prior to 9/11. The Missing Enron Link MikeRivero Wed, 09/14/2022 - 09:10

The day after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States demanded that NATO members follow Article 5 and join it in retribution for the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.  While it came to be known that the US State Department had written a letter in August, 2001, claiming that the US military would be in Afghanistan by the following October, the questions of “why Afghanistan?” and “why October?” were not closely examined.

Just over a week after the first anniversary of our rushed withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its much-anticipated report regarding the Afghan evacuation vetting process. While alarming, I think it’s safe to say the results were not surprising to any Americans.

Even less surprising was the White House’s reaction, which was identical to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) reaction, which of course, was agitation. It’s a wonder that Americans at large lack trust in the institutions that operate within the government.

The number of patients suffering from cancer has increased across the country, the Ministry of Public Health said, adding that more than 10,000 patients have been referred to cancer centers over the past five months.  

The rise of cancer cases comes as Afghanistan is facing a shortage of medical equipment in a weakened health sector that plunged into crisis due to the dire economic situation in the country.

According to the MoPH, the numbers of patients referred to the cancers centers are as follows:  

2,572 patients in Hamal 1401 (solar year)  

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi expressed criticism over reports of US drones that are flying above Afghanistan and called on Washington to stop the violation of Afghan air space.

Muttaqi called on the international community to put pressure on the US to stop violating Afghan airspace.

“This is against international norms and also against the Doha agreement. We have talked with the delegation of the US many times and we emphasized that the Afghan airspace must not be violated from now on,” he said.

The Pentagon's acting inspector general told two Republican senators he'll conduct a review regarding a whistleblower's allegations that the Biden administration evacuated and brought to the U.S. hundreds of individuals whose names appeared on a Defense Department watch list, Axios has learned.

The recent attack on the Russian embassy in Kabul was another shocking episode in the current wave of assaults against Russian civilians around the world. Daesh claimed responsibility for the crime, which raises a number of suspicions about possible cooperation between anti-Russian groups abroad, considering the links between Islamic terrorists, Western intelligence and Ukrainian neo-Nazis.