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It does say the State Department will examine whether any foreign groups linked to domestic terrorism may merit designations as foreign terrorist organizations. Four pillarsThe Biden strategy is based on what it calls four pillars, designed to understand, prevent, disrupt and address long-term drivers of domestic terrorism. On the intelligence and analysis front, the strategy calls for improving information-sharing among federal agencies about domestic terrorism. "The U.S. Government, in close partnership with civil society, will address the long-term contributors that are responsible for much of today's domestic terrorism," it says, including "reducing and protecting Americans from racial, ethnic, and religious hatred, and stemming the flow of firearms to individuals intending to commit acts of domestic terrorism." He said the administration is "laser-focused on violence and the threat of violence," adding, "This is a strategy that is agnostic with respect to political ideology."
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Pete Williams, White, Win McNamee, Mayorkas, hasn't, Joe Biden's, , Donald Trump —, Stewart Baker, George W, Bush, Baker Organizations: Homeland, NBC News, Justice Department, Islamic State, FBI, Biden, Department, U.S, Capitol, Department of Homeland Security, Government, U.S . Government, Homeland Security, ISIS Locations: Al Qaeda, U.S, United States
In 2002, Congress passed an Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq. In 2020, the AUMF was cited by the Trump administration to justify killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. In a statement on Monday, the Biden administration announced support for legislation that would repeal the 2002 Authorization to Use Military Force Against Iraq. But it also noted that its support was made easier by the fact that no "ongoing military activities" rely "solely" on the 2002 AUMF. The 2002 AUMF has been a staple of the US-led global war on terror.
Persons: Trump, Qassem, George W, Bush, Barbara Lee, Biden, Lee —, Afghanistan —, AUMF, Barack Obama, Obama, Bashar al, Assad, Biden's, Lee Organizations: Military Force, Iraq, Monday, Congress, California Democrat, Force, White, Islamic State, Democratic Locations: Iranian, Baghdad, Iraq, California, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Vietnam
Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi ​attends an election debate at a television studio, in Tehran, Iran June 8, 2021. Iran says its legal system is independent and not influenced by political interests. The United States in 2019 sanctioned Raisi for human rights violations, including the 1980s executions and his part in the suppression of unrest in 2009. A Raisi presidency would strengthen Khamenei's hand at home, and rights activists fear it could usher in more repression. Vaez was referring to the republican pillar of Iran's dual system of clerical and republican rule.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi ​, Morteza Fakhri, Ebrahim Raisi's, Iran's, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Khamenei, Raisi, , Hadi Ghaemi, Hassan Rouhani, Kasra Aarabi, Tony Blair, Ali Vaez, Ruhollah Khomeini's, Sanam Vakil, Shah, Vaez Organizations: West Asia News Agency, Raisi, Center for Human Rights, Amnesty, Tony, Tony Blair Institute for Global, Guardian Council, Crisis, Chatham House’s, North Africa, Thomson Locations: Tehran, Iran, New York, IRAN, Islamic Republic, United States, East, Mashhad, U.S
Following are brief sketches of the candidates:EBRAHIM RAISI: Iran's hardline judiciary chief lost to Rouhani in 2017 and was sanctioned by the United States the following year for human rights abuses. Appointed by Khamenei, Jalili served as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, for five years from 2007, a position that automatically made him chief negotiator on nuclear affairs. MOHSEN REZAEE : The secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, Rezaee was top commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards who led the elite force during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. MOHSEN MEHRALIZADEH: Former governor of Iran's Isfahan province, Mehralizadeh ranked last among seven candidates running in Iran's 2005 presidential election. AMIRHOSSEIN GHAZIZADEH-HASHEMI: A member of parliament since 2008, the hardline politician has promised to boost Iran’s battered economy.
Persons: Saeed Jalili ​ ​, Ayoub, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Hassan Rouhani, EBRAHIM RAISI, Raisi, Khamenei, Ruhollah Khomeini, SAEED JALILI, Holder, , Jalili, ABDOLNASER, MOHSEN REZAEE, Rezaee, MOHSEN MEHRALIZADEH, Mehralizadeh, Mohammad Khatami, ALIREZA, Zakani, AMIRHOSSEIN GHAZIZADEH, HASHEMI Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Western, Rouhani, United, Iran's, Experts, Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, Revolutionary Guards, Supreme National Security Council, Guardian Council, Iran's Central Bank, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Central Insurance, Bank Melli Iran, Argentine, Rezaee, Buenos Aires Jewish, Guards, Thomson Locations: Tehran, Iran, United States, Washington, Astan Qods Razavi, Iraq, China, Islamic Republic, Lebanese, Buenos Aires, Iran's Isfahan
Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Eric Schmitt | Charlie Savage | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
“Al Shabab has had more freedom to maneuver,” Maj. Gen. Dagvin R.M. Anderson, who commands American Special Operations forces in Africa, said in an interview. But some analysts expressed pessimism about what could be accomplished there, citing Somalia’s deep-seated political, economic and security problems. Under the Trump-era rules, the United States carried out 52 drone strikes in Somalia in 2020 and 63 the year before, almost all against Al Shabab with a handful of attacks against the Islamic State in Somalia. When the Biden administration imposed the new limits on such strikes, it initially envisioned devising a new set of rules for drone strikes as part of a 60-day review of counterterrorism policy.
Persons: “ Al Shabab, Maj, Dagvin R.M, Anderson, General Anderson, Al Shabab, Al, Al Shabab’s, , Tricia Bacon, Trump, Biden Organizations: Operations, Al, Al Shabab “, American University, State Department, Trump, Islamic Locations: Africa, Al Qaeda, Somalia, United States, U.S, Al, Washington, Islamic State, Afghanistan
Here is the full transcript of the NBC News interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place in Moscow on June 11, 2021. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Well, I don't know. VLADIMIR PUTIN: —it conduc— it conducts—KEIR SIMMONS: Russia is—VLADIMIR PUTIN: It conducts exercises in that battlefield. KEIR SIMMONS: I don't— I don't— I don't think I heard you answer the question, the direct question— Mr. President. I don't think that anybody in the Syrian government is interested in stealing some part of this humanitarian assistance.
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Canadian man accused of murdering Muslim family members to face terror charges
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Steve Scherer | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
People transport three flag-wrapped coffins at the funeral of the Afzaal family that was killed in what police describe as a hate-motivated attack, at the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Alex FilipeA Canadian man who is accused of deliberately running over five members of a Muslim family with his truck, killing four of them, now faces terrorism charges in addition to counts of first-degree murderand attempted murder, prosecutors said on Monday. Nathaniel Veltman, 20, was arrested shortly after the June 6 attack in a parking lot in London, Ontario, a short distance from the city's oldest mosque. The five members of the Afzaal family were out for an evening walk near their home when they were run over on the sidewalk. read moreIt was the worst attack against Canadian Muslims since a man gunned down six members of a Quebec City mosque in 2017.
Persons: Alex Filipe A, murderand, Nathaniel Veltman, Veltman, Zoom, Salman Afzaal, Chrystia Freeland Organizations: Islamic, of Southwest, REUTERS, London Free Press, Canadian, Thomson Locations: of Southwest Ontario, London , Ontario, Canada, London, Toronto, Quebec
Ambush in northern Ivory Coast kills three soldiers
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) sentiment -0.95   time to read: +1 min
Three Ivorian soldiers were killed on patrol near the border with Burkina Faso on Saturday when one of their vehicles hit an improvised explosive and the convoy was ambushed, Ivory Coast's defence ministry said in a statement. The soldiers were on a reconnaissance mission near the northeastern town of Tehini when they fell victim to what the ministry called a complex attack. An additional four soldiers were wounded, it said in a statement on Sunday, without giving further details. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but previous attacks in the area have been blamed on jihadists. Armed groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are active in Ivory Coast's northern neighbours, Mali and Burkina Faso, and have made incursions south.
Persons: Ivory Coast's Organizations: Burkina Faso, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Burkina, Tehini, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Ivory, Mali, Burkina Faso, Tougbo, Ivory Coast, France, Abidjan
At least 7 dead as separate bombs hit 2 minivans in Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( The Associated Press | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
KABUL, Afghanistan — Separate bombs hit two minivans in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital Kabul Saturday, killing at least seven people and wounding six others, the Interior Ministry said. The explosions targeted minivans on the same road just over a mile apart in a neighborhood in western Kabul, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Ahmad Zia Zia, said. It wasn't immediately clear what type of bombs were used and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. The area where the explosions happened is largely populated by the minority Hazara ethnic group who are mostly Shiite Muslims. Shiites are a minority in mostly Sunni Afghanistan, and the local Islamic State affiliate has declared war against them.
Persons: Ahmad Zia Zia, Muhammad Ali Jinnah Organizations: Interior Ministry, Ministry, NBC, Islamic, Islamic State, NATO Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan, Afghanistan's, Kabul, Hazara
Blasts on buses in western Kabul kill at least 7 - police
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Blasts hit two buses in western Kabul on Saturday, killing at least seven people, according to police. The explosions took place in a neighbourhood dominated by the minority Hazara community where similar attacks on buses earlier this month killed 12 civilians. read moreBasir Mujahid, Kabul's police spokesman, added that six people had also been wounded in Saturday's blasts. It was not immediately clear who was behind Saturday's attacks. The Hazara community has also been the target of a number of attacks from the Islamic State militant group.
Persons: Mujahid Organizations: Islamic State, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Hazara
Afghan officials: Seven dead after bombs hit two minivans in Kabul
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A view from the damaged site after two bombing attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 12, 2021. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Separate bombs hit two minivans in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in the Afghan capital Saturday, killing at least seven people and wounding six others, the Interior Ministry said. The explosions targeted minivans on the same road about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) apart in a neighborhood in western Kabul, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Ahmad Zia Zia, said. It wasn't immediately clear what type of bombs were used and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. Shiites are a minority in mostly Sunni Afghanistan, and the local Islamic State affiliate has declared war against them.
Persons: Ahmad Zia Zia, Muhammad Ali Jinnah Organizations: Interior Ministry, Ministry, Islamic, Islamic State, NATO Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, KABUL, Hazara
Flag-wrapped coffins are seen outside the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario, during a funeral of the Afzaal family that was killed in what police describe as a hate-motivated attack, in London, Ontario, Canada June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos OsorioSeveral hundred mourners joined a public funeral service on Saturday of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man in a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police said was driven by hate. The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into them while they were out for an evening walk near their home in London, Ontario. read morePolice have said the attack was premeditated and allege the family was targeted because of their Islamic faith. The city of London, 200 km (120 miles) southwest of Toronto, has seen an outpouring of support in the aftermath of the attack.
Persons: Carlos Osorio, Nathaniel Veltman, Raza Bashir Tarar, Justin Trudeau, Aarij Anwer Organizations: Islamic, of Southwest, REUTERS, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, Thomson Locations: of Southwest Ontario, London , Ontario, Canada, Canadian, Pakistan, London, Toronto
Hundreds of soldiers have been killed since militants first seized control of swathes of Mali in 2012. Now, in the worst-hit parts of Burkina Faso and neighbouring Mali, local leaders are pursuing unofficial talks with militants. The governments do not publicly acknowledge the discussions, but five sources involved in them told Reuters the authorities have been quietly supportive. SECRET MEETINGSThe first meetings took place in December in the secrecy of a forest outside Thiou, in Burkina Faso's Nord region, according to deputy mayor Ouedraogo. Mali's leaders have publicly endorsed the idea of talks, but they have kept concrete moves to pursue negotiations quiet.
Persons: Djibril Diallo, Adama Ouedraogo, Diallo, Emmanuel Macron, truces, Idrissa Diallo, Ouedraogo, Fulani herdsmen, jihadists, al, Macron, Bocary Diallo, Mali's Organizations: REUTERS, Islamic, Reuters, jihadists, Commerce, Authorities, Thomson Locations: Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso, Thiou, Sahel, Islamic State, Mali, France, U.S, Nord, Solhan, Niger, Malian, al, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso's Nord, al Qaeda
Mastercard will bring FinGo's vein-scanning payments solution to more markets. And Visa is working on a biometric authentication solution for online transactions with the UAE's Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. 37% of people feel comfortable trying biometric payments Insider intelligenceHere's what you need to know:Mastercard partnered with FinGo to bring the fintech's biometric authentication offering to global markets. Visa brought a biometric authentication solution to the UAE's Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB). Thirty-seven percent of global consumers said they are at least somewhat comfortable with the idea of biometric payments, according to a Mastercard survey.
Persons: FinGo, It's Organizations: Mastercard, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Intelligence, Payments & Commerce, Services, North America, Visa, Authentication Service, Visa's, Commerce Locations: Abu Dhabi, East, North Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia, North America, North
“It’s a problem Facebook has known about for many years.”Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said that the company prohibits "content that offers to provide or facilitate human smuggling. He added that Facebook permits content related to seeking asylum and that it had consulted with the United Nations on its content policies around human smuggling. The policies draw on the U.N. definition of human smuggling as “the procurement or facilitation of illegal entry into a state across international borders” that doesn’t necessarily involve coercion or force. Since 2015, researchers and journalists have regularly identified pages dedicated to human smuggling on Facebook. Deported and pennilessAt his computer, Pastor Banda pointed to another Facebook group in which migrants appear to be negotiating with coyotes.
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The US has been publicly and privately warning Venezuela and Cuba not to let in Iranian warships. Two Iranian ships thought to be carrying arms, possibly for transfer, are crossing the Atlantic. The Pentagon has said that "delivery of such weapons would be a provocative act and a threat." The Makran, an oil tanker Iran converted into a massive sea base for expeditionary naval operations, is accompanied by the frigate Sahand and is thought to be carrying weapons. During final months of the Trump administration, there were concerns about possible Iranian missiles sales to Venezuela.
Persons: Maxar, John Kirby, Biden, Trump, REUTERS Elliott Abrams, , I've, Abrams Organizations: Pentagon, Politico, USNI News, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, US Navy, Coast Guard, CNN, REUTERS Locations: Venezuela, Cuba, Makran, Iran, Atlantic, Persian, Bandar Abbas, Caracas, Havana, Iran's, Iranian, United States
French soldiers from Operation Barkhane stand outside their armored personnel carrier during a sandstorm in Inat, Mali, May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Media CoulibalyPresident Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France's operation battling Islamist militants in the Sahel region of West Africa would come to an end with troops now operating as part of broader international efforts in the region. "The time has come to begin a deep transformation of our military presence in the Sahel," Macron told a news conference, referring to the Barkhane operation, which has some 5,100 soldiers across the region. The decision on the French troop cutback was made during a defence cabinet meeting on Wednesday, two sources told Reuters earlier on Thursday. He said France could not continue to send soldiers to their deaths if Sahel governments negotiated with the very people who killed them.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Assimi Goita, cutback, Mali's Organizations: REUTERS, Media, Takuba Task Force, Malian, Western, ECOWAS, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Barkhane, Inat, Mali, Sahel, West Africa, France, Paris, United States, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Takuba, al Qaeda
U.S. sanctions network charged with funding Yemen's Houthis
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The United States on Thursday announced sanctions on what it called members of a smuggling network that generates tens millions of dollars for Yemen's Houthis, pressuring the Iran-aligned movement to accept a ceasefire and peace talks. U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has sought to advance a U.N. effort to ease Yemen's dire humanitarian crisis and end the war pitting the Houthis against the government and a Saudi-led coalition. "The United States will continue to apply pressure to the Houthis, including through targeted sanctions, to advance those goals," he said in a statement. Twelve individuals and entities were slapped with terrorism-related sanctions blocking any U.S. property they hold, and barring Americans from doing business with them. A "significant portion" of the funds are "directed through a complex network of intermediaries and exchange houses in multiple countries to the Houthis in Yemen," it continued.
Persons: Houthis, Joe Biden's, Antony Blinken, Iran's, Said Ahmad Muhammad al, Jamal Organizations: U.S, Force, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Treasury, Funds, Quds Force, Hezbollah, Thomson Locations: States, Iran, Saudi, United States, U.S, Yemen, East, Africa, Asia
AL-HOL, Syria—A refugee camp set up to shelter women and children after the defeat of Islamic State has instead turned into a mini-caliphate itself, where female leaders nurture the group’s violent ideology and run moneymaking schemes that help keep the insurgency alive outside the razor wire. Most of the victims were accused by Islamic State of collaborating with camp authorities, according to the Rojava Information Center, an independent volunteer-staffed research organization based in northeast Syria. On March 20, another 18-year-old woman, also Iraqi, was shot dead after being accused of being an informant, these people said. Most Western nations have refused to systematically repatriate citizens who moved to Syria during Islamic State’s rise and were trapped there after its collapse. What remains of Islamic State is making the best of the international stalemate.
Persons: Organizations: Islamic, Rojava, Center, Syrian Democratic Forces Locations: HOL, Syria, Islamic State, Iraqi, Hol, U.S, Kurdish, al, Nations
Kuwait's Ahli United Bank sells $600 million Islamic bond
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
DUBAI (Reuters) -Kuwait’s Ahli United Bank has sold $600 million in Additional Tier 1 Islamic bonds at 3.875%, a document showed on Wednesday. Pricing on the bond tightened from an initial price guidance of around 4.375% after the debt sale attracted more than $1.7 billion in orders, the document from one of banks on the deal showed. Additional Tier 1 (AT1) bonds are designed to be perpetual in nature, but issuers can redeem or “call” them after a specified period. Ahli United Bank’s AT1 sukuk will be non-callable for 5-1/2 years. Kuwait’s Ahli United, nearly three-quarters owned by Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank, hired Citi, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Kamco Invest, KFH Capital and Kuwait International Bank to arrange the deal.
Persons: AT1 Organizations: Reuters, Ahli United Bank, Ahli United, Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank, Citi, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Kamco Invest, KFH, Kuwait International Bank Locations: DUBAI, Ahli, Abu Dhabi, KFH Capital
FILE PHOTO: A view shows branded oil tanks at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) -Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco is likely to raise between $3 billion and $4 billion on Wednesday, two sources said, as it returns to the international debt markets with its first U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk sale. Initial price guidance was around 105 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries (UST) for the three-year portion, around 125 bps over UST for the five-year paper and around 160 bps over UST for the 10-year bonds. Aramco last year maintained a promised $75 billion dividend to shareholders - chiefly the government - despite lower oil prices, and is expected to shoulder significant domestic investments in Saudi Arabia’s plans to transform the economy. Aramco has been widely expected to become a regular bond issuer after its debut $12 billion issuance in 2019 was followed by an $8 billion, five-part transaction in November last year, also used to fund its dividend.
Persons: Maxim Organizations: Saudi, REUTERS, DUBAI, Reuters, ., Treasuries, UST, Aramco, Monday, HSBC, JPMorgan, NCB Capital, Standard Chartered Bank, BOC International, Dubai Islamic Bank Locations: Saudi Aramco, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, Saudi, Aramco
Iran prepared to ramp up oil output quickly if U.S. sanctions eased - SHANA
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
"If sanctions are lifted, most of the country's crude production will be restored within a month," Farokh Alikhani, production manager of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), told the oil ministry's SHANA website. "Careful planning has been done to restore oil output to pre-sanctions levels in intervals of one week, one month and three months." Tehran's oil exports increased to 2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2016 and reached a peak of 2.8 million bpd before sanctions were re-imposed in 2018 by Trump. read moreAlikhani said Iran hoped to further raise its output "to more than 4 million bpd in the next step". "The average daily oil production of Iran after the implementation of the 2015 deal was 3.38 million bpd and we plan to return to that level if the sanctions are lifted," said Alikhani.
Persons: Lisi Niesner, Donald Trump, SHANA, Washington, Alikhani Organizations: UN, REUTERS, National Iranian Oil Company, Trump, Thomson Locations: Vienna, Austria, Iran, Tehran, U.S, Islamic Republic, Trump . Iran
Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco (2222.SE) locked in another $6 billion on Wednesday to help fund a large dividend as it returned to the international debt markets with its first U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk sale, a document showed. Aramco sold $1 billion in the three-year tranche at 65 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries (UST), $2 billion in the five-year portion at 85 bps over UST and $3 billion in 10-year paper at 120 bps over UST. Initial price guidance was around 105 bps over UST for the three-year bonds, around 125 bps over UST for the five-year notes and around 160 bps over UST for the 10-year tranche. Aramco last year maintained its promised $75 billion annual dividend to shareholders despite lower oil prices, and is expected to shoulder significant domestic investments in Saudi Arabia's plans to transform the economy. "Interlinkages between Saudi Arabia and the company imply that any change in rating outlook on the government of Saudi Arabia would be mirrored on Saudi Aramco's rating outlook."
Persons: Fitch, " Fitch Organizations: ., Reuters, Aramco, Treasuries, UST, bbl, Saudi, Citi, HSBC, JPMorgan, NCB Capital, Standard Chartered Bank, BOC, Dubai Islamic Bank, Thomson Locations: Saudi, Aramco, Saudi Arabia, Dubai
But officials say there appears to be some new flexibility in the interpretation of counterterrorism. They say a debate has risen in the administration over what, exactly, is the threshold for turmoil in Afghanistan that could lead to American airstrikes. “It’s a very hard thing to do,” said Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the former commander of United States Central Command. “It’s an operation to get aircraft to Afghanistan, especially if you’re having to come from the Gulf or an aircraft carrier. There is limited loiter time for them to do anything.”There are already signs of the difficulties that the United States would face in sending crewed aircraft to carry out strikes after the withdrawal.
Persons: Obama, , Joseph L, Organizations: White, National Security, Islamic, American, United States Central Command, U.S Locations: Afghanistan, Islamic State, Iraq, Baghdad, Kabul, Afghan, United States
CNN has repeatedly reached out to Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia for comment on the extraditions and has not received a response. In Saudi Arabia between 2018 and 2020, at least one Uyghur Muslim was allegedly detained and deported after performing the Umrah pilgrimage in Islam's holiest cities. In a 2019 open letter, more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries — including the UAE, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia — publicly endorsed China's policies in Xinjiang. The pandemic prompted Saudi Arabia to close its airports just as Hamdullah was performing his pilgrimage, leaving him stranded in Saudi Arabia. But in recent years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- who once championed Uyghur rights — has toned down his criticism of China's Xinjiang policy, in an apparent bid to boost relations with Beijing.
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