Horrifying footage shows a huge fire ripping through a skyscraper as terrified people scream

Horrifying footage shows a huge fire ripping through a skyscraper as terrified people scream while trying to dodge debris. The blaze broke out in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and it is not yet clear how many people were inside the building at the time. Taliban leaders verbally committed themselves alongside the peace agreement struck in Qatar in February with the US to reducing violence by 80 per cent and halting attacks in urban areas, Colonel Leggett said. Instead, there had been a “drastic increase” in violence, with an average of 55 attacks a day on … Continue reading Horrifying footage shows a huge fire ripping through a skyscraper as terrified people scream

The loyalty of Afghanistan’s military is being stretched to breaking point

The loyalty of Afghanistan’s military is being stretched to breaking point by rival claims to the country’s presidency, raising the prospect of a catastrophic civil war, according to the son of a renowned resistance hero. Ahmad Massoud — whose father Ahmad Shah Massoud was known as “The Lion of Panjshir” for leading the fight against Soviet forces in the Eighties, and who commanded the Northern Alliance against the Taliban until his assassination in 2001 — told The Times that sectarian divides in the security forces were being widened ever further by the leadership crisis in Kabul. The South African military … Continue reading The loyalty of Afghanistan’s military is being stretched to breaking point

The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn

The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn, blaming the failure of President Ashraf Ghani and his main political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, to agree on a unity government for talks with the Taliban. A further $1bn could be cut in 2021, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said after a surprise visit to Kabul on Monday failed to persuade the two men to make a deal. Pompeo suggested the aid could be restored if they changed their minds. “When I’ve made suggestions he’s taken them. He’s never countered or overridden me — the idea … Continue reading The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn

Nearly 100 Afghans are killed every month by unexploded mines

Nearly 100 Afghans are killed every month by unexploded mines, and yet when Gulandam first signed up to help with de-mining efforts, men would hurl insults at her in the street. “At the beginning we faced many problems, especially when we used to walk around Bamyan wearing our de-mining clothes” explains Gulandam, one of the first sixteen female de-miners on the team, whose funding is provided by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).  They started attacking each other as an argument spilled over and scores were settled. Some spectators tried to stop the brawl as security guards requested back-up. Thousands … Continue reading Nearly 100 Afghans are killed every month by unexploded mines