Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Afghan Taliban 'Will Support Pakistan Against Foreign Aggression'

Afghan Taliban 'Will Support Pakistan Against Foreign Aggression'

Surprisingly, the announcement was not made public by the Emarat Islami Afghanistan, the official name of the Afghan Taliban, and was released by Maulana Samiul Haq, chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, from Akora Khattak where he runs his madressah, the report said.

According to the Khaama Press news agency, Daesh militants issued a statement, saying that several intelligence officers were killed or injured in the blast, which did not correspond to the official information provided by the Afghan security forces, who said that only one security guard was among the victims.

Three people were killed and 12 wounded in Wednesday's blast outside the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground where a Shpageeza Cricket League match being played between Boost Defenders and MIS Ainak Knights at the time was on a scheduled break and continued without delay. "This is just a propaganda of the Western media".

He said the "U.S. must comply with global law when it comes to the use of lethal force and any potentially unlawful strikes should be independently investigated".

US officials rarely acknowledge drone strikes on Pakistani soil, but if it is confirmed, Friday's attack would be the first since President Donald Trump unveiled his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia about a month ago.

The US is believed to have ordered at least two other drone attacks this year.

Ties between Washington and Islamabad have frayed in recent years amid USA counter-terrorism efforts along the Afghan-Pakistani border and the secret US raid that killed al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.

Another option being weighed by Washington, according to United States officials, is targeted sanctions against Pakistani officials with links to extremist groups such as Haqqani.

Trump, who had initially called for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, argued that his "original instinct was to pull out", but that he was convinced by his national security team to take on the militants there. Insecurity remains in the country despite the presence of foreign troops.

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