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US revamps travel warning system, ranks countries

WASHINGTON: The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map. Ten war zones and failed states are ranked Level Four, "Do Not Travel": Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. North Korea is also Level Four, with the additional restriction that US law prohibits American travelers from using their passports there,…

Hamid Karzai alleges U.S. backing militants in Afghanistan

KABUL: Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, in an interview, has accused the United States of supporting Daesh (militant Islamic State) in Afghanistan. He said he has more than suspicion that the US military bases in Afghanistan are used to back Daesh. “I have seen the Afghan people come to me and tell me how they militants are supplied with helicopters, how unmarked, non-military color helicopters supply these people, not only in one part of the country but in many parts of Afghanistan,” he claimed. Despite…

Furious Afghans call for resignations after Taliban base attack

KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF: Afghan families buried their dead and the country observed a national day of mourning on Sunday after at least 100 soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base, prompting angry calls for ministers and army chiefs to resign. The exact toll from Friday's assault in the northern province of Balkh remained unclear, with some local officials putting the number of dead alone as high as 130. The raid, the deadliest-ever by the Taliban on a military base, underscores their…

Hafiz Saeed arrest: FO advises India to put its own house in order

ISLAMABAD: Commenting on Indian External Affairs Ministry's statement over Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's house arrest, the Foreign Office on Thursday said that India should take corrective measures for itself rather than commenting on the affairs of other countries. Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, during the weekly briefing, took a strong exception of the Indian external affairs ministry's statement on the house arrest of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and said that there was irrefutable evidence that India was…

More than 380,000 Afghans return from Pakistan in 2016: UNHCR

ISLAMABAD: More than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan this year, the highest number since 2007, the United Nations said on Friday, adding it handed out $135 million in cash assistance in the last three months alone. Fears of a crackdown on refugees in Pakistan along with a doubling of the UN's cash grant for voluntary returnees to $400 saw a surge over the border after July this year, the UN has said. "These are unprecedented numbers we did not anticipate. In October alone some 148,000…

Today marks 15 years since the Afghan War began still defying US timelines

WASHINGTON: Fifteen years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, President Barack Obama and the American military have dug in for a long campaign that defies rigid timelines and easy barometers of victory. On October 7, 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom to dislodge the Taliban and capture or kill Al-Qaeda militants they were harboring. For much of the 15 years since, the US has groped for a strategy -- flitting between trying to chase down militants, take…