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Turkey seeks US support to maintain troops in Afghanistan | Source: Ariana News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would need “diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance” from the United States if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan to protect and run Kabul’s international airport, following the withdrawal of other NATO troops.

Source: Ariana News


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Erdogan Says US Can Count on Turkey After Afghanistan Troop Pullout | Source: The Defense Post

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would be the “only reliable” country left to stabilize Afghanistan after the US pulls out its troops, indicating Washington could rely on its NATO ally. Turkey has made clear its intentions to stay in the war-torn country, but the details remain unclear.

Source: The Defense Post


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Pakistan refuses to allow US military to use its bases | Source: Yeni Safak

Pakistan’s foreign minister confirmed that his country refused to give any military base to the US for monitoring Afghanistan after foreign forces withdrawal from Kabul. According to the US media, after Pakistan’s refusal, Washington is exploring options to get bases in Central Asia near the Afghan border. However, Russia could oppose this.

Source: Yeni Safak


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Afghanistan Backs Bigger Role for Pakistan Amid Deepening Cooperation With China on BRI Projects | Source: Sputnik

Afghanistan has committed to “deepening cooperation” with China on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, during the foreign ministers from Beijing, Kabul, and Islamabad Trilateral Dialogue. The reaffirmation comes against the backdrop of America’s accelerated troop pullout from the region. The US and India have been warning other countries against joining the BRI on account of a range of concerns.

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India Gives Nod to Build More Conventional Submarines Amid Power Battle With China in Indian Ocean | Source: Sputnik

The Indian Defence Ministry has revised its plans of submarine construction in light of the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean Region. The Indian Navy has assessed a requirement of at least 24 submarines to maintain its superiority over Bangladesh and Pakistan, who are poised to deploy additional submarines sourced from China soon.

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China and Pakistan Ready to Assist Economic Recovery of Conflict-Torn Afghanistan | Source: Sputnik

China and Pakistan have expressed readiness to expand trade exchanges with Afghanistan and assist the country’s peaceful recovery. The statement took place within the framework of the trilateral dialogue mechanism of the foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan created in 2017 at the initiative of Beijing.

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Taliban Look to Grab Power as U.S. Departs Afghanistan, UN Warns | Source: Bloomberg

Afghan security forces during ongoing fighting with theTaliban on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah.

Taliban militants are gathering across Afghanistan in preparation for a possible takeover of the country by force as U.S. and NATO troops exit over the next few months, the United Nations has warned. The insurgents continue to be “closely aligned” with Al-Qaeda and are massing “forces around key provincial capitals and district centers, allowing them to remain poised to launch attacks,” the report said.

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Taliban changing strategy to seize chokepoints around major Afghan cities | Source: The New Arab

The Taliban are changing their strategy to seize chokepoints around major Afghan cities – including Kabul – as a prelude to launching attacks, according to the head of Kabul-based think tank. It comes as the US nears the halfway point of a troop withdrawal, ahead of President Biden’s 11 September withdrawal date with fears that the Kabul administration will be unable to survive without international assistance.

Source: The New Arab


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Russia and Pakistan agree deal to build Stream gas pipeline in Pakistan | Source: Eastern Eye

Russia and Pakistan agree deal to build Stream gas pipeline in Pakistan -  EasternEye

Russia and Pakistan have signed an inter-governmental agreement to build the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline for transportation of gas from Karachi to Kasur in the Asian country. The two countries had signed an inter-governmental agreement on the project in 2015, but its implementation got postponed.

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Taliban warn Afghan neighbors against allowing US bases | Source: Alarabiya news

The American flag flies at half mast to remember the victims of 9/11 at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kuschamond, Afghanistan on September 11, 2011.

The Taliban warned Afghanistan’s neighbors against allowing the US to operate military bases on their soil, the insurgents insisting they would thwart such a “historic mistake”. Washington is in the final stages of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, and a flurry of diplomatic calls between the US and Pakistan in recent days has fuelled speculation the Pentagon is scouting for new bases to use against the Taliban.

Source: Alarabiya news


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