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Foreign donors make Afghan aid pledges with tougher conditions
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
REUTERS/Omar SobhaniDozens of nations, international institutions and the European Union combined to pledge billions in aid for Afghanistan at the conference in Geneva. But many, including the United States and Germany, slapped strict conditions on future funding and some committed for just the next year - departing from four-year pledges made in the past. “We’re pleased to pledge today $300 million...with the remaining $300 million available as we review progress in the peace process,” U.S. The United States has contributed roughly $800 million a year in civilian aid in recent years. France pledged 88 million euros ($104.20 million) and Canada 270 million Canadian dollars ($206.66 million).
Persons: Omar Sobhani, “ We’re, David Hale, Hale, , , Josep Borrell Organizations: United, REUTERS, European Union, Diplomats, State, Political, Qatari, Doha, Taliban, Britain Locations: GENEVA, United States, Afghanistan, Kabul, Geneva, Germany, U.S, Bamyan, Brussels, EU, Britain, Canada
GENEVA (Reuters) - Foreign donors pledged a projected $12 billion in civilian aid to Afghanistan over the next four years at a conference on Tuesday, but many made it conditional on protecting human rights and making progress on peace talks in a major shake-up for the country’s economy. The United States said it had pledged $300 million in civilian aid to Afghanistan next year and would make available another $300 million based on progress in peace talks. “We stand ready to support Afghanistan and to that end we’ve made available $600 million for civilian assistance needs in 2021. The United States has contributed roughly $800 million a year in civilian aid in recent years. The European Union pledged 1.2 billion euros ($1.43 billion)over four years but emphasised aid was conditional.
Persons: Omar Sobhani Ville, We’re, David Hale, Hale, , Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Omar Joya, , Josep Borrell Organizations: REUTERS, Diplomats, United, State, Political, The United, Qatari, Doha, Taliban, Reuters, Biruni Institute, European Union Locations: GENEVA, Afghanistan, Kabul, United States, U.S, Geneva, The United States, Germany, Bamyan, EU
Many donors also put strict conditions on future funding and some officially committed for just the next year. The United States pledged $600 million in civilian aid to Afghanistan next year but made half of it conditional on progress in peace talks. “We’re pleased to pledge today $300 million...with the remaining $300 million available as we review progress in the peace process,” U.S. The European Union pledged 1.2 billion euros ($1.43 billion)over four years on Tuesday but emphasised aid was conditional. France pledged 88 million euros ($104.20 million) and Canada 270 million Canadian dollars ($206.66 million).
Persons: Omar Sobhani Ville, “ We’re, David Hale, Hale, , , Josep Borrell Organizations: REUTERS, United, Diplomats, State, Political, Qatari, Doha, Taliban, European Union, Britain Locations: GENEVA, Afghanistan, Kabul, United States, U.S, Germany, Bamyan, Brussels, EU, Britain, Canada
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of rivals it is not. The following are some of the policy issues that Blinken and Sullivan, who served at the State Department and then as Biden’s chief foreign policy adviser in the Obama administration, will face as they seek to turn the page on President Donald Trump’s sometimes chaotic foreign policy:CHINAChina is expected to be the main challenge for Biden’s foreign policy team at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing have sunk to the lowest point in decades. Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the Biden team should beware of getting bogged down in formal dialogues with Beijing. In withdrawing from the deal, Trump restored U.S. sanctions and has imposed many more in a failed effort so far to force Iran into negotiations. What is less clear, however, is how Blinken and the rest of Biden’s team will deal with North Korea.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Blinken, Sullivan, Obama, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Biden, ” Blinken, Xi Jinping, , Bonnie Glaser, , RUSSIA Blinken, Vladimir Putin, ” Biden, IRAN Sullivan, NORTH KOREA Blinken, Kim Jong Un, denuclearization, Kim, al Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S Conference, Mayors, REUTERS, White House, Senate Foreign Relations, State Department, Beijing, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Obama, CBS, NORTH KOREA, North, CBS News, Trump, Taliban Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, CHINA China, Washington, Beijing, China, America, Hong Kong, South China, RUSSIA, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Moscow, IRAN, Iran, Tehran, North Korea, United States, Pyongyang, AFGHANISTAN, Afghanistan, Kabul, al Qaeda, Syria
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with a Taliban delegation hours after mortar shells slammed into different parts of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Saturday, killing at least eight people. The mortar barrage came as Pompeo was preparing to meet with representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban, who are holding talks in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar, though progress has been slow. Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan government's chief negotiator in peace talks, condemned Saturday's attack in a tweet calling it a "cowardly" act. Members of Taliban's peace negotiation team met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Qatari capital Doha, on Saturday. There have been calls for a cease-fire if peace talks in Doha are to continue.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Tariq Arian, Pompeo, Zabihullah Mujahid, Akbar Khan, Abdullah Abdullah, Saturday's, Patrick Semansky, Christopher Miller, Miller, Donald Trump's, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg Organizations: Taliban, NBC News, ISIS, SITE Intelligence Group, NBC, Iranian Embassy, Qatari, Doha, Getty, The U.S, Pentagon, U.S, Capitol, NATO, United, Associated Press Locations: Kabul, Arabian, Qatar, Iranian, AFP, Qatar's, Doha, Afghanistan, U.S, Iraq, United States
KABUL—A barrage of rockets struck central Kabul on Saturday morning, hours before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to meet Taliban and Afghan government negotiators in Qatar as the Trump administration seeks to speed the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country. At least eight people were killed and more than 30 others wounded as the rockets slammed into residential neighborhoods and business districts, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. The ministry said at least 24 rockets were fired from two minivans...
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Trump Organizations: Afghan Interior Ministry Locations: KABUL, Kabul, Afghan, Qatar, U.S
In March 2008, after raising $600 million, acquiring 18% of the outstanding stock, and threatening a proxy contest, I was elected to the board of The New York Times Company. Scott GallowayDuring my 24-month tenure on the board, my first son was born, Lehman filed for bankruptcy, "Slumdog Millionaire" won Best Picture... and the Times company stock sank to $3.50. The EBITDA that SVODs are fighting over is a fraction of the profits lamestream cable media expectorates. When I asked Tom what he would do if he were to start a new media business, this is the vision he articulated. If Netflix (or Apple, or Amazon, or a startup yet to be started up) wants to create that business, CNN would be a foundation to build on.
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The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Taliban
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( ) www.nytimes.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
Listen and subscribe to The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherPresident Trump is pushing the military to accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, all but guaranteeing a major place for the Taliban in the country’s future. As a child, Mujib Mashal lived through the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Now a senior correspondent there for The New York Times, he has for years reported on the extremist group and, more recently, has covered the progress of peace talks. In this episode of “The Daily,” he shares memories of his childhood and tales from his reporting, and reflects on whether a peaceful resolution is possible.
Persons: Trump, Mujib Mashal Organizations: Daily, Spotify, The New York Times Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, The
A Taliban spokesperson said Wednesday that the insurgent force welcomes President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan, calling it a "good step." While the Taliban welcomes the move, Afghan national security officials and military leaders have raised concerns about a premature withdrawal. The Taliban said Wednesday that it welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan, calling it a "good step." "It is a good step and in the interest of the people of both countries," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP Wednesday. While the Taliban has welcomed the withdrawal of a substantial number of US forces, the Afghan military has not, according to multiple reports.
Persons: Donald Trump's, Chris Miller, Zabihullah Mujahid, Trump's, Miller, Trump, Mark Esper, Col, Abdul Fattah Ishaqzai, Zabiullah Ghorzang, Javid Faisal, Mitch McConnell Organizations: Pentagon, Taliban, Afghan, AFP, CNN, Department of Defense, New York Times, Afghanistan's National Security Council, Twitter, Republicans Locations: Afghanistan, American, Iraq, Kandahar Province, Kandahar, Vietnam
Canberra, Australia (CNN) Australian elite forces allegedly killed 39 Afghans civilians and prisoners unlawfully in an environment where "blood lust" and "competition killings" were reportedly a norm, according to a long-awaited official report. Speaking Thursday, chief of the Australian Defense Force Gen. Angus Campbell said there had been a "warrior culture" among some members of Australia's special forces serving in Afghanistan. More than 26,000 Australian soldiers served in Afghanistan during Operation Slipper, 41 of whom died while fighting there. There are still about 80 personnel from the Australian Defense Forces in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense website, mostly involved in support and training. According to US military prosecutors, a group of US Army soldiers killed Afghan civilians for sport beginning in January 2010.
Persons: Angus Campbell, Campbell, Paul Brereton, Scott Morrison, Ashraf Ghani, Morrison, Marise Payne, Nishank Motwani, William Maley, you've, Maley, Der Spiegel, Calvin R, Gibbs, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: CNN, Australian, Australian Defense Force, Australian Defense, ADF, Federal Police, AFP, Australian Special Forces, Australian Army, Australian Defense Forces, Department of Defense, Afghanistan Research, Unit, Taliban, Australian National University, Afghanistan Troops, US Army, Staff, Army Locations: Canberra, Australia, Afghanistan, Seymour , Australia, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, United States, United Kingdom, Afghan
“By Jan. 15, 2021, our forces, their size in Afghanistan, will be 2,500 troops. Critics slammed Trump for timing the withdrawal to his own calendar as opposed to some kind of breakthrough in Afghanistan that would justify a major drawdown. Some U.S. military officials had been urging Trump to keep U.S. troop levels at around 4,500 for now. That threat had alarmed U.S. military officials, U.S. allies and lawmakers, who had fiercely opposed an abrupt, unilateral pullout. Violence has been rising throughout Afghanistan, with the Taliban attacking provincial capitals, in some case prompting U.S. airstrikes.
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REUTERS/Omar SobhaniA senior Afghan government official said he was relieved that under U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, the process would likely be clearer and less chaotic. “A Tweet won’t decide the fate of American troops in Afghanistan,” he said. Afghan officials hope some troops will stay beyond May. NO NEW GUIDANCEAshley Jackson, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute, said the “real issue” was the possibility of delays to the peace process. “While they deal with other urgent priorities, the Afghan peace process hangs in the balance,” she told Reuters.
Persons: Omar Sobhani, Joe Biden, , Trump, Fawzia Koofi, Donald Trump, ” Koofi, Ashley Jackson, Biden Organizations: REUTERS, Afghan, U.S, Reuters, , Taliban, Centre, Groups, Overseas Development Institute, , White, ISIS, Pentagon, State Department, Trump, United Nations, Doha Locations: KABUL, U.S, Afghanistan, Afghan, Kabul, United States, Qatar’s, Al, al Qaeda
“I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement on Twitter. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has had a much smoother relationship with Trump, also picked up the theme of climate change in congratulating Biden. Aoun said on Twitter that he hoped the balance in Lebanese-American relations would return under a Biden administration. TRUMP ALLIES, RUSSIA MORE CAUTIOUSSome nations with closer ties to Trump were quiet on Saturday night or reluctant to proclaim Biden as president-elect, though Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid thanks to Trump at the end of his congratulations to Biden. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he looked forward to work with Biden on seeking peace in neighbouring Afghanistan.
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